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Rea Elementary Earns 2020 AVID Teacher Advocacy Award
Posted 6/23/20

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District Rea Elementary has been awarded one of five statewide 2020 AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Teacher Advocacy Awards. The Teacher Advocacy Award is in recognition of teachers collectively championing the AVID program to achieve significant school-wide academic achievement and progress. As part of the award recognition, Rea Elementary will receive $10,000 to support college and career readiness initiatives, such as college field trips, classroom equipment and materials, professional development, and engaging classroom speakers.

“It’s a great mark of accomplishment for Rea to be recognized with this award just four years into adopting the AVID program!” said AVID District Director Dr. Dave Martinez.

Since becoming an AVID Certified School in 2018, Rea Elementary has had a consistent increase in English Language Arts and Mathematics Smarter Balanced Assessment scores. Parent involvement has significantly grown in participation in programs such as the Parent Institute for Quality Education and AVID nights. Rea is also recognized for supporting students beyond the educational program and fostering a positive school culture. In recent years there has been a significant decrease in disciplinary referrals and school suspensions, with the implementation of restorative practices, such as the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Program.

Starting in 2016, all Rea teachers committed to the AVID mission of improving academic success and fostering a culture of college and career success campus-wide.

The AVID program helps schools shift to a more equitable, student-centered approach that focuses on closing the opportunity gap to prepare all students for college success in a global society. In partnering with AVID, Rea continues to build and cultivate excellence in the areas of instruction, systems, school culture, and leadership.

“We are proud of our Rea team - AVID has played a critical role in increased student achievement at the school and generally in the pride students, teachers, and parents have for their school,” said Dr. Duane Cox, Rea Elementary principal. 

All Rea students will have the opportunity to continue their AVID education at TeWinkle Middle School before venturing off to Estancia or Early College High Schools that also have 4-year AVID programs.