AVID Excel changes the trajectory of long-term English language learners (L-TELLs) by accelerating language acquisition, developing literacy, and placing AVID Excel students on the path to high school AVID and college-preparatory coursework.
AVID Excel has four components: the AVID Excel coursework, professional learning, Family Connections, and biliteracy.
AVID Excel Coursework
The AVID Excel coursework accelerates students’ academic language acquisition and increases their access to the 9th grade AVID Elective and college preparatory courses. Through a sequential set of middle school 7th and 8th grade courses, students are supported to build their academic language, leadership skills, and overall sense of commitment to school with a cohort of peers who share their same college readiness goals. The AVID Excel course sequence is made up of the AVID Excel Summer Bridge and the AVID Excel Elective with an emphasis on developing students’ academic language proficiency in all domains—reading, writing, speaking, and listening—while also developing self-determination, leadership skills, and motivation.
AVID Excel professional learning provides opportunities and support for AVID Excel District Leaders, administrators, AVID Excel Elective teachers, and content-area teachers. Professional learning focuses on instructional practices and routines that support the success of long-term English language learners.
A key component to student success is building academic literacy using a support system outside of school. The AVID Excel Family Connections component is designed to do three key things: help families feel comfortable on the middle school campus, foster their increased participation, and expose them to what college readiness and academic language building means for them and their student. Students spend less than 20% of their total time in school. The Family Connections component of AVID Excel partners with families in order to capitalize on the time that students spend at home. Family Connections provide strategies to help families understand what they can do during the 80% of time that their students are not in school in order to cultivate college readiness and academic language.
AVID Excel works closely with schools/districts to examine whether their heritage language courses act as a pathway to Advanced Placement® language classes for ELL students.