EQUITY FOR ALL
E-1 AVID’s Impact: Making College Readiness, Enrollment, and Persistence More Equitable
Dr. Dennis Johnston, Senior Director and Chief Research Officer, AVID Center, California
The AVID College Readiness System reduces or eliminates achievement gaps often associated with issues of equity and opportunity. Historically, students who were male, African American, Hispanic, from a low-socioeconomic background, or from parents who did not attend college were underrepresented in postsecondary education. However, AVID students with these characteristics are not underrepresented. They enroll and persist at rates that often match or exceed national comparators. This session highlights how certain high school opportunities and achievements are associated with greater rates of college success. Audience members will discuss these and other key outcomes that all students should be achieving.
- Dec. 6, 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 5
- Dec. 8, 11:20 a.m. to 12:35 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 1
E-2 Building an Equitable and Accessible STEAM Program With LEGO Education
Ty Stevenson, Enterprise Account Consultant, LEGO Education, Montana; Marcy Richards, 21st Century Program Manager, Anchorage School District, Alaska
Providing equity and access to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) learning starts with building a districtwide “program” that will offer opportunities for every student at each grade level to have an immersive, standards-aligned experience. Using their solutions, LEGO Education will discuss creating a continuum that can be implemented K–12 to develop STEAM knowledge and skills in a hands-on, project-based, team-focused, and fun way.
- Dec. 7, 9:20 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 1
E-3 Catalyst: A Docudrama on Student Engagement and Transformation
Brooke Haycock, Senior Writer, The Education Trust, Washington, DC
A one-woman docudrama, Catalyst is an unflinching portrayal of the power of educators to change students’ lives. Following two young men, Carl and Isaiah, Catalyst brings audiences face to face with some of the most devastating — and inspiring — images of student transformation. Catalyst is the result of two years of interviewing educators and students in some of America’s highest-performing and lowest-performing schools. Carl’s and Isaiah’s stories, told in their own words, issue a powerful reminder of the potential in young people for change and the powerful role educators play in catalyzing change.
- Dec. 7, 9:20 a.m. to 10:35 a.m., Marina Tower Room: Executive Center 3A/3B
- Dec. 7, 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Executive Center 3A/3B
E-4 Comprehensive, Data-Driven School Counseling Programs That Support College Readiness for ALL
Danielle Duarte, Director of Professional Development, Hatching Results, California
Support from and collaboration with school counselors is essential to improving students’ access to rigorous classes, college application completion, FAFSA® submission, and more. As schools move to AVID Schoolwide, counseling programs are at the forefront of this work. Data-driven, comprehensive school counseling programs improve the academic and social/emotional development as well as the college and career readiness of all students, K–12. Additionally, collaboration between counselors and administrators, teachers, and AVID coordinators ensures college readiness for all. Counseling program results will be presented that emphasize the collaborative role counselors play in creating a college-going culture and the data-driven practices that improve student outcomes.
- Dec. 6, 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 2
- Dec. 6, 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 2
E-5 Culturally Relevant Teaching: What One District Is Doing to Transform Its Culture
Dr. Michael Garcia, Director of Opportunity and Achievement, Mesa USD, Arizona; Lindsay Linoff, AVID District Director, Mesa USD, Arizona
This is the story of how one district created professional learning experiences to spread culturally relevant teaching practices districtwide. To address the shifting cultural diversity within in this large suburban district, a districtwide blended-learning model for professional learning was developed by teachers, for teachers. The objectives of this districtwide professional learning were based upon the AVID Culturally Relevant Teaching: A Schoolwide Approach resource. The speakers will discuss the “why,” “how,” and “what” behind their ongoing journey.
- Dec. 6, 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Bay Tower Room: Bel Aire North
- Dec. 8, 11:20 a.m. to 12:35 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Executive Center 3A/3B
E-6 Deciphering the Boy Code
Heather Watt, Science Department Chair, Science Teacher, and AVID Elective Teacher, Liberal
High School, USD 480, Kansas
Participants will learn to distinguish characteristics unique to the male brain and how to apply this research to AVID recruiting processes and instructional practices. In a review of current practices at Liberal High School, it was discovered there were unintentional biases toward boys. The presenter will share how their school addressed these biases, resulting in a 14 percent increase of males accepted into the AVID Elective class. Session participants will discover how to analyze these biases using recruitment data and male-brain research, examine recruiting process practices, collaborate with other buildings/sites, and create action steps toward reducing unintentional gender bias.
