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Concurrent Sessions


We categorized the concurrent sessions into four topics of interest: Instruction, Systems, Leadership, and Culture. These are the four domains of AVID Schoolwide. A strong AVID system can transform all four domains on a school campus, ensuring college readiness for all AVID Elective students and improved academic performance for all students based on increased opportunities.


Sessions are listed under their main topic area; however, many of them extend into others. We have noted the primary and secondary (if applicable) topics by adding the icons below next to each title.


>> You will find links to the presentations and session handouts next to the session title below.






Expand Equity and Access in Your AP® Program

Edward Biedermann, Executive Director, Advanced Placement Program, The College Board, New York City, NY


This session will be built on an overview of Advanced Placement (AP) and the features most commonly associated with strong AP programs serving diverse student populations, and will incorporate a presentation, whole-group discussion, short videos, and a facilitation of shared best practices and next steps for expanding opportunities related to AP. Educators who wish to prepare more students for AP or match students to the right AP courses are invited to learn about the College Board's recent efforts to empower schools with the resources and tools they need to expand equity and access in AP. Participants will hear about the recently launched AP Computer Science Principles course and the AP Capstone program – an innovative diploma program that provides students with an opportunity to engage in rigorous scholarly practice of the core academic skills necessary for successful college completion. The presentation will convey best practices from the experts so that participants will walk away with immediate next steps to expand opportunity in their schools.


AVID and Project Lead The Way – Partnering for Student Success — Presentation & Handouts

Dr. Renee Freers, Director of College & Career Readiness North Kansas City School District, North Kansas, KS
Jasen Ritter, Project Lead The Way, Vice President of Partnerships, Indianapolis, IN


This session will introduce Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a STEM focused, project-based, student and teacher transformative classroom experience. Learn how the pairing of AVID and PLTW can create a compelling K-12 STEM experience built on the convergence of AVID Strategies and PLTW engaging coursework across Computer Science, Engineering and Biomedical pathways.


Reaching and Teaching the Whole Adolescent — Presentation

Dr. Paul D. Deering, Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Kailua, HI


Adolescents undergo the greatest set of changes in the human life span other than from birth to age two – and they did not ask for any of this to happen! These changes occur across all domains of human functioning – physical, social/emotional, and cognitive – and are occurring at younger ages than ever before. Therefore, adolescents and pre-adolescents (ages 10-18+) need educators to address their needs holistically, not just "from the neck up." Research on brain functioning and school/instructional effects indicates that students (and educators) learn and achieve lots more, and stay healthy and happy, when we see to it that all their needs are addressed. This presentation will systematically examine adolescent development and needs relative to school and classroom practices. A variety of strategies for integrating physical and social/emotional needs into academic instruction will be modeled in the session, drawing upon AVID and other sources. Adolescence is "our last, best chance" to reach our students, so we must seize the opportunity! Participating teachers, administrators, and counselors will develop action plans based on the shared insights so that everyone will gain some new tools in their kits for classroom, school-level, and even home innovation.


AVID Elementary in a Learning Suite Model — Presentation & Handouts

Amanda Lee, Fourth Grade Learning Suite Teacher, Sumner Elementary, Austin, MN
Brad Dahnert, Fourth Grade Learning Suite Teacher, Sumner Elementary, Austin, MN
Deborah Cook, Fourth Grade Learning Suite Teacher, Sumner Elementary, Austin, MN


This presentation will provide AVID Elementary teachers, coordinators, and site administrators an overview of the benefits of a learning suite concept, including teacher and student collaboration, co-teaching, and flexible student grouping. The AVID organization tool (binder) and sample note-taking strategies will be modeled across content and curriculum. Participants will engage in reading an article to learn how to implement the strategies of marking the text and two-column note-taking. They will use these notes to actively participate in a Philosophical Chairs debate.


AVID and IB®: Practical Approaches to Integration of These Complementary Programs for All Students — Presentation

Angela Wilcox, International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) Coordinator and AVID Elective Teacher, Hopkins North Junior High, Minnetonka, MN
Elizabeth Jensen, AVID Coordinator and IB Diploma Programme (DP) Teacher, Fridley High School, Fridley, MN
Bob Poole, Regional Development Specialist, International Baccalaureate Organization, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Robert Harrison, Head of Middle Years Programme (MYP) Development, International Baccalaureate Organization, The Hague, Netherlands


Schools that successfully integrate AVID and IB find that the two programs complement each other in fostering a college and career readiness culture that ensures access and rigor for all. This session will explore ways that the Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme have successfully integrated AVID and IB, with practical ideas and provocative questions to help participants rethink possibilities in their own schools.


WICOR – Professional Development and Campus-wide Implementation — Presentation & Handouts

Charmain Adcock, Instructional Coach, Alvarado Intermediate School, Alvarado, TX
Tamara Morris, Principal, Alvarado Intermediate School, Alvarado, TX


This session is intended for campus administrators, AVID Site Team members, and teachers. The presentation will begin with an overview of the first-year journey of AVID campus-wide implementation for Alvarado Intermediate School in Alvarado, Texas. The focus of the session will be implementing WICOR schoolwide through professional development sessions called "Team Huddles." The structure and delivery of the sessions will be shared, along with follow-up and ongoing support for classroom teachers. Presenters will outline the roles of the AVID Site Team as content-area coaches supporting classroom teachers and leading vertical alignment teams. The presentation will also showcase a strategic method and structure known as "WICOR Rotations" for implementing targeted WICOR strategies campus-wide in all content areas on a rotational basis. Participants will have the opportunity to work collaboratively and develop their own WICOR rotation for their campus. Participants will receive a "Kick-Starting AVID" packet with checklists, and will learn how to incorporate WICOR components into their lesson plan templates for schoolwide documentation and accountability.


Learner Centered Culture for College Persistence and Completion — Presentation

Deana Guido, Dean, Transfer and Learning Resources (AVID Liaison), Nash Community College, Rocky Mount, NC
Dr. Trent Mohrbutter, Vice President of Instruction and Chief Academic Officer, Nash Community College, Rocky Mount, NC


Nash Community College, now in its fourth year as an AVID for Higher Education (AHE) institution, chose to implement AVID campus-wide beginning in its first year with AVID. Campus leadership focused on creating a common instructional language as a framework for student success. Lessons learned with regard to selecting and developing content in partnership with AVID, collecting data, and developing campus-wide buy-in will be shared. Participants will engage through the use of strategies including: Name Tents, Costa's Levels of Questioning, 10-2-2, Gallery Walk, and 3-2-1 Exit Tickets.


