TEACHING AND LEARNING FOR THE FUTURE
T-1 Aligning College Success and Workforce Readiness With AVID for Higher Education’s
High Engagement Strategies
Tina Jenkins, Associate Professor, Saddleback College, California; Amy Kaufman, K–12 Pathways Alignment Consultant, New World of Work, California
This session will engage participants in an examination of AVID for Higher Education’s WICOR® (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) High Engagement Strategies for student success, as implemented at Saddleback College, and will also provide an alignment with New World of Work’s Professional Competencies, Traits, and Attributes for workforce success.
- Dec. 7, 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 2
- Dec. 7, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 2
T-2 A Culture Shift: Reimagining the Student Experience
Kristi Clemmer, Executive Director of Student Completion, Odessa College, Texas; Dr. Becky Musil, Dean of Teaching and Learning, Odessa College, Texas
Odessa College was honored to be selected as the first AVID for Higher Education National Demonstration Site in the country. Attendees in this session will learn how Odessa College infused AVID into the student learning experience and embedded AVID into its institutional culture.
- Dec. 7, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 5
- Dec. 7, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 5
T-14 AVID's Digital Teaching and Learning With Google and Microsoft
Joe Marquez, K–12 Education Strategist, CDW-G, California; Cheryl McClure, Science Teacher, Bellevue School District, Washington
Participants in this session will preview two new AVID Digital Teaching and Learning strands: Advancing with Google and Advancing with Microsoft. These are year-two strands that will help participants define a pathway toward meaningful integration of digital strategies that leverage Google’s G Suite for Education apps and Chrome extensions, Microsoft’s 365 Education apps, and AVID’s WICOR® (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) strategies for the purpose of enhancing and extending student learning.
- Dec. 6, 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Executive Center 4
- Dec. 7, 9:20 a.m. to 10:35 a.m., Marina Tower Room: Executive Center 4
T-3 AVID Tutor Training: A Blended-Learning Model
Dr. Michael Garcia, Director of Opportunity and Achievement, Mesa USD, Arizona
A critical aspect of the AVID Elective class is the weekly implementation of AVID tutorials, ideally led by highly trained college tutor/mentors. Because tutors support AVID students for up to 40 percent of the week, it is a moral imperative that tutors receive the highest quality training possible. This session outlines what one district is doing to support AVID tutor training through a blended-learning model, which seeks to mitigate some of the challenges faced by large districts striving to provide high-quality AVID tutor training.
- Dec. 7, 9:20 a.m. to 10:35 a.m., Marina Tower Room: Executive Center 2A/2B
- Dec. 7, 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Executive Center 2A/2B
T-4 Breaking Down the Walls: AVID in the Virtual World
Jason Smith, Associate Principal and AVID Site Coordinator, eAchieve Academy, School District of Waukesha, Wisconsin; Matthew Schulte, English Teacher and AVID Elective Teacher, eAchieve Academy, Waukesha School District, Wisconsin
In this interactive session, participants will discover how a virtual secondary school created an AVID Elective course and successfully implemented AVID schoolwide for 6th–12th-grade students. Participants will investigate the pathway towards creating the online elective course, including student selection, curriculum design, and tutorials. After exploring the actions eAchieve Academy’s leadership took during the early planning phase, participants will then examine their blended professional learning model, which laid the foundation for AVID schoolwide. Video interviews with AVID Elective teachers, Site Team members, and students will bring the virtual AVID experience to life. Participants will conclude the session by examining several approaches for using technology to asynchronously deliver the AVID curriculum to their students in either traditional or virtual settings.
- Dec. 6, 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Bay Tower Room: Catalina Ballroom
- Dec. 6, 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Bay Tower Room: Catalina Ballroom
T-5 Bring Down the Walls!: Engaging With Industry to Prepare for the Future of Work
Sabari Raja, CEO, Nepris, Texas; Ed Hidalgo, Chief Innovation Officer, Cajon Valley USD, California; Cory Martin, AVID Site Coordinator, Austin Middle School, Irving ISD, Texas; Theresa Spencer, AVID Elective Teacher, Austin Middle School, Irving ISD, Texas; Michael Jacobus, Executive Director, Camp Reset
Participants are invited to join this panel of school district leaders, AVID teachers, and industry professionals for a discussion centered around the partnerships between education and career professionals that can equip students with workforce-ready skills. They will discover how to partner with businesses, universities, and the local community to engage students through real-world connections to curriculum and prepare them for the soft skills needed to succeed in college and careers. The session will focus on tools that provide equity so that all students can engage in authentic learning experiences and access to role models from around the globe. Teachers will leave with ready-to-use career personality frameworks (RIASEC), best practices, and access to tools such as Nepris, allowing them to integrate industry into their classrooms effectively.
