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  • STEM: The New Frontier at AVID

    Posted by AVID Center on 12/8/2019

    Students-With-Robotics For a lot of folks—myself included—the meaning of the word/acronym “STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) can be a little confusing; as in, “OK, I know what those words are, but what do they represent when all ‘lumped’ together that way? Read more...

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  • 5 Ways to Fill The Gaps with DonorsChoose.org

    Posted by Cosme Chavez on 11/26/2019

    students holding college signs For most of us, there is no budget to reimburse the binders, dividers, planners, or snacks we buy other than the one connected to our own checkbooks. However, thanks to DonorsChoose.org, we aren’t on our own to get our students the things they need to be successful in our classrooms and as they prepare to enter the world of college or career. Read more....

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  • Breaking the Lecture-Culture Cycle

    Posted by AVID Center on 11/4/2019

    When lecture image I was in college, the prevalent paradigm of learning involved students sitting and listening while professors professed. Lectures were the norm. If the class wasn’t too large, there might be a “class discussion” format, which meant that a handful of bold students answered questions or made comments while the majority of students watched the back-and-forth of the conversational tennis match. If students wanted personal interaction, professors kept office hours during which students could pop in and ask questions or engage in academic conversation. Read more...

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  • The Life of a Retired AVID Teacher

    Posted by AVID Center on 10/30/2019

    AVID Students So I’m retired! That means no lesson plans and no 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. field trips. That sounds great, doesn’t it? However, retirement also means no students. For some, that comes as a relief, but for me, it’s a sad loss. Every year, I would consider retiring, but there was always the younger sibling of a former student coming up. I would stay for them. Being an AVID teacher, I became a second mom, or at least a distant relative, for my students. I worried about more than their grades. I hugged them when their hearts were broken by the love of their life. I felt their pain. Read more...

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  • The Curve of Forgetting

    Posted by AVID Center on 10/30/2019

    Students-Taking-Notes Our brains protect us from information overload by deleting information that we either don’t use or isn’t connected to something we already know. It’s a phenomenon that neuroscientists refer to as “forgetting.” Perhaps, at some point today, you read an interesting statistic or dialed a phone number for the first time and are absolutely certain that tomorrow you won’t be able to recall that information—congratulations, your brain is functioning exactly as it should. In 1885, Hermann Ebbinghaus hypothesized a phenomenon he named “the forgetting curve”, which shows how information is lost over time if we don’t revisit or establish connections to it. Read more...

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  • Three Educators Earn the AHE Lighthouse Leader Award

    Posted by AVID Center on 10/21/2019

    AHE Lighthouse Leader Winners Guiding the charge to transform their institutions, the spotlight was on three leaders for their accomplishments during the AHE Leadership Symposium at the AVID Summer Institute in Denver on July 16. The reasons why these educational torchbearers lead the way show in their character and innate talent. Read more...

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  • Using Student Voice to Assess the Impact of Adult Behavior

    Posted by AVID Center on 10/15/2019

    Students-Talking Perception: a way of regarding, understanding, or interpreting something; a mental impression.

    Everything we do as educators communicates something to our students. They regularly form perceptions through everyday classroom and school experiences on whether or not educators support their college and career readiness. The hallways they walk down speak to them. Classroom instruction and design send messages to students about teacher expectations and beliefs. But do educators have enough opportunities to learn from students about their perceptions and use the information to drive improvements? Read more...

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  • Hispanic Heritage Month and the Journey Forward

    Posted by AVID Center on 10/11/2019

    Claudia-Moreno As I reflect on my journey, one of the most defining parts of my life was the 3.4 mile walk my mom and I would embark on every day to and from my elementary school. Taking those long walks in Fontana, California meant that some days we faced the rain, others we faced the heat, and often we faced the infamous Santa Ana winds. But it wasn’t the extreme weather conditions that defined me, it was the conversations my mom would have with 5-year-old Claudia. She would emphasize the importance of education saying, “es la fundación para ser independiente”, meaning that education is the gateway to your independence. Her advice from those walks pushed me through the hard moments later in life. Read more...

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  • Literacy Is Freedom

    Posted by AVID Center on 10/7/2019

    Disciplinary Literacy Reading unlocks content, no matter what subject you teach. The act of reading immerses the reader in ideas, places, times, and new ways of looking at the world unlike anything else does. That is why we are excited to announce our latest resource, AVID Reading for Disciplinary Literacy: A Schoolwide Approach. The goal of students experiencing success with rigorous texts in every discipline area is at the heart of this book. Read more...

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  • 4 Ed Tech Ways to Differentiate in the Student-Centered Classroom

    Posted by AVID Center on 10/7/2019

    Puyallup STEM Academy In all of the work that we do with teachers across the US and beyond, we see educators creating amazing learning environments for students. From the use of 1:1 technology to enabling students to learn authentically, these really are incredible times to teach and learn. Read more...

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