AVID Volunteers

By Jennifer Wolfe, AVID Elective Teacher & Coordinator, Emerson Junior High School 

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

For a moment on Wednesday night, I was worried: 20 freshmen and sophomores, gas stoves, sharp knives, and the need to prepare and serve dinner for 40+ people in less than an hour? I questioned my choices.

This night—a culmination of a few weeks of planning and preparation for my AVID students—meant a lot to me. Building an AVID classroom community requires teamwork, empathy, compassion, and trust. It depends on kids being vulnerable, stepping out of their comfort zones, and looking at the big picture.

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But Do Your Students Like Facebook?

By Michelle Mullen, Executive Vice President, Curriculum and Learning, AVID Center

  • 67% of AVID students in grades 6–12 think that a blended learning environment would be a good way for them to learn.
  • 57% of AVID parents believe that their students should take a fully online or virtual class before graduation in preparation for college/career success.
  • 21% of 6th–12th graders have slow or no internet access at home.

The above is a small sampling of what we’ve learned from AVID students, teachers, and parents who participated in the annual Speak Up survey hosted by the national nonprofit, Project Tomorrow.

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Webinar: Breaking Down Barriers to Higher Education

If our goal as educators is to break down barriers that have historically restricted college pathways for many students, we must work to uncover and address those factors that limit students’ academic opportunities and widen the achievement gap. In this free webinar, you will learn action steps to de-entitle academic paths and help students succeed in rigorous courses. You will also hear from Greeley West High School, a school that has made monumental strides in helping all students get on a college-ready track.

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AVID Virtual College Fair

Save the Date!
AVID Virtual College Fair
Friday, December 4, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time

AVID has partnered with CollegeWeekLive to coordinate the first AVID Virtual College Fair! AVID students can sign up at to chat live with college admissions counselors from across the nation!

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Making Excellence Contagious: A Leader Think Tank

By Sarah Newman, AVID i3 Project Systems Coach

How does one transform a school to ensure college readiness for ALL students? How can one provide opportunities for students and teachers that will improve academic performance for ALL students? Many educational ideologues have pondered and attempted to find just the right ingredients to create a recipe for school success. Three rural districts in the heartland of Florida have come pretty close to perfecting this recipe. A school transforms when the instruction, systems, leadership, and culture of the school shift, ensuring college readiness for ALL. With the help of the Investing in Innovation (i3) grant, Desoto, Hardee and Highlands County have made tremendous strides in raising the bar for students and creating a college readiness system. The middle schools, high schools, and state college in these districts have partnered with AVID Center (AVID is the acronym for Advancement Via Individual Determination) in an effort to build their recipe of success.

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