Student Motivation: The Biggest Problem in American Education and What We Can Do About It — Presentation & Handouts

Dr. Kent Pekel, CEO and President, Search Institute, Minneapolis, MN


Too many young Americans don't seem to come with batteries included for school. As an extensive review of the scholarly literature recently concluded, "Children's interest, enthusiasm, and intrinsic motivation for learning in school deteriorate continuously from their entry into kindergarten until they complete high school (or drop out), with striking losses during the transitions to middle school and high school. The erosion of motivation is especially severe for boys and for students from low socioeconomic, minority, and immigrant backgrounds" (Skinner et al., 2012). It is not surprising, then, that researchers have found that lack of interest in school is a major problem for the great majority of American teachers. In one recent nationally representative survey, 69% of U.S. teachers reported that low academic motivation is a problem. Indeed, teachers cited low motivation to learn as the number one problem they face in their classrooms (Yeager et al., 2014). Participants will learn how the REACH Framework (Relationships, Effort, Aspirations, Cognition, and Heart) brings big conclusions from diverse bodies of research on academic motivation together into a single structure that is both understandable and actionable at the school and classroom levels. They will be introduced to REACH techniques and strategies – activities that can be integrated into instructional practices, student support services, parent engagement activities, and other elements of school life. Finally, participants will be introduced to Search Institute's new REACH survey, a valid and reliable way to measure students' social and emotional skills.


Realizing Potential With Mindset — Presentation

Dr. Meagan Pollock, Director of Professional Development, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, Gap, PA


This presentation will provide a research-based overview of growth mindset, including key characteristics, benefits, and strategies to employ in the classroom, as well as activities geared toward helping teachers and students reflect on and foster a growth mindset. It will also include hands-on activities, small and large group discussion, self-discovery, and guided inquiry.


AVIDizing the Flipped Classroom — Presentation

Erik Christensen, Physics Professor and Chair of the Natural Science Department, South Florida State College, Avon Park, FL


Flipping his classes has been a transformational experience for both Mr. Christensen and his students that has completely changed the dynamics of the learning process. Students now come to class fully prepared with the requisite conceptual knowledge and ready to be actively engaged in class. In lieu of lecturing, just-in-time personalized instruction is provided to each and every student. As a result, attendance and assignment completion have skyrocketed to well over 90%. Student success, both on nationally benchmarked exams and overall class grades, has dramatically improved. In this presentation, Mr. Christensen will share his experiences, strategies, and lessons learned in flipping his classes. Participants will have a first-hand look at the structure and rationale for flipping a class and learn how adapting and implementing AVID active-engagement strategies can be the backbone of this effort. The excitement of flipped classes will be conveyed in a variety of fast-paced active learning activities embedded throughout the session so that participants can reflect upon the material and see how easily they could implement these strategies in their classrooms.


The CORNELL WAY – Cornell Notes Are More About the PROCESS Than the PAPER — Presentation & Handouts

Gordon Mosher, Western Division Program Manager, AVID Center, Greenwood Village, CO


In this collaborative session geared toward all educators, participants will experience the ten steps of the CORNELL WAY, AVID's focused note-taking process, and will discover how this can be used as a schoolwide approach enabling all students to access rigorous curriculum. Research from thought leaders in the field of education will also be shared.


Accelerate Achievement Through Middle School Spanish Advanced Placement — Presentation

Stephany Sipes, LOTE Coordinator, Plano ISD, Plano, TX
Kristin Anderson, AVID District Director, Plano ISD, Plano, TX


The results of middle school Spanish Advanced Placement classes are graduation credits, college credits, and freshmen students who are prepared for rigor in Pre-AP® and AP courses in high school. Attendees will see data regarding placement testing, participation, AP results, and state testing results that can be correlated to the program, as well as samples of instructional units and student work.


AVID-STEM Math and Science Summer Bridge Program — Presentation

Janice Howard, AVID District Director, Garland ISD, Garland, TX
Kathy Arno, AVID Project Manager, AVID Center, San Diego, CA


If districts are looking for outstanding AVID math and science summer programs for students rising to seventh, eighth, or ninth grade classes, they can look to AVID's Summer Bridge programs. The four AVID Math and Science Summer Bridge programs are highly engaging, content-oriented, WICOR programs that are being successfully used across the nation. They contain rigorous content and immerse students in lessons and activities that increase their critical thinking, problem solving, and collaborative learning skills. The two math Summer Bridge programs, aligned with national standards, provide a means for increased student access to eighth grade Algebra 1. The science Summer Bridge programs provide hands-on science enrichment for students. An experienced Summer Bridge director and an AVID district director will share personal insights into preparing for and implementing the programs, as well as the positive effects for teachers and students in a school district. Participants in this session will explore the structure and content of AVID's Math and Science Summer Bridge programs, and the benefits and challenges to offering them.


The AVID eTutorial: Empowering Student Voice Through Technology — Handout

Andy Jensen, Learning Designer, AVID Center, San Diego, CA
Ken Parker, AVID District Director, Site Coordinator, and AVID Elective Teacher, Needles High School, Needles, CA


This session is a panel discussion about the progress and outcomes of the eTutorial pilot. The panel will be comprised of AVID Elective teachers, administrators, district directors, and possibly a superintendent, who have all participated in the eTutorial pilot. They will speak to the academic, social, and digital benefits their AVID programs have experienced as a result of implementing inquiry-based, collaborative, and digital eTutorials. This session will engage and inform AVID districts and schools who struggle to hire college tutors on how to take advantage of the benefits eTutors provide.


Collaborative Study Groups: A Schoolwide Inquiry Model — Presentation

Kristen Wellman, Project Manager, Schoolwide, AVID Center, San Diego, CA
Ben Solomon, Project Manager, Curriculum, AVID Center, San Diego, CA


In Collaborative Study Groups (CSGs), students identify a specific question from a content area, collaborate to develop and deepen their understanding through Socratic inquiry, and apply their new learning in order to enhance classroom performance. Participants in this session will experience Collaborative Study Groups through watching classroom applications and previewing the resources available to get started with the strategy in their own classroom. Strategies utilized include Think-Pair-Share, Graphic Organizer processing, and reflection. All teachers, including AVID Elective teachers and AVID Site Team members, can directly apply CSGs in their classroom. AVID site coordinators and district directors may also participate in order to support the development of CSGs on their campus.


