By Sarah Newman, AVID i3 Project Systems Coach
How does one transform a school to ensure college readiness for ALL students? How can one provide opportunities for students and teachers that will improve academic performance for ALL students? Many educational ideologues have pondered and attempted to find just the right ingredients to create a recipe for school success. Three rural districts in the heartland of Florida have come pretty close to perfecting this recipe. A school transforms when the instruction, systems, leadership, and culture of the school shift, ensuring college readiness for ALL. With the help of the Investing in Innovation (i3) grant, Desoto, Hardee and Highlands County have made tremendous strides in raising the bar for students and creating a college readiness system. The middle schools, high schools, and state college in these districts have partnered with AVID Center (AVID is the acronym for Advancement Via Individual Determination) in an effort to build their recipe of success.