Wednesday
Aug052015

Unleashed Potential

Monte Vista Middle School Principal, Janet Covacevich gave a powerful speech at our San Diego 2 Summer Institute. Years ago, AVID broke the cycle of poverty for her, and today, she does the same for her students. Click here for video of Janet and our other speakers from the event!

In life, we are taught that everything that has a beginning also comes with an end. For our students, success starts here with AVID. But the beautiful thing about the success AVID brings to our students is that it has no end or limits.

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Friday
Jul312015

AVID Grads Attend White House Summit

On July 23, AVID graduates Davana Rosas and Jackie Valles attended the First Lady’s “Beating the Odds” Summit held at the White House.

AVID graduates Davana Rosas and Jackie Valles attend the "Beating the Odds" Summit at the White House

They were part of a contingent of more than 130 students selected through a competitive process. Davana is a graduate of Monte Vista High School in the Grossmont Union High School District (San Diego County), and Jackie is a graduate from Falls Church High School in Fairfax County, VA. In the fall, Davana will attend the University of California, San Diego, and Jackie will enroll at the College of William and Mary, in Virginia. Following the event, we asked them to reflect on the experience. What follows is a compilation of their reflections. Be on the lookout for more blogs from Jackie and Davana in the future that will share more of their personal stories and a look into their college lives!

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Tuesday
Jul212015

Where are they now: Sergio’s college journey

By Oscar Sweeten-Lopez, Team Lead, Dell Scholars Program

This piece is part of a special series from the Dell Scholars Program. To learn more, visit the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation blog.

In order to save money, Sergio, now 30, started his college career at a two-year community college and later successfully transferred to a four-year university, walking out with a diploma in business administration from San Diego State University.

Many low-income students have a similar plan; relatively few actually make it work. Sergio is the poster child for carefully and successfully managing the tricky transition. With guidance from his high school’s AVID college-readiness program, Sergio was able to map out a detailed plan to ensure his finances would be in order and his community college credits would be accepted at San Diego State, putting him on a path to earn his desired major within four years. “I really had to manage everything carefully to be where I am right now,” Sergio says.

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Wednesday
Jul152015

Where are they now: Donalyn’s college journey

By Oscar Sweeten-Lopez, Team Lead, Dell Scholars Program

This piece is part of a special series from the Dell Scholars Program. To learn more, visit the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation blog.

Donalyn Allen was four years old when her mother died. With Donalyn’s father an intermittent presence (her parents had separated by the time she was born), the preschooler’s maternal grandmother brought Donalyn from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to her La Porte, Texas, home to raise her.

Donalyn’s grandmother became her lifeline, a parental figure but also—as Donalyn got older—a close friend. In school, Donalyn struggled at times with reading and a speech impediment. She also struggled to make sense of her mother’s sudden death, a struggle that continued through college.

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Friday
Jul102015

Leaders Supporting Teachers: The Lehigh Way

This piece is from Home Room, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Education.

The field of education requires MANY “tools for the tool-belt.” Whether educators need to learn how to manage a classroom of students or to learn how to engage students more fully, continual learning is simply required! So often today I find teachers who have the heart and desire to impact students; they are just unequipped with the knowledge or skills to fully engage students in rigorous learning. As a leader, it is my number one priority to support teachers, so they don’t drown as educators. It is all comes down simply to systems for support. We call this The Lehigh Way.

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