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Education Foundation grants over $60,000 to Sarasota County Schools

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This news release is from the Education Foundation of Sarasota County.

 SARASOTA, Nov. 10, 2017 – The Education Foundation of Sarasota County has granted over $60,000 in funding for Sarasota County Schools to support its Middle School College and Career Readiness Project. This funding provides over 6,300 students in eight middle schools with the Naviance College & Career Readiness Curriculum, allowing students to develop skills and college knowledge needed to reach their post-secondary goals, and AchieveWORKS assessments, providing a comprehensive profile of each student’s strengths. This grant was made possible thanks to generous donations from the Koski Family Foundation and the Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation. 

“Middle school is a critical time for self-discovery, developing confidence, and understanding why academic planning is relevant to a student’s future,” explained Jennifer Vigne, President of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. “Naviance is a tool that provides Sarasota County Schools with the necessary curriculum to show students the countless pathways to post-secondary success.”

Naviance will train a focus team for each of the middle schools consisting of a career advisor, school counselor, assistance principal and lead teachers along with the Executive Director of Middle Schools, and Director of Curriculum and Instruction on how to facilitate the platform and implement the curriculum. Every Sarasota County Middle School student will receive 25 minutes of Career Readiness instruction each week and will have access to 17 career lessons annually including a pre- and post-test assessment tool.  Students will also be able to explore their career interests through 3000 videos created by students on various career opportunities through a Naviance platform entitled, RoadTrip Nation.

About the Education Foundation of Sarasota County

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County is an independent partner working to advance philanthropic support for Sarasota County Schools. Its mission is to enhance the potential of students, promote excellence in teaching and inspire innovation in education. Guided by the belief that education changes lives, the Education Foundation strives to match each donor’s passion with high-impact projects created to ensure students graduate with purpose and are prepared for a post-secondary pathway. The Education Foundation of Sarasota County and its philanthropic investors are champions for students, teachers, and schools. For more information, visit EdFoundationSRQ.org.                           

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