- Dec. 6, 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 6
- Dec. 6, 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 6
T-6 Creating and Sustaining a Partnership Between a Local School District and a
Local University’s College of Education
Dr. Pamela Halsey, Executive Program Coordinator and Instructor, Texas Tech University, Texas; Dr. Beverly Finch, Coordinator of Title I–College and Career Readiness and AVID District Director, Lubbock ISD, Texas
Over the past two years, Texas Tech University has aimed to strategically connect its development of an AVID teacher-preparation program to the Lubbock Independent School District, which was already fully engaged in K–12 AVID practices. This session will describe key components that impacted the development of an AVID partnership between the institutions. Participants will hear the voices of various members of the partnership, including teacher educators, K–12 teachers, and teacher candidates. The session will examine the benefits and challenges these partners faced and explore ways to assess the implementation and effectiveness of AVID at both institutions.
- Dec. 6, 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 4
- Dec. 6, 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 4
T-7 Digital Notebooking and Data Collection: The Easy Way!
Cory Martin, AVID Site Coordinator, Austin Middle School, Irving ISD, Texas; Theresa Spencer, AVID Elective Teacher, Austin Middle School, Irving ISD, Texas
This session is for anyone who would like new ways to seamlessly integrate technology, who finds themselves overwhelmed by Coaching and Certification Instrument (CCI) documentation, and/or who would like free, AVID-approved resources for their AVID system. Meet Microsoft OneNote: the future of notebooking. The session details digital notebooking for classrooms, demonstrates how to streamline the CCI certification process, and showcases digital resources aligned with WICOR® (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) strategies. OneNote allows users to add links, manipulatives, recordings, or even assignments to notebooks with the click of a button. Participants are invited to knock down the walls of their classroom and personalize the learning experience for their students. The presenters will share how to increase collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity for the 21st century learner.
- Dec. 7, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Bay Tower Room: Catalina Ballroom
- Dec. 7, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Bay Tower Room: Catalina Ballroom
T-8 Empowering Students to Make More Mindful College Decisions by Changing Search Behaviors:
A Dallas ISD AVID Case Study
Carl Repp, Executive Vice President, ChatterHigh Communications US, Kansas; Dr. Tamika Stevenson,
AVID District Director, Dallas ISD, Texas
In Fall 2017, a free college exploration learning resource was introduced in 18 Dallas ISD middle and high school AVID programs. In the first 40 days of the program, students engaged with over 53,000 college webpages to find answers to gamified quiz questions. This session will (1) look at research on students’ college-search behavior and how to change it, (2) provide a collaborative discussion with Dallas ISD teachers about their experiences with students’ college decision making, and (3) allow the audience to experience the resource so they can try it with their own students or share it with teachers.
- Dec. 6, 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Harbor Island 2
T-9 Four Edtech Ways to Differentiate in a Student-Centered Classroom
Steven Anderson, Digital Learning and Relationship Evangelist, Web20Classroom, North Carolina; Shaelynn Farnsworth, Literacy Consultant, Area Education Agency 267, Iowa
When moving from direct instruction to a more student-centered classroom, care and consideration must be taken to reach all learners. Through differentiated instruction, educators rely on several different methods and techniques to ensure students are successful. This session will examine the differentiation processes and how technology fits into the differentiated classroom. Participants will walk away with a ready-made, technology-infused, differentiated toolkit and strategies to implement differentiation in any classroom.
- Dec. 6, 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 2
- Dec. 8, 9:50 a.m. to 11:05 a.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 1
T-16 Go Deeper With Digital Reading
Kande McKay, Program Specialist, AVID Center, California; Lori Curtis, Director of Digital Learning Services, White River School District, Washington
Applying AVID’s updated critical reading process looks different in the digital realm. Students must be explicitly taught how to interact with a digital text. Participants will learn how teachers and students can use digital strategies to enhance reading and go deeper into digital texts.