Level Up Your Students' Return on Learning — Presentation & Handouts

Kristin Bellus-Penz, Fourth Grade Teacher and Technology Integrationist/Student Support Specialist, South Washington County Schools, St. Paul Park, MN


In this interactive session, participants will explore ways to help elementary and middle school students level up to success by leveraging the use of technology and student-centered activities with WICOR at their core. One way to prepare students for academic success, now and in the future, is to help instill a deep desire and drive to be a thinker, an explorer, and a creator. That is why ideas explored in depth in this session will have inquiry as the guiding principle. They will include: Genius Hour (student-directed research time to explore and discover passions), student choice and badging (using physical or digital badges to motivate, offer choice and document skill, interest, and quality of student work), and the immersive learning activity called Breakout EDU, where students engage in content-based learning challenges that ignite students' natural drive to problem-solve. Participants will learn how to plan and implement these high-engagement activities and explore technology resources tied to them. Technology applications will be appropriate for one device up through a one-to-one device environment, and tools shared will be applicable across technology platforms.


Schoolwide Interactive Notebooks to Increase Organization and Rigor — Presentation & Handouts

Mary Whitman, AVID Elective Teacher/Coordinator, Fort Lupton Middle School, Fort Lupton, CO
Candace Kensinger, Principal, Fort Lupton Middle School, Fort Lupton, CO


This session will show how interactive notebooks can be implemented across all grade levels and content areas. The presentation will highlight why to use interactive notebooks, and how they increase student achievement. Presenters will show a different model of using the "In, Through, Out" model. Participants will look at how to incorporate word banks, essential questions, and Cornell notes, and consider where students can demonstrate their own connections and learning to the materials or lessons. Interactive notebooks can become a schoolwide system that promotes rigorous instruction, and a way for students to utilize their Cornell notes. Fort Lupton Middle School has adopted the interactive notebook schoolwide, and has seen students becoming more organized and retaining more information. Examples and handouts will be provided to help participants implement the interactive notebook successfully.


The Four Keys to Successfully Implementing AVID Strategies Schoolwide — Presentation & Handout

Melissa Ganas, AP Teacher/AVID Elective Teacher/AVID Site Coordinator, North Canyon High School, Phoenix, AZ
Dr. Eric Comer, Assistant Principal, North Canyon High School, Phoenix, AZ


This presentation describes, from both an administrative and teacher perspective, North Canyon High School's journey to implement AVID strategies schoolwide using four areas of focus: WICOR strategies, staff buy-in, student buy-in, and college readiness. The presentation includes how-to's, photos, data, lessons learned, a sample professional development plan, student exemplars of WICOR strategies, and examples of promoting college and career readiness. Participants will examine each area of focus from a beginning goal through the specific action steps taken to achieve that goal, and will exit with multiple ideas and strategies they can take back to their sites. Opportunities for peer collaboration will be provided after each area of focus is shared. Information about the presenters' AVID program, especially family nights, fundraising, and community awareness will be explained, along with insights about the journey to become a National Demonstration School and Schoolwide Site of Distinction. District administrators, site administrators, AVID district directors, AVID site coordinators, and teachers will benefit from this presentation by actively examining the culture of a school that utilizes AVID WICOR strategies schoolwide.


Roadtrip Nation in the AVID Classroom — Handout

Molly Gazin, Program Manager, Roadtrip Nation, Costa Mesa, CA
Annie Mais, Product Manager, Roadtrip Nation, Costa Mesa, CA


Roadtrip Nation has partnered with AVID to help students align their passions to college and careers. Combining Roadtrip Nation's introspective learning model with AVID's methods for effective instruction, Roadtrip Nation helps students put career and college planning into the context of their own lives. Presenters will discuss Roadtrip Nation's alignment to AVID's tenth grade Weeks at a Glance and highlight the outcomes of Dr. David Conley's second-tier study on how Roadtrip Nation increases self-efficacy, non-cognitive skill development and growth mindset in students' drive to reach their college and career goals. The presentation will conclude with a screening of AVID students' Roadtrip Nation experience.


Pell Abacus: Opening Up College Choices Without Difficult Financial Questions! — Presentation

Adam Winters, Pell Abacus Developer – ECMC Group, Washington, DC


Help students discover their college net prices in 15 minutes! Pell Abacus provides free, real-time, accurate net price estimates for 5000+ colleges and universities. Compare schools side-by-side along with access to College Scorecard data to help students make an informed decision about which colleges to apply to and to attend. Attend this session to learn how Pell Abacus is able to show students this important information without asking them any questions about their family finances! Attendees will get hands-on experience with Pell Abacus and will work on facilitating discussions with students about college finances—creating a sense of urgency and excitement about filling out their FAFSA.


STEM, UTeach, and AVID for Higher Education (AHE) Teacher Preparation Partnering for Student Success — Presentation

Tim Sears, UTeach Instructor and AVID Teacher Preparation Liaison, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is a newly formed university in South Texas that has implemented the UTeach program, which prepares math and science majors for teaching at its legacy institutions. Within the past several years, the UTeach program has partnered with AVID Teacher Preparation to enhance the learning experiences of pre-service teachers. This partnership is one of a kind in the state and nation, and has the potential to serve as a model for other institutions wishing to address the shortage of math and science teachers needed for expanding STEM fields. The UTeach program allows students, freshmen through seniors, to have hands-on experiences in local classrooms, most of which are located in AVID schools. By infusing AVID methodologies into the UTeach curriculum, UTeach instructors provide support for pre-service teachers who in turn use the strategies in their field teaching experiences. The partnership between UTeach and AVID Teacher Preparation has created a pathway for developing more qualified K–12 science and math teachers. The first group of UTeach/AVID Teacher Preparation graduates were all employed as math or science teachers immediately after graduation. Several graduate stories will be shared, as will stories from current AVID Teacher Preparation students, faculty, and field mentor teachers.


