I am the college and career readiness counselor for Caverna Independent Schools, a role that was established in 2013 when Caverna Independent partnered with GRREC. Our district is one of twenty-two school districts in the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative and Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative areas that are privileged to be a part of the federal Race to the Top-District kid-FRIENDLy initiative. This 41 million dollar grant is the largest district Race to the Top grant awarded in the United States. The vision of this project is “to create at every level of the educational system a shift from teacher-led instruction to competency-based, kid-friendly learning.” What does kid-friendly learning look like? It is kids focused, responsible, imaginative, engaged, and determined to learn. This initiative involves four multi-faceted elements: students as leaders, leaders developing leadership, competency-based teaching, and personalized learning for all students. You may be wondering how does a college and career counselor fit into this initiative? As a college and career readiness counselor, I am involved in the development and operation of a college and career readiness center based inside Caverna High School. In addition to working with high school students, I also partner with the Family Resource Youth Service Center coordinator to provide college and career readiness programs and activities to our district’s middle school and elementary students. Another aspect of my role as a college and career readiness counselor is providing support to parents in learning how to most effectively access and use data available to them related to their child’s academic progress. I am proud to be a part of a team of dedicated educators who share a common goal of wanting all of our students to be on track to be college and career ready.