L-1 Aligning Arrows: Higher Fidelity of Implementation Beyond Initial Training
Jeff Pope, AVID District Director, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, Minnesota; Erika Nesvig, Principal, Eagle Ridge Middle School, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, Minnesota
In many districts with AVID, district directors and principals have many responsibilities and initiatives. You are the District Director and just finished training at AVID Summer Institute, or you are an experienced AVID DD—now what? Or, you are the principal who just finished AVID training at SI and need to align AVID to your building plan(s). District directors, administrators, and principals can move forward with ideas of what to build into their new or existing plans for continuous improvement with Culturally Proficient School Systems, schoolwide professional development, and professional learning communities.
- Dec. 7, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Bay Tower Room: Bel Aire North
- Dec. 7, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Bay Tower Room: Bel Aire North
L-2 A Systematic Structure for Districtwide AVID Growth and Support
Judith Vigue, Director of Advanced Studies & Academic Excellence, Pinellas County School District, Florida; Hannah Graziano, Advanced Studies Instructional Staff Developer, Pinellas County School District, Florida; Renee Caplinger-Ford, Instructional Staff Developer, Pinellas County School District, Florida; Kristy Bench, Instructional Staff Developer, Pinellas County School District, Florida
Pinellas County Schools District leaders will share the evolution of AVID within their system over the last seven years, providing insight into the actions that have served as the strongest leverage points for growing and strengthening the implementation of AVID Schoolwide. Information will include district-level systems and processes that are in place related to the collection and use of data, leading professional learning, coaching and mentoring, and advocacy for student success.
- Dec. 7, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Executive Center 1
- Dec. 8, 11:20 a.m. to 12:35 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Executive Center 1
L-3 AVID in High-Performing Schools: A Catalyst for Continuous Improvement
Brooke Watkins, Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction, Westfield Washington Schools, Indiana
Despite what seems to be a large number of education critics, many schools across the country are effectively preparing students for college and career readiness. These “high-performing schools” serve as hallmarks of student success, with high test performance, graduation rates, and college acceptances. The challenge for leaders in high-performing schools is to maintain a culture of continuous improvement. In this session, participants will learn how the AVID system can serve as a catalyst for continuous growth by providing strategies and structures to take teaching and learning to an even higher level.
- Dec. 7, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Executive Center 1
- Dec. 8, 9:50 a.m. to 11:05 a.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 6
L-4 Creating a Pathway to College Success Through an AVID K–12, Community College, and University Partnership: A Model for College Readiness and Success
Dr. Russell Prust, Education Department Chair, Northern Arizona University Yuma Branch Campus, Arizona
This session will address the development and structure of an AVID-based community-wide system (pipeline) to ensure college readiness, transition to college, and college success. This approach is based on partnerships located in Yuma, Arizona, that align the activities and services of an AVID elementary district, high school district, community college, and university into a seamless pathway. It articulates the foundational principles of the AVID College Readiness System with AVID for Higher Education’s foundational principles of college retention and success.
- Dec. 7, 9:20 a.m. to 10:35 a.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 5
- Dec. 7, 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 5
L-5 Creating Systems to Ensure Equality and Growth for ALL Students
Jill Andersen, Principal and AVID District Director, The O'Farrell Charter School, California; Diane Kridner-Protzmann, AVID Coordinator and Teacher, The O'Farrell Charter School, California
Concrete systems are essential for ensuring equality and growth for all students. The leadership at The O'Farrell Charter School has created systems that, aligned with their vision statement, encourage accountability and support for both staff and students. This session will explore the how and why of a few of these systems and how they have impacted the O’Farrell Charter School campuswide.
- Dec. 6, 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 4
- Dec. 6, 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 4
L-7 High Octane, High Engagement: The Power and the Payoff of Peer-to-Peer
Mark Jarvis, Director of Faculty Development, Butler Community College, Kansas; Dr. Lori Winningham, Vice President of Academics, Butler Community College, Kansas
In this session, participants will learn how Butler Community College leveraged AVID’s longstanding successes and researched-backed strategies to ignite their faculty development. Soon after integrating AVID techniques, Butler now has faculty who are eager to deploy and discuss changes in the classroom and how they benefit their students. Butler’s atmosphere fosters change in delivery, from what happens in the classroom to the way trainings, orientations, and even department meetings are run. Participants are invited to learn what Butler has done to kickstart faculty development and find what will work for them with the help of the presenters’ roadmap.
