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AVID's Adventures in College & Career Readiness Blog

Why I Still Reach Higher: Nick Cannon On College Education
By Nick Cannon, Guest Contributor for Michelle Obama's Reach Higher Initiative
Every once in a while, you hear about a celebrity or pro athlete who goes back to school to complete their college degree. Shaq. Bo Jackson. Michael Jordan. They already have fame, they’ve made money, and they’re living far, far beyond their wildest childhood dreams. Click to read the Forbes article...

Are you Accomplishing Your Hidden Objectives?
By Craig McKinney, AVID Staff Developer
In many cases—perhaps most—we gauge our classroom experiences not by what we are teaching but by what our students are learning or doing. Teachers who want to make the learning clear to students do so by informing them of the learning objectives for a particular lesson or for a unit as a whole. Click to read more...

Mindfulness Meets AVID
By Kristen Larson, AVID Elective Teacher

I am proud to say our school district has gone in a holistic direction by investing in our students and staff by hiring a mindfulness specialist. Having this resource has transformed how I approach the classroom, my students, and my life. I had heard of mindfulness and done a yoga class here and there, but I really had no idea what the term actually meant and how powerful it could be. So, I was curious and thought I would see how we, as an AVID class, could tap into this new resource. Click to read more...

5 Things Every School Counselor Wants You To Know
By Eric Blanco, CASC President 2016–2017, School Counselor, Ernest Righetti High School

Happy National School Counseling Week 2017! The goal of this week is to “focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems.” In the spirit of the week, here are the top 5 things that I believe every school counselor wants you to know—whether you’re a student, parent, or fellow educator. Click to read more...