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 7/06/2016   Five California Teachers Win $10,000
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a nationally recognized nonprofit, will present the AVID Teacher Advocacy Award to five deserving California teachers next week in Sacramento.  As a part of this honor, the winners will receive $10,000 for AVID implementation and growth at their schools. The award and cash prize are made possible thanks to an anonymous donor.

 6/24/2016   Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Launches AVID eBinder OneNote® Starter Kit with aid from Microsoft
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), a San Diego-based nonprofit and nationally recognized college readiness system dedicated to closing the achievement gap, announced today that Microsoft Corp. has included the AVID eBinder OneNote Starter Kit in its national product launch program at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference this week in Colorado.

 06/20/2016   Microsoft and AVID Collaborate
Microsoft’s latest update to cloud-based Docs.com includes tools and resources from Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) a nonprofit, proven college-readiness system that closes the student achievement gap.
 
 06/09/2016   Cargill, Travelers, and Ecolab Recognized for Supporting College Readiness in Twin Cities
Minneapolis, MN: AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a nationally-recognized nonprofit and college-readiness system, will honor Cargill, Travelers, and Ecolab at a special community luncheon on Wednesday, June 15, at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. These companies have funded AVID’s work with Minneapolis and Saint Paul’s Schools for a decade, helping to close the achievement gap and ensure all students have the opportunity to be college and career ready.

 04/11/2016   159 of the 2016 Dell Scholars Are AVID Students
San Diego, CA: AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a nationally recognized nonprofit and college-readiness system, announced today that 159 of the 350 2016 Dell Scholars are AVID students. The Dell Scholars Program, an initiative of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, selects high school seniors who have overcome significant obstacles to pursue their college education.

 03/18/2016   AVID Expands National Demonstration Site for Higher Education
San Diego, CA: AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a San Diego based nonprofit, proven college-readiness system, announced today that Nash Community College (NCC), an AVID partner since 2012, was designated as an AVID for Higher Education (AHE) National Demonstration Site.

 02/17/2016   NIKE, Inc. Selects AVID for $1.6 Million Grant to Support College Readiness
San Diego, CA: AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a San Diego-based nonprofit and nationally recognized college readiness system, announced today that the Nike School Innovation Fund (NSIF) will provide $1.6 million in direct grants to school districts across the state of Oregon to support school success and college and career readiness though AVID during the 2016–17 school year.

 02/16/2016   Bush Foundation Selects Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) FOR $2 Million Investment in Education
San Diego, CA: AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) announced that it has partnered with schools across Southern Minnesota and the Bismarck–Mandan region of North Dakota to expand its nationally recognized college readiness system.
 
 02/12/2016   AVID Awards First Ever National Demonstrate Site For Higher Education
San Diego, CA: AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a San-Diego-based nonprofit, proven college-readiness system, announced that Odessa College (OC) was selected as the first ever AVID for Higher Education (AHE) National Demonstration Site, a postsecondary institution that supports their students to become confident college students and graduates.

 02/04/2016   AVID and CollegeWeekLive Launch Highly Anticipated Virtual College Fair
San Diego, CA: AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a national non-profit, proven, college-readiness system, and CollegeWeekLive, the leading provider of virtual college events, have announced their partnership to launch one of the world’s largest virtual college fairs.

 01/25/2016   AVID Day at the Capitol Promises to Bring Students and State Legislators Together
Denver, CO: AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)—a national non-profit, proven, college-readiness system—announced today that it has teamed with Senator Nancy Todd and Representative Brittany Pettersen from the Colorado Senate Education Committee to sponsor AVID Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. More than 150 Colorado AVID students from 17 districts across the state will participate.

12/30/2015   Edward Lee Vargas Elected to National Dropout Prevention Network Board of Directors
Clemson, S.C.– On October 25, 2015, in San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Edward Lee Vargas and five other nationally-recognized individuals were elected to seats on the National Dropout Prevention Network (NDPN) Board of Directors.

 09/15/2015   White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics Recognizes AVID
San Diego, CA – AVID was publicly recognized at a White House event as one of the Bright Spots in Hispanic Education. Bright Spots are evidence-based programs that address key education priorities for Hispanics and are helping close the achievement gap.

 08/12/2015    AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Praised by Nationally Renowned Journalist in Newly Released Book
San Diego, CA – Award-winning education writer Jay Mathews writes Question Everything: The Rise of AVID as America’s Largest College Readiness Program

 05/06/2015   U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference Includes AVID in Panel Presentation on College Access
San Diego, CA – AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a San Diego-based nonprofit, proven college readiness system, announced today that Sandy Husk, CEO of AVID, will speak about the daunting road to college in a session entitled Opening the Doors: Cultivating College Access and Completion on June 30, 2015 during the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference being held in San Diego, CA.