- Dec. 7, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 4
- Dec. 7, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 4
L-8 How to Help Students Select College Majors More Scientifically
Joe Greenslade, AVID Mentor, R. L. Paschal High School, Fort Worth ISD, Texas
Today, only 19 percent of college students graduate within four years. The primary reason is that most students change majors at least once. The effective use of assessment programs as a tool for mentoring can facilitate more effective college-major selection, enabling more AVID students to graduate college within four years.
- Dec. 7, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 6
- Dec. 7, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Marina 6
L-9 Leveraging Concurrent and Dual Enrollment to Successfully Propel AVID Students to College
Dr. Brandon Protas, National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) Board Member and Director of College Pathways, Community College of Denver, Colorado
Concurrent and dual enrollment has been proven to successfully transition students to higher education by helping them build the academic skills, experience, and behaviors necessary to succeed in college, and the impact is even more powerful for students in the academic middle. During this presentation we will share strategies for using concurrent and dual enrollment to expose AVID students to academic rigor through authentic college experiences. We will discuss differing models for schools to access college courses and introduce the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) who works to expand quality concurrent enrollment opportunities. Finally, we will review benefits and challenges to concurrent and dual enrollment to help you advocate for building these programs in your schools.
- Dec. 7, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 5
- Dec. 7, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 5
L-6 Operationalizing Districtwide AVID
Dr. Kathy Spencer, Executive Director, Southeastern Education Alliance, and Associate Professor, East Carolina University, North Carolina; Dr. Rosalyn Evans, Director on Special Assignment, AVID Center, California
This session provides participants with the opportunity to network with other district leaders who are embarking on their AVID journey or refining their AVID College Readiness System. Participants will share ideas and best practices while learning about AVID’s professional learning options that can support high-quality teaching and learning.
- Dec. 6, 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Bay Tower Room: Bel Aire South
- Dec. 6, 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Bay Tower Room: Bel Aire South
L-10 Paving the Way for Digital Success in Your School
Patrick Regnart, Senior Director of Educational Technology, AVID Center, California
This session will explore how to use the design process to set priorities, establish a framework, avoid common pitfalls, and grow participants’ growth mindsets for increasing student learning through the integration of technology tools into classroom instruction. Participants will consider some of the more compelling myths around using technology in the classroom, learn the steps to developing a strategic vision for using technology to increase student learning and achievement, and explore simple web-based tools to support collaboration and communication.
- Dec. 7, 9:20 a.m. to 10:35 a.m., Bay Tower Room: Catalina Ballroom
- Dec. 7, 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., Bay Tower Room: Catalina Ballroom
L-12 Principal Leadership Round Table: Issues and Answers
Dr. Tim Bias, Assistant State Director, AVID Center, California
Interactive conversations will focus on knowledge-sharing and problem-solving around the implementation challenges of AVID Schoolwide and the AVID College Readiness System. The discussion will be facilitated by the California Principals Collaborative Members.
- Dec. 7, 9:20 a.m. to 10:35 a.m., Bay Tower Room: Bel Aire South
- Dec. 7, 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., Bay Tower Room: Bel Aire South
L-13 Teaching for Transformation: Implementing a Comprehensive Faculty Development Plan
to Strengthen Teaching and Learning
Dr. Tamara Clunis, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Amarillo College, Texas; Becky Burton, Dean of Academic Outreach and Support Services, Amarillo College, Texas
Many institution-wide plans for teaching and learning have focused on structural changes in course sequencing and course redesign. Addressing the need to improve teaching and learning requires a direct focus on teaching pedagogy and faculty relationships with students. Many institutions struggle with implementing a teaching and learning plan that impacts institution-wide outcomes but also meets the the individual training needs of the faculty. This session will share the comprehensive teaching for transformation plan for faculty development at Amarillo College and its results as part of AVID for Higher Education’s Student Success program.