Latest Curriculum Innovations and Products — Presentation

Timothy Bugno, Curriculum Manager, AVID Center, San Diego, CA


This session will provide an overview of AVID's current curriculum resources, while adhering to a 10-2-2 structure to support the re-engagement of the audience, as well as the processing of information. The session will end with a World Café, where participants examine AVID's resources currently in development and provide feedback about how to increase the usability of the products.


Instruction | Systems | Leadership | Culture


Implementing AVID at the Elementary Level — Presentation & Handouts

Alejandra Uribe, Principal, Napa Valley Language Academy, Napa, CA
Franklin Hernandez, Teacher, Napa Valley Language Academy, Napa, CA


When implementing AVID Elementary at a site, it is essential to have vertical alignment throughout each grade level so that there is clear articulation and consistency as students progress up through the grades. Presenters will share a matrix that clearly articulates the agreements conducted in each grade level as students advance through the years. They will discuss rubrics that are used to ensure fidelity to the AVID vertical alignment agreed upon at the school and how this can be used as a tool to create community partnerships and strengthen student leadership. They will also share some ideas on how to create a college-going atmosphere.


AVID for Higher Education's Teacher Preparation: Paving the Way for Success for Future Teachers — Presentation & Handouts

Beth Parker, Project Manager for AHE Teacher Preparation, AVID for Higher Education, AVID Center, San Diego, CA
Dr. Rachel Juarez-Torres, Program Manager, AVID for Higher Education, AVID Center, San Diego, CA


AVID for Higher Education's Teacher Preparation partners with higher education teacher preparation programs to infuse AVID's WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) framework, methodologies, and strategies into their courses. After participating in AVID for Higher Education professional learning sessions, the professors in the teacher preparation programs model the strategies and then strategically instruct the teacher candidates how and when to use AVID's strategies. Participants will have the opportunity to experience the role of metacognition in supporting future teachers with AVID strategies. Inquiry and collaboration are two essential elements in preparing future teachers. Models of collaboration between colleges of education and local school districts will be discussed. Attendees will also look at several models of K–16 partnerships and will participate in a Socratic Seminar to look at extending partnership possibilities.


Organizational Coherence and Systems Alignment: Keys to Deep Implementation of Schoolwide AVID — Presentation & Handouts

Brett Bowers, Principal, Homestead High School, Mequon-Thiensville School District, Mequon, WI


The session will begin by addressing the distinction between alignment and coherence. Participants will have the chance to process these key terms via a quickwrite and short partner conversation. Key ideas from educational leadership expert Michael Fullan will help to clarify the essential take-aways from this opening element of the session. Following this stage-setting, the session will shift to the sharing of specific strategies that have been used at Homestead High School to create coherence and align systems with AVID's mission and the mission of the school. Resources will be shared for developing a school mission statement in an efficient but participatory manner. Then, action steps will be reviewed and summarized, with accompanying resources provided to support follow-up at participants' sites. These mission-driven action steps, which can be taken through partnerships between teacher leaders and site administrators, will address diverse systems like orientation for new faculty, turning Summer Institute learning into a site-level implementation plan, and strategic organization of the AVID Site Team to support the AVID Elective and AVID Schoolwide. The session will include periodic processing breaks to allow participants to make connections to their sites and prepare for new learning.


Access for All Students: An Updated Case Study on Virtual College Fairs — Presentation

Charles Bain, Manager of College Partnerships, CollegeWeekLive, Needham, MA


The AVID Virtual College fair is a bi-annual event for all AVID Elective students in grades 6-12 to log in from their classroom, computer lab, or home computer to learn about colleges across the U.S. and abroad. The inaugural event in December 2015 saw nearly 10,000 students log in and participate, and the spring event in March 2016 saw more than 13,000 students participate. Between the two events, students participated in over 100,000 virtual college visits. Using a case study of these events, participants will be able to identify the benefits of virtual college events in a student's college preparation; how to support a virtual college fair for their students in their role; and how to facilitate student participation at a local level. The student experience, as well as how it can be improved in future events, will also be discussed.


AVID and PBIS Impact on a High-Poverty School — Presentation & Handouts

Christine Brandt, Principal, Jason Lee Middle School, Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma, WA
Ryan Prosser, Instructional Coach, Jason Lee Middle School, Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma, WA
Krystal Keller-Danilson, AVID Coordinator and Math Teacher, Jason Lee Middle School, Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma, WA


Presenters will share their journey and steps to implement both AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) and PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) schoolwide in partnership to support the academic, social, and emotional supports all students need to be fully engaged in learning. The presentation will include a variety of WICOR strategies to engage participants in deepening their own thinking, as well as examples of schoolwide AVID and PBIS lesson plans to support the understanding of schoolwide alignment. The goal is to show how common language and ongoing support schoolwide can change the culture and climate of a school as well as increase engagement and lower disciplinary issues and disruptions. AVID and PBIS schoolwide supports allow students to feel safe, healthy, and challenged so they can participate in learning, grow, and be prepared for the world.


A Holistic Approach to Transforming Higher Education — Presentation & Handouts

Dr. Diane Carrasco, Dean of Teaching and Learning, Odessa College, Odessa, TX
Denise Frohlich, Executive Director for Student Learning Resources, Odessa College, Odessa, TX


This session will address taking a holistic approach to improving student success and retention. Odessa College has seen significant percentage increases in course completion, students earning a C or better in courses, and graduation and transfer rates by becoming a data-driven campus with administrators, faculty, and staff who work together with the common goal of becoming the best community college in the nation. Through campus-wide efforts that address student support, guided pathways, and faculty development, Odessa College has implemented impactful systems, such as AVID, to transform higher education. One of the key aspects to Odessa College's transformation has been the culture shift that has been led by the campus leadership. Without this leadership, a college will struggle to move the campus forward through initiatives such as AVID. Higher education leaders and AVID coordinators must work together to develop systems that will create a college-going, college-completing culture. Leaders will learn the role AVID has played in the holistic approach Odessa College has taken to transform higher education, thereby impacting the lives of all students who seek a credential to change their future.