 04/21/2015   Over Fifty Percent of 2015 New Class of Dell Scholars are AVID Students Nationally
San Diego, CA – AVID—a San Diego-based non-profit, proven college readiness system—announced today that 152 of the 300 of the new class of of Dell Scholars are AVID students in high schools around the U.S.
 
 03/17/2015   NIKE, Inc. Selects Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) as Partner in $1.5 Million Grant
San Diego, CA – AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a San Diego based non-profit, proven, college readiness system, announced today that the NIKE School Innovation Fund (NSIF) will provide $1.5 million in direct grants to public high schools and school districts across the state of Oregon to accelerate college and career readiness and identified AVID to provide many facets of the training and system implementation.

 01/15/2015   Denver Public Schools to Expand AVID College Readiness System with $984,000 Grant from I.A. O’Shaughnessy Foundation
DENVER – AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a San Diego- based non-profit, proven college readiness system, and Denver Public Schools (DPS) jointly announced the start of the AVID Denver Neighborhood Project, a 3-year grant funded by the I.A. O’Shaughnessy Foundation to expand and strengthen the AVID College Readiness System in a cluster of schools in two underrepresented neighborhoods served by DPS.

12/17/2014
  National Research Study Confirms Minority and Low Socioeconomic Students Outpace Peers Into Second Year in College
SAN DIEGO – AVID, a San Diego-based non-profit, proven college-readiness system, recently released data providing clear evidence that shows the impact AVID has in closing the achievement gap and preparing typically underserved students for college.

10/21/2014   AVID Center Announces Video Contest Winners
SAN DIEGO – AVID Center invited schools to participate in a video contest to show AVID’s impact on their campus. Nearly 100 video entries were sent in, representing all aspects of the AVID College Readiness System. Each video showcases the efforts of AVID students and educators as they work to build an engaging and college-going culture on their campus.

10/15/2014   AT&T Contributes $300,000 to Help Tackle High School Dropout Crisis at Six St. Louis High Schools
ST. LOUIS - AT&T today announced a $300,000 contribution to support the expansion of the AVID College Readiness System in six St. Louis public high schools... 

10/06/2014   Dr. Edward Lee Vargas to Join AVID Center as Executive Vice President
SAN DIEGO – AVID Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Edward Lee Vargas has been named as an Executive Vice President of the organization. 

 9/12/2014   AVID Summer Institutes Reach Record-Setting Attendance
SAN DIEGO–More than 28,000 educators from 45 states, as well as Canada, Virgin Islands, Europe, and Australia took part in this year’s AVID Summer Institutes.
 
 8/13/2014   AVID Center Presents Founder’s Award to Melissa Venegas
SAN DIEGO–AVID Center presented its annual Founder’s Scholarship to Melissa Venegas a four-year AVID student and recent graduate from Montgomery High School in the Sweetwater High School District.
 
 8/5/2014   USS Midway Museum Receives AVID/U-T San Diego Community Service Award
SAN DIEGO– AVID Center and U-T San Diego presented Mac McLaughlin, President and CEO of the USS Midway Museum, with the AVID Center/U-T San Diego Community Service Award.

 7/11/2014   Five California Educators Receive AVID Teacher Advocacy Awards
SAN DIEGO –AVID Center is proud to announce the recipients of the prestigious AVID Teacher Advocacy Award.

 6/23/2014   Dallas Host to 5,000 Educators at AVID Summer Institute
SAN DIEGO – More than 5,000 teachers, counselors, and administrators from 21 states will attend the annual Dallas AVID Summer Institute on June 23-25. 

 6/6/2014    AVID Hosts Third Annual Day at the Capitol
SAN DIEGO – AVID hosted more than 250 AVID students and teachers on Capitol Hill for the 3rd Annual “AVID Day at the Capitol.”

 6/5/2014    AVID Districts Note Results and Benefits
SAN DIEGO - Recently, various districts have conducted independent research to validate the efficacy of their AVID implementation. One notable district evaluation is Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

 6/3/2014   Dr. Freeman Hrabowski to Provide AVID’s National Conference Keynote
SAN DIEGO – Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski has been selected as the keynote speaker for AVID’s 2014 National Conference, coming December 11-13 in Orlando, Florida.

5/19/2014   AVID Teacher Visits White House - Brings back note from President to class
SAN DIEGO – AVID high school teacher Bethany Rivard recently returned from visit with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office at the White House.