- Dec. 6, 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 1
- Dec. 6, 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 1
L-14 The Village That Moved a Mountain: Transforming a Title I School Into an
AVID National Demonstration School
Jayme Cardinal-Stangier, Principal, Heaton Middle School, Pueblo City Schools, Colorado; Melisa Maes-Johnson, AVID Teacher, 7th Grade Team Leader, 7th Grade ELA Teacher, and Title I Coordinator, Heaton Middle School, Pueblo City Schools, Colorado
Heaton Middle School, a low-performing Title I middle school with predominantly minority and low-socioeconomic-status students, transformed into an AVID National Demonstration School and a Colorado Performance School despite these barriers. Implementing AVID WICOR® (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) strategies schoolwide, undertaking focused professional development, and ensuring the fidelity of the AVID Elective helped Heaton Middle School do the “impossible.” The presenters will share how they became the village that moved a mountain.
- Dec. 7, 9:20 a.m. to 10:35 a.m., Marina Tower Room: Spinnaker 1/2
- Dec. 7, 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Spinnaker 1/2
L-15 Transforming an Urban District, One School at a Time
Jennifer Spoores, Assistant Transformational Leader and AVID Elementary District Director, Toledo Public Schools, Ohio; Susan Drabek, AVID Coordinator, Glenwood Elementary School, Toledo Public Schools, Ohio
This session will focus on Toledo Public Schools’ journey from incorporating one AVID secondary school to seven high schools and 15 elementary schools within five years. Participants will hear how an urban district is gaining momentum with AVID and view a short video on Toledo students’ and parents’ experiences with AVID.
- Dec. 7, 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Nautilus 3
- Dec. 8, 11:20 a.m. to 12:35 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Spinnaker 1/2
L-16 Transforming and AVIDizing Teacher-Led Professional Development for Student Success:
Empower and Invest in Teachers Teaching Teachers
Beth Perisic, Director of Learning Support Services, Poway USD, California; Danielle Reyes, AVID Coordinator of a National Demonstration Site, AVID Elective Teacher, and 8th Grade Humanities Teacher, Black Mountain Middle School, Poway USD, California
This session will explore Poway Unified School District’s unique staff-development model called Teaching and Learning Cooperatives (TLCs), wherein teachers are able to create and facilitate courses that interest their colleagues. Teachers who are interested select and enroll in a course, earn points for every TLC they complete, and accumulate points for advancement on the salary schedule. AVID teachers in the district have used this platform to teach TLCs focused on AVID curriculum and WICOR® (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) strategies, including using the AVID Critical Thinking and Engagement and AVID Culturally Relevant Teaching curriculum to teach their staff at the site and district levels. Teachers have also integrated technology into the TLCs and WICORized presentations to enhance and support 21st century learning. TLC participants then share their learning with their sites and individual teacher teams.
- Dec. 6, 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Executive Center 3A/3B
- Dec. 6, 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Marina Tower Room: Executive Center 3A/3B
L-17 WICOR as an Instructional Framework: Transforming AVID From an Initiative on
Teachers' Plates to the Plate Itself
Brett Bowers, Principal, Homestead High School, Mequon-Thiensville School District, Wisconsin
When AVID becomes the foundation for teaching and learning on a campus and not just an initiative competing for teachers’ time and energy, its impact grows ten-fold, as does teacher buy-in. In this interactive session, participants will explore the concept of an instructional framework and then investigate how AVID, specifically WICOR® (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) strategies, can help define and then drive high-quality instruction campuswide. Sample activities used with incoming teachers as well as an entire faculty will be shared and analyzed for future use at participants’ sites. By the end of the session, participants will have a roadmap for turning AVID from a collection of teaching strategies into the instructional bedrock of their schools.
- Dec. 7, 9:20 a.m. to 10:35 a.m., Bay Tower Room: Bel Aire North
- Dec. 7, 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., Bay Tower Room: Bel Aire North