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AVID NATIONAL CONFERENCE DECEMBER 9–11, 2021 DALLAS, TEXAS   #AVIDNatCon2021

AVID NATIONAL CONFERENCE
DECEMBER 9–11, 2021
DALLAS, TEXAS
#AVIDNatCon2021

Pre-Conference Sessions

Download the session handouts here.

P-1 | AVID + Virtual Robotics = Rigorous Student Engagement and Learning
Thursday, December 9 • 10:00–11:15 AM • Emerald
Presenter(s): Ashley Callahan, Learning Designer, AVID Center; Dr. Jacob Clark Blickenstaff, Learning Designer, AVID Center

Virtual robotics offers a unique opportunity for students to explore the relationship between coding (software) and physical computing (hardware) in a simulated setting. In this session, participants will be introduced to the basics of virtual robotics while experiencing an engaging problem-solving platform that lends itself to inquiry in any classroom setting, K–8. Within this time together, participants will begin to understand how virtual robotics can lead to teachers becoming more flexible while addressing students’ learning needs through differentiation, rigor, and critical thinking.

P-2 | Learning Is a Story: Exploring AVID’s eBinders and Interactive Notebooks
Thursday, December 9 • 8:30–9:45 AM • Coral
Thursday, December 9 • 10:00–11:15 AM • Coral

Presenter(s): Kande McKay, Senior Learning Designer, AVID Center; Christina Skeen, Learning Designer, AVID Center

When Mary Catherine Swanson introduced AVID in 1980, she knew students would need to be able to organize their learning materials to be successful in rigorous classes. The AVID binder has become a cornerstone of the AVID College and Career Readiness System. As students began to develop 21st century skills, a need emerged. Teachers and students were challenged when asked to organize digital learning. In this session, participants will focus on organization of time, materials, and thoughts in a digital learning environment through interactive notebooks (INBs) and AVID eBinders.

P-3 | Think Big: Computer Science and Computational Thinking for Everyone
Thursday, December 9 • 8:30–9:45 AM • Emerald
Presenter(s): Michelle Kay, Learning Designer, AVID Center; Dr. Jacob Clark Blickenstaff, Learning Designer, AVID Center

Is computer science only coding? Nope. This session will explore various ways to capture student inquiry and engagement through “unplugged” activities for grades 3–12 that incorporate computer science and computational thinking skills. Participants will learn how to apply the logical thinking processes used in computer science across all academic disciplines and grade levels.

P-4 | AVID Teaching and Learning Innovations and Products
Thursday, December 9 • 8:30–9:45 AM • De Soto A
Thursday, December 9 • 10:00–11:15 AM • De Soto A

Presenter(s): Dr. Timothy Bugno, Manager, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center

This interactive and engaging session will provide a window into the latest professional learning, tools, and curriculum that will help educators deepen the impact of AVID within districts and schools. Participants will walk out with ready-to-access resources and an understanding of the resources that are on the horizon.

P-5 | Maximizing AVID Elementary Weekly and AVID Weekly in the Classroom
Thursday, December 9 • 10:00–11:15 AM • De Soto B
Presenter(s): Dr. Dorthery West, Program Specialist, AVID Center; Jessica Taylor, Program Specialist, AVID Center

AVID Weekly® and AVID Elementary Weekly lessons bring WICOR® strategies to life, providing opportunities for students to engage in writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading with engaging texts. This session will explore how to maximize the use of AVID Elementary Weekly and AVID Weekly as a powerful tool in every classroom and content area for integrating disciplinary literacy and innovative instructional practices from AVID’s most current curriculum resources.

P-6 | The AVID College Readiness System: A Glimpse Into AVID Secondary
Thursday, December 9 • 8:30–9:45 AM • Senators Lecture Hall
Presenter(s): April Mouton, Program Manager, AVID Center; Mona Mendez, Program Manager, AVID Center

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.

P-7 | What Is AVID Elementary? An Informational Session
Thursday, December 9 • 10:00–11:15 AM • Senators Lecture Hall
Presenter(s): Y’Desha Alsup, Program Manager, AVID Center; Julie Osvath, Partner Engagement Manager, AVID Center

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.

P-8 | Bringing Focused Notes to Life! AVID’s Focused Note-Taking Process Revealed
Thursday, December 9 • 8:30–9:45 AM • Sapphire
Thursday, December 9 • 10:00–11:15 AM • Sapphire

Presenter(s): Lisa Faith, Program Manager, AVID Center; Andy Wait, Program Manager, AVID Center

This session is intended for all teachers, administrators, and support staff looking to engage students in the AVID Focused Note-Taking Process. The phases of this process can increase rigor and retention of information in any content area. If you are looking for more literacy across content areas and more student interaction with content, this session is for you.

P-9 | What Is Disciplinary Literacy and Why Does It Matter?
Thursday, December 9 • 8:30–9:45 AM • Governors Lecture Hall
Presenter(s): Jessica Taylor, Program Specialist, AVID Center; Tiffany Tahu, Program Manager, AVID Center

What the world needs most are students who analyze problems like engineers, develop hypotheses like scientists, think analytically like mathematicians, recognize the power of individuals like historians, create like artists, and record their thinking about all of the above like authors. Disciplinary literacy is a schoolwide approach to providing students with the tools and strategies for success in every content area. This session will explore what disciplinary literacy is, why it matters, and how to take it schoolwide so that AVID schools and districts are able to close expectation, opportunity, and achievement gaps for all students.

P-10 | What Is Disciplinary Literacy and Why Does It Matter at the Elementary Level?
Thursday, December 9 • 10:00–11:15 AM • Governors Lecture Hall
Presenter(s): Jessica Taylor, Program Specialist, AVID Center; Tiffany Tahu, Program Manager, AVID Center

What the world needs most are students who analyze problems like engineers, develop hypotheses like scientists, think analytically like mathematicians, recognize the power of individuals like historians, create like artists, and record their thinking about all of the above like authors. Disciplinary literacy is a schoolwide approach to providing students with the tools and strategies for success in every content area. This session will explore what disciplinary literacy is, why it matters, and how to take it schoolwide so that AVID schools and districts are able to close expectation, opportunity, and achievement gaps for all students.

S-53 | Igniting a Love of Math Discourse (Secondary)
Thursday, December 9 • 10:00–11:15 AM • Coronado D
Presenter(s): Marc Dembowski, Senior Learning Designer, AVID Center; Angie Hall, Program Specialist, AVID Center

This professional learning experience is designed for secondary educators, counselors, instructional coaches, and site leaders to develop mathematicians through cultivating a rigorous, discourse-rich mathematics learning environment. Participants will explore teacher actions that are necessary to empower students to engage deeply in mathematics, communicate their ideas, and connect their thinking to others. This collaborative experience will engage participants in strategies that they can immediately implement to begin building rich discourse among students.

Pre-Conference Sessions offered
Thursday, December 9
8:30–9:45 AM CT &
10:00–11:15 AM CT