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This year we will offer more than 60 concurrent sessions. We have categorized the concurrent sessions into four topics of interest: Instruction, Systems, Leadership, and Culture. These are the four domains of AVID Schoolwide. A strong AVID system can transform all four domains on a school campus, ensuring college readiness for all AVID Elective students and improved academic performance for all students based on increased opportunities.


Sessions are listed under their main topic area; however, many of them extend into others. We have noted the primary and secondary (if applicable) topics by adding the icons below next to each title.






Milken Educator Award Recipients Who Are Also AVID Educators Give Perspectives on Their Classrooms

Frank Iannucci, Program Engagement Manager, Eastern Division, AVID Center, Orlando, FL


A teacher’s enthusiasm, engagement and support can dramatically influence their students’ academic and social-emotional states. Hear from nationally recognized Milken Outstanding Educator award recipients how AVID influences them in their classrooms.


Strengths Academy – Helping AVID Students Focus on What is StrongSlides

Paula Allbeck, Principal, Mark Twain (K-6), Riverside, CA


Riverside, California embraces AVID’s vision. Within this community, the fifth-grade team at Mark Twain Elementary built on their school’s “AVID ready” culture by focusing on student and faculty strengths. By using the Gallup approach of concentrating on what is strong not what is wrong, they were able to boost school day attendance, reduce behavior referrals, and build a common positive language. The powerful combination of the students’ strengths and AVID’s college preparedness tools is producing resilient, hopeful students who are more engaged. Together, AVID and Learning Together’s Strengths Academy are effectively guiding students to set higher goals and to challenge themselves in new ways.


Flipping the AVID Classroom: A Blended and Virtual Approach to the AVID Elective (Cancelled)

Dr. Kaye Rogers, Director of Virtual Learning, iUniversity Prep, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, Grapevine, TX
Jessica Lee, Dean of Students and AVID Site Coordinator, iUniversity Prep, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, Grapevine, TX


In a digital society, schools engaged in blended, one-to-one, and virtual learning must learn to re-imagine the AVID classroom, synchronously and asynchronously, to meet the needs and goals for all students. Participants in this session will brainstorm and explore how to rethink the way to use Weeks at a Glance though infusing 21st Century Skills and technology in the daily structure of the AVID elective.


Writing to Close the Achievement Gap – HandoutSlides

Jennifer Nagle, Project Manager, Curriculum Team, AVID Center, San Diego, CA


This session will introduce participants to AVID’s new writing curriculum materials that will be released summer of 2018. The focus of this session will be on writing for academic purposes, academic research, using mentor texts, and unpacking the writing process in a way that fosters disciplinary literacy and supports AVID Schoolwide. Educators will be provided with tools and strategies for teaching students how to write competently and confidently across content areas, in keeping with AVID's mission to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.


Strengthening Student Motivation: The Biggest Problem in American Education and How We Can Solve It – HandoutSlides Pt 1Pt 2Pt 3

Dr. Kent Pekel, President and CEO, Search Institute, Minneapolis, MN


Participants in this session will learn about Search Institute’s REACH (Relationships, Effort, Aspirations, Cognition, Heart) Framework, which breaks the complex task of strengthening student motivation down into five essential strategies: building developmental Relationships with and among students, helping students understand how Effort can increase intelligence, connecting students’ current actions to their future Aspirations, teaching students about Cognition’s role in delaying gratification and managing learning, and ensuring that students know and are known for the deep interests and best values in their Hearts. Session participants will be provided with several practical tools for implementing key elements of the REACH Framework in their schools and classrooms.


Reaching and Teaching the Whole Adolescent – From the Neck Upward – Handout Pt 1 – Pt 2Slides Pt 1Pt 2

Dr. Paul D. Deering, Professor, University of Hawai’i at Manoa College of Education, Honolulu, HI


Adolescents undergo enormous changes across all domains of human functioning—physical, social/emotional, cognitive, and moral/spiritual—and they learn best when these areas are addressed holistically. This session will systematically examine adolescents’ higher-level needs (cognitive, metacognitive, moral, spiritual; i.e., “neck-upward”) relative to school and classroom practices. This is “the good stuff” of education—reasoning, creating, fighting for justice, taking moral stands, figuring out one’s place in the universe—and this approach can motivate students to crave the academic and readiness skills in WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading). Participants should come ready to learn, laugh, and move!


Harnessing the Power of WICOR With Digital ToolsSlides

Kristin Bellus-Penz, Technology Integration and Student Support, South Washington County Schools, South Saint Paul, MN


Whether it be through one device or a 1:1 environment, education is transforming due to the power of technology. Embracing digital tools at the elementary and middle school levels can excite students about learning; engage them in deeper, more meaningful thinking; and help them build the skills they need to excel as 21st century learners. This session looks at ways to harness the power of digital WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) to elevate student learning, with a focus on apps and programs that can be used for a variety of WICOR purposes and are easily accessible across platforms.


The Evolution of AVID’s Focused Note-Taking Techniques: It Is More About the Process Than the Paper! – Handout 1 – 2Slides

Gordon Mosher III, Western Division Program Manager, AVID Center, Denver, CO


Just because students are writing in class doesn’t mean they are learning the material. How can educators focus the note-taking process on what students are doing to engage with their learning? This session will focus on AVID’s relaunch of the focused note-taking process for elementary and secondary schools.