Community Collaboration Within the AVID College Readiness System — Presentation & Handouts

Dianne Mata, AVID District Director, Ector County ISD, Odessa, TX
Lisa Wyman, Vice President, Complex Community Federal Credit Union, Odessa, TX


This session will share how an AVID school district and community partners collaborate to deliver college readiness for all students. Participants will assess the current state of their collaboration efforts with community members. The presenters will share their collaborative efforts to make learning about financial literacy and entrepreneurship fun through a community-wide event called "Lemonade Day," which impacted over 1,000 people in Odessa, Texas. Data and research will be discussed to show how involving the community can have a great impact on student success. The presenters will share ideas on how to actively involve the community with AVID. Participants will hear from a bank vice president on how to approach the community for support, and will reflect on their learning and engage in a team huddle activity in order to collaborate and share their ideas with others. This session is intended for AVID coordinators, district directors, AVID Elective teachers, counselors, district-level administrators, principals, and superintendents.


AVID's New Secondary Coaching and Certification Instrument — Presentation & Handouts

Ellen Nickerson, Director, Professional Learning, AVID Center, San Diego, CA
Dr. Dennis Johnston, Senior Director and Chief Research Officer, AVID Center, San Diego, CA
Blaire Beaty-Hancock, Project Manager, Schoolwide College Readiness, AVID Center, San Diego, CA


In 2017, AVID will roll out its new certification tool, the Coaching and Certification Instrument (CCI). Facilitators will provide background on how this new certification instrument has been developed and piloted. Participants will be able to engage in interactive activities to learn about the structure of the instrument and become familiar with the content. They will also hear directly from a school that piloted the CCI, and will have the opportunity to ask questions about the tool and its rollout.


The AVID College Readiness System: A Glimpse Into AVID Secondary — Presentation

Greg Schive, Site Coordinator, John W. North High School, Riverside, CA
Blaire Beaty-Hancock, Project Manager, Schoolwide College Readiness, AVID Center, San Diego, CA


This session, geared toward participants who are new to AVID, will focus on how students may be supported by the AVID College Readiness System (ACRS). Participants will walk away with an understanding of the components of AVID at the secondary level. The presenters will provide an overview of the ACRS and will discuss WICOR strategies, college prep, tutorials, and the AVID Elective. An overview of AVID Schoolwide will also be provided.


Mini Instructional Rounds: A Powerful Vehicle for Continuously Improving Instruction and Student Learning — Presentation & Handouts

Holly Moore, Dean of Instruction, Vista Ridge High School, Cedar Park, TX
Paul Johnson, Principal, Vista Ridge High School, Cedar Park, TX


Vista Ridge High School implemented ongoing professional development for its staff in the form of mini instructional rounds in 2012 based on research by Harvard University. The goal of mini instructional rounds is for a campus to work toward creating a practice that correlates with the campus improvement plan. Mini instructional rounds are similar to medical rounds where students (patients) are either thriving, performing adequately, or in need. It is the job of the staff to collaborate and create an instructional environment where all students' needs are being met. Mini instructional rounds give schools the opportunity to create systems to improve teaching and learning by identifying what good teaching is and reflecting on how each individual teacher can achieve strong instructional strategies for his or her students. The presenters will demonstrate the process of mini instructional rounds, and participants will describe, analyze, predict, and reflect on how to incorporate this process on their campuses. Vista Ridge credits the mini instructional rounds process with making WICOR a true part and expectation of the instructional identity on the campus. Since the implementation of mini instructional rounds, Vista Ridge High School achieved higher End of Course scores and Advanced Placement scores, which enabled them to be awarded with four distinctions for the 2014-2015 school year.


SOS: Creating a System of Support in AVID Elementary — Presentation

Ivan Cantu, AVID District Director - Elementary, Garland ISD, Garland, TX
Laura Valdez, AVID Elementary Coordinator, Garland ISD, Garland, TX


This session will focus on how Garland ISD has built a system of support for its growing AVID Elementary (AE) family. The school district has 29 AVID Elementary campuses, nearly 380 AE teachers, and serves more than 6,300 AE students. However, growth in the district's AVID system has presented its challenges, including providing campuses authentic support, ensuring fidelity, and funding the program. During this session, the presenters will outline their five-year plan to become an AVID district. This includes a five-year budget, implementation outline, and professional development plans required to ensure that the growing number of AVID Elementary campuses receive the support they need. District-created material will be shared, including the AE handbook and a three-year progression plan for new schools. The presenters will provide access to their workshops as well as their classroom and teacher resources. They will engage the audience through a comprehensive presentation, group discussions, and WICOR strategies. This presentation is intended for AVID district directors, board members, and other district personnel in school districts implementing AVID Elementary.


Improving Students' Major and College Selection Through Mentoring — Presentation

Joe Greenslade, Mentor and Trustee of the PHS Educational Foundation, R.L. Paschal High School, Fort Worth ISD, Fort Worth, TX


The PHS Educational Foundation created an AVID mentoring program in 2010. Student surveys reveal that more than 70% of our AVID students rate their interactions with mentors as very helpful or helpful in making decisions about the career path they want to pursue, the major they will select, and the best college for them to attend in the pursuit of their goals and objectives. Each year the roles and techniques of mentors have improved by discovering and developing more and better ways to help students prepare for academic and post-academic career success. This presentation will explore how mentorship and adult input help to guide students toward self-discovery of their interests and capabilities.


Early College and AVID: Dual Strategies for Supporting Student Readiness and Success in College — Presentation

Dr. Joel Vargas, Vice President, School & Learning Designs, Jobs for the Future, Oakland, CA


A growing body of evidence from rigorous research shows that Early College Schools increase high school completion, college entry, and college success of low-income and other students underrepresented in higher education. Jobs for the Future's data suggest that numerous schools are using AVID and Early College strategies together to support student success. This interactive session will describe data from AVID-Early College schools and discuss options and opportunities for AVID schools to employ more Early College strategies.


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the ACT® and College Readiness — Presentation

Dr. Randy Palmatier, Director of Account Management, ACT, Inc., Iowa City, IA


This session will distill 50 years of ACT research into one action plan for identifying what individuals need in order to achieve their aspirations via a quality college education. Attendees will learn how to access in-depth data and use it to help students and demonstrate program success against third-party research. How does ACT know that what colleges say is important to success? They ask the colleges and track their students – starting with their third grade experiences – and they correlate that information with standards and college success. The intended audience includes those charged with improving instruction and answering to leadership.


