Investing In Educational Excellence
Mission: The Riverwood Foundation is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to support long-term strategic initiatives that impact every student at Riverwood International Charter School. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization through which fundraising and partnership development are fostered to ensure that the long-term strategic academic objectives of the Riverwood administration are achieved.
Vision: The work of the Riverwood Foundation will ultimately impact every student at Riverwood through enhanced learning experiences.
The Foundation Board of Trustees: Comprised of parents and community leaders, the Foundation Board of Trustees 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 nearly $1 million in funds since its creation in 2005.
Funding Focus for 2016-2017: Professional Development to Improve Student Engagement in the Classroom
Goal: Enhance the opportunity for EVERY student to reach their full potential by investing in continuing education opportunities for Riverwood faculty.
Every Riverwood teacher reaches over 100 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. As such, a primary focus of the Foundation is Teaching for Excellence (TFE).
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 and this evident.
The Foundation is also investing in AVID, International Studies Resource Center and the annual Career Fair and Alumni Relations:
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 Society continues to support AVID with ongoing grants including $7000 in 2015, and $9000 in 2016. Thank you, Sandy Springs Society!
International Studies Resource Center
ISRC is designed to be a resource center of opportunities: student exchange programs, volunteer abroad, study abroad and mission trips. Continued development to take place during 2016-2017 school year.
Held every March, 80+ businesses spend the morning with every Riverwood student sharing career information, as well as internships and jobs.
Finally, the Foundation works tirelessly to develop grant applications to secure additional classroom resources: tutors, equipment and technology and works to engage alumni to remain connected to RICS.