The Rigor of AVID Elementary: A Tale of Two Program Managers – HandoutSlides

George Leidigh, Western Division Program Manager, AVID Center, Oro Valley, AZ
Pamela Good, Western Division Program Manager, AVID Center, College Place, WA


This session will focus on best practices observed through the lens of two AVID program managers working with over 47 districts and 170 elementary schools in Arizona (44), Washington (101), and Oregon (25). Examples of AVID Elementary matrices, systems that support alignment between AVID and district initiatives, and data from exemplar schools will be shared to identify how AVID is being used to close gaps in education as well as how strong leadership and a college-going culture impacts student learning. Participants will have access to sample documents and templates.


Roadtrip Nation in the AVID Classroom

Molly Gazin, Education Account Manager, Roadtrip Nation, Costa Mesa, CA
Annie Mais, Senior Product Manager, Roadtrip Nation, Costa Mesa, CA


Roadtrip Nation and AVID have partnered to bring Roadtrip Nation to AVID eighth and tenth graders across the country. This project-based curriculum pairs real-world learning opportunities with self-reflection activities to increase students’ persistence while they learn more about themselves and different life pathways. This session will highlight the impact of Roadtrip Nation on AVID students, ranging from increases in self-efficacy and noncognitive skill development to advancement of a growth mindset regarding students’ drive to reach their college and career goals.


AVIDizing the Flipped Classroom – HandoutSlides

Erik Christensen, Dean of Applied Sciences and Technologies, South Florida State College, Avon Park, FL


Reversing the traditional in-class and out-of-class elements of the classroom and integrating AVID-inspired active engagement learning strategies can transition a course from a teacher-centered to a learner-centered environment. This will completely change the dynamics of the classroom and make students more responsible for their own learning. As a result, student engagement, participation, conceptual understanding, and success will sharply increase. Participants in this session will explore the possibilities of a flipped classroom for any grade level, engage with other participants, and leave with a personalized implementation plan and a variety of interactive engagement activities that can be implemented immediately.


AVID Elementary: WICOR + Culture = SUCCESSSlides

Dr. Chara N. Moore, Principal, Sims Elementary School, Conyers, GA


This session will focus on WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) from a K–5 perspective. It will answer the question, “How do you WICORize instruction across all elementary classes while building a scholarly school environment?”


WICOR on the Web – HandoutSlides

Barbara Verity, Instructional Coach, Orange County Public Schools (Digital School), Orlando, FL
Casey Waugh Alvarado, Instructional Coach, Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, FL


This session will fuse web-based technology and purposeful planning for meaningful digital integration. Specifically, it will focus on digital tutorials, collaborative study groups, and each element of WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) to identify digital resources that blend traditional teaching practices with 21st century learning.


Implementing AVID Schoolwide Through Middle School AdvisorySlides

Jennifer Madland, Principal, Stephens Middle School (AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction and AVID National Demonstration School), Salem, OR
Jason Gundlach, AVID Coordinator and Instructional Coach, Stephens Middle School, Salem, OR


Implementation of a schoolwide AVID advisory program has been a key component of Stephens Middle School’s transformation from a tough, failing school to one of 28 middle schools nationwide to be recognized as both an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction and an AVID National Demonstration School. You will leave with practical knowledge of how to transform your school with an academic advisory program that diagnostically addresses schoolwide WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) needs through a continuous and authentic improvement cycle that connects to professional development for all staff.


Growing Your AP® Program: Providing Differentiation and Support for Students New to AP – HandoutSlides

Amy Dahlin, AP/Pre-AP English Teacher, Roseville Area High School, ISD 623, Roseville, MN


Students who are brand new to AP programs and AP students who are recently exited English language learners (ELLs) can pose a unique set of challenges to AP teachers. By approaching these students with a more radical sense of differentiation, focusing on a growth model, and providing academic training in the summer before the school year begins, new students can become a valuable asset to these college-level classes. AVID strategies are an essential component of this work and offer AP teachers a way to broaden access to content that is often misperceived as too challenging and intimidating instead of rewarding and stimulating.


AVID Writing to Learn: A Schoolwide Approach – HandoutSlides

Craig McKinney, Secondary ELA Instructional Specialist, Plano Independent School District, Plano, TX


Writing: It isn't just for English class. Educators can engage learners and enhance learning in all subject areas by implementing writing-to-learn strategies schoolwide. This interactive presentation will give participants a first look at AVID’s new writing-to-learn resources that will be the focus of a new strand beginning in summer 2018.


Schoolwide Interactive Notebooks to Increase Organization and Rigor – HandoutSlides

Mary Whitman, AVID District Director and Middle School Elective Teacher/Coordinator, Fort Lupton Middle School, Weld Re-8 School District, Fort Lupton, CO
Candace Kensinger, Principal, Fort Lupton Middle School, Weld Re-8 School District, Fort Lupton, CO


This session will show how interactive notebooks can be implemented across all grade levels and content areas. The presentation will highlight why to use interactive notebooks and how they increase student achievement. Presenters will show a different version of the “In, Through, Out” model. Participants will look at how to incorporate word banks, essential questions, and Cornell notes and consider where students can demonstrate their own connections to the materials or lessons. Interactive notebooks can become a schoolwide system that promotes rigorous instruction and a way for students to utilize their Cornell notes. Fort Lupton Middle School has adopted the interactive notebook schoolwide and has seen students become more organized and retain more information. Examples and handouts will be provided to help participants implement the interactive notebook successfully.