OnCourse, Plan Early. Plan Smart. A Statewide Initiative to Advance Postsecondary and Career Success Across Texas — Presentation

June Giddings, Director of Texas OnCourse, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX


Following an initial overview of the OnCourse project and vision, attendees will engage in discussions about key topics on which the OnCourse team is seeking practitioner insight. A moderator will facilitate the conversations and involve attendees in a whole-group discussion, incorporating input from each small group.


A County Approach to College Access, Readiness, and Opportunities for All Students — Presentation

Catalina Cifuentes, School Counselor/College and Career Readiness Coordinator, Riverside County Office of Education, Riverside, CA
Dina Ramsey, RIMS AVID Coordinator, Riverside County Office of Education, Riverside, CA


This engaging presentation will have an emphasis on the acquisition of practical strategies for promoting college and career readiness among all students rather than a theoretical exploration of the barriers that prevent them from doing so.  The presenters will share their journey in promoting college readiness strategies amongst all grade levels with the 23 school districts in Riverside County, California.  Compelling data and best practices will be shared with audience members as well as material to take back to their sites and districts.  The Riverside County Office of Education has been recognized by both state and national organizations for its commitment in ensuring that students graduate well prepared for college and the workforce.


Early FAFSA® and FAFSA Simplification — Presentation

Kim Cook, Executive Director, National College Access Network, Washington, DC


Change is underway for the earlier, simpler 2017–18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). This session will inform participants about the new process and will include data on FAFSA completion, as well as tools and resources to support admissions and financial aid work in the new timeline. The presentation will conclude with a listening session to identify opportunities for further FAFSA simplification.


So You Want to Be an AVID National Demonstration School: Determining Readiness for the Demo Journey — Presentation

Kristen Wellman, Project Manager, Schoolwide, AVID Center, San Diego, CA
Rachel Henley, Division Liaison, AVID Center, San Diego, CA


This collaborative session, geared toward an audience that has familiarity with implementing AVID, will explore the connections between the AVID Schoolwide Metrics and Domains and the steps toward AVID National Demonstration School readiness. Through data analysis and an inquiry approach, the presentation will highlight the importance of a strong AVID Elective in conjunction with a schoolwide AVID implementation, and will include discussion of how to document progress through the journey to schoolwide college readiness.


Better Together! How K-12 and University AVID Benefit From a Systems Approach — Presentation & Handouts

Laura Bemel, Acting Director, Center for School-University Partnerships, Mankato, MN
Andy Krause, AVID Site Coordinator and Math Teacher, Mankato East High School, Mankato, MN


AVID touches many parts of a school system, from students in the AVID Elective to teacher candidates, mentor teachers, university supervisors, and content-area faculty. This interactive session will use a systems analogy, as well as data and AVID strategies, to demonstrate how investing in different parts of the P-20 system can lead to positive impacts for all. The intended audience are K-12 site coordinators, AVID Elective teachers, administrators, and university faculty.


Building a Schoolwide College Readiness Culture Using AVID and Cambridge International to Stretch, Challenge, and Inspire Students — Presentation

Craig Anderson, Cambridge Coordinator, Cambridge Economics/Global Perspectives Teacher, Federal Way High School, Federal Way, WA
Juan Rodriguez, AVID Elective and Cambridge Chemistry Teacher, Federal Way High School, Federal Way, WA


Participants will discover how Federal Way High School successfully implemented AVID Schoolwide strategies to generate a culture shift of college readiness for every student. Federal Way High School adopted more rigorous coursework through the implementation of Cambridge International Examinations for its high school students at all learning levels. Participants will leave this session with ideas for how to implement AVID WICOR strategies for students while using rigorous curricula.


Creating Opportunities for AVID Students in STEM Fields Through Successful Partnership Between Ramona High School and Worcester Polytechnic Institute — Presentation

Mark Lim, Guidance Counselor, Ramona High School in the Riverside Unified School District, Riverside, CA
Adam Epstein, Associate Director of Admissions, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA


In this session, participants will learn about key elements of a high-school–university partnership that supports AVID students in STEM fields. Presenters will share experiences and data indicating the success of Ramona High School graduates who attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


The Four Keys to College and Career Readiness as a Schoolwide Framework — Presentation & Handouts

Dr. Matt Coleman, Executive Director at the Educational Policy Improvement Center, Educational Policy Improvement Center and the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Michelle Liebhardt, Assistant Director, Educational Policy Improvement Center, Eugene, OR


The Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC) was founded by Dr. David Conley and supported the development of his framework for college and career readiness – the Four Keys. Dr. Coleman will present the Four Keys utilizing examples from high schools across the country to illustrate how districts and campuses are supporting student development in each of the Four Keys. This will include highlighting key components of AVID Schoolwide and its connection to the readiness framework. Session participants will be asked to identify their school's efforts and complete a cursory gap analysis to identify strengths and weaknesses. This session is designed for teacher-leaders, as well as school and district administrators.


American College Application Campaign: Supporting At-Risk and Underserved Students Through the College Application Process — Presentation

Melissa Caperton, Senior Associate, American Council on Education, Washington, DC
Claudette Jenks, Assistant Director, College Access, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board – Division of College Readiness and Success, Austin, TX
Creslond Fannin, Executive Director of College and Career Readiness and AVID District Director, Lancaster ISD, Dallas, TX


The college application process can be an intimidating and complex process for first-generation students and students from low-income families. The American College Application Campaign aims to create a supportive environment for students as they complete this important step on their college-going journey. This session will provide an overview of the national ACAC initiative, including the framework of a successful ACAC event at both the state and school levels, resources available, and data on the impact of the initiative. Attendees will learn how to engage with their state's ACAC program and effective implementation practices. The presentation will highlight the great work being done with ACAC at the state level in Texas, as well as how ACAC supports the AVID program and a schoolwide college-going culture.


K-12 Systemic Districtwide AVID Implementation — Presentation & Handouts

Dr. Rhonda Davis, Director of Special Programs, Garland ISD, Garland, TX
Janice Howard, AVID District Director, Garland ISD, Garland, TX


This engaging session will focus on how Garland ISD has built a system of support for AVID districtwide. Their data indicates that Garland's AVID students outperform non-AVID students on state exams and in core subjects, and have a higher attendance rate. The data also shows an increased number of students taking AP classes and AP exams. Garland ISD's goal is to mirror this success for all students in the district by using AVID strategies schoolwide. Presently, Garland ISD's seven high schools and 12 middle schools are all AVID sites, with two middle school National Demonstration campuses and one high school National Demonstration campus. Additionally, they have 30 AVID Elementary sites, and aim to have all 47 elementary campuses on board by 2019. Presenters will discuss how the district strategically addressed challenges and supported its campuses to monitor and ensure fidelity to the AVID system during a time of rapid growth. They will also share strategies and successes with regard to hiring tutors, supporting second language learners through the AVID Excel program, and providing math support to middle schoolers through the AVID Summer Bridge program. The information conveyed in this session will enable participants to generate ideas for their own districtwide AVID implementation.


