TISD principal to guide others in international college readiness system

Published on Monday, 24 March 2014 20:03 - Written by Staff Reports


An international college readiness system has selected a Tyler ISD principal to help teach others about the program.

Jones Elementary MST Academy Principal Patricia Lewis will be an Advancement Via Individual Determination or AVID, Elementary international staff developer.

This summer, she will facilitate AVID Elementary professional development sessions in Tampa, Fla., according to a TISD news release.

She was selected through a nationwide screening process which included personal and professional reviews and the completion of training courses in AVID Elementary implementation, according to the news release.

AVID Elementary is the initial part of the AVID College Readiness System, which aims to close the achievement gap between students of different races and socioeconomic levels by preparing all students for college and success in a global society, according to the program’s website.

The kindergarten through postsecondary system has a solid track record of changing underperforming students into self-assured college-going scholars and graduates, according to the news release.

TISD AVID Coordinator Lillian Brooks said those people selected as AVID staff developers have proven their ability to successfully implement the program schoolwide and affect all students.

“Mrs. Lewis was selected as an AVID national staff developer because she has implemented the AVID system throughout the Jones Elementary School campus, thus serving as a model for other schools who are working to create a college-going culture,” Ms. Brooks said, according to the news release.