- Dec. 6, 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 5
- Dec. 8, 9:50 a.m. to 11:05 a.m., Marina Tower Room: Harbor Island 1
E-7 Effective Family-Engagement Strategies to Advance Student Achievement
Mildred Gains, Best Practices Director, Parent Institute for Quality Education, California
The Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) will demonstrate how to engage families of diverse backgrounds in exercises of academic goal setting and tracking. PIQE will showcase its research-based approach to parent engagement and the essential elements of an effective parent–teacher collaboration that result in increased student achievement. Participants will be introduced to PIQE’s best practices and will learn how to incorporate them into their interaction with their own students’ families.
- Dec. 7, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Executive Center 2A/2B
- Dec. 7, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Executive Center 2A/2B
E-8 Helping ALL Students Succeed: Nine Things Culturally Relevant Educators Do
Patrick Briggs, AVID Northeast States Director, AVID Center, New York
Are we providing all students with what they need to be successful? These nine culturally relevant teaching practices will help participants address the opportunity and expectation gaps that negatively affect so many young people. Culturally relevant teaching is not about changing what you are doing as an educator, but changing how you are doing it—the delivery, the scaffolding, and the relationship building. The strategies shared in this session can be implemented immediately to increase the level of success for all students. This session will help educators reflect on their practices, learn new ones, and ask the question "Does ALL mean ALL?" when it comes to meeting the needs of learners in their classroom.
- Dec. 7, 9:20 a.m. to 10:35 a.m., Marina Tower Room: Harbor Island 1
- Dec. 7, 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Harbor Island 1
E-9 Student Success vs. Stereotypes: Dispelling Myths and Biases
Donna Carol Boisseau, Curriculum Specialist and former First-Year Experience Seminar Professor, Atlanta Technical College, Georgia; Peggy Goodson-Williams, First-Year Experience Seminar Professor, Atlanta Technical College, Georgia
For 50 years, Atlanta Technical College (ATC) has provided technical and general education to meet the goal of an educated and competent citizenry competitive for tomorrow’s job market. Over 85 percent of the students ATC serves are Pell Grant eligible, and the majority are African American. ATC’s AVID journey and use of culturally responsive teaching illustrates how campuses can truly meet their students “where they are” and produce students empowered to fulfill their educational goals.
- Dec. 7, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 3
- Dec. 7, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 3
E-10 The American College Application Campaign and AVID: Partnering to Support Students Through the College Application Process
Melissa Caperton, Director of the American College Application Campaign, American Council on Education, Washington, DC; Dr. Gail Shenkman, Assistant Director, California Division, AVID Center, California
The American College Application Campaign® (ACAC), a national initiative of the American Council on Education, aims to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students who pursue a postsecondary education. ACAC events hosted by all 50 states and DC, including AVID’s California College Application and Success Campaign (CCASC), provide students with individualized support and assistance as they prepare for and complete the college application process. Participants will learn about ACAC, CCASC, how Fontana High School leveraged the Campaign to support AVID Schoolwide, and how to engage with their state’s initiatives.
- Dec. 7, 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Executive Center 1
- Dec. 7, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 2
E-11 The Gender-Specific AVID Elective: Young Men With a Purpose
Central Hicks, AVID Teacher, R.M. Shoemaker High School, Killeen ISD, Texas; Bernadette Hicks, School Counselor, R.M. Shoemaker High School, Killeen ISD, Texas
This session is designed for teachers, counselors, and administrators who seek an answer to the question of how can the achievement needle be moved in the lives of male and specifically minority male students, who historically underachieve and are not well represented in higher-level classes, without extra funding, outside assistance, or as a special program separate from the AVID Elective itself. This session will combine the experience of a seasoned AVID teacher, an AVID counselor, and parents to explain how the gender-specific all-male AVID Elective class is an effective, plausible alternative that has proven results and can be replicated at any campus.
- Dec. 7, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 2
- Dec. 7, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 2
E-12 Using Student-Led Communication to Effectively Bridge the Gap Between Families and Schools
Elizabeth Abernathy, AVID Elective Teacher, Bedichek Middle School, Texas
Family involvement is an important part of any successful AVID system. But how can parents be invited into schools in a meaningful way? Bedichek Middle School went from minimal family involvement to more significant contact by allowing students to lead the way. Due to previous school experiences, parents are not always willing to bridge the gap, but AVID students speak the language of both home and school, and they understand how to marry these two worlds. This session will cover strategies such as student-authored invitations to watch tutorials and student planning committees for family events, among other methods.
- Dec. 7, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Harbor Island 3
- Dec. 7, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Harbor Island 3