Initiatives

Initiatives

To stay true to its mission, AVID is undertaking several initiatives to ensure all students are afforded the opportunity for success. Our multi-pronged approach focuses on improving opportunities for under-represented populations, improving quality of teaching, and improving the strength of educational leaders.

For more detailed descriptions of these initiatives in action and to see how AVID is helping put all students on the path to success, click any of the Initiative links above.

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Blended Curriculum

Because the AVID system works when teachers are trained in AVID strategies and methodologies, quality professional learning is the foundation of our system. AVID Center is utilizing more technology and distance learning strategies in an effort to increase quality, accessibility, and length of training, while cutting overhead costs. Current projects include utilizing WebEx, AVID online forums, AVID Weekly/Critical Reading pilot, Teacher Leadership, and pre- and post- Summer Institute online training.

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Equity Initiatives

Our equity initiatives are focused on addressing the factors that have kept various groups of students from going to college. Through culturally responsive teaching strategies, we are giving our full attention to populations that are underrepresented at higher education institutions. Explore the links below for more details.

Culturally Relevant Teaching (CRT)

CRT provides a framework of effective methodologies that infuse the culture of all students in the classroom to enhance the curriculum and make relevant learning connections to increase comprehension.

CRT strands are now offered at AVID National Conference, Summer Institute and Path trainings. Educators from across the nation have engaged in the trainings.

Currently, we are working with nine school sites and districts throughout the U.S. to implement research-based best practices, including culturally relevant teaching, and recruiting/retaining African American male students in AVID and rigorous curriculum.

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African American Male Initiative (AAMI)

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) launched its African American Males Initiative (AAMI) in 2007 to provide educational opportunities and increase the number of African American males going to college. Following two successful AAMI conferences, the initiative has grown across the country.

Today, nine sites and school districts throughout the U.S. are implementing research-based best practices, including culturally relevant teaching, recruiting and retaining African American males in AVID and rigorous curriculum.

The goal of AAMI has been to use AVID to facilitate education and motivation of African American male students and open pathways to postsecondary education.

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Resources

The Educational Crisis Facing Young Men of Color College Board Report Outlines 'Educational Crisis' for Minority Men

The College Board released a report in early February called "The Educational Crisis Facing Young Men of Color." It highlights "undeniable challenges among minority students, including a lack of role models, search for respect outside of education, loss of cultural memory, poverty challenges, language barriers, community pressures and a sense of a failing education system," according to the announcement of the study. Please follow this link to the College Board's Minority Issues in Education PDF.

 

Access Research Journal, Issue 13.1, 2007 Spring features the following article about Equity:

School Reform and Second Generation Discrimination: Toward the Development of Equitable Schools
Guest writer, Dr. Pedro Noguera, discusses equity in education, and says, "No matter how difficult and elusive, the goal of equity remains one that schools must pursue if they are to remain viable as public institutions."

Access Research Journal, Issue 10.2, 2004 Fall features the following article about Equity:

Equity and Achievement are focus of upcoming AVID/College Board National Conference
This article previewed the then upcoming National Conference titled, "Accelerating Equity and Achievement."

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Leadership

Since AVID's inception in 1980, leadership training has been a key area of focus in order to promote college readiness across an entire campus. We know that strong leadership is one of the most important aspects of successful AVID implementation.

Current AVID leadership efforts include:

  • AVID District Leadership (ADL) for Secondary and Elementary
  • Principals Leadership Academy

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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Getting young people, especially women, interested in science, technology, engineering, and math, has become increasingly important to stay competitive as a nation. Incorporating AVID strategies is a way to support students in these subjects. AVID Center has created new Math and Tutorial curriculum.

Our current work includes, Write Path: Math I & II curriculum, Tutorial Resource Guide, establishing an advisory board, and hosting a series of Math WebExes.

AVID Center has developed four math and science summer bridge programs for students from 7th to 10th grades. The interactive, highly-engaging programs provide rigorous content instruction using WICOR strategies. The math programs can also provide a means of increasing student access to 8th grade Algebra 1.

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Schoolwide for College Readiness

AVID takes pride in being a catalyst for systemic change within a school. The schoolwide initiative goes beyond academic achievement for the AVID elective students and creates or enhances a college-going, college-ready culture at the school. Following the 4th or 5th year of implementation, AVID would be institutionalized as a schoolwide college readiness system and a core function of the school’s efforts to meet the needs of all students.

Immediate goals are to develop a schoolwide coaching tool, select and prepare pilot sites, and generate the methodology.

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