2011 AVID National Conference

2011 National ConferenceCollege and Career Ready Students:
A Pledge to the Future

December 08-10, 2011
Hilton Bonnet Creek
14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane
Orlando, Florida 32821

The AVID National Conference is a forum to discuss and share best practices on opening access to rigorous curriculum for all. Participants include superintendents, school board members, district and site administrators, and other educational leaders.

Concurrent Session Descriptions and Presentations
Special Interest Pre-Sessions and Presentations

2011 AVID National Conference Video
Watch the NC 2011 video on
YouTube or TeacherTube

About the Conference

We have the strategies you NEED to get your students college-ready. Sessions will focus on a variety of topics, including:

  • African American male student achievement
  • Brain research
  • Closing the gender gap
  • Creating an elementary-through-higher education college readiness system
  • Culturally responsive teaching
  • Developing a schoolwide and districtwide college-going culture
  • English learners acceleration
  • STEM in the classroom
  • 21st century skills

Who Should Attend

  • AVID and Non-AVID Districts
  • Superintendents
  • School Board Members
  • Principals
  • District Leaders
  • AVID Site Team Members
  • Teacher Leaders
  • Higher Education Leaders


$495 for AVID member districts until November 8, 2011.
$525 for AVID members after November 8, 2011, and for Non-AVID attendees.

Hotel Accommodations

To book rooms at a discounted conference rate of $140 + tax, single/double, please visit the
Hilton Bonnet Creek Hotel website and reserve by November 4, 2011. Rate is based on availability, so book early.

Group reservations: for a block of more than 10 rooms, please email natlevents@avidcenter.org.
Parking: AVID National Conference Participants receive 50% off current rates plus tax.
Hotel Reservation Policy: A credit card is required to guarantee hotel reservation at time of booking and no deposit will be taken. There’s a cancellation policy of three (3) days prior to arrival. If reservation is a no show or late cancel, hotel will collect from the credit card/debit card used to guarantee the reservation. Upon check in, attendees can pay cash, credit card, debit card or by check made payable to the hotel only. No third party checks will be accepted, and all guests will be required to establish credit for incidentals at time of check in.

Conference Schedule

(Subject to change)

Wednesday, December 07
04:00 pm - 06:00 pm Conference Check-in
Thursday, December 08
07:00 am - 12:00 pm Conference Check-in
07:00 am - 06:00 pm Exhibits Open
08:00 am - 12:00 pm RD/DD Symposium (Invite Only)
08:00 am - 12:00 pm System Leaders Forum (Invite Only)
09:00 am - 12:00 pm Pre-conference Sessions
12:15 am - 02:00 pm Luncheon with Keynote Address by Dr. Robyn Jackson
02:15 pm - 03:30 pm Breakout Sessions
03:45 pm - 05:00 pm Breakout Sessions
05:00 pm - 06:00 pm Reception
Friday, December 09
08:00 am - 02:00 pm Exhibits Open
09:15 am - 10:30 am Breakout Sessions
10:45 am - 12:00 pm Breakout Sessions
12:00 pm - 01:30 pm Lunch on your own
01:30 pm - 02:45 pm Breakout Sessions
03:00 pm - 04:15 pm Breakout Sessions
Saturday, December 10
08:30 am - 10:00 am General Session/Banquet Breakfast with Closing Keynote address by Patrick Briggs and Student Speakers
10:20 am - 11:35 am Breakout Sessions
11:50 am - 12:50 pm Divisional Meetings


Featured Speakers

Robyn R. Jackson, Ph.D.Robyn R. Jackson, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO of Mindsteps™, Inc.

Dr. Robyn R. Jackson has served as a teacher, administrator, adjunct professor, consultant, and speaker championing equity, access, and rigor for over 15 years. In her work with teachers, administrators, schools, and non-profit organizations, Dr. Jackson focuses on key principles of education, rather than isolated strategies and canned approaches. Using these principles, she helps teachers and school leaders discover for themselves how best to increase student achievement and teacher effectiveness.

Dr. Jackson founded Mindsteps™ Inc. in 2006 because she believes that every child deserves a master teacher, and any teacher can become one with the right kind of support and practice. Her unique approach to professional learning shows teachers how to become master teachers who help every child meet or exceed rigorous learning standards. Her work with administrators helps them effectively train and support teachers and create highly rigorous school programs that ensure equitable access and opportunity for all students. She also works with school systems and non-profits to improve teacher effectiveness and remove institutional barriers to equity, access, opportunity and rigor for all students.

Patrick BriggsPatrick Briggs
AVID Texas State Assistant Director

Keynote Presentation
Keynote Presentation Video (YouTube)

Patrick Briggs currently serves as the AVID Texas State Assistant Director. He comes to this position after 11 years as an administrator in Cypress-Fairbank ISD. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology and his Master of Education in Educational Administration from Prairie View A & M University. Patrick’s current research is on African American male achievement. He serves on the Dream Team of AVID’s African American Male Initiative, which is in its second year of working with predominantly African American high schools to decrease the achievement gap for all populations of students. This work led to the newly created and highly successful Culturally Relevant Teaching course that is offered at AVID’s Summer Institutes. Patrick’s passion lies in helping all learners achieve at high levels, so all students are college-ready upon completion of high school. He believes all students deserve a high quality education that will enable them to make choices in life that will lead to success in any field of their choosing. His love is working with teachers – the most valuable resource in a school - to equip them with the tools and skills to help all students obtain success in school and life.

While in Orlando

La NoubaLa Nouba
Cirque du Soliel
A Boundless and Festive Journey of the Imagination
Walt Disney World® Resort - Downtown Disney

A door opens and two worlds collide. Enter the attic of make-believe, where the mundane meets the marvellous. Dreams and nightmares intertwine. For more information, visit the La Nouba website.

Disney TicketsDisney Tickets
For advance purchase of specially priced Disney Meeting/Convention Theme Park tickets, visit AVID's Disney web page. Tickets may be purchased through December 3, 2011.

EnterpriseEnterprise Discount
AVID National Conference Attendees receive a discounted rate if you book via the following link: Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Sponsors & Exhibitors

AVID thanks the following sponsors for their support:

National Conference sponsors

For information regarding available sponsor and exhibitor opportunities, please contact


Looking for information about last year's conference? View highlights from the 2010 AVID National Conference.