Access

AVID's Educational Journal

ACCESS, 2013 FallPublished two times a year, Access covers current issues relating to access, equity, and rigor in secondary education. Past issues are available either as Past Full Issues or as Interviews and Profiles.

Current Issue


Access, 2013 Fall

In this issue:

  • Study Skills in the 21st Century: An Interview with Anne Crossman
  • Retire The Certification Binder—Go Electronic!
  • No Excuse to Fail
  • Confronting Stereotypes in the Classroom
  • Invisible Curriculum

 

  • Past Full Issues
  • Interviews and Profiles



    Key Research Figures


    Adelman, Dr. Clifford
    (2001 Winter/Spring)
    Conducted by: Rob Gira
    Dr. Clifford Adelman talks about his book, "Answers in the Toolbox," in this Access interview. Adelman also discusses ethnic diversity throughout the college system and degree attainment among underrepresented students.
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    Aronson, Joshua (2005 Fall)
    Conducted by: Adam Behar
    NYU professor Joshua Aronson discusses his research in this Access interview. The ground-breaking research on "stereotype threat" is explored along with the psychological processes that contribute to achievement gaps in education.
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    Callan, Patrick (1996 Spring)
    Conducted by: Rob Gira
    In his interview, Patrick Callan, Executive Director of the California Higher Education Policy Center, focuses on the challenge of trying to unite the k-12 and higher education systems.
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    Conley, Dr. David (2010 Fall)
    Conducted by: Rob Gira
    In this interview, Dr. David Conley discusses how he sees the future of education in creating students who are ready for a global society.
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    Cota-Robles, Gene (1999 Spring/Summer)
    Conducted by: Rob Gira
    As the co-chair for the College Board's National Task Force on Minority High Achievement and former professor, Gene Cota-Robles knows all about the need to provide rigor and support to all students. In this interview, Cota-Robles describes his interest in AVID and his prediction for education over the next 10 years.
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    Klopfenstein, Kristin (2011 Spring)
    Conducted by: Rob Gira
    Kristin Klopfenstein is the founding Executive Director of the Education Innovation Institute at the University of Northern Colorado, a center that is beginning work this year to identify and interpret the best research on current education issues for policymakers and practitioners.
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    Maeroff, Gene I. (1998-1999 Winter/Spring)
    Conducted by: Rob Gira
    In his interview, author Gene I Maeroff discusses his book, Altered Destinies, and the idea of social capital. Maeroff also describes the four senses that he believes to be necessary for student success: connectedness, well-being, knowing and academic initiative.
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    Maeroff, Gene I. (1995 Spring)
    Conducted by: Rob Gira
    Author Gene I. Maeroff discusses the idea of a team approach in schools in this Access interview. In addition, Maeroff gives his opinion on the obstacles associated with this approach and where AVID fits on the national level.
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    Mathews, Jay (2002 Winter)
    Conducted by: Rob Gira
    As the national education columnist for The Washington Post, Jay Mathews knows about all of the problems and challenges involving education. In this interview, Mathews hones in on the class struggle for access to rigorous courses that continues to plague the students of this country.
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    Mathews, Jay (1998 Fall/Winter)
    Conducted by: Rob Gira
    In this interview, journalist Jay Mathews discusses his book, Class Struggle. In addition, Mathews talks about his views on the success of AVID and the movement to better prepare students for college.
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    Mehan, Dr. Hugh (1995 Fall)
    Conducted by: Rob Gira
    Dr. Hugh Mehan has directed the Teacher Education Program at UCSD since 1972. In his interview with Access, Dr. Mehan reflects on AVID and the importance of research projects for classroom teachers. Dr. Mehan co-authored the book Constructing School Success: The Consequences of Untracking Low Achieving Students in 1996. This book was the first full-length, comprehensive research study on the AVID program.
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    Noguera, Pedro (2007 Spring)
    Professor, director and researcher, Pedro Noguera describes the need for greater equality in education in his 2007 Access contribution. Noguera brings an excellent insight about a problem that is far too prevalent in today's society.
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    Noguera, Pedro (2004 Spring)
    Conducted by: Rob Gira
    In this interview with NYU Professor Pedro Noguera, we learn his views on the role that AVID plays in increasing the equality of education in urban America. This is an excellent exploration of the educational challenges that the country is facing in regards to this demographic.
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    Oakes, Dr. Jeannie (1997 Fall)
    Conducted by: Rob Gira
    Author and researcher Dr. Jeannie Oaks of UCLA, gave her insight into a variety of educational topics. In this Access interview, Dr. Oakes discusses detracking, teacher collaboration, data collection, and AVID's place in school reform.
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    Packer, Trevor (2011 Spring)
    Conducted by: Rob Gira
    College Board makes the right moves to improve Advanced Placement® quality and equity.
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    Schlechty, Dr. Pillip C. (1997 Winter)
    Conducted by: Rob Gira
    Dr. Phillip C. Schlechty comments on the current position of education in this Access interview. Furthermore, Dr. Schlechty expands on his notion of students being "primary customers" and teachers being "inventors and leaders."
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    Treisman, Dr. Uri (1994 Fall)
    Conducted by: Rob Gira
    Dr. Uri Treisman chairs AVID's National Dissemination Board. In this Access interview, Dr. Treisman discusses underrepresented students, course rigor and his interest in the AVID program.
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    Yochelson, John (2003 Fall)
    Conducted by: Rob Gira
    Attracting underrepresented and students and women to science and engineering careers is John Yochelson's mission, which is what prompted his research on the "best-practices" in K-12 education. In this interview he reveals why AVID stood out from the other 200 programs reviewed.
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    Superintendents