5/8/2014   AVID Executive Rob Gira to Join Board of National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Education Foundation
SAN DIEGO—The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) Education Foundation announced yesterday that Rob Gira, an Executive Vice President at AVID Center, has joined its Board of Directors.
     
4/30/2014   AVID Congratulates Sean McComb – 2014 National Teacher of the Year 
SAN DIEGO - Sean McComb, an AVID teacher and coordinator at Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts in Baltimore County, was named 2014 National Teacher of the Year today. He, along with all 2014 State Teachers of the Year, will be recognized by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House on May 1, 2014.

4/15/2014   AVID Students Make Up More Than Half of the Dell Scholars Program Class of 2014
SAN DIEGO – AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students made up more than half of the 302 students in the recently named Dell Scholars Program class of 2014.

2/27/2014   Former Florida Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Joins AVID Center Board of Directors
SAN DIEGO – Dr. Eric J. Smith, former Florida Education Commissioner and currently serving as an adviser to the George W. Bush Institute’s Advancing Accountability program, was recently elected to the AVID Center Board of Directors.

2/21/2014   AVID Center and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Launch College Success Alliance
SAN DIEGO—AVID Center, a leading educational non-profit focused on college readiness, has formed a regional alliance with Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., an African American male fraternity focused on brotherhood, scholarship, and service.

2/18/2014   AVID Center Receives Grant to Expand College Completion Project Across U.S.
San Diego—National educational efforts took a major step forward to improve college persistence and graduation through the funding of a college completion project in 10 colleges and universities across the U.S. This five-year, $1.48 million grant was awarded by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to AVID Center, which will implement the project based on the AVID for Higher Education Student Success Initiative (AHE SSI).

2/14/2014   AVID Congratulates El Monte Union High School District
SAN DIEGO—AVID Center is pleased to congratulate the El Monte Union High School District for being named the College Board Advanced Placement Equity and Excellence District of the Year.

2/10/2014   AVID Alumni Association Launched
SAN DIEGO—AVID Center is excited to announce the formation of the AVID Alumni Association. Six universities including the California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, San Diego State University (SDSU), Spelman College, and the University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB) have established AVID Alumni Association chapters on their campuses.

1/22/2014   AVID Participates in White House Roundtable
Washington, DC - AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) recently participated in a roundtable discussion on education at the White House. The discussion focused on the status, challenges, and opportunities for increasing educational attainment and other life outcomes for young Hispanic males.

12/19/2013   Record Numbers Attend AVID National Conference
SAN DIEGO—The 2013 AVID National Conference, titled “Leading the Way to College Success,” was held in Grapevine, TX, at the Gaylord Texan Convention Center from December 12–14, 2013. The tenth annual conference drew a record attendance, with more than 1,600 educators.

12/9/2013     Students' Need for College and Career Readiness Met Through AVID Training of Future Teachers
SAN DIEGO—Partnering with teacher education programs at both UT Arlington and UT Permian Basin, more than 600 professors, teacher candidates, and local school district personnel have piloted the AVID for Higher Education Teacher Preparation Initiative (TPI) since 2011.

11/14/2013   AVID Applauds First Lady’s Education Push
SAN DIEGO – As the nation’s leading college readiness system, with a network of nearly 5,000 schools across the country reaching more than 700,000 students, AVID Center is pleased to hear First Lady Michelle Obama’s recent remarks encouraging students to strive for college.

11/5/2013   AVID Welcomes Nearly 500 New Schools to the AVID Family
SAN DIEGO – This fall, nearly 500 schools in more than 90 districts joined AVID and began implementing the AVID College Readiness System. Almost 200 elementary schools joined approximately 300 secondary schools in implementing AVID to help close the achievement gaps that exist in their schools.

10/30/2013
  AVID Seniors Ready for College Success
SAN DIEGO – Ninety-three percent of the 2013 AVID seniors who participated in AVID’s annual data collection completed four-year college entrance requirements. The annual data collection conducted by AVID Center late last spring, gathered demographic and academic achievement data from AVID seniors as well as information about their plans for higher education.

10/8/2013   AVID Names New CEO
SAN DIEGO – The AVID Center board of directors is pleased to announce that Dr. Sandy Husk will become AVID's CEO effective January 2014. Dr. Husk has served as a superintendent of schools for almost 18 years, most recently in Salem-Keizer, OR, where she has led impressive reforms that have positively impacted student achievement. 

