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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But Do Your Students Like Facebook?

By Michelle Mullen, Executive Vice President, Curriculum and Learning, AVID Center

  • 67% of AVID students in grades 6–12 think that a blended learning environment would be a good way for them to learn.
  • 57% of AVID parents believe that their students should take a fully online or virtual class before graduation in preparation for college/career success.
  • 21% of 6th–12th graders have slow or no internet access at home.

The above is a small sampling of what we’ve learned from AVID students, teachers, and parents who participated in the annual Speak Up survey hosted by the national nonprofit, Project Tomorrow.

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Webinar: Breaking Down Barriers to Higher Education

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