Having recently retired from my position as a TRiO student support services academic adviser at Black Hawk Community College, Moline Campus, the Aug. 27th article about Rock Island-Milan School District's AVID initiative caught my attention.|
To be successful in college several basic components are required for student success.
-- First, a personal desire to succeed and the drive to achieve a realistic educationally based goal.
-- Second, the students goal needs to be supported by parents, school, community and all the resources in place that promote learning.
-- Third, a shift from the national level away from standardized test based learning and more focus on critical thinking, writing and oratory skills that promotes students to become global thinkers and not tunnel visioned linear learners.
Students must also be aware of the impact their personal lives have on their ability to succeed in the classroom and the effect being a student has on their personal life. Many students today require professional guidance with respect as to bringing balance into their school life while often times working, parenting or in some cases both.
So, to all AVID participants, I wish you well. Your efforts are worth the rewards and the means do justify the end.
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
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