7 Steps to Filling Out the FAFSA

This piece is from Home Room, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Education.

Need to fill out the FAFSA® but don’t know where to start? I’m here to help. You’ve already done the hard part and gathered all of the necessary information, so now it’s time to complete the FAFSA. Let me walk you through it step by step:

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Top 10 Blogs of 2015

As we prepare to ring in the New Year, we want to be sure that you don’t miss these great blog posts from 2015. The bright ideas in these blogs will help you start your 2016 off right! Happy New Year and happy reading!


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You Could Be AVID’s Next Blogger!

By Kayla Burrow, Marketing Communications Specialist, AVID Center

The AVID World is full of inspiration, hope, and educational strategies that truly change the trajectory of students’ lives. We do our best to share these innovative ideas and special stories here on our Adventures in College & Career Readiness Blog, and we’re always looking for new AVID voices to feature.

Please consider this an open invitation to submit your blog ideas for consideration—if you’re an educator who utilizes AVID strategies or a current AVID student or alum, we want to hear from you!

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You Are Not Alone…

By Michelle Luna, AVID Elective Teacher and Coordinator, Americas High School

The first AVID club meeting of 2015 at Americas High School

What we are asked to do as AVID Elective teachers and coordinators can feel so daunting. I really did not think I could do it when I first started. I needed to become comfortable with the curriculum, recruit other educators for my AVID site team, recruit students for my AVID Elective class, manage an AVID budget, plan college field trips, and the list goes on. It honestly wasn’t until the end of my first semester teaching AVID that I saw things click with the kids and realized how AVID works. Once my colleagues and I saw my students succeeding, I knew AVID had become my greatest tool for affecting change in my students and on my campus. I was hooked!

Here’s my best advice for thriving as an AVID Elective teacher and/or coordinator, especially in the first year!

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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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