AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

Advancement Via Individual Determination

AVID National Conference 2014

Committed Leaders + Dedicated Educators = STUDENT SUCCESS

 December 11-13, 2014

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane
Orlando, Florida 32821

The AVID National Conference is a forum to discuss and share best practices on opening access to rigorous curriculum for all. Participants include superintendents, school board members, district and site administrators, and other educational leaders.

About the Conference


We have the strategies you NEED to ensure your students are ready for and thrive in college. Sessions will focus on a variety of topics, including:

  • Implementing and Sustaining the AVID College Readiness System (ACRS)
  • AVID and Advanced Programs (AP®, IB®, AICE, dual enrollment)
  • Engaging and Supporting AVID Alumni
  • Leadership for College Readiness
  • Schoolwide Strategies for Increasing Rigor and Support for All Students
  • STEM Initiatives
  • Equity and Access
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Keynote Speakers


Dr. Sandy Husk, Chief Executive OfficerOpening Keynote by Dr. Sandy Husk
Chief Executive Officer, AVID Center

Dr. Sandy Husk joined AVID Center as Chief Executive Officer in January 2014 and brings with her more than 17 years of experience implementing the AVID College Readiness System. During her 36 years serving schools, she held a variety of leadership positions, with nearly 18 years in the role of superintendent. Most recently, Dr. Husk served as the superintendent of Salem-Keizer Public Schools in Oregon, where she led impressive reforms that positively impacted student achievement. She is a proven instructional leader with broad and deep experience helping students—especially students who have frequently been underserved and those from challenging backgrounds—succeed academically. 

Dr. Husk has served in many state and national leadership roles including the National School Public Relations Association, Educational Research and Development Institute, College Board Advisors, and the American Association of School Administrators. 

Dr. Husk earned a Ph.D. in Administration, Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Colorado, Denver; an M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Colorado, Boulder; and a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Georgia, Athens. Her postdoctoral study includes work at Columbia and Harvard. 

Dr. Freeman HrabowskiKeynote by Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski
President of University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992, is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He was recently named by President Obama to chair the newly created President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the National Academies committee that produced the recent report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. 

Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012) and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008), he also received TIAA-CREF’s Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence (2011), the Carnegie Corporation’s Academic Leadership Award (2011), and the Heinz Award (2012) for contributions to improving the human condition. 

UMBC has been recognized as a model for academic innovation and inclusive excellence by such publications as U.S. News & World Report, which for the past five years has ranked UMBC the #1 “Up-and-Coming” university in the nation.

Special Guest Speaker Sean McComb
2014 National Teacher of the Year

Sean McComb, a high school AVID and English teacher from Maryland, is the 64th National Teacher of the Year. McComb teaches at Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts in Baltimore, where he has spent his eight-year teaching career. In addition to teaching, McComb supports his Patapsco colleagues through coaching and training as the school's Staff Development Teacher. He also served as a curriculum writer for the school system and an adjunct instructor in Education and Writing at Towson University.

Beyond the classroom, McComb demonstrates his commitment to his students in many ways-including chaperoning students to and hosting students from China through the Baltimore County China Cultural Exchange Program, giving up his spring break to take students on college bus tours, and coaching indoor track and tennis. He also actively serves his community and works to instill a sense of service with his students.  McComb and his students have been involved in services projects such as: planting trees in the community, cleaning up a local creek, serving meals to the homeless and delivering donations for Neighbors in Need at a local church.  McComb holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and
a Master of Education in English Education from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a Certificate in School Improvement
Leadership from Goucher College.

Featured Presenters

Getting Ready for College, Careers, and the Common Core
Dr. David T. Conley, Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership, Founder and Director of the Center for Educational Policy Research (CEPR), President at EdImagine Strategy Group, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Dr. David Conley is the author of  the new book, Getting Ready for College, Careers, and the Common Core: What Every Educator Should Know. In this session, learn about Dr. Conley’s Four Keys to College and Career Readiness and a system of assessments to get students ready, whether it be for college, careers or the Common Core.

A book signing for David Conley's latest book, Getting Ready for College, Careers, and the Common Core, will be held during the Welcome Reception.

Is your AVID Vision too Limited? CANCELLED
Greg Darnieder, Senior Advisor on College Access to US Secretary of Education, US Department of Education, Washington, D.C.
This session will raise questions as to the alignment of district/school mission statements with that of AVID’s. The focus will be on research-based college access data points and the extent to which they are driving school/district change, as well as to what extent the data is being utilized to achieve postsecondary goals. In addition, we will build out a secondary school college/career readiness framework by grade level starting in 6th grade and continuing through the first year of college.



Thursday, December 11   
8:00 am - 11:45 am The Symposium
(for Elementary Liaisons and District Directors only)
9:00 am - 1:00 pm Conference Check-in
1:00 pm - 1:55 pm Opening Keynote - Dr. Sandy Husk
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Concurrent Session 1
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Concurrent Session 2
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Welcome Reception
Friday, December 12  
7:00 am - 8:00 am Morning Coffee 
8:00 am - 9:00 am Keynote Speaker – Dr. Freeman Hrabowski
9:20 am - 10:35 am Concurrent Session 3
10:50 am - 12:05 pm Concurrent Session 4 
12:05 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm Concurrent Session 5
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm Concurrent Session 6
Saturday, December 13  
8:30 am - 9:30 am Breakfast with Sean McComb and Student Speakers
9:50 am - 11:05 am Concurrent Session 7
11:20 am - 12:35 pm Concurrent Session 8

Concurrent Sessions

National Conference will feature more than 60 concurrent sessions. For a complete list of sessions, click here.

Who Should Attend


  • AVID and Non-AVID Districts
  • Superintendents
  • School Board Members
  • Principals
  • District Leaders
  • AVID District Directors
  • AVID Site Team Members
  • Teacher Leaders
  • Higher Education Leaders



Registration is Now Open!

AVID Members:
(My district has a contract with AVID.*)
Non-AVID Members:
(My district does not have a contract with AVID.*)
$495 until November 14, 2014

$569 until November 14, 2014

$525 after November 14, 2014 $599 after November 14, 2014
Click here to register.  Complete the Registration Form

*Not sure? Contact your divisional office.



We are offering five special incentives to help make National Conference more affordable for you:

  • District superintendents and college/university presidents receive FREE registration to National Conference.
  • University/college teams of three or more receive $100 off registration per attendee.
  • All school board members/Board of Regents members receive 50% off the registration rate.
  • Demo schools receive 50% off the registration rate (this includes the district director).*
  • The principal, plus at least two other participants from the same school (for a total of at least three attendees; must include the principal), receive $100 off each registration.*    

           *Schools are limited to one incentive. Incentives cannot be combined.

Taking advantage of our Incentives?  Follow the instructions on the registration worksheet.



Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane
Orlando, FL 32831
(407) 597-3600
Hotel reservation link
Rate: $140 Single/double
Cut-Off Date: November 10, 2014
Cancellation Policy: Rooms must be cancelled 72 hours prior to arrival. 
Parking Info: AVID participants receive 50% off current rates plus tax.
Internet: Complimentary internet in all guest rooms.

Deposit: Credit Card guarantee at time of reservation with a cancellation policy of three (3) days prior to arrival. A credit card is required to guarantee the reservation at time of booking and no deposit will be taken. If reservation is a no show or late cancel, hotel will collect from the credit card/debit card used to guarantee the reservation. Upon check in, guests can pay cash, credit card, debit card or by check made payable to the hotel only.  No third party checks will be accepted, and all guests will be required to establish credit for incidentals at time of check-in.

Become a Sponsor


As a sponsor of AVID's 2014 National Conference, you have the opportunity to showcase your organization or product in front of 1,000+ educators. Sponsors are also recognized throughout the year in other venues and publications. Read the brochure for additional information.

Cancellation and Refund Policy


Please read AVID’s Cancellation and Refund Policy

Also note: AVID Center is not responsible for making, changing or canceling any hotel or airfare reservations.

Get to Know AVID


New to AVID?  Learn more about AVID and hear the stories of AVID students and educators in the videos below.

Future Conference Locations & Dates


2015: Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego, California, December 10-12



Looking for information about last year's conference? View highlights from the 2013 AVID National Conference.