Investing In Educational Excellence
The Riverwood Foundation is a 501(c)(3) whose sole purpose is to support long-term strategic initiatives that impact every student at Riverwood International Charter School. The Foundation Board of Trustees, comprised of parents and community leaders, works closely with the school’s administrative team to determine the areas of greatest need, raises funds, and secure resources to support those needs. Thanks to a dedicated group of individuals and organizations who have an interest in ensuring a quality education for ALL students, the Foundation has raised over $860,000 in funds since its creation in 2005.
Funding Focus for 2014-15: Professional Development and Critical Classroom Equipment Needs
Goal: Enhance the opportunity for EVERY student to reach their full potential by investing in continuing education oppportunities for Riverwood faculty.
Every Riverwood teacher reaches 180 students each day, so we at the Foundation agree that one of the best investments we can make as a school, parents, and broader community is to support our teachers. The Foundation is investing in AVID, in Teaching for Excellence (TFE), in Advanced Placement (AP) conferences, and other development needs to help Riverwood reach its goals.
What is AVID?
AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college-readiness program designed to increase school-wide learning and performance. It is already established in many Fulton County high schools, where it has increased both graduation rates and the number of college-bound students.
With high dropout rates among students in the academic middle, the Foundation is supporting Dr Shaw, the Administration, and the Faculty as they take steps to increase Riverwood’s graduation rate and help all students excel. During Summer 2014, Riverwood teachers will attend AVID training and AVID will begin on campus in the fall. The Sandy Springs Society awarded the Riverwood Foundation a $10,000 grant in May 2014 to help establish AVID (read the details in the News story on the right side of this page). The Riverwood Foundation has committed to raise $25,000 to support this very important initiative.
What is Teaching for Excellence?
“Teaching for Excellence” strategies move the classroom to a student-centered model that is teacher-led. Teachers become coaches, mentors and guides to the learning process, and students become more active participants responsible for their learning by working closely with peers. This creates opportunities to encourage problem solving and critical thinking and better prepares students for the independent learning model required in higher education.
“Teaching for Excellence” impacts EVERY Riverwood student, working at every level, in every subject and in every grade. We are seeing the impact of implementing these new strategies.
Give a Brick!
Leave a Legacy….Buy a Brick….Support our Students. Commemorate your student, a favorite teacher, or someone associated with education and support the Foundation at the same time. Fill out the flyer and mail it to the school.
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