3. A Process for Identifying the Strengths and Weaknesses of Instruction in Pursuit of Student and School Success and Curriculum Affecting a Student's Progress and Growth Toward Career and College Readiness

Faribault Public Schools has both current and future plans considering students' transition and support. Transition is linked to moving students toward workforce and postsecondary goals, specifically, job and career attainment, and/or postsecondary certificates, degrees and/or diplomas. Support plans refer to wrap around programming offered by blended Community Education, Targeted Services and English Learning after school programs, Area Learning Center credit recovery classes, Adult Basic Education, and county and local level partnerships with workforce development, human services, MnSCU institutions,United Way of Faribault, and youth and focused community based organizations. Working within this framework, Faribault Public Schools along with internal and external partners, have planned intermediary supportive academic and social,emotional learning structures ensuring and extending options for all students to progress toward workforce and postsecondary goals. An additional network that supports these goals through family involvement is a program called Families and Schools Together (FAST). FAST provides programming in all three major languages spoken in the Faribault community - English, Spanish and Somali - that focuses on strategies to help their children succeed and complete K-12 while reinforcing the goal of postsecondary attainment.

Career Pathways Project 

We are currently working towards enhancing our relationship with community partners in order to prepare more students to be ready for the workforce. Faribault Public Schools offer multiple pathways to obtain college credit and or certificates in technical fields. Our hope is to further expand these opportunities as we continue to partner with local business as well as local colleges.

Copy of Pathway Planning Guide.xlsx

High School Naviance Career Counseling Plan 

The high school guidance counselors at Faribault Public Schools have created an outline of the events planned at the High School for each student to assure that they have the necessary resources for college/career readiness. They will begin as 9th graders with activities in Naviance, our career/college readiness system, and go all the way to 12th grade so they have the necessary tools to be ready for life after high school

Counseling Curriculum Outline

Faribault Public Schools AVID Program 

Advancement Via Individual Determination or AVID, is a district-wide system which is being implemented in Faribault Public Schools. The AVID system helps transform the Instruction, Systems, Leadership, and Culture of a school, ensuring college and career readiness for all AVID Elective students and improved academic performance for all students based on increased opportunities.  FPS currently offers the AVID elective class in grades 6-12, through an application process.  The district’s, three elementary schools, are implementing AVID through a school-wide approach starting with grades 3-5.

The AVID Elective Class provides:
· Teaches skills and behaviors for academic success 
· Provides intensive support with tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships 
· Creates a positive peer group for students 
· Develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination 


The AVID System provides:


Instruction: Entire instructional staff utilizes AVID strategies, other best instructional practices, and 21st century tools to ensure college readiness for AVID Elective students and improved academic performance for all students. 

Systems: Systems are in place that support governance, curriculum and instruction, data collection and analysis, professional learning, and student and parent outreach to ensure college readiness for AVID Elective students and improved academic performance for all students. 

Leadership: School leadership sets the vision and tone to promote college readiness and high expectations for all students in the school. 

Culture: School’s beliefs and behaviors which reflect and demonstrate an increase in the number of students meeting college readiness requirements.

As a result, AVID's mission is considered to be an essential strategy for closing the achievement and opportunity gaps, making college access and career readiness available to all students and for them to be successful.