IMPACTING STUDENT LEARNING
I-1 Accelerating Academic Success for Long-Term English Learners
Sacha Bennett, Program Specialist, AVID Center, California
This interactive presentation will provide participants with current research about the academic needs of long-term English language learners and outline key instructional routines for academic success and access to rigorous coursework. Participants will learn how AVID is specifically addressing these needs through AVID Excel®, a middle school course offering for long-term English learners that includes the use of strategically designed curriculum, professional learning, family connections, and promotion of biliteracy to accelerate academic language acquisition and entrance into college preparatory courses in 9th grade.
- Dec. 7, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Executive Center 3A/3B
- Dec. 7, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Executive Center 3A/3B
I-2 Advanced Academics: Increasing Representation and Success Among Black Males
Dr. James L. Moore III, EHE Distinguished Professor of Urban Education, Executive Director of the Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male, Interim Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, and Interim Chief Diversity Officer, The Ohio State University, Ohio; Dr. Erik Hines, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut, Connecticut
In the education literature, there is little data, if any, that closely examines the extent to which Black males are represented in advanced academic curricula. Extant education literature suggests that Black males, including those identified for gifted services, share a collection of distinct academic, psychological, and social realities in the classroom, especially in school contexts where they are underrepresented. Black males are frequently confronted with school and non-school stressors that often impede their overall well-being. With this in mind, this session will focus on those common social, psychological, and emotional challenges that Black males experience in society at large as well as in advanced academic programs. In addition, the two presenters will share education data that highlight negative education trends among Black males at every juncture of their education. They will also provide explanations for why Black males are poorly represented in advanced academic programs and specific recommendations for how district- and building-level school leaders and educators may increase the success and representation of Black males in these programs.
- Dec. 7, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Harbor Island 1
- Dec. 7, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Harbor Island 1
I-3 AVID Learning Through Writing: A Schoolwide Approach
Craig McKinney, Secondary ELA Instructional Specialist, Plano ISD, Texas
Writing: It isn't just for English class. This session will explore how to engage learners, close achievement gaps, and enhance learning in all subject areas by implementing learning-through-writing strategies schoolwide. This interactive presentation will immerse participants in usable strategies for accessing complex content as they deepen their own understandings of the guiding principles behind the new Learning Through Writing strand and the accompanying curriculum resource.
- Dec. 7, 9:20 a.m. to 10:35 a.m., Marina Tower Room: Harbor Island 3
- Dec. 7, 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Harbor Island 3
I-4 AVID’s Impact on Pre-Service and Novice Teachers
Dr. Holly Hungerford-Kresser, Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Arlington, Texas;
Dr. Carla Amaro-Jimenez, Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Arlington, Texas
This session will discuss pre-service and novice teachers’ responses to AVID in their preparation programs and the ways in which AVID continues to impact their practice in their first years of teaching. The presenters and participants will share data, discuss findings, and interact to explore future opportunities for teacher education and AVID.
- Dec. 6, 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 3
- Dec. 6, 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 3
I-5 AVID STEM Summer Bridge
Ben Solomon, Program Specialist, AVID Center, Texas
The AVID STEM Math and Science Summer Bridge Program can help schools increase the number of students taking Algebra 1 by 8th grade and/or provide science enrichment for students. The two math and two science programs provide high-engagement, rigorous math or science instruction that is standards based and infused throughout with WICOR® (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) strategies. Participants in this session will explore the structure and content of the Summer Bridge programs and the benefits and challenges to offering the programs.
- Dec. 7, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 4
- Dec. 8, 11:20 a.m. to 12:35 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 6
I-6 Changing the Future: Infusing AVID Into Career and Technology and Early College Courses
to Maximize Student Achievement
Sari McCoy, Director of Health Science, Richardson ISD, Texas; Melanie Hall, AVID Site Coordinator and Elective Teacher, Grand Prairie High School, Grand Prairie ISD, Texas; Kay Cole, Chancellor, Grand Prairie High School, Grand Prairie ISD, Texas
Follow the AVID Brick Road! The presenters will discuss how they infuse AVID into Career and Technology and Early College courses to support individualized learning for high school students. Maximizing student opportunity includes access to college credit and industry preparation. AVID is the comprehensive foundation to academic and social/emotional support for student achievement in a high-demand, high-rigor environment. The model of the Grand Prairie Early College Nursing Academy demonstrates how to utilize AVID as the partnership between education and industry, affording students the ability to realize college and career success.
- Dec. 7, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Bay Tower Room: Bel Aire South
- Dec. 8, 11:20 a.m. to 12:35 p.m., Bay Tower Room: Bel Aire South
I-26 Communicating With Adolescents and Other Humans: Love, Listening, Limits, Laughter!