Lights, Camera, Action: A Video Journey Towards Schoolwide Implementation — Presentation & Handouts

Jessica Thayer, Director of Secondary Programs, School District of Highlands County, North Lake Placid, FL
Sarah Newman, Project Systems Coach, AVID Center, San Diego, CA


This session will share success stories of the AVID Schoolwide Domains of Instruction, Systems, Leadership, and Culture in action. The stories of three Central Florida districts will assist with next steps in replicating the work done in these schools. Additionally, this session will showcase AVID's professional learning video library—a professional learning tool available to all AVID partners. The session will be collaborative and will apply WICOR strategies to share information.


What QuestBridge Has Learned: Supporting Talented, Low-Income Students — Presentation

Rachel Fishbein, Senior Program Manager, QuestBridge, Palo Alto, CA


This session will focus on what QuestBridge has learned from their experience helping high-achieving, low-income students access higher education and life opportunities over the past 20 years. Presenters will share insights gained through data analysis, surveys, and interviews with both students and the organization's 38 college partners. QuestBridge has served over 40,000 talented low-income students since 2008 alone, and has developed programs that are tailored to meet the needs of this population. Presenters will discuss the qualities of students who have been most successful through QuestBridge programs, as well as how the organization's findings can be applied in the AVID community. This interactive session will also include open discussion of the trends that participants have seen among their AVID populations, and how to create a more supportive culture in their schools and classrooms. The intended audience includes AVID leaders, coordinators and teachers, counselors and outreach coordinators, and non-AVID organizations that work with high-achieving, low-income students who aspire to attend a highly selective college or university in the U.S.


What Is AVID Elementary? An Information Session — Presentation & Handouts

Tiffany Tahu, Program Manager, AVID Center, Dallas, TX
Kassie McMillan, Program Manager, AVID Center, Dallas, TX


This session will provide an introductory overview of AVID Elementary for participants who are planning to implement or are interested in implementing AVID Elementary. Existing AVID Elementary partners are welcome and may pick up some updated information through this session. Highlighted strategies will include note-taking, collaborative activities, and interaction with AVID Elementary Weekly. The intended audience are district stakeholders (superintendents, curriculum and instruction directors, and district directors) and elementary or intermediate principals/assistant principals, teachers, and instructional specialists.


Getting Serious About College Student Retention: Institutional Journeys of Leadership, Equity, and Partnerships for Sustainable
Change in AVID for Higher Education —

Yvonne Ortiz, Program Manager, AVID Center, San Diego, CA
Betty Krohn, Director, AVID for Higher Education, AVID Center, San Diego, CA


Internationally recognized college student retention expert and Syracuse University Distinguished Professor Dr. Vincent Tinto declared in a recent article, "While retention programs are common, most institutions have not taken student retention seriously. Little has changed the overall character of college, little to alter the prevailing character of student experiences, and therefore, little to address the deeper roots of student attrition." Through research-based professional learning and coaching, AVID for Higher Education (AHE) strengthens two- and four-year institutions to reconstruct the character of college and "get serious" about persistence and completion by cultivating an equitable, anti-deficit, learner-centered culture. Campus leadership and Site Teams have harnessed AHE's Student Success to create rigorous teaching and learning experiences and foster positive student motivational environments by targeting challenges, such as: building a culture of evidence; improving student progress in "gatekeeper" courses; creating faculty/staff communities of practice; deepening and aligning learning in the first-year experience; as well as establishing sustainable peer Socratic tutoring and peer/faculty/staff mentoring. P–16 educators and stakeholders are invited to learn more about our 40+ AHE institutional journeys, partnerships, and impact.


AVID Excel: Accelerating Access for Long-Term English Language Learners — Presentation

Sacha Bennett, Project Manager for Curriculum and AVID Excel, AVID Center, San Diego, CA


This session will focus on how districts are accelerating long-term English language learner (L-TELL) proficiency and achievement through the implementation of AVID Excel. Participants will engage in an interactive session, utilizing many high-leverage academic language acquisition strategies from the AVID Excel curriculum. They will leave with a clear understanding of how AVID Excel accelerates academic language acquisition through reading, writing, oral language, study skills, and self-determination and leadership, resulting in students' entrance into a traditional high school AVID program and college preparatory coursework. Data will be shared about AVID Excel districts and their success with implementation.


Instruction | Systems | Leadership | Culture


Hitting the Reset Button: It Takes a Team — Presentation & Handouts

Ashley Helms, Director for Professional Learning, Plano ISD, Plano, TX
Chris Reza, Assistant Principal, Little Elm High School, Little Elm, TX
Gina Armstrong, AVID Coordinator, Lakeside Middle School, Little Elm, TX


Successful implementation is not a job done alone. Planning, commitment, and perseverance takes teamwork when implementing a program from scratch, but also when rebooting an established program in order to ensure consistent systems for student success. Participants will learn how they can reshape the culture and rebrand AVID for the school and community through goal-setting, extensive planning, commitment to fidelity, and working as an interdependent team. In this session the presenters will explore the ways they are using AVID to promote their district's mission, empower teachers, and equip students for their future through districtwide collaboration and K-12 AVID alignment.


College Readiness for ALL Starts at the Top: AVID Principals' Collaborative Members (Elementary School) Share Lessons Learned — Presentation

Dr. Ann Bond, Principal, Franklin Primary School, Peoria Public School District, Peoria, IL
Patrick Briggs, AVID Texas State Director, AVID Center, Dallas, TX


This will be a town hall type of session. Following introductory remarks from Patrick Briggs (AVID Texas State Director), current elementary-level AVID Principals' Collaborative members will take questions from the audience. This session, an audience favorite, has taken place at AVID National Conferences since 2013. The comments and evaluations from the audience have indicated that this session should be offered at future National Conferences because participants find great value in hearing from instructional leaders of some of the best AVID schools in the AVID world.