The Homework Dilemma – HandoutSlides

Julie Sanders, AVID Eastern Division Consultant, Staff Developer, Lead Writer, Curriculum Writer, and Retired AVID District Director, Youngstown, FL


While today’s classrooms have changed to meet the needs of 21st century learners, homework assignments often remain stuck in “old school” thought, lacking relevance and engagement that enhances learning. Thus homework often becomes a cause of stress and frustration, not only for students but for parents and teachers as well. Learn how to bring homework into the 21st century by extending and embedding AVID WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) strategies into the crafting of homework assignments so that they extend thinking, spark curiosity, and connect to students.


Effective Integration of Virtual College Presentations Into the AVID Elective ClassSlides

David Armitage, AVID Western Division Consultant, Secondary Teacher, and Online College Instructor, Sage Valley Middle School, Vallivue School District, Caldwell/Nampa, ID


The opportunity to visit college campuses and interact with admissions counselors is an incredibly powerful experience for many students as they decide whether to pursue postsecondary education. However, many live in areas where visiting their “dream school” is not feasible or practical. Living in a digital world affords us the opportunity to overcome this challenge through technology and its integration in the classroom. In this session, educators will learn how to design meaningful lessons that incorporate virtual college interviews, presentations, and tours.


Discovering K–16 Instructional Partnerships That Lead to Teacher and Student SuccessSlides

Lorraine Spickermann, Lecturer and College of Education/AVID Teacher Preparation Liaison, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Odessa, TX
Amy Anderson, Principal, Hays Elementary School Magnet Academy, Ector County ISD, Odessa, TX


This session will focus on a model AVID system-wide partnership between a local magnet school and The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, a Hispanic Serving Institution, and its impact on student learning at both institutions. Participants will discover how creating K–16 partnerships directly affects the success of students through student teachers, teachers, and administrators. Student teachers receive focused, systematic university instruction on AVID methodologies and strategies before assignment to AVID schools. A video will feature reflections from elementary students, teachers, and the principal on their path to AVID Schoolwide status.


A.E.I.O.U. in K–16 – HandoutSlides

Alma Sandigo, Assistant Clinical Professor, College of Education, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
Dr. Rachel Juarez-Torres, AVID for Higher Education Program Manager, AVID Center, Dallas, TX


This session will provide information on AVID in a predominantly English language learner (ELL) K–16 setting to showcase the partnership between AVID for Higher Education and the local ISD. The central focus of this K–16 partnership is the opportunity to use AVID frameworks, methodologies, and strategies in coaching tutors using action research protocols to improve the academic English of ELLs who need ongoing support as they transition from K–12 to higher education, with an emphasis on pre-service teachers.


Instruction | Systems | Leadership | Culture


Creating a Stepladder for Struggling Students to Access AVIDSlides

Damian Funches, Teacher, Wilson Middle School, Plano, TX
Kristen Anderson, AVID District Secondary Coordinator, Plano Independent School District, Plano, TX


Wilson Middle School in Plano, Texas had a significantly higher percentage of their struggling students access the AVID Elective after they completed BLAST Get Ready 4 Algebra. BLAST combines rigorous academic intervention with a focus on student strengths, while simultaneously introducing AVID’s foundational concepts. Students who would not otherwise have qualified for AVID now have increased odds of experiencing post-secondary success. By focusing on what is strong not wrong, more students are ready to excel in AVID.


Results of Comprehensive School Counseling Programs in Supporting College Readiness – HandoutSlides

Danielle Duarte, School Counseling Program Adjunct Faculty, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Dr. Trish Hatch, School Counseling Program Professor & CESCaL Executive Director, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA


School counseling programs play a large role in supporting students’ access to rigorous classes, college application completion, and FAFSA submission. By designing data-driven, comprehensive school counseling programs to address students’ academic, college and career, and social/emotional development, school counselors support college readiness for all. This session supports school counselors, administrators, AVID coordinators, and teachers in recognizing the essential role counselors play in using data-driven practices to close achievement gaps by analyzing data, measuring student outcomes, and sharing successes. School counseling program results will be presented, emphasizing the collaborative role school counselors play in creating a college-going culture K–12.


American Grit: A Docudrama on Education, Work, and the American Dream

Brooke Haycock, Senior Playwright/Researcher, The Education Trust, Washington, DC


Weaving data with narrative drawn from more than 300 interviews with youth, educators, and leaders from higher education, business, and industry, American Grit whips into a fever pitch a 100-year-old debate in education about the very role of secondary schools in America and what—and whose—children need to succeed. This docudrama follows cousins Deja and Darnell out the high school doors and deep into a post-industrial America, exposing the fault lines in the rhetoric of college and career readiness “for all” that swallow too many students and shake the very foundation of American prosperity. A survey and conversation will follow the performance.


Using the CCI to Coach Toward Schoolwide – HandoutSlides

Blaire Beaty-Hancock, Project Manager, Professional Learning, AVID Center, San Diego, CA
Kristen Wellman, Project Manager, Professional Learning, AVID Center, San Diego, CA


This session will explore the connection between the Secondary Coaching and Certification Instrument and the Continuous Improvement Cycle. It will focus on how to use the CCI to coach sites along the implementation continuum toward AVID Schoolwide in order to support the success of all students, while seeking to align AVID with other site and district initiatives.


The Power of Three: Maximizing College Readiness and Opportunity Beyond Test DaySlides

Jennifer Karan, Executive Director, College Readiness Assessments, College Board, New York, NY


This session will explore how to maximize students’ college and career readiness through the combined power of three College Board resources: the student reporting portal, Official SAT® Practice on Khan Academy®, and “Roadmap to Careers,” a proprietary partnership with Roadtrip Nation. Free for students who have participated in the SAT Suite of Assessments, Roadmap to Careers is specifically designed to encourage exploration across careers and college majors. Used together, these tools go well beyond test day to motivate and engage students in achieving their goals. This session will also focus on how educators can foster student connections and engagement with these resources to amplify college opportunity.