8/20/2013   Wells Fargo Receives AVID/U-T San Diego Community Service Award
SAN DIEGO – As schools struggle for resources, AVID Center and U-T San Diego recognize organizations that go above and beyond to support education. This year, Wells Fargo received the honor for their nationwide philanthropic work in education.

7/23/2013   AVID hosts over 2,800 educators at Summer Institute in San Antonio
SAN DIEGO – This summer more than 24,000 educators will be training in AVID strategies. AVID hosted over 2,800 educators in San Antonio, TX at one of nine Summer Institutes entitled In Pursuit of Success: Dream Big! on July 15–17.

7/23/2013   AVID Districts Featured in School Administrator Article: Readiness in the District Ranks
“What is the value of a high school diploma? Not what it once was. A 2011 report from the Brookings Institution contends the value of a high school diploma has declined since the ‘70s and the 12th-grade milestone is no longer enough to secure a middle-class income…” writes AVID Center Executive Vice President Rob Gira in the May issue of School Administrator, an AASA publication.

7/19/2013   AVID hosts nearly 2,500 educators at Summer Institute in Sacramento
SAN DIEGO – This summer more than 24,000 educators will be training in AVID strategies. AVID hosted nearly 2,500 educators in Sacramento, CA at one of nine Summer Institutes entitled In Pursuit of Success: Dream Big! on July 8–10. Teachers, counselors, and administrators, primarily from California, gathered to learn strategies to improve student engagement, increase graduation rates, and close achievement gaps in underserved student populations.

7/18/2013   AVID hosts over 2,300 educators at Summer Institute in Philadelphia
SAN DIEGO – This summer more than 24,000 educators will be training in AVID strategies. AVID hosted over 2,300 educators in Philadelphia, PA at one of nine Summer Institutes entitled In Pursuit of Success: Dream Big! on July 15–17. Teachers, counselors, and administrators, primarily from Philadelphia, gathered to learn strategies to improve student engagement, increase graduation rates, and close achievement gaps in underserved student populations.

7/18/2013   AVID hosts nearly 2,600 educators at Summer Institute in Orlando
SAN DIEGO – This summer more than 24,000 educators will be training in AVID strategies. AVID hosted nearly 2,600 educators in Orlando, FL at one of nine Summer Institutes entitled In Pursuit of Success: Dream Big! on July 1–3. Teachers, counselors, and administrators, primarily from Florida, gathered to learn strategies to improve student engagement, increase graduation rates, and close achievement gaps in underserved student populations.

7/16/2013   AVID partners with Texas school district to pilot virtual program
GRAPEVINE, TX – Students in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD’s iUniversity Prep virtual school will be the first in the nation to have access to the proven college readiness strategies of AVID in a virtual learning environment.

7/12/2013   AVID Center – Rice University College Readiness Institute
SAN DIEGO – Participants from ten Houston-area school districts were highly engaged at the inaugural AVID Center and Rice University College Readiness Institute (CRI) held on the Rice campus this summer. The Institute, funded by the Houston Endowment, is one aspect of the partnership between AVID Center and Rice University, which is focused on supporting participating school districts to improve the enrollment, instruction, and performance in Advanced Placement® (AP®) and Pre-AP courses.

7/10/2013   Five California Educators Receive AVID Teacher Advocacy Awards
SAN DIEGO – An anonymous donor generously provided funds to AVID Center to create an award that would give AVID educators in California additional resources to enhance their work with their students. The AVID Teacher Advocacy Award was developed to support California AVID Elective teachers and site team teachers; improve AVID teaching; retain AVID teachers; share best practices and professional learning; and further the AVID mission.

6/20/2013   Dallas hosts 4,500 Educators at AVID Summer Institute
SAN DIEGO – Dallas will host more than 4,500 educators June 26-28 at the Hyatt Regency as teachers gather to learn strategies to improve student engagement, increase graduation rates and close achievement gaps in underserved student populations. The conference, led by AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, will feature local student and teacher speakers discussing how AVID has affected their academic and personal lives, as well as their plans for the future.

6/13/2013   AVID Launches an Internet Radio Show - Announcing AVID College Ready Radio
SAN DIEGO – AVID Center is launching AVID College Ready Radio, an internet radio show covering current efforts in preparing students for college and career success. Guests will include thought leaders in education and experts in the field of college and career readiness, as well as inspirational educators and students from the AVID world.

6/03/2013   Governor Abercrombie to welcome more than 1,600 AVID educators
SAN DIEGO – An established leader in preparing first-generation and underserved students for college, AVID Center is hosting its first Hawaiian Summer Institute in Honolulu, June 5-7. Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie is scheduled to welcome the educators and emphasize the importance of their work to the future of the state and nation.