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Advancement Via Individual Determination

Educational Summit

Shaping a New Generation

The advantage technology brings to education and staying ahead of the curve


Nothing is more important than having a great teacher in a classroom, and making sure that they have the knowledge, support and professional development they need to provide innovative education. The contents presented here are portions of a larger summit and specific keynotes during an educational summit convened by AVID. For more information, contact us.


Dr. Ronald Ferguson


Faculty Co-Chair and Director of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University

Institutions need to find ways to make learning experiences rewarding, so that kids come into school and feel a sense of belonging, a sense of confidence, and a sense of influence.

Dr. Ferguson actively works with school departments and agencies at all levels of government on efforts to raise achievement levels and close achievement gaps. His research and work in the field culminated in publishing a book used in graduate-level policy courses titled Toward Excellence with Equity: An Emerging Vision for Closing the Achievement Gap. His latest book is Aiming Higher Together, Strategizing Better Educational Outcomes for Boys and Young Men of ColorDownload pdf

Jaime Casap


Educational Evangelist at Google

Think about young children now: whatever the latest and greatest technology is at this very moment is the worst technology that child will ever see in their life.

Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of the web, technology, and Google tools as enabling and supporting capabilities in pursuit of fostering inquiry-driven project-based learning models. He collaborates with educational organizations and leaders building innovation and iteration into our education practices. He speaks on the subject of technology, education, and innovation around the world. In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves on a number of Boards, including the Arizona Science Foundation, Seed Spot NEXT, and Inquire Schools. He serves as an advisor to dozens of organizations focused on education, technology, and equity. Jaime is also an adjunct professor at Arizona State University, where he teaches classes on policy, innovation, and leadership. Download pdf

James Whittaker


Distinguished Technical Evangelist at Microsoft

It turns out that predicting the future is incredibly accessible, because the future is a tweak of the present.

James is a passionate and visionary leader who has held numerous positions at multiple companies and has shipped major software titles at IBM, Microsoft, and Google. He has published dozens of peer-reviewed research papers and authored five award-winning and bestselling technical books. Download pdf