    Boysen, Dr. Thomas (1995 Winter)
    Conducted by: Rob Gira
    Dr. Thomas Boysen, Commissioner of Education for the State of Kentucky, believes that education is a significant force for social change and equality. In his interview, Dr. Boysen responds to questions regarding AVID's place in Kentucky's statewide reform effort.
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    Duvall, Dr. Debra (2003 Winter)
    Conducted by: Rob Gira
    The appeal and impact of the AVID program in Arizona is discussed in this interview with Dr. Debra Duvall. The superintendent of Mesa Public Schools also talks about the future of AVID in the Mesa district.
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    Hairston, Dr. Joe A. (2006 Spring/Fall)
    Conducted by: Adam Behar
    This interview with Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, Dr. Joe A. Hairston, reveals his vision for AVID as well as the mission of his school district. Hairston also shares his personal history and the events that helped shape his philosophy on education and his career.
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    Lowengard, Dan (2007 Spring)
    Conducted by: Adam Behar
    Superintendent Dan Lowengard presides over a district in which 75 percent of its students qualify for free or reduced lunch. In his profile we discover Lowengard's plan for AVID implementation throughout his district.
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    Riley, Dr. Michael (2004 Fall)
    Conducted by: Rob Gira
    Dr. Michael Riley, superintendent of the Bellevue School District, knows the importance of rigorous curriculum in the preparation of college-bound students. In this interview he reveals his vision for equity and access to rigorous curriculum and the challenges that his district faces.
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    Smith, Dr. Eric J. (2002 Spring)
    Conducted by: Rob Gira
    This profile on Dr. Eric Smith gives insight to the progress that students have made thanks to AVID. The Superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, with the help of AVID, has increased test scores and student participation in rigorous curriculum throughout his district.
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    Smith, Dr. Eric J. (1996 Fall)
    Conducted by: Rob Gira
    Dr. Eric J. Smith, superintendent of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, is quickly gaining experience with urban schools. In this interview, Dr. Smith discusses the challenges associated with urban districts and the support that AVID can provide.
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    Notable Educators


