• 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. Watch his keynote talk here.

    Salcito also 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. Mary Catherine moderated 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.

    Watch the full panel discussion here.


    Thank you to all of our 2018 AVID National Conference sponsors!

    Lego Education Blackboard

    Arizona State University


    Wonder Workshop



    Curriculum Associates




    School Planner






    Community Discount Card


    Cambridge Assessment


    The College Game

      H20 for Life

    Check out this year's pre-conference sessions and session descriptions.

    • What Is AVID Elementary? An Informational Session
    • The AVID College Readiness System: A Glimpse Into AVID Secondary
    • The Latest AVID Curriculum Innovations and Products
    • It’s More About the Process Than the Paper: AVID’s Focused Note-Taking Process Takes Notes to the Next Level!
    • Crowdfunding for the Classroom: AVID and DonorsChoose
    • AVID for Higher Education: Resources to Reframe Teaching and Learning

    View suggested sessions for your role by clicking here, or click the category icons below to explore all session descriptions.


    (AVID Members only)

    AVID’s most popular professional learning strands focus on AVID schoolwide implementation, using AVID’s proven strategies and best practices. Check out this year’s strand descriptions and prerequisites.

    2018 National Conference Strands:

    • AVID Academic Language and Literacy: A Schoolwide Approach
    • AVID Digital Teaching and Learning – Foundations: Elementary
    • AVID Digital Teaching and Learning – Foundations: Secondary
    • Content-Area Writing: A Schoolwide Approach
    • Culturally Relevant Teaching: Transforming Educators
    • Implementation: Middle School/High School
    • Leadership for AVID Schoolwide
    • Tutorology

    Please Note: Attendance in a strand is in lieu of the concurrent sessions. You are welcome to join us for our keynote sessions and speaker breakfast; however, you are expected to remain in your strand for the full conference. Refer to the schedule for specific times.


    Non-AVID members can register using this form. AVID members can register by logging in to MyAVID and using the "Event Registration" tab.


    Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
    1380 Harbor Island Drive
    San Diego, California 92101

    Reservation link: https://book.passkey.com/e/49683417
    Reservation phone number: 877-734-2726
    Rate per night: $199-$219 per night

    Deposit: A deposit equal to one night’s stay is required to hold each individual’s reservation. The card number and expiration date of a valid American Express, Visa, or Mastercard credit card will be acceptable.


    Wyndham San Diego Bayside
    1355 North Harbor Drive
    San Diego, California 92101

    Reservation link: https://book.passkey.com/go/AVIDConference2018
    Reservation phone number: (866) 781-2632

    All reservations must be canceled within 14 days of the event.


    Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside
    4875 North Harbor Drive
    San Diego, California 92106

    Reservation link: AVID Center Room Reservations
    Reservation phone number: (619) 224-3621


    Strand registration pricing will be the same pricing as National Conference.

    • AVID Members: $625
    • Non-AVID Members: $699