Investing In Educational Excellence
The Riverwood Foundation is a 501(c)(3) whose sole purpose is to support long-term strategic initiatives that impact the students of Riverwood International Charter School. Each year, the Foundation Board of Trustees works closely with Riverwood Administration to determine the areas of greatest need, and then raises funds to support those programs. With the help of parents, alumni and businesses, the foundation has raised over $700,000 in funds since its creation in 2005.
Funding Focus for 2012: “Teaching for Excellence”
This year, the Foundation is in full support of Principal Christopher Triolo’s #1 strategic initiative:
Enhancing the opportunity for EVERY student to reach their full potential by supporting professional development for ALL faculty members.
As he says: “Every Riverwood teacher reaches 180 students EVERY DAY”, so we at the Foundation agree with him that the best investment we can make as a school – and as parents – is to support our teachers.
What is “Teaching for Excellence”
“Teaching for Excellence” is a major shift in how classes are taught. The classroom becomes student-centered versus just teacher-led. Teachers become coaches, mentors and guides to the learning process, and students become more active participants in their learning by working closely with peers. This creates opportunities to encourage problem solving and critical thinking.
“Teaching for Excellence” will impact EVERY Riverwood student, working at every level, in every subject and in every grade. The most exciting part? We are already seeing the impact of implementing “Teaching for Excellence”. The Foundation has already funded an initial group of 25 Riverwood faculty members who have been through their first session. We are hearing from teachers the difference it is already making to students:
“I LOVED our first Teaching for Excellence session on Wednesday. There were several times I actually had tears in my eyes! It was great to have suggestions that could be easily and immediately used in my classes. I REALLY look forward to trying these things and learning more in our upcoming Saturday sessions!”
Give a Brick!
The Riverwood Foundation raises money to help pay for long-term strategic initiatives that benefit all Riverwood students. Buy a brick to help 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 in or click on one of the Donate Now buttons and give your brick on line.
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