Dr. Paul Deering, Professor of Education, College of Education, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Hawai‘i
If you can maintain positive relationships with adolescents, you can do it with anyone! Four “L”s are key: love, listening, limits, and laughter. Modeling, role-play, and application will empower participants to set healthy limits in relationships and employ skills for helping others, asserting their own needs, and turning conflicts into win-wins.
- Dec. 7, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 4
- Dec. 8, 9:50 a.m. to 11:05 a.m., Marina Tower Room: Executive Center 2A/2B
I-7 Crowdfunding for the Classroom: AVID and DonorsChoose
Debra Feinberg, Senior Director of Marketing, Communications, and Development, AVID Center, California
AVID knows that when teachers are engaged, students succeed. AVID implementation is already making a difference in classrooms for many, but are there materials or supplies that could enhance classroom instruction and students’ learning? A panel of DonorsChoose teacher ambassadors and representatives will share best practices and advice for using the DonorsChoose platform for the classroom.
- Dec. 7, 9:20 a.m. to 10:35 a.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 5
- Dec. 7, 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 5
I-8 Developing a College-Ready Student: Amarillo College's No Excuses Plan for the First-Year Student
Dr. Tamara Clunis, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Amarillo College, Texas; Becky Burton, Dean of Academic Outreach and Support Services, Amarillo College, Texas
Amarillo College embarked on a multi-year journey to improve the success rates and fall-to-fall retention of first-year students. The new course emphasizes the use of high-impact practices and learner-centered pedagogies. This session will share the course redesign process and the significant data increases related to building a student-centered course. Participants will also learn how the Amarillo College First-Year Experience is aligned to critical student support systems such as tutoring, career and academic advising, new student orientation, and social services.
- Dec. 7, 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 4
- Dec. 7, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 3
I-9 Disciplinary Literacy Through Critical Reading
Dr. Christie McMullen, Program Specialist, AVID Center, Florida
Knowing how to read like a mathematician, historian, scientist, or any other content-area expert is crucial for students to be able to comprehend the wide range of texts required for success in rigorous courses, college, and careers. This session will explore how AVID's Critical Reading Process has evolved to better support disciplinary literacy within every content area and grade level, providing an engaging and thought-provoking preview of the brand-new critical reading strand and resources that will be available to AVID Summer Institute 2019 attendees.
- Dec. 6, 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 3
- Dec. 6, 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 3
I-10 E2HS! Elementary to High School: How to Build an Authentic and Successful Transition Framework
Kim Messersmith, Principal, Stewart Middle School, Tacoma Public Schools, Washington; Ravi Jaskar, School Counselor, Stewart Middle School, Tacoma Public Schools, Washington
Participants will learn how to create a comprehensive transition program to help students successfully move from elementary to middle school and from middle to high school. Participants will leave the session with a framework that includes a scope and sequence of activities that promote student voice, staff authenticity, and parent involvement.
- Dec. 7, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Bay Tower Room: Bel Aire South
- Dec. 8, 9:50 a.m. to 11:05 a.m., Bay Tower Room: Bel Aire South
I-11 Early College High School and AVID: A Natural Partnership
Paul Covey, Principal, Valle Verde Early College High School, Ysleta ISD, Texas; Michelle Kehrwald, Director of Advanced Academics, Ysleta ISD, Texas
With the proliferation of early colleges, a successful AVID schoolwide implementation is key, as it can help students in this high school setting succeed immediately in their college classes, including those taught by non-AVID instructors. By focusing on the needs of this unique model of school, this session will demonstrate how the AVID system can be integrated into the master schedule in a manner that ensures all faculty members are involved in the program’s sustainability and in the transferability of college readiness skills across high school and college curricula.
- Dec. 6, 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 5
- Dec. 6, 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 5
I-12 How the Four Domains of AVID Support Justice for the Whole Child
Christine Brandt, Principal, Jason Lee Middle School, Tacoma School District, Washington; Krystal Keller, AVID Coordinator and Math Department Chair, Jason Lee Middle School, Tacoma School District, Washington; Geno Munoz, Counselor, Jason Lee Middle School, Tacoma School District, Washington
Jason Lee Middle School, an AVID National Demonstration School and 2016 ASCD Vision in Action award winner, succeeds by implementing AVID systems by focusing on the four Domains of AVID—Instruction, Systems, Leadership, and Culture—through the lens of social and restorative justice to meet the needs of the whole child. In this session, participants will learn how Jason Lee has implemented justice-centered, whole-child-focused AVID systems in their classrooms and schoolwide while also using AVID strategies for their staff’s professional development to teach AVID’s high-yield strategies and support staff members in their learning.