College Readiness for ALL Starts at the Top: AVID Principals' Collaborative Members (Middle School) Share Lessons Learned — Presentation

Rebecca Schroeder, Principal, Oltman Middle School, South Washington County Schools, St. Paul Park, MN
Patrick Briggs, AVID Texas State Director, AVID Center, Dallas, TX


This will be a town hall type of session. Following introductory remarks from Patrick Briggs (AVID Texas State Director), current middle school-level AVID Principals' Collaborative members will take questions from the audience. This session, an audience favorite, has taken place at AVID National Conferences since 2013. The comments and evaluations from the audience have indicated that this session should be offered at future National Conferences because participants find great value in hearing from instructional leaders of some of the best AVID schools in the AVID world.


College Readiness for ALL Starts at the Top: AVID Principals' Collaborative Members (High School) Share Lessons Learned — Presentation

David Wisthoff, Principal, Bismarck High School, Bismarck Public Schools, Bismarck, ND
Patrick Briggs, AVID Texas State Director, AVID Center, Dallas, TX


This will be a town hall type of session. Following introductory remarks from Patrick Briggs (AVID Texas State Director), current high school-level AVID Principals' Collaborative members will take questions from the audience. This session, an audience favorite, has taken place at AVID National Conferences since 2013. The comments and evaluations from the audience have indicated that this session should be offered at future National Conferences because participants find great value in hearing from instructional leaders of some of the best AVID schools in the AVID world.


Leadership That Results in Multiple Evidences of Academic Excellence for All Demographic Groups — Presentation

Dr. Joseph F. Johnson, Jr., Executive Director of the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) and Dean of the College of Education at San Diego State University, San Diego, CA


This session will engage attendees in a discussion of the challenges leaders face as they seek to generate excellent academic results for every demographic group they serve. After the discussion, the presenter will share how leaders from schools that have achieved outstanding results have addressed the challenges with specific and consistent leadership behaviors.


Funding AVID – Grants and ESSA 101 — Presentation

Mary Helen Arbogast, Grants Administration Coordinator, School District of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, FL
Laura Piening, Director of Development, AVID Center, San Diego, CA


Public funding initiatives and foundation priorities change over time. However, the AVID College Readiness System has the capacity to meet a wide range of priorities and can be funded through a variety of sources including Title funds, Teacher Effectiveness RFPs, and local foundation competitions to improve student outcomes. Leaders must be creative to target and obtain grant funding to expand and deepen AVID at their schools. In this session, the presenters will review the basics of a strong funding plan and share information on what is available from government initiatives, private foundations, and corporations. The presentation will provide an update on how the new Every Student Succeeds Act provides opportunities to support the expansion of AVID schoolwide. Participants will learn how to align funders' priorities with AVID and create powerful proposals to engage stakeholders. They will also have an opportunity to discuss their challenges and successes in funding AVID.


Funding AVID – Building Community Support — Presentation

Laura Piening, Director of Development, AVID Center, San Diego, CA
Jenifer Kuras, Midwest States Director, AVID Center, Dallas, TX


The landscape of education funding continues to change and evolve. Leaders must be creative to find resources to fund valuable college readiness and success systems such as AVID. The AVID College Readiness System provides opportunities for schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions to reach out to a variety of stakeholders to inform them of AVID successes and to demonstrate the work of students in the program. Stakeholders include students, parents, alumni, teachers, administrators, members of local boards of education, business leaders, elected officials, and local funders. This session will focus on how to find and target supporters and provide tools and strategies to engage the community in expanding AVID. The intended audience for this presentation are AVID teachers, coordinators, district directors, and administrators at the district and school levels, as well as educators looking to bring AVID to their schools. They will have an opportunity to talk about their challenges and successes in funding AVID, and presenters will share what AVID districts throughout the country are doing to maintain funding, with details on best practices and successes that can be applied by other districts.


Turn It Around: How One Middle School Used the AVID College Readiness System to Go From an Academically Unacceptable Campus to an AVID National Demonstration School — Presentation

Dan Diehl, Principal, Bedichek Middle School, Austin ISD, Austin, TX
Danielle Sanchez, AVID Coordinator, Bedichek Middle School, Austin ISD, Austin, TX


This session will show how leaders can use the AVID College Readiness System to fundamentally change the culture and trajectory of a school. Bedichek Middle School utilized the AVID Schoolwide system to go from an academically unacceptable school in 2011 to an AVID National Demonstration School in 2015. The campus earned Texas Distinction Designations for Postsecondary Readiness, Top 25% Student Progress, and Academic Achievement in Social Studies. Attendance rates are now among the highest in Austin ISD. In spite of closing their in-school-suspension room two years ago, administrators and teachers have seen an overwhelming drop in off-task behaviors, resulting in a reduction of out of school suspensions by over 90%. This interactive session led by Principal Dan Diehl and AVID Coordinator Danielle Sanchez will focus on the Leadership domain and is geared toward principals, AVID coordinators, superintendents, district leaders, and AVID Elective teachers. Areas of focus will include how to expand from AVID Elective to AVID Schoolwide, how to create accelerated math pathways, and how to use AVID as the engine for implementation of innovative student programming.


Accelerating AVID College Readiness Schoolwide: A Principals and District Directors Panel — Presentation & Handouts

Melissa Pettey, AVID District Director, Spokane Public Schools, Spokane, WA
Karin Lopez, Principal, Woodbury Middle School, Woodbury, MN
Atticus Wisener, Principal, Garland High School, Garland ISD, Garland, TX


The journey to AVID College Readiness schoolwide is initiated and led by a visionary principal and a determined and focused school's leadership team working with a motivated district director. A panel of principals and a district director will describe the steps to accelerated schoolwide AVID implementation. Professional learning opportunities, ongoing monitoring through classroom walkthroughs, support from instructional coaches and high expectations of teachers to implement strategies learned are some of the activities needed to ensure acceleration of the process. The panel will discuss the systems that were designed and the college-going culture that was established, along with the successes and the challenges in motivating their faculty to create schoolwide change in just a few years.


Systematic Schoolwide Implementation — Presentation & Handouts

Molly Ouche, High School Principal