Friday
May202011

AVID: Taking the Turn

By Joslyn Gipson, AVID Alumna

“The bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you refuse to take the turn.” –Unknown

I remember sitting in history class a year and a half ago, and reading this quote on the screen. “Okay, so why is he showing this to us?” is the thought that ran through my head. I mean, yes there was definitely a positive message in this quote, but nothing that gripped me. It wasn’t until after reading Rob Gira’s post on Resilience, the Brain, and Emotion, that I truly understood the power of this quote.

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Friday
May132011

AVID: Still Proving Ourselves After 31 Years - A Response to the Education Week Article

By: Rob Gira, Executive Vice President, AVID Center

When a proven college readiness system like AVID has been in place for over 30 years, there is no shortage of analyses on how AVID works, why AVID works, and for whom AVID works. Third-party research teams have worked with the AVID Center and with sites and districts to study myriad aspects of AVID since the 1980s, including AVID’s impact on cognitive development, academic and social scaffolding, AP and dual enrollment participation, success in mathematics and literacy, attendance, teacher leadership, principal leadership, drop-out prevention, college readiness and enrollment, and the list goes on.

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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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