Friday
May132011

Fidelity to the AVID Model: College Readiness Results

By Dennis A. Johnston, Ph.D., Director of Data and Evaluation, AVID Center

College readiness can be a challenge to measure but at AVID Center, we take on this task every year through our certification process. The 11 AVID Essentials provide schools and districts with a barometer to measure their success in providing a college readiness environment.

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Thursday
Apr282011

Blended Learning: The AVID Way

By Lauren Ramers

I have been an AVID staff developer since 1999, and there is no doubt in my mind that our face-to-face training is outstanding from start to finish. I also realize that our teaching force is changing, which means that our audience’s expectations are different from they were a decade ago. The Net Generation (those born from 1980-1989) and the iGeneration (those born in the 1990s and beyond) will inevitably represent the bulk of our nation’s teaching force. They want to retrieve information from their computers or mobile smartphones, and they want it to be “on demand.”

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Friday
Apr222011

Returning Home

Jim Nelson, Executive Director, AVID Center

Many of you know that I grew up in Odessa, Texas, practiced law there for many years, and began my adventure in public education as a School Board member there in 1984. When I became AVID's second Executive Director in 2006, AVID had no presence in Odessa. Since 2007, that has dramatically changed. In 2007, a team from Odessa, including administrators and members of their Education Foundation, visited AVID sites in McKinney and Richardson, TX. One of the foundation's board members, Colin Sewell, was especially instrumental in bringing AVID to the Ector County school district (which encompasses Odessa). They began the program in all eight of their secondary schools that fall, and later added 23 of their 24 elementary schools.

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Thursday
Apr212011

Is AVID part of your district’s DNA?

By Jim Nelson, Executive Director, AVID Center

Recently, as a district’s budget was being discussed during a school board meeting, the subject of AVID came up to consider as part of a budget reduction plan. The superintendent quickly silenced any talk of eliminating AVID and said, “AVID is not on the table. It is part of this district’s DNA.”

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Friday
Apr152011

AVID Summer Institutes Transform Educators

By Lauren Ramers

Summer is my favorite AVID season. While some teachers are enjoying their much-deserved hiatus from the classroom, AVID educators are gearing up for Summer Institute. In 2010, AVID trained nearly 20,000 participants, and each year, Summer Institute participants are motivated and energized as a result of their transformative experiences led by the quality of their staff developers.

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