• AVID Blog

  • Celebrate College Signing Day with Reach Higher on May 1!

    Posted by AVID Center on 4/16/2019

    College-Signing-Day Mark your calendars! Reach Higher is celebrating its fifth anniversary and College Signing Day on May 1. As you may know, May 1 is the deadline by which many high school seniors tell colleges where they plan to attend in the fall. We are thrilled to have AVID communities join us again in celebrating all students for committing to continue their education or join the military after high school. Read more...

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  • 4 Ways Every Teacher Can Be a STEM Role Model

    Posted by AVID Center on 4/11/2019

    STEM Choices You don’t need to have a biology or computer science degree to inspire STEM thinking. Students need to see and hear from people who they can personally relate to so that they can envision themselves in similar careers when they grow up. This is especially true when it comes to STEM careers that students have never learned about. Students can only imagine themselves in roles that they know. Read more...

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  • Kind Cards: A Simple Way to Build Social Awareness

    Posted by AVID Center on 4/5/2019

    Kind Card

    Every Friday in the AVID Elective classes at Kelly Mill Middle School, students write Kind Cards to one another. It is the first thing students complete as they walk in the door, regardless of what else is on the agenda. Teaching is all about relationships—relational capacity between the student and teacher, among peers, and building a classroom culture where those relationships can thrive. Having students complete Kind Cards is a simple way to continue to develop these relationships and social and emotional learning (SEL) skills throughout the year. Read more...

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  • National Leader in Instructional Practices Earns Prestigious Recognition from ISTE

    Posted by AVID Center on 1/28/2019

    National nonprofit AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), developer of the college-readiness system now used by over 6,400 schools in 47 states across the U.S., today announced that its Digital Teaching and Learning (DTL) training designed to support the effective integration of technology into classroom instruction was awarded the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Seal of Alignment. The Seal of Alignment has recognized this professional development resource for helping teachers intentionally leverage digital tools to support high-quality teaching and learning. Read more...

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  • AVID—a National Education Nonprofit—Receives Multi-Year Grant From Growing Inland Achievement to Impact College Graduation Rates in California’s Inland Empire

    Posted by AVID Center on 1/8/2019

    gia AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) announced today that through a Growing Inland Achievement (GIA) grant, their organization (AVID Center) will receive $150,000 over two years, supporting a bi-county collaborative to build capacity in supporting high engagement instructional teaching and learning practices at Riverside City College and Crafton Hills College. Growing Inland Achievement is a collective impact collaborative focused on improving the long-term economic outlook of the region through improving the educational attainment rates of the Inland Empire in Southern California. Read more...

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  • Veteran District Technology Leader Assumes Role as Chief Operating Officer for Leading College Readiness Nonprofit

    Posted by AVID Center on 1/8/2019

    Thuan AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) announced today the appointment of Thuan Nguyen as chief operating officer for AVID. Mr. Nguyen joined the team at AVID Center as executive vice president in January 2016. He oversees the implementation of AVID’s strategies and initiatives and technical operations, products, and services, and is responsible for AVID’s digital strategies. Read more...

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  • Language is Power

    Posted by AVID Center on 12/4/2018

    language My mother says “warsh,” as in, warsh your hands, or Seattle, Warshington. As an adolescent, I often corrected her with derision—my opinion being that this nonstandard pronunciation of “wash” represented ignorance and a lack of sophistication. This is a manifestation of language prejudice, or linguicism. Read more...

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  • Giving Thanks: A Reminder

    Posted by AVID Center on 11/21/2018

    thanks With Thanksgiving this week, I think it’s useful to reflect on things for which I am thankful. Read more...

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  • 6 Ways to Improve Social Emotional Learning at Your School

    Posted by AVID Center on 11/7/2018

    SEL Students Seven hours a day, 1,260 hours a year—this is the average amount of time a student is required to spend in school. Wouldn’t it be great if students wanted to be there because they felt cared for, heard, respected, and safe? This is exactly the type of environment I try to foster the moment my students walk through the classroom door, a place where all feel welcome and comfortable to ask questions, share ideas, and make mistakes. Read more...

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  • When You Teach, Are You Beginning With the Other End in Mind?

    Posted by AVID Center on 10/18/2018

    Ed Even before Saddleback College implemented AVID for Higher Education in 2014, I grappled with questions about my role as a teacher. As an associate professor of psychology, I knew my content well and enjoyed interaction with my students. When I asked my colleagues, “What do you hope students accomplish by taking your class?” I received a variety of responses. Some of them are knowledge-based answers, such as, “the basic principles of algebra” or “the necessary information to construct a research project.” Other replies indicate a more philosophical approach like, “to get them to think in new ways” or “to appreciate and challenge unexamined beliefs about my discipline.” Read more...

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