What is AVID Elementary? An Informational Session – HandoutSlides (minus the movies)

Y’Desha Alsup, Eastern Division Program Manager, AVID Center, St. Petersburg, FL
Jaime Lomax, Partner Engagement Manager, AVID Center, Orlando, FL


This session will provide an introductory overview of AVID Elementary for participants who are planning to implement or are interested in implementing AVID Elementary. Existing AVID Elementary partners are welcome and may pick up some updated information through this session. Participants will learn what college readiness means in an elementary context as well as the relational connection between AVID Elementary and AVID Secondary. The intended audience is district stakeholders (superintendents, curriculum and instruction directors, and district directors) and elementary or intermediate principals and assistant principals, teachers, and instructional specialists.


School and Community Collaboration: Partnerships at Work – HandoutSlides

Bernadette Hardeman Strong, Specialist and AVID District Director, Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville, FL
Crystal Parker, Language Arts Teacher, Sandalwood High School, Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville, FL


This presentation highlights the efforts of one large urban school district to leverage partnerships that support efforts to build a college-going culture. Participants will discover how the district successfully forged partnerships with local postsecondary institutions and community organizations that are committed to students and serve as partners in their success. This session will also delve into a number of programs and activities that were birthed through these collective efforts to prepare students for college, careers, and life. Participants will leave with tools and practices that they can immediately implement in their district.


Making Excellence Contagious: A Vertical Alignment Think Tank – HandoutSlides

John Varady, District Director, School Board of Highlands County, Lake Placid, FL
Hilary Hathaway, AVID Coordinator, Lake Placid High School, Lake Placid, FL


Getting leaders and teachers together to learn from one another makes excellence contagious. This session will share success stories and assist with next steps for duplicating a vertical alignment system like that implemented in central Florida, wherein district-level personnel, principals, AVID coordinators, and content teachers from feeder schools gather together to share ideas and learn.


How We Utilized the Four Domains to Create the Lehigh Way and Transform Our School to AVID Schoolwide – HandoutSlides

Jackie Corey, Principal, Lehigh Senior High School, Lee County School District, Lehigh Acres, FL
Cyndi Chiorello, Assistant Principal of Curriculum, Lehigh Senior High School, Lee County School District, Lehigh Acres, FL


This session will share how a high school utilized the four domains (Instruction, Systems, Leadership, and Culture) to implement AVID Schoolwide. The presenters will share proven systems that will change school culture and influence school leadership as well as a universal framework for instruction that will close the achievement gap. This is their story of how Lehigh Senior High School was transformed from low performing to high performing, from a school that was not a school of choice to a school that is the number one school of choice in the county. This is their journey to becoming a National Demonstration School and a School of Distinction, recognized by the United States Department of Education as a school where “Leaders Support Teachers.” In addition, the presenters will share how the influence of Culturally Relevant Teaching helped decrease their disciplinary referrals by 58%.


Getting Arrows Aligned: How Do We Build AVID Fidelity Beyond Initial Implementation? – HandoutSlides

Jeff Pope, AVID District Director, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, Burnsville, MN
Dr. Janice Porter, Principal, Burnsville Alternative High School, Burnsville-Egan-Savage School District 191, Burnsville, MN


In many districts with AVID, there are District Directors with many responsibilities and initiatives. You are the District Director and finished training at AVID Summer Institute, or you have been an AVID District Director for a couple of years—now what? How could the AVID College Readiness System align to ensure that your sites and district office are moving in the same direction beyond initial AVID training? Participants will learn about the experience and tools created from implementing professional plans, goals specifically for building sites, and methods to ensure fidelity.


Pathways to Rigor: Re-Conceptualizing the Course Placement Process for AVID StudentsSlides

Dr. Philip E. Bernhardt, Chair and Associate Professor of Secondary/K–12 Education and Instructional Technology, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Denver, CO


The process for assigning students to classes often creates barriers to accessing certain academic pathways and opportunities. This issue is typically overlooked when implementing AVID programs and is often absent from schoolwide discussions about educational equity and college readiness. If our goal is to increase AVID students’ access to rigorous coursework to better prepare them for postsecondary opportunities, we must closely examine any potential barriers related to the course placement process. This presentation will challenge participants to thoughtfully consider site-based course placement practices and provide strategies for increasing academic access and equity.


Maintaining National Demonstration Status at a High-Needs Title I CampusSlides

Danielle Sanchez, AVID Coordinator, Bedichek Middle School, Austin ISD, Austin, TX
Michael Herbin, Principal, Bedichek Middle School, Austin ISD, Austin, TX


The 2016–2017 school year was one of transition at Austin’s only AVID National Demonstration School, Bedichek Middle School. All AVID leadership roles, including District Director, principal, and site coordinator, were in transition. With new leaders in place, the expectations for campus vision, culture, systems, and instruction needed to be revisited for efficacy. Much was learned about what is necessary to ensure that the AVID College Readiness System is sustainable schoolwide despite key leadership transitions. This session will cover a number of variables at play, including leadership selection, the AVID Site Team’s role, staff development, teaching strategies, resource allocation, high expectations, and vision.


Early College High School Perspective: Building a Strong AVID System – HandoutSlides

Deana Guido, Dean of Transfer and Learning Resources and AVID Liaison, Nash Community College, Rocky Mount, NC


Participants will learn about the Systems and Culture that unite an AVID early college and an AVID for Higher Education community college. The Nash-Rocky Mount Early College was one of the original five early colleges in North Carolina and is co-located on the campus of Nash Community College, a National Demonstration Site. This session will describe the partnership and the pivotal role AVID plays in students’ success at the high school and community college levels.


