Wednesday
Oct082014

AVID Teacher Gives Students Roots and Wings

by John Hines, AVID Elective Teacher & Coordinator, Todd Beamer High School

As part of my summer reading, I finished a New York Times Corner Office interview with Kat Cole, president of Cinnabon. In this interview, what stuck out to me the most was the favorite expression of Kat Cole’s mother, “Don’t ever forget where you came from, but don’t you dare let it define you.” As an AVID teacher helping many students become the first in their family to graduate from college, I find that this advice is critical.

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Friday
Oct032014

Don’t Call Them Dropouts

By Sandy Husk, CEO, AVID Center

As we engaged in our weeklong Commit to Student Success campaign, it was gratifying to see the participation of our AVID campuses across the nation. Our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as other social media networks, were lit up with photos of AVID students and site teams engaged in academic and community activities focused on what success looks like, issuing thanks to those who support them, and making good use of the toolkit that we created for the campaign. It is clear that AVID is touching many lives in a positive way across entire campuses nationwide.

Nevertheless, I am still concerned that we are not doing enough.

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Friday
Sep262014

Commit to Student Success Week: Keep It Going! 

CommitStudents and AVID site team members at Schimelpfenig Middle School created a graffiti wall to define success! to Student Success Week wraps up today, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep the conversation going! Here, we’re offering some resources (from this blog) that can help you maintain the focus on student success. We’ve matched some of our best posts with the daily themes from the week’s activities. Also, see how schools around the world celebrated Commit to Student Success Week by visiting us on social media and following the hashtag #AVID4StudentSuccess.

We want to hear from you, too! How did your school celebrate Commit to Student Success Week? What can you share with the AVID world for other educators to try?

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Friday
Sep192014

Break Through the Noise: Commit to Student Success

By Rob Gira, Executive Vice President, AVID Center

In these turbulent times, it can be difficult to break through the noise in education. Every teacher, counselor, and administrator in your school building is there because he or she hopes to see students succeed, but we all know that it is easy to lose sight of that when bogged down with competing priorities, bureaucracy, and the very real and heartbreaking struggles that our students often face outside of school. Much of the current media attention also focuses on what is lacking in our education system, with countless experts rattling about what should or shouldn’t be done.

Educators and students deserve better than this, and it’s our sincere hope that this week-long celebration will be an opportunity to put the focus where it truly belongs: student success.

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Friday
Sep122014

Four Questions For: Mary Catherine Swanson

By Rob Gira, Executive Vice President, AVID Center

Mary Catherine Swanson taught high school English for 20 years. During that time she was instrumental in developing numerous award-winning language arts programs. In 1980 she developed AVID, a secondary school program that prepares underachieving students for four-year college entry. Today 95 percent of AVID graduates enroll in college. Mary Catherine created the AVID Center in 1992 to support the in-school system.

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