News from Dr. Cruz: College, Career and Life
We live in a complex world with increasing and different demands being placed on our 21st-century workforce. There is no question that all students should graduate from high school fully prepared for college AND careers.
The cornerstone of college and career readiness is rigorous student coursework led by highly trained teachers. Even at the elementary level, students should be able to begin to imagine a future in which they will pursue some sort of post-secondary education.
College readiness begins as early as Pre-K and elementary school. Young children can and should develop literacy, critical thinking, math skills and study habits to prepare them for success in college and careers. AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is being implemented throughout the Crockett High School vertical team, including Bedichek and Covington middle schools and nine elementary schools.
In a recent column in the school newspaper, Crockett student Hanna McGuinness described how all students benefit from AVID practices. They include organizing all class materials in one binder, using a color-coded system for taking notes, and finding the right study environment.
Whenever I visit a campus, I bring along business cards that are designed so that students can fill in their name and the year that they will graduate from high school. It’s a small gesture, but it reinforces one of our district’s four Strategic Plan goals: All students will graduate ready for college, career, and life in a globally competitive economy.
Paul Cruz, Ph.D.