Your Teacher WICOR Summer Homework

By Craig McKinney, AVID Teacher and Staff Developer

As school draws to a close, here are my suggestions (using AVID’s WICOR acronym) for some relaxing summer professional development for those times when you want to think a little about work, but don’t want to hunker down in full-throttle school-preparatory efforts.  

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Make the Commitment to Student Success by Taking AVID Schoolwide

by Dennis A. Johnston, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Chief Research Officer
AVID Center

This piece also appeared in our latest issue of Access, AVID’s Educational Journal. Additional publications on AVID’s schoolwide impact are on the AVID Schoolwide page. More resources can also be found on our research page.

In 2010, AVID Center changed its mission to include all students, not just students in the academic middle. This came as a result of our continual growth in the understanding of the impact AVID has on students, teachers, administrators, and institutions overall. For more than 30 years, AVID has supported secondary schools in the implementation of the AVID Elective and the training of staff in inquiry-based pedagogical strategies designed to exercise and strengthen the metacognitive skills necessary for students to engage rigorous curriculum and be successful in postsecondary education. Today, AVID has moved beyond elective classrooms and is designed to be implemented schoolwide so as to touch all students on a campus in support of our new mission.

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AVID… Hope for a Better Day, Hope for a Better Future

By Nahea Marks, Honokaa High and Intermediate School, Student Speaker, Honolulu Summer Institute 2014

Nahea Marks was a student speaker at this year’s Summer Institute in Honolulu, HI. Below is her speech as prepared. You can also watch Nahea's speech here! 

My first day of class my sophomore year, I was pretty excited. My schedule had “Col Prep” listed as one of my classes. I did not know what “Col Prep” was, but I assumed it was a typo for “Cul Prep,” as in Culinary. I’m sure the first thing everyone thinks of when they see the word “culinary” is food. That’s exactly the first thing that came to my mind. You could probably imagine how stoked I was. When I first got into the classroom there was literally nothing about food or cooking. There were college names and entrance requirements pasted all over the room. The board in the front of the room said AVID. I did not know what this word stood for, let alone anything about it.

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Introducing AVID’s New CEO, Dr. Sandy Husk

By Liz Morse, Director of Marketing and Communications, AVID Center

This piece also appeared in our latest issue of Access, AVID’s Educational Journal.

“Picture about two million students. Now, I want you to visualize a huge field with 700,000 students on one side,” she began, moving her arm in a sweeping motion across the expanse of the room to create a vision of an enormous field. “Students on that side of the field have had AVID and are confident and know that they can achieve their dreams through determination and hard work. And then, on the other side of the field, I want you  to see 1.3 million students who might even  be afraid to dream because they really don’t  know where to begin or that they can even do it. Can you picture that? 700,000 confident students on one side of the field who know where they’re going and that they can get there, and 1.3 million students on the other side who want the confidence and skills their friends have over there?”

“Now, every morning, after you’ve taken care of yourself and those close to you,” she continued, “I want you to think about what you can do to help those 1.3 million students join the 700,000 college-ready students on the other side of the field.”

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Angelica Tello – One mile, Two Worlds: A First Generation College Graduate on Getting To and Through College

his piece first appeared on the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation blog.

Angelica Tello, a Dell Scholars Program graduate, is a PhD candidate at The University of Texas at San Antonio. The oldest of three siblings, she grew up in Austin, Texas, just across the freeway from the University of Texas’ flagship school. Angelica recently told us about her experience as a first generation college student, and about what it takes for students like her to find their way through school.

What’s college?

It’s a really strange thing to think about, but going through elementary and middle school, I didn’t really even know that college existed. For my parents, who didn’t have high school diplomas, the idea was that you were going to graduate from high school. That was the idea at the schools I attended, too.

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