- Dec. 7, 9:20 a.m. to 10:35 a.m., Marina Tower Room: Executive Center 1
- Dec. 8, 9:50 a.m. to 11:05 a.m., Marina Tower Room: Executive Center 1
I-13 It’s More About the Process Than the Paper: AVID’s Focused Note-Taking Process Takes
Notes to the Next Level!
Gordon Mosher III, Program Manager, AVID Center, Colorado
How do students create a record of their learning? Where do students record their thinking in the classroom? Just because students are writing in class doesn’t mean they are learning the material. How can educators focus the note-taking process on what students are doing to engage with their learning? This session will focus on AVID’s relaunch of the focused note-taking process for elementary and secondary schools.
- Dec. 6, 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Harbor Island 1
- Dec. 6, 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Harbor Island 1
I-14 Journey to AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction
Mikki Matautia, AVID Coordinator and Elective Teacher, Twin Peaks Middle School, Poway USD, California; Katie Fixsen, AVID Elective Teacher and 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Twin Peaks Middle School, Poway USD, California
This session looks at the key elements involved in achieving the honor of AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction and the roles the AVID Site Team, AVID students, school leadership, and parent and student commitments play in moving AVID schoolwide. The presenters will share how AVID’s impact on ALL students academically and culturally is changing the educational landscape across their campus.
- Dec. 6, 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Executive Center 2A/2B
- Dec. 6, 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Executive Center 2A/2B
I-15 Put Some WOW in Your WAGs!
Lori Dearing, AVID Coordinator, AVID Elective Teacher, Technology Coordinator, and Technology Teacher, Los Lunas Middle School, Los Lunas Schools, New Mexico; Catherine Williams, AVID Elective Teacher and Art Teacher, Los Lunas Middle School, Los Lunas Schools, New Mexico
All teachers have heard that the key to learning is engagement. This session will discuss realistic and meaningful ways to increase both student and teacher engagement in the AVID classroom by blending the teacher’s talents and expertise with the interests of the students. Participants will learn how to enhance the Weeks at a Glance (WAGs) to fit their classroom communities while staying true to AVID objectives. Two AVID Elective teachers from New Mexico will discuss how they used art and technology to transform their AVID classrooms. Participants will learn specific programs and lesson adaptations that incorporate technology and the arts and will leave with concrete steps for how to embed their own interests into the WAGs.
- Dec. 7, 9:20 a.m. to 10:35 a.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 2
- Dec. 8, 9:50 a.m. to 11:05 a.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 2
I-16 Schoolwide Interactive Notebooks to Increase Student Organization, Retention, and Performance
Mary Whitman, AVID District Director and AVID Elective Teacher, Weld County School District Re-8, Colorado; Candace Kensinger, Principal, Fort Lupton Middle School, Weld County School District Re-8, Colorado
Schoolwide interactive notebooks are proven to increase students’ achievement through the organization of their academic courses. This strategy can help to align other schoolwide systems that provide rigorous instruction to all students in order to help students transition to the next level (high school, postsecondary, and the workforce) and to aid in retention of the AVID program.
- Dec. 6, 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 2
- Dec. 8, 11:20 a.m. to 12:35 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 2
I-17 Supporting All Learners by Building a Schoolwide K–5 Continuum for WICOR
Vicki Axford, Principal, Prairie Hills Elementary, Academy School District 20, Colorado; Angela Gold, Significant Support Needs Teacher, Prairie Hills Elementary, Academy School District 20, Colorado; Kate Motley, Literacy Coach, Prairie Hills Elementary, Academy School District 20, Colorado
Prairie Hills Elementary embeds AVID in everything they do K–5. It is the core of the School Improvement Plan and Site Team, and it is foundational to everything from curriculum and instruction to recess. The presenters are excited to share their journey and how AVID has enriched their school. They will be sharing their K–5 matrix for intentional implementation of WICOR® (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) strategies for all students and their differentiated AVID student planner. Participants will discuss differentiating WICOR strategies, share ideas, and take samples back to their sites for implementation.
- Dec. 7, 9:20 a.m. to 10:35 a.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 3
- Dec. 7, 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 3
I-18 The AVID College Completion Project and Teacher Preparation at Washington State University
Dr. Kathleen McAteer, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Washington State University Tri-Cities, Washington; Sara Petersen, Clinical Assistant Professor, Washington State University Tri-Cities, Washington
In 2014, Washington State University (WSU) Tri-Cities became an AVID for Higher Education (AHE) campus, facilitated by a grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. Early successes led to the addition of AHE Teacher Preparation to enable WSU Tri-Cities to not only devise equitable and integrative learning opportunities for students, but to make a substantial contribution to bridging the equity gap in the Washington’s K–12 system. This work has been brought about by a collaborative academic and student affairs leadership team that assessed early data and made changes to improve student-learning outcomes despite the risk of “initiative fatigue.”
