• AVID Professional Learning Participants

    2018 AVID National Conference | December 6–8

    Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina | San Diego, CA

    The AVID National Conference is a forum to discuss and share innovations and best practices on how educators can systematically increase academic rigor, create engaging learning environments, accelerate the performance of underrepresented students, and deliver results schoolwide. National organizations who partner with AVID schools to promote college and career readiness are invited to share the benefits of their partnership. Educational thought leaders come together to learn from the experiences of successful AVID systems. We invite current AVID member districts, as well as those interested in learning more about AVID, to discover how it might impact their schools and communities.


    Click here to access National Conference session handouts in OneNote.


    Anthony Salcito

    Anthony Salcito
    Vice President – Worldwide Education, Microsoft

    In his role leading the worldwide execution of Microsoft’s vision for education, Anthony Salcito works to help empower educators and inspire students to achieve more. He aims to transform the way we learn with the support of the best technology to help build critical skills for the modern, global workplace.

    Prior to taking this role in 2009, Salcito was general manager of education in the United States, supporting schools and universities across the country. During this time, he helped launch the company’s cornerstone education programs. He was also at the center of Microsoft’s involvement in the creation of the School of the Future—a pioneering partnership with the School District of Philadelphia and now the first of many Microsoft Showcase Schools around the world.

    Salcito joined Microsoft in 1992, spending his early years at the company architecting high-profile product launches for Windows NT and Windows 95. He is involved with a variety of outreach projects; has served on the board of directors for Stevens Institute of Technology WebCampus; and currently serves on the boards of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Junior Achievement of Washington, the European Foundation for Management Development, the National Community Education Association, and Western Governors University.

    With a belief that educators will forever be the heroes of the classroom, Salcito authors Daily Edventures (http://dailyedventures.com/), which highlights the inspiring stories of educators, students, education thought leaders, and school leaders from around the world. You can engage with Salcito at @AnthonySalcito.


    Anthony Salcito

    Mary Catherine Swanson
    Founder and retired CEO of AVID; AVID Board Member

    Mary Catherine Swanson developed AVID in 1980 as a secondary school program that prepares underrepresented students for college and career success. Prior to that, she taught high school English for 20 years. During that time, she was instrumental in developing numerous award-winning language arts programs.

    Ms. Swanson will make a special appearance at this year’s National Conference. She will moderate a panel of former AVID students from around the country to discuss how the relationships formed with their AVID educators and strategies they developed continue to impact them today. Panelists scheduled to appear include teacher Diana Larsen, Dr. Jerome Chelliah, and banking executive Leo Lopez.

    Among the awards and recognition Ms. Swanson has received are the A+ Award for Reaching the Goals of America 2000 from the U.S. Department of Education; the EXCEL Award for Excellence in Teaching; the Salute to Excellence from the American Association for Higher Education; the Headliner of the Year from the San Diego Press Club; Cable’s Leaders in Learning Award for General Excellence, a recognition of her innovative leadership; University of San Diego Remarkable Leader in Education; and University of California Outstanding Alumnus.

    See Ms. Swanson’s full bio here