The AVID College Readiness System: A Glimpse Into AVID SecondarySlides

Frank Iannucci, Program Engagement Manager, Eastern Division, AVID Center, Orlando, FL
M. Allison Childress, Eastern Division Program Manager, AVID Center, Orlando, FL


This session, geared toward participants who are new to AVID or are interested in implementing AVID, will focus on how AVID helps educators become more engaged so that students may succeed through college and beyond. Participants will walk away with an understanding of the impact that AVID can make by systematically increasing academic rigor and creating engaging learning environments, accelerating the performance of underrepresented students, and delivering results schoolwide.


AVID and the IB® MYP: Creating a Stronger School CommunitySlides

Dr. Henry Romero, Principal, Ray Wiltsey IB Middle School, Ontario, CA
Dr. Jhunu Mohapatra, Principal, Stonewall Jackson Middle School, Orlando, FL


This session will explore the AVID and International Baccalaureate partnership, specifically as it relates to the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP). Participants will learn how the programs strongly complement each other, bringing added value to the students and the school. Moreover, this session will examine the commitment to AVID and IB schoolwide at two different middle schools on opposite ends of the country: Jackson Middle School in Florida and Ray Wiltsey Middle School in California. Data will be presented to convey the effectiveness of maximizing skill development as well as promoting a positive culture schoolwide through AVID and the IB MYP. In addition to gaining valuable knowledge and timely resources, participants will engage in collaborative brainstorming in order to plot effective execution at their schools.


Instruction | Systems | Leadership | Culture


Gaining That Extra Support From Your School Board

Dr. Edward “Lee” Vargas, Executive Vice President, AVID Center, San Diego, CA


School boards set policy for the districts and wield a great deal of decision-making authority, so it is optimal to ensure that clear and compelling information is presented in a cogent way, respecting board members’ authority, expertise, and time. In this session, you will hear directly from school board members and their superintendents, who will explain what is desired in a staff, student, or community presentation and what pitfalls you might want to avoid.


It Does Indeed Take a VillageSlides

Judy Stricklin, AVID District Director, Irving ISD, Irving, TX
Karen Zeske, Advanced Academics Coordinator, Irving ISD, Irving, TX
Melanie Sangalli, ELAR Coordinator K–12, Irving, TX


Students’ success in challenging courses and on challenging tests relies on the collaborative efforts of curriculum, assessment, and support services. In this session, participants will learn how district-level leaders can work together to make this success happen for all students.


Graduation Within Reach – How We Reversed a Growing Dropout RateSlides 123456

Dr. Mervin B. Daugherty, Superintendent, Red Clay Consolidated School District, Wilmington, DE
Dr. Mary Caputo, Assistant Principal, Thomas McKean High School, Wilmington, DE
Veronica Stevens, Mentoring Coordinator, Red Clay Consolidated School District, Wilmington, DE


This session will share how the Red Clay Consolidated School District addressed the issues of graduation rates and dropout rates among their students. The district dedicated staff toward the goal, developed a plan in 2011, and implemented the plan in 2012. The results after four years demonstrated a positive impact for students. The district's suspension rated dropped 39.2%, dropout rates decreased from 5.3% to 0.9%, and the graduation rate improved from 81.2% to 89%. The presenters will share their insights from this plan and process.


Principal Leadership Roundtable Issues and Answers

Allen Johnson, State Director, North Carolina/South Carolina, AVID Center, Arden, NC
Dr. Robin McCoy, State Director, Florida/Georgia, AVID Center, Orlando, FL


Interactive conversations will focus on knowledge-sharing and problem-solving around the implementation challenges of AVID Schoolwide and the AVID Elective. The discussions will be facilitated by the Florida and North Carolina Principal Collaborative Members.


WICOR as a Schoolwide Instructional Framework: Strategies to Move AVID From an Initiative on Teachers’ Plates to the Plate Itself – HandoutSlides

Brett Bowers, Principal, Homestead High School, Mequon-Thiensville School District, Mequon, WI


When AVID becomes the foundation for teaching and learning on a campus and not just an initiative competing for teachers’ time and energy, its impact grows 10-fold, as does teacher buy-in. In this interactive session, participants will explore the concept of an instructional framework and then investigate how AVID, in both its definition of rigor and WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading), can be used to define and then drive high-quality instruction campus-wide. Sample activities used with incoming teachers as well as an entire faculty will be shared and analyzed for future use at participants’ sites. In the end, participants will have a roadmap for turning AVID from a collection of teaching strategies to the instructional bedrock for their schools.


Transforming High School Through Early College Designs and AVID Strategies: Lessons From District-Wide Expansion – HandoutSlides

Sarah Hooker, Senior Program Manager, Jobs for the Future, Washington, DC


Early College High Schools have earned a strong reputation for increasing college and career readiness and success, particularly for students from underrepresented groups. These schools replace remediation with acceleration, often by using AVID and early college strategies together. Education leaders nationwide are now scaling up early college designs in efforts to improve the performance of entire school systems. This session will summarize the most recent research on early college high schools and will explore the roles of school leaders, district leaders, and postsecondary partners in creating the conditions for all students to earn college credit before high school graduation.


