AVID Students More Likely to Complete College

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Bharat Lall is the president and chief executive officer of Pinnacle Hotels USA, a hospitality company that serves as an umbrella for major hotel chains such as Hilton and La Quinta. Away from work, Bharat Lall actively supports a number of education-based efforts in the San Diego area, including Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), a program that helps students prepare for college.

In December of 2017, AVID released data that reveals the program is having a significant impact in helping minority students prepare for their college education. The survey shows that students from Latino and African-American backgrounds who go through the AVID program are nearly 10 percent more likely to complete a bachelor’s program within six years than those who don’t. The data is similar for American-Indian and Pacific-Islander students who participate in the program.


SDPL Rolls out New Fourth Grade Literacy Program

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A veteran of the hospitality industry, Bharat Lall serves as the CEO and president of Pinnacle Hotels USA, a San Diego-based company that purchases and renovates distressed hotels in prime locations. Bharat Lall is also a longtime supporter of the San Diego Public Library (SDPL).

In October of 2017, SDPL rolled out a new reading initiative in the Logan Heights area to help kids get up to speed before they start the fourth grade. The new program, “READY for 4th!,” is a joint effort between SDPL and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, the San Diego Housing Commission, and the San Diego Unified School District.

Studies show that children must overcome increasing hurdles if they aren’t reading at the appropriate grade level before they enter fourth grade. SDPL Director Misty Jones says the READY for 4th! program is a commitment from the library to make sure children in the Logan Heights area get access to the literacy help they need.

AVID Recognizes Teacher Excellence

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For nearly two decades, Bharat Lall has served as the president and CEO of Pinnacle Hotels USA, where he supervises the operations of nine hotel properties in Southern California and Texas. Apart from his work, Bharat Lall is a committed philanthropist who supports many organizations in the San Diego area, including Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID).

Last July, AVID praised the efforts of five San Diego area teachers, recognizing them with the AVID Teacher Advocacy Award. This distinction is given to teachers who stand out for their commitment to preparing students for college. A teacher is nominated by his or her peers, who submit an essay outlining the teacher’s specific accomplishments in helping students get ready for college.

Each Advocacy Award recipient receives $10,000 to help with college-readiness efforts in the classroom. The five winners were honored at the AVID Summer Institute in Sacramento on July 11, 2017.

2017 AVID National Conference Unites Educational Thought Leaders

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Bharat Lall directs the California-based Pinnacle Hotels USA in investing in underperforming hotels in three states. Beyond his responsibilities as president and CEO of Pinnacle Hotels USA, Bharat Lall supports Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). The nonprofit organization will host the 2017 AVID National Conference in December.

The AVID National Conference brings together educational leaders from across the country to discover the latest innovations and best practices for closing the opportunity gap among students. Discussions will focus on expanding access to rigorous curriculums and promoting career readiness for all students. Designed for AVID members, school faculty, and district personnel, the conference also offers a variety of networking events where educational thought leaders can share their experiences.

Programming will consist of an assortment of concurrent sessions targeting the areas of leadership, culture, systems, and institutions. Topics explored range from digital and technological innovations to schoolwide strategies that support students and increase rigor. In addition, the conference will cover the success of AVID systems such as advanced programs and the AVID College Readiness System (ACRS).

To increase affordability, AVID has introduced a number of special incentives to the 2017 National Conference. Incentives include 50 percent off registration for demo school participants and $100 off registration for teams of three or more from the same school. District superintendents and college and university presidents will receive free registration.

The 2017 AVID National Conference will take place on December 7 through December 9 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Florida.

AVID to Hold 12 Summer Institutes in 2016

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A trained physician, Bharat Lall, MD, worked in medicine for a number of years before founding Pinnacle Hotels USA in 1998. Outside of his work in the hospitality industry, Dr. Bharat Lall contributes to Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), a nonprofit group that helps students prepare for college and other opportunities after high school.

Each summer, AVID oversees its annual Summer Institutes, a professional development program that provides training to thousands of teachers every year. In 2016, Avid will hold Summer Institutes in 10 cities across the United States, including San Diego, Denver, Philadelphia, and Orlando.

Registration will soon open for the upcoming 2016 Summer Institutes season, which will kick off in Honolulu on June 6. AVID will then move the three-day seminars to the continental United States, where 11 more will be held throughout June, July, and August.

In addition to other training activities, the Summer Institutes will feature student and educator speakers discussing their experiences with AVID strategies in the classroom. Those who wish to speak at one of the 2016 sessions can enter AVID’s speaker contest, which is currently accepting submissions. Each contest winner will receive $500 in cash as well as complimentary registration or travel and lodging.

San Diego Indian American Society Honors High School Graduates

Bharat Lall, MD, earned his medical degree from the University of Glasgow in Scotland in 1979. After immigrating to the United States, he found an interest outside of medicine. In 1997, he became co-owner of Pinnacle Hotels, located in San Diego, California. Bharat Lall, MD, stays active in his community and belongs to several organizations, one of which is the San Diego Indian American Society.

Founded in 1984, the San Diego Indian American Society undertakes projects that help individuals who live in the United States and India and recognizes service done by people in any field in India and the United States.

In July 2014, the organization held the 31st annual Mahatma Gandhi Memorial lecture and awards ceremony. It honored 23 high school graduates that represented 19 local high schools. The San Diego Indian American Society gave $45,000 in scholarships to these individuals. Each high school nominated these students, and the students in turn wrote essays on Gandhi. Since the organization began the awards ceremony, more than 570 students have received recognition.