    Kickbusch, Consuelo (2013 Spring)
    Conducted by: Rob Gira
    The keynote speaker at AVID’s 2012 National Conference, Consuelo Kickbusch expands on her passion for education and what drives her each day to be an advocate for today’s youth.
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    Villasenior, Victor (2009 Fall)
    Conducted by: Rob Gira
    Victor Villasenior was the keynote speaker at AVID’s 2009 National Conference. The author (Macho, Burro Genius) shares a preview of what attendees can expect to hear.
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    Espinoza, Dr. Roberta (2012 Spring)
    Conducted by: Rob Gira
    In this interview, Dr. Espinoza she discusses pivotal moments, or “transformative events that occur when a college-educated adult at a school makes a concerted effort to support and mentor a disadvantaged student in either an informal or official role,” and how educators can effectively facilitate them in the lives of their students.
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    Hirsh, Stephanie (2012 Fall)
    Conducted by: Lauren Ramers
    Learning Forward Executive Director Stephanie Hirsh discusses her organization, its priorities and challenges, and the organization’s revised Standards for Professional Learning.
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    Moore, Wes (2012 Fall)
    Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore, discusses his book, critical moments, and how educators can affect their students’ fates.
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    Ford, Donna (2007 Fall)
    Conducted by: Rob Gira
    Dr. Donna Ford is an experienced educator with research focused on gifted education and multicultural/urban education. In her Interview Dr. Ford gives her insight on African-American male achievement issues found in the educational system of this country.
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    Hart, Gary (1996 Winter)
    Conducted by: Rob Gira
    Gary Hart reveals his views on student diversity, high school "exit exams," education reform, and the success of the AVID program. The teacher, author and political leader has an abundance of knowledge regarding education and provides great insight in this Access interview.
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    Holman, Tom (2009 Spring)
    Director at the Morning Foundation in St. Paul, MN, Tom Holman provides an economic perspective on AVID's financial impact on society.
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    Jackson, Dr. Robyn (2011 Fall)
    Conducted by: Rob Gira
    Dr. Robyn Jackson speaks about her National Conference keynote presentation, the meaning of rigor, her research. and much more in this insightful Access interview.
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    Keller, Dr. Mary (2002 Fall)
    Conducted by: Rob Gira
    In her interview, Dr. Mary Keller, Executive Director of the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC), talks about the MCEC program. Keller also discusses the importance of MCEC and AVID in the preparing and supporting of military students.
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    Meno, Dr. Lionel "Skip" (2000 Fall/Winter)
    Conducted by: Rob Gira
    Dr. Lionel Meno has over 30 years of experience in the field of education. In his interview he expresses the increasing need for a highly educated workforce. Meno really focuses on standards, accountability, and teacher preparation.
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    Swanson, Mary Catherine (2005 Fall)
    In this portion of Access you will find AVID Founder Mary Catherine Swanson's Summer Institute speech. The segment contains highlights from the luncheon speech and reflects on the accomplishments of the program as it celebrates its 25th anniversary.
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    Swanson, Mary Catherine (2002 Winter)
    Mary Catherine Swanson uses this article to describe the importance of teachers in the building of strong, educated members of society. Swanson praises the work of AVID and AVID teachers in helping to create outstanding students that excel in institutes of higher education.
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    Swanson, Mary Catherine (2002 Fall)
    In this excerpt from a commencement address, AVID founder Mary Catherine Swanson describes the roles of students and teachers in the post-9/11 world. She encourages the graduating students of USD to use their education to contribute to bettering of society.
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    Swanson, Mary Catherine (2002 Spring)
    In this article, AVID founder Mary Catherine Swanson describes her first reaction to the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001 and the struggles that all of America's educators will face when it comes to teaching tolerance and fighting ignorance and hate.
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    Swanson, Mary Catherine (2001 Winter/Spring)
    This Access interview is with AVID Founder Mary Catherine Swanson. In it she talks about how she promoted excellence and equity as a teacher and as the founder of AVID. In addition, Swanson provides her opinion on why so many school struggle with these issues.
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    Swanson, Mary Catherine (2000 Spring/Summer)
    The personal history of AVID founder, Mary Catherine Swanson is revealed in this Access interview. We learn about the childhood and family influences that helped to shape Mary Catherine Swanson as a person and a teacher. In addition, she discusses the challenges that AVID faced early on and the support she received to help create this amazing program.
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    Swanson, Mary Catherine (1999 Fall/Winter)
    In this speech from the AVID Summer Institute, Mary Catherine Swanson channels the ideas of Charles Dickens to illustrate the best and of times when it comes to education. Her words are a realization of a system that fails too. But they are also words of encouragement for the teachers ready to take on the challenge of creating college-bound students.
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    Swanson, Mary Catherine (1999 Spring/Summer)
    In this article, AVID Founder Mary Catherine Swanson describes the growth of ethnic diversity in this country and explains the ways in which AVID overcomes language and cultural differences to help prepare all students for college.
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    Swanson, Mary Catherine (1998-1999 Winter/Spring)
    Closing the achievement gap and increasing educational equality has become a major issue in this country. In her article, AVID Founder Mary Catherine Swanson revels AVID's plan to help close the achievement gap.
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    Swanson, Mary Catherine (1998 Fall/Winter)
    AVID Founder Mary Catherine Swanson uses this article to discuss AVID initiatives for the 1998-1999 school year. These initiatives include Advance Placement®; literacy; mathematics; schoolwide AVID curriculum; technology and research.
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    Swanson, Mary Catherine (1998 Spring)
    With growing admission requirements for American colleges and universities, AVID Founder Mary Catherine Swanson stresses the need for AVID to expand. In this Access article, she talks about how important it is for AVID to help prepare underserved students for college.
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    Swanson, Mary Catherine (1997 Winter)
    Mary Catherine Swanson, AVID Founder, writes about why so many school reforms fall short of their promises. She adds how the AVID program is a proven solution with its easy implementation.
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    Swanson, Mary Catherine (1997 Fall)
    The importance of teacher collaboration and site team support is discussed in this article by AVID Founder Mary Catherine Swanson.
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    Swanson, Mary Catherine (1996 Winter)
    As the demand for a highly educated workforce continues to grow, it brings up the question of how to prepare students for life beyond high school. In this article, AVID Founder Mary Catherine Swanson describes the success that AVID has had especially with those students who are at a disadvantage.
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    Swanson, Mary Catherine (1996 Fall)
    With the birth of the AVID Center non-profit organization, the AVID program is more accessible to schools across the country. In her article, AVID Founder Mary Catherine Swanson describes the program.
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    Swanson, Mary Catherine (1996 Spring)
    In this Access article, AVID Founder Mary Catherine Swanson weighs in on the national debate regarding access to higher education. Student stories are used to help illustrate AVID's success.
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    Swanson, Mary Catherine (1995 Fall)
    In this article, AVID Founder Mary Catherine Swanson discusses the need for teacher involvement in research and the benefit that it has on students and faculty.
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    Swanson, Mary Catherine (1995 Spring)
    In this Access article, AVID Founder Mary Catherine Swanson gives the history and purpose of the AVID site team. In addition, Mary Catherine Swanson discusses the issues associated with the site team and the effects it has on both students and teachers.
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