- Dec. 8, 9:50 a.m. to 11:05 a.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 5
- Dec. 8, 11:20 a.m. to 12:35 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 5
I-19 The AVID College Readiness System: A Glimpse Into AVID Secondary
Mercy Jesswani, Program Manager, AVID Center, California; Ferrari Garcia, Partner Engagement Manager, AVID Center, California
This session, geared toward participants who are new to AVID Secondary or are interested in implementing AVID, will focus on how AVID helps educators become more engaged so that students may succeed through college and beyond. Participants will walk away with an understanding of the impact that AVID can make by systematically increasing academic rigor, creating engaging learning environments, accelerating the performance of underrepresented students, and delivering results schoolwide.
- Dec. 6, 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Executive Center 1
I-20 The Homework Dilemma
Julie Sanders, Retired District Director, Staff Developer, and Writer Consultant, AVID Center, Florida
Although today’s classrooms have changed to meet the needs of 21st century learners, homework assignments often remain stuck in “old school” ways of thinking, lacking the relevance and engagement that enhances learning. Instead, homework often becomes a cause of stress and frustration, not only for students, but for parents and teachers as well. Participants will learn how to bring homework into the 21st century by extending and embedding AVID WICOR® (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) strategies into the crafting of assignments so that they extend thinking, spark curiosity, and connect to students.
- Dec. 7, 9:20 a.m. to 10:35 a.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 4
- Dec. 7, 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 4
I-21 The Promise and Practice of Next-Generation Assessment: What Educators Can Do
Dr. David Conley, Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership, University of Oregon, Oregon
Next-generation assessment consists of a range of beliefs, strategies, tools, and techniques designed to empower learners and measure what’s really important. This session examines next-generation assessment: what it is, how it works, and how educators can use it to gain greater insight into what’s central to students’ goals while generating student profiles that paint a fuller picture for college, careers, and life. After reviewing ten key principles of next-generation assessment and considering examples, participants will reflect on how their assessment practices can move toward the next-generation model.
- Dec. 7, 9:20 a.m. to 10:35 a.m., Marina Tower Room: Harbor Island 2
- Dec. 7, 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Harbor Island 2
I-22 This Is AVID Elementary: Perspectives on Building a Rigorous Implementation
George Leidigh, Program Manager, AVID Center, Arizona; Pamela Good, Program Manager, AVID Center, Washington
This session will focus on the essential elements of implementing a rigorous schoolwide AVID Elementary system that is aligned to support all students. The presenters will share examples from districts that are modeling rigorous systems that include WICOR® (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) strategies and ongoing schoolwide professional development. They will highlight effective AVID Elementary strategies that promote equity for all students.
- Dec. 6, 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Spinnaker 1/2
- Dec. 7, 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 2
I-23 What Is AVID Elementary? An Informational Session
Sheryl Peters, Program Manager, AVID Center, California; Ferrari Garcia, Partner Engagement Manager, AVID Center, California
This session will provide an introductory overview of AVID Elementary for participants who are planning to implement or are interested in implementing AVID Elementary. Existing AVID Elementary partners are welcome and may pick up some updated information through this session. Participants will learn what college readiness means in an elementary context as well as the relational connection between AVID Elementary and AVID Secondary. The intended audience is district stakeholders (superintendents, curriculum and instruction directors, and District Directors) and elementary or intermediate principals and assistant principals, teachers, and instructional specialists.
- Dec. 6, 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Executive Center 1
I-24 Who Is Leaving AVID at Your School, and What Are You Going to Do About It?
Dr. Mike Mozingo, Southern Region Assistant Director, AVID Center, Texas
This session asks participants to consider who is dropping out of AVID at their school. The national trend is for AVID cohorts to shrink as they move up in grades. The session will analyze attrition in AVID Elective classes. After exploring a case study, participants will consider various indicators of students likely to drop out of AVID. The session will investigate strategies for increasing retention and addressing drop-out rates.
- Dec. 7, 9:20 a.m. to 10:35 a.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 2
- Dec. 8, 9:50 a.m. to 11:05 a.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 2
I-25 Writing to Close the Achievement Gap
Sally Wagner, Program Manager, AVID Center, Texas
This session will introduce participants to AVID Writing for Disciplinary Literacy: A Schoolwide Approach. The focus of this session will be on writing for academic purposes, using mentor texts, and unpacking the writing process in a way that fosters disciplinary literacy and supports AVID Schoolwide. Educators will be provided with tools and strategies for teaching students how to write competently and confidently across content areas, in keeping with AVID’s mission to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.
- Dec. 7, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Harbor Island 2
- Dec. 7, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Harbor Island 2