By Craig McKinney, AVID Staff Developer

On the morning of Thursday, June 18, I woke up and readied myself for the third and final day of presenting the English Language Arts: Writing and Speaking strand at the first AVID Summer Institute of the season in Dallas. With the arrival of Hurricane (downgraded to Tropical Storm) Bill in Texas, the news had been filled for days with cataclysmic warnings of torrential rains, high water, and travel difficulties. On this morning, when I clicked on the TV for a few minutes to see if Bill had more in store for us, I was jolted by the horrifying news of the mass shootings of nine churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina. Not having much time to watch because I had to get to my presentation room, I turned off the television and turned on my “AVID smile.”

All day long, the events lurked in the back of my mind as I stood in front of a roomful of outstanding educators and did my best to inspire them to be the difference in the lives of their students. My participants, as always, were an inspirational group of teachers—the type of teachers that any parent would love to have instructing their kids.

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We Saved Each Other

By Michelle Luna, AVID and English Teacher, Americas High School

The following is a short excerpt from AVID teacher Michelle Luna’s speech as prepared for our Dallas 1 Summer Institute. Be sure to check back soon for video of Michelle and our other speakers from the event!

All I heard from people who had attended an AVID Summer Institute was that it was a life-changing experience. I remember thinking that my life was pretty good and that I could not imagine a training being life altering. And then it happened...

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Transitioning to an eBinder

By Bailey Triplett, AVID Elective Teacher and Coordinator, Muller Road Middle School

As my school implemented a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy, I started to ponder the idea of creating a binder online, or an eBinder. I played around with OneNote and Google Drive. You could create folders within folders. The more that I dabbled, an eBinder seemed even more organized than the traditional binder…and you could personalize and color code everything!

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Top 5 Reasons for Educators to Get Social!

By Kayla Burrow, Marketing Communications Specialist, AVID Center

“Smart phones and social media expand our universe. We can connect with others or collect information easier and faster than ever.” – Daniel Goleman

Chances are you’re reading this on a mobile device, and if you enjoy what you read here, you might use the “Like” and “Share” buttons at the bottom of the blog to let others know. (Thank you in advance to those of you who do!) We live in a world where information is literally at our fingertips, or in our pockets, or in our bag nearby, and we’re not only consumers of information, we are also publishers, sharing and creating content daily.

Many cringe at the thought of social media, and these people rattle off reasons why they don’t engage with it, but there are just as many reasons to give it a try, especially if you’re an educator. Here are my top five!

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Growing AVID Leaders

By Marciano Flores, AVID Elective Teacher, Coordinator, and Staff Developer

They say, "Great leaders are born,” but teachers, especially AVID teachers, know we build leaders. I have found that our individual determination mantra works exponentially when applied to leadership building in our AVID students. When you sincerely believe in your students' inherent drive to learn, add a desire to serve their community, and empower them with leadership skills, you will have a group of students ready for anything.

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