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 Summer Institutes

Educator Speaker Contest

Speech Prompt: What makes AVID unique? How has AVID helped you discover your students’ potential and succeed as an educator? What does AVID mean to you?

Contest Rules:

  • The deadline to submit your Educator Speaker Application is Monday, January 22, 2018.

  • All speeches must be submitted as a Word document, uploaded along with the Educator Speaker Application.

  • Any educator who is trained and current on AVID professional learning is encouraged to enter the contest:
    • AVID Elementary teachers
    • AVID Elective teachers
    • Teachers who implement AVID strategies in their classrooms
    • Principals who have implemented AVID
    • Other site educators – Counselors, AVID Coordinators
    • District leadership – Superintendents, School Board Members, AVID District Directors

Writing Tips:

  • Speeches should be approximately 500–800 words and no more than 5–7 minutes long when presented.

  • Show what makes AVID unique – things like AVID’s focus on critical thinking skills, collaboration, equity, and raised expectations for educators and students.

  • We encourage you to incorporate the 2018 Summer Institute theme This Is AVID, AVID’s mission statement, or our tagline (Proven Achievement. Lifelong Advantage.).

  • Before submitting, please use peer review as a means for feedback and editing. Remember your audience. Attendees are teachers, principals, counselors, school board members, and government officials. Many are new to AVID, and some are more experienced. Either way, they are looking to you to inspire them.


  • Educator speakers are awarded $500 and either a complimentary registration to the assigned Summer Institute or travel and lodging.

  • All speeches will be available online, and some will be featured in a special video that will be shared on AVID's social media and in other ways. Speakers and their districts/schools may use these professionally filmed speeches in communications as well.