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AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.
What AVID IS
AVID = Advancement Via Individual Determination
A direct support structure for students’ academic and career success.
A structured, college preparatory system working directly with schools and districts.
A schoolwide approach to curriculum and rigor adopted by nearly 4,500 schools in 45 states and 15 countries.
A professional development program providing training throughout the world.
AVID strategies support the Common Core State Standards.
What AVID Isn’t
AVID isn’t a remedial program
AVID isn’t a free ride
AVID isn’t a niche program
AVID isn’t a college outreach program
The AVID Student Profile
Students With Academic Potential:
Average to high test scores
2.0-3.5 GPA (the “academic middle”)
College potential with support
Desire and determination
Meets One or More of the Following Criteria:
First to attend college
Historically underserved in four-year colleges
AVID Program Essentials
AVID student selection
AVID elective class offered during the school day
Rigorous course and study
Writing and reading curriculum
Inquiry to promote critical reading
Data collection and analysis
District and school commitment
Active and interdisciplinary site team
AVID Tutorials Include:
Collaborative Study Groups
AVID Curriculum Includes:
College and Careers
Strategies for Success
Meeting the Challenge
To help all students do rigorous work and meet or exceed high standards in each content area we must help students:
Develop as readers and writers.
Develop deep content knowledge.
Know content specific strategies for reading, writing, thinking and talking.
Develop habits, skills, and behaviors to use knowledge and skills.
What is Academic Rigor
Rigor is the goal of helping students develop the capacity to understand content that is complex, ambiguous, provocative, and personally or emotionally challenging.
Taking rigorous courses opens doors!
Source: Teaching What Matters Most; Standards and Strategies for Raising Student Achievement by Strong, Silver and Perini, ASCD, 2001.
Why AVID Works
Places AVID students in rigorous curriculum and gives them the support
Provides the explicit “hidden curriculum” of schools;
Provides a team of students for positive
peer identification; and
Redefines teacher’s role as that of