ELIZABETH, NJ  The John E. Dwyer Technology Academy was recently among a select number of schools to be designated an AVID School-wide Site of Distinction.

The School-wide Site of Distinction honor is awarded to a small subset of AVID schools that have illustrated a commitment to equity and opportunity for all students, provided rigorous academic opportunities for all students, and shown a commitment to highly effective, research-based instructional practices throughout the school.

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a research-based instructional model that encourages students to prepare for and participate in a challenging college preparatory curriculum. AVID Secondary equips teachers and schools with what they need to help students succeed on a path to college and career success. Dwyer Technology Academy students take the AVID elective, a one period course each day offering the additional academic, social, and emotional support that will help them succeed in their school’s most rigorous courses.

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In 2018, Dwyer Technology Academy was among a handful of schools throughout the country, and the only school in New Jersey, to be selected as an AVID Showcase School for AVID’s Fall 2018 showcase schedule. The showcase allows for selected AVID schools to show how they are succeeding in institutionalizing the AVID system and demonstrating a commitment to college readiness.

“We are honored to have another school within our district be recognized by AVID for developing a culture that inspires its students to pursue postsecondary education,” stated Elizabeth Public Schools Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer. “Our educational leaders at Dwyer Technology Academy have shown a strong commitment to our district goals of college preparedness and career readiness for every child by offering engineering and information technology career strands through NAF as well as a rigorous college preparatory curriculum for our students through the AVID model.”

“Elizabeth Public Schools holds high expectations for its students to achieve excellence and to prepare for college and career opportunities through the work they do in the classroom as well as their community,” said Elizabeth Board of Education President Stephanie Goncalves. “AVID has become an important part of many of our district schools and we thank them for supporting all our students in the AVID program as well as specifically recognizing the teachers, administrators, and students of Dwyer Technology Academy for their tremendous efforts.”

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