Creating an ‘AVID’tude From K–5 – HandoutSlides

Mary Ann Rodriguez-Perez, Principal, Boggy Creek Elementary School, Osceola County, St. Cloud, FL
Tracey Merritt, AVID District Director, Osceola County, Kissimmee, FL


This presentation will provide participants with an overview of the journey toward implementing AVID schoolwide at the elementary level. The session will cover how the AVID College Readiness System and the AVID Essentials (Instruction, Systems, Leadership, and Culture) are used to support current district initiatives that target the development of high-performing Title I schools. Participants will also explore WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) and learn how to implement AVID strategies in primary and intermediate grades.


Javelinas and Cowboys… Just Another Day at the Ranch: Revitalizing and Reframing K–16 PartnershipsSlides

Stephanie Bain De Los Santos, AVID Student Success Liaison, Lecturer, and Common Read Coordinator, Texas A&M University–Kingsville, Kingsville, TX
Dr. C. L. McNair, AVID Teacher Preparation Liaison and Associate Professor, Department of Teacher and Bilingual Education, Texas A&M University–Kingsville, Kingsville, TX


This session will discuss the partnership between Texas A&M University–Kingsville (Javelinas) and Premont ISD (Cowboys), which has resulted in turning this rural ISD around and ultimately keeping the district open. This success cannot be attributed to one person or group. Through the support of both institutions, this unique partnership has been reciprocal in strengthening teaching and learning at multiple levels: College of Education faculty, ISD in-service teachers, and pre-service teachers at the university through AVID for Higher Education Teacher Preparation implementation.


AVID Schoolwide: How to Leverage the Four Domains for Student Success – HandoutSlides

Danny Winsor, Principal and AVID Co-District Director, Sagewood Middle School, Douglas County School District, Parker, CO
Liana Finn, Dean of Students and AVID Site Team Coordinator, Sagewood Middle School, Douglas County School District, Parker, CO


In this session, tangible AVID Schoolwide resources will be provided to leverage academic success. Participants will self-reflect on their current schoolwide practices that impact student performance, interact with the four domains (Instruction, Systems, Leadership, and Culture), and receive specific tools and strategies to support developing an AVID Schoolwide vision. Participants will specifically evaluate how Systems can influence the other three domains and create a culture of high expectations and performance.


Instruction | Systems | Leadership | Culture


The Middle School Kindness Challenge: A Program to Teach and Foster Kindness among Students in Grades 5–8

Joaquin Tamayo, National Director, Kind Schools Project & Middle School Kindness Challenge, Stand for Children
Emily Phan, Chief Technology Officer, Stand for Children


Research has shown that intentionally and systematically teaching and fostering kindness improves students’ sense of safety, support, and acceptance—ultimately helping them succeed not just in school, but also in life. Learn how you may participate in this Stand-for-Children- sponsored and AVID-supported program.


AVID and AICE: Building a Schoolwide College Readiness Culture – Session 1 – HandoutSlides

Cathy Poulos, Cambridge AICE Coordinator and AVID Mentor, Eau Gallie High School, Brevard County School District, Melbourne, FL
Chris Hinkle, Assistant Principal of Curriculum, Eau Gallie High School, Brevard County School District, Melbourne, FL


The AVID and AICE programs are the perfect recipe for student success! The Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) program offers the rigor needed to ensure that AVID students are college ready. Two National Demonstration Schools, Eau Gallie High School and Federal Way High School promote AVID strategies schoolwide, while students are encouraged to discover their full potential through enrollment in rigorous courses. Early exposure to rigorous coursework offers students a better chance at long-term success and persistence in college. In two sessions, participants will learn about the college- and career-readiness culture made possible by the AVID and AICE partnership. Presenters will share the successes and challenges they experienced in the schoolwide implementation of AVID and available Cambridge curriculum. The sessions will look at key classroom practices, school and district policies, and data that illustrates ongoing efforts to give every student challenging opportunities.


AVID and AICE: Building a Schoolwide College Readiness Culture – Session 2Slides

Craig Anderson, Cambridge Coordinator and Teacher, Federal Way High School, Federal Way, WA
Juan Rodriguez, Cambridge and AVID Teacher, Federal Way School District, Federal Way, WA


The AVID and AICE programs are the perfect recipe for student success! The Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) program offers the rigor needed to ensure that AVID students are college ready. Two National Demonstration Schools, Eau Gallie High School and Federal Way High School promote AVID strategies schoolwide, while students are encouraged to discover their full potential through enrollment in rigorous courses. Early exposure to rigorous coursework offers students a better chance at long-term success and persistence in college. In two sessions, participants will learn about the college- and career-readiness culture made possible by the AVID and AICE partnership. Presenters will share the successes and challenges they experienced in the schoolwide implementation of AVID and available Cambridge curriculum. The sessions will look at key classroom practices, school and district policies, and data that illustrates ongoing efforts to give every student challenging opportunities.


Supporting Undocumented Students in Obtaining a College EducationSlides

Maria Gabriela Pacheco, Program Director, TheDream.US
Dr. Jeannett B. Manzanero, Director of the Dr. Kathryn W. Davis Global Education Center, Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth, FL


TheDream.US, the largest college access and success program for undocumented students, along with one of its partner colleges, will present their programs to help undocumented immigrant students access higher education. The presenters will give an overview of the profile of undocumented students, the barriers they face, aspects of their experience ranging from legal implications to the psychological impact of their status, and ways to help them navigate barriers and challenges in college admissions. They will share their innovative partner-college model, which facilitates adopting effective practices and policies that support the college success of undocumented students.


Understanding and Supporting First-Generation College Students – HandoutSlides

Sonya Ramirez, College Match Manager, KIPP Houston Public Schools, Houston, TX


Future first-generation college students are typically ethnic minorities (36.9% versus 21.2% of the general population), are in the lowest socioeconomic status quartile (42%), and do not expect to go to college (16% versus 1% of the general population). When they do attend college, they face all the challenges of any other student along with several unique sentiments, including imposter syndrome, dual identities, and survivor’s guilt over the families they have left behind. Participants will thoroughly explore the uphill climb of future first-generation college students and the support they will need to reach the peak of their success.


Building a Positive Transformational Culture: Lessons From High-Performing Urban SchoolsSlides

Dr. Joseph F. Johnson, Jr., Executive Director and Dean, National Center for Urban School Transformation, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA


While improvements in learning results require improvements in teaching and learning, improvements in teaching and learning often will not materialize without improvements in school culture. The session will feature what the National Center for Urban School Transformation has learned about the school culture in many of America's best urban schools.


Nine Things Culturally Relevant Educators Do: Helping ALL Students Succeed – HandoutSlides

Patrick Briggs, AVID Texas State Director, AVID Center, Dallas, TX


Are we providing all our students with what they need to be successful? These nine culturally relevant teaching practices will help participants address the opportunity and expectation gaps that negatively affect so many young people. Culturally relevant teaching is not about changing what you are doing as an educator, but changing how you are doing it—the delivery, the scaffolding, and the relationship building. Participants will be able to implement the strategies shared in this session immediately to increase the level of success for all of their students.


AVID: The K–16 Foundation for Becoming Grittier – HandoutSlides

Beth Parker, AVID for Higher Education Teacher Preparation Project Manager, AVID Center, Dallas, TX
Dr. Teresa Kruizenga, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Teacher Licensure Program, Minnesota State University Mankato, Mankato, MN


Students’ success is the heart of AVID for K–16. Research is showing that having “grit” contributes to success more than having “talent.” This session will provide participants (elementary through university educators) the opportunity to engage in the following: becoming familiar with the concept of having grit, discovering why grit is an important characteristic of teachers and students in a classroom culture that lends itself to student success, and determining how to develop grit in self and others. During this session, participants will engage in specific strategies that will lead to becoming grittier.


ACT®, AVID, and Underserved Learners: Making Equity Everyone’s Business!

Juan Garcia, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships, ACT, Inc., Waukee, IA
Cari Lousch, Senior State Lead, Client Relations, ACT, Inc., Austin, TX


ACT is proud to partner with Hillsborough schools to share tools and best practices for building a college-going culture. Everyone knows the ACT, but many are not aware of ACT tools for college planning for grades 3 through 12. Participants will learn what ACT’s 2017 “Condition of College and Career Readiness” report reveals about math and science progress among minority students, hear about AVID in the Tampa area, and take a look at ACT resources that align with AVID goals.


AVID Excel: Accelerating Access for Long-Term English Language LearnersSlides

Sacha Bennett, Project Manager, AVID Center, San Diego, CA


The success of AVID in preparing students, including English language learners (ELLs), for college and career success has been documented for over 30 years. This interactive presentation will provide participants with current research about the academic needs of long-term ELLs and outline key instructional routines that can be integrated into all classes at all levels to address those needs. In addition, participants will learn about AVID Excel, AVID’s middle-level program for long-term ELLs intended to accelerate academic language acquisition and develop the scholarly skills necessary for high school AVID and college preparatory courses.


Working Effectively With Families From Diverse Communities: An Approach That WorksSlides

Patricia Mayer, Vice President of Program Development, Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE), National City, CA
Lorena Puga, Former Student of a PIQE Graduate, National City, CA


The Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) will present its research-based approach to parent engagement that has demonstrated patterns of student achievement. PIQE will share the principles behind its methodology and the strategies to be used when engaging families of diverse communities in the education of their children. This workshop will address the practical ways to overcome obstacles and increase the involvement of hard-to-reach families.


Meet the Future: Proven Achievement and Lifelong Advantage Here, Now, and Always

Debbie Feinberg, Senior Director of Marketing, Communications, and Development, AVID Center, San Diego, CA
Rob Gira, Executive Vice President, AVID Center, San Diego, CA


For almost 40 years, AVID has served thousands of students who have gone on to successful careers after college. They are leaders in their profession and their communities. At this session, participants will hear directly from AVID Alumni who found their path to success with AVID’s help. Learn from their experiences and bring their inspiration back to your school. You’ll also have a sneak preview of our plans for the new AVID Alumni Advocacy Group (AAAG).


Parent Involvement and Community Engagement: Why This Audience Can Be Your Largest Advocate for Equity and Access – HandoutSlides

Denise Rupert, State Director, Mid-Atlantic/Southern States/Virgin Islands, AVID Center, Orlando, FL
Debbie Feinberg, Senior Director of Marketing, Communications, and Development, AVID Center, San Diego, CA


This session provides insights into how critical the role the parent and family plays in a student’s success is and how we can strengthen the involvement of this constituency to create a more supportive community-based advocacy for the classroom, school, and district.


AVID’s Impact: Making College Readiness, Enrollment, and Persistence More Equitable – Slides

Dennis Johnston, Ph.D., Senior Director and Chief Research Officer, AVID Center, San Diego, CA


The AVID College Readiness System reduces or eliminates achievement gaps often associated with issues of equity and opportunity. Historically, students who were male, African American, Hispanic, from a low socioeconomic background, or who had parents who did not attend college were underrepresented in postsecondary education. However, AVID students with these characteristics are not underrepresented. They enroll and persist at rates that often match or exceed national comparators. This session highlights how certain high school opportunities and achievements are associated with greater rates of college success. Participants will discuss these and other key outcomes that all students should be achieving.


Access for All! No, Seriously!Slides

Dr. Joseph Kelly, Director of Educational Services, Antelope Valley Union High School District, Lancaster CA
Tina Kaveney, AVID District Coordinator, Antelope Valley Union High School District, Lancaster, CA


In this interactive session, participants will examine the culture shifts that remove barriers inhibiting students’ true access to the college dream. The presenters will discuss how their district has leveraged AVID to dramatically increase participation in the AP program and improve college readiness for all.


From K to College and Careers – Never Too Early to Start – HandoutSlides

Lesley Buff, Principal, North Albany Academy, City School District of Albany, Albany, NY
Susan Gray, AVID Site Coordinator, North Albany Academy, City School District of Albany, Albany, NY
Elizabeth Keller, Teacher, North Albany Academy, City School District of Albany, Albany, NY
George Stahler, Teacher, North Albany Academy, City School District of Albany, Albany, NY


This session will focus on creating a college-going culture at the elementary level. The presenters will share North Albany Academy’s journey as an AVID Elementary site and our successful transition from an average elementary school to a college- and career-bound campus. Participants will walk away with actionable next steps for transforming their elementary schools and classrooms. This session is geared towards elementary teachers, Site Team members, elementary administrators, and anyone who is looking to establish a college- and career-bound culture for their students!


R1 = A3 (Relationships = AVID + Academics + Advisory): The Early College High School Experience – HandoutSlides

Martina McKoy, AVID Coordinator and Instructional Coach, HCS Early College Team, HCS Early College High School, Conway, SC


United States Department of Education research proves that relationships help first-generation college students reach greater heights in college. Participants will explore how HCS Early College High School has built relationships with first-generation college students through schoolwide AVID, rigorous academics, and an interactive advisory class supported by AVID curricula. As a result, graduation rates have skyrocketed. During this session, participants will engage in this relationship-building process through a simulated advisory class. Participants will also have a firsthand look at the structure of this relationship building through video testimonials. The intended audience for this session is AVID teachers, AVID coordinators, content-area teachers, administrators, and Early College educators.


Culturally Relevant Teaching: One District’s Story of How They are Transforming Their Culture – HandoutSlides

Michael Garcia, AVID District Director, Mesa Unified School District, Mesa, AZ
Lindsay Linoff, AVID Elective Teacher and CRT Trainer, Mesa Unified School District, Mesa, AZ
Dr. Tracy Yslas, Director of Professional Development, Mesa Unified School District, Mesa, AZ


This is the story of how one district created professional learning experiences to spread culturally responsive teaching practices district-wide. To address the shifting cultural diversity within in the large suburban district, a district-wide blended-learning model for professional learning was developed by teachers for teachers. The objectives of this district-wide professional learning were based upon the AVID Culturally Relevant Teaching: A Schoolwide Approach resource. The speakers will discuss the “why,” “how,” and “what” behind their ongoing journey.


AVID and The Leader in Me – The Cultural Shift in a Title I School – HandoutSlides

Neketa Watson, Principal, Lehigh Acres Middle School, Lehigh Acres, FL
Monica Walker, AVID Teacher Leader, Lehigh Acres Middle School, Lehigh Acres, FL


At Lehigh Acres Middle School, AVID and The Leader in Me work hand in hand to develop leaders who take ownership of their learning. Teaching 21st century leadership and life skills to students using WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) strategies has created a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader. With AVID and The Leader in Me, Lehigh Acres Middle School has seen a significant increase in student achievement, a decrease in behavior referrals, and improved school culture.


Bridging the College Success and Career Readiness Gap With Technology – HandoutSlides

Vanessa Barbic, Online Program Manager, Students Rising Above, San Francisco, CA


Since 1998, Students Rising Above (SRA) has helped students to and through college and into the workforce with unparalleled success in college completion and college-to-career transitions. In 2014, SRA began partnering with high schools through its online platform, the SRA College2Careers Hub, which provides personalized support for students, parents, and teachers using scalable technology. This session will explore how teachers can access a comprehensive, customizable ninth- to 12th-grade curriculum that includes lesson plans, slide decks, trackers, resource articles, and live support from SRA’s college, career, and financial aid experts. Students have 24/7 access to professional advisors and reliable tools to help them every step of the way.


Three Partnerships + Three Years = Amazing Results – HandoutSlides

Amanda Lopez, Coordinator of College and Career Counseling Services, School District of Osceola County, Orlando, FL
Dr. Kathleen Plinske, Campus President, Osceola, Poinciana, and Lake Nona Campuses at Valencia College, Orlando, FL


In reaction to a 41% postsecondary-going rate in 2013, a powerful grassroots partnership between the School District of Osceola County, the Education Foundation of Osceola County, and Valencia College has not only identified barriers to postsecondary education (23 were identified in year one) but has overcome them. Participants will learn about how “rogue meetings,” data, and the power of partnership has changed the college-going culture, and rate, of this county.


Exploring Computer Science for All: Equity and Inclusion in High School Computing – HandoutSlides

Dr. Joanna Goode, Associate Professor of Education, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Gail Chapman, Director of National Outreach, Exploring Computer Science, Eugene, OR


This session will address the landscape of computer science education with a focus on equity and inclusion in high school computing classes. Computer science is a discipline with historically low rates of participation amongst girls and boys of color. This session will provide an overview of an equity-based computer science education reform program aimed at broadening participation in high school classrooms.


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