- Dec. 7, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Executive Center 4
- Dec. 8, 9:50 a.m. to 11:05 a.m., Marina Tower Room: Executive Center 4
T-10 Hacking STEM: Modernizing and Democratizing STEM Education
Anoo Padte, Community Manager and Educator, Microsoft, Washington; Ankur Anand, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft, Washington
Around the world, schools are modernizing curriculum by embedding creativity and computational and design thinking into project-based classroom activities. The Hacking STEM program provides inquiry-based science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) lesson plans written by teachers, for teachers. These free, interdisciplinary lesson plans support students in building projects that range from anemometers and tuned mass dampers to robotic hands and brain models. Grounded in solving real-world problems, the activities also tuck 21st century technical skills like mechanical, electrical, and software engineering into each project while bringing the world of data science to life. In this talk, the presenters will share how Hacking STEM is modernizing and democratizing STEM education.
- Dec. 7, 1:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 1
T-11 Instructional Coaching and Digital Learning: Two Key Components to Successful Schoolwide AVID Implementation
Barbara Duenk, Research & Digital Learning Specialist and AVID Site Team Coordinator, Lake Shore Middle School, Mequon-Thiensville School District, Wisconsin; Suzanne Zellmann, Research & Digital Learning Specialist, Homestead High School, Mequon-Thiensville School District, Wisconsin
This session will explore the power of WICOR® (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) strategies through a digital lens. Participants will learn how to deepen the implementation of schoolwide AVID by integrating instructional coaching and digital learning. The presenters, instructional coaches with digital expertise, will provide strategies and resources to help teachers design assets-based instruction and assessments to meet the needs of all learners. These ideas can be replicated at any middle or high school hoping to spread AVID across its campus.
- Dec. 6, 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Bay Tower Room: Bel Aire North
- Dec. 8, 11:20 a.m. to 12:35 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 3
T-12 Leading the Learning With Student Technology Ambassadors
Anne Carnell, Learning Management Services Director, Everett Public Schools, Washington; Sarah Pewitt, College & Career Readiness Facilitator, Everett Public Schools, Washington
Teachers train for the 1:1 (one device–one student) shift, and students say, "Now I have a device... How do I use this for learning?" Student Digital Learning Ambassadors are the leaders in their digital learning environment. Whether 1:1 or one to many, this program empowers students with digital tools and leadership opportunities for success in a global society. Students attend a series of training events to leverage technology as a tool for learning. The training series provides student technology leaders with opportunities to become proficient in a variety of skills, including facilitating student and staff trainings and the much-needed daily in-class and schoolwide support.
- Dec. 6, 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Harbor Island 3
- Dec. 6, 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Harbor Island 3
T-15 Retooling K-12 Classrooms for Creative Problem Solving Using Polyup
Dr. Amir Zarkesh, CEO and Co-Founder, Polyup, California
Preparing our schools for problem-solving in the 21st century and beyond means developing new tools for these new challenges. Polyup, a free and open computational thinking playground, addresses this need with its approach to developing critical and computational thinking abilities common to both mathematics and computer science. By providing a means to teach these skills in math classes, Polyup is laying a foundation for computational thinking that will allow students to discover and learn across all academic areas.
- Dec. 6, 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Spinnaker 1/2
- Dec. 8, 9:50 a.m. to 11:05 a.m., Bay Tower Room: Bel Aire North
T-13 UTRGV’s UTeach/AVID Collaborative: Preparing Math and Science Majors for Rewarding Teaching Careers
Dr. Karen Watt, Professor and Educational Leadership Doctoral Program Coordinator, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Texas; Tim Sears, Science Master Teacher, UTeach, and Assistant Professor in Practice, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Texas
This session will present a brief history and description of the AVID/UTeach program at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). The UTeach program is unique in that it is enhanced with AVID for Higher Education’s Teacher Preparation, which focuses extensively on best practices for students, faculty, and mentor teachers. Mathematics and science majors who have chosen to become teachers will share their experiences and perceptions of the challenges and benefits via focus-group discussions.
- Dec. 7, 9:20 a.m. to 10:35 a.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 4
- Dec. 7, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Executive Center 4