What Do You Teach?

By: Stacie Valdez, AVID District Director, Wichita Public Schools

Whenever I meet new people and they discover that I am a teacher, the next question is inevitably, “what do you teach?” For more than half of my 33 year teaching career, my answer was always, “high school English.” It was usually a toss-up as to what horrified them more – the fact that I taught English or the fact that I taught that troublesome species of teenagers.

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College Board Makes the Right Moves to Improve Advanced Placement® Quality and Equity

By: Rob Gira, Executive Vice President, AVID Center

At AVID Center, we support the notion that more students should take AP, as long as they have support. We also believe that a well implemented AP program can bring academic coherence to a school and to a district.

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The Not-So-Secret Formula to Student Success

Raising standards and expecting more out of our children can be beneficial, but it’s not enough (and why would we lower standards?). Frankly, if raising the bar were all we had to do, we would see tremendous success in many places.

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The Global Achievement Gap – Looking Forward; Looking Back

As we begin the second decade of the 21st Century, we
find ourselves increasingly called to account for the performance of our schools and the perceived loss of international intellectual advantage enjoyed by previous generations of Americans. In spite of an array of well-meaning reform efforts on the state and national level, broad-based institutional success has proved elusive. And while limited gains have been made on a number of the most basic fronts, the professional press and the general public concede that there is still much work to be done. AVID -- its mindset and its methods -- is central to that work.

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Audio Blog: A Response to Harvard's "Pathways to Prosperity" Report

Jim Nelson responds to the February 2011 "Pathways to Prosperity" report issued by Harvard's Graduate School of Education. Nelson points out that while the report does have its merits, it goes wrong in some fundamental ways, especially with the assertion that we as a nation have been too narrowly focused for the past 20 years on four-year degrees.

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