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

Leading the Way to College: A Blueprint for Success

An Urban Leaders Convening supported by the Citi Foundation
December 11 & 12, 2013
Gaylord Texan Resort and Conference Center, Dallas Metropolitan Area

AVID Center, an established leader in preparing first-generation and underserved students for college, partnered with the Citi Foundation in 2009 to design and implement an equity initiative to improve educational opportunities and success for African American male students. While the initiative focused on a targeted student group, the lessons learned, the teaching strategies developed, and the positive results for students can be applied to all underserved and culturally and ethnically diverse groups.

With support from the Citi Foundation, AVID Center convened key education leaders from urban centers across the country to learn about AVID’s Culturally Relevant Teaching strategies and how the consistency, support and rigor of programs such as AVID can be vital contributors to improving success for all students and turning schools around. AVID and its partners shared strategies and tactics to provide urban center leaders with hope, solutions, and inspiration to solve the education challenges faced by their communities. Leaders from public and private sectors represented 16 cities from across the US.

The Convening attendees expressed excitement over the opportunity to network with like-minded peers and discuss the AAMI project and its outcomes. The highlights of the convening included a keynote speech from Lee Fisher, former Lt. Governor of Ohio and President and CEO of CEO’s for Cities, and a presentation by Dr. Pedro Noguera, a sociology professor at New York University. The program also included a panel of six student participants in the AAMI program across the country. All of the students on the panel are either currently in college or will be entering college in 2014. They shared the impact that AVID and the AAMI program has had on their academic performance.

Participants heard from nationally recognized education experts on significant issues facing urban school districts and students of color. They learned from students and teachers through a video about the initiative, in-person panel discussions, and a presentation of the research and evaluation results. Participants had the opportunity to discuss the problems faced in their communities, their aspirations for their youth, and how what they have heard can be applied to strengthen the educational systems in their communities.


Links to Presentations and Videos:

  2013 AVID's Urban Leaders Convening - Student Panel
  The Journey (AAMI) video
  2013 AVID's Urban Leaders Convening - Pedro Noguera
  Keynote Speaker – Dr. Pedro Noguera, NYU, presentation
  AVID AAMI Research Findings and Evaluation presentation
  AVID-AAMI Research Summary Report – NEW
  Closing Speaker – Lee Fisher, CEOs for Cities, presentation
  Blueprint for Success
  AVID Urban Leaders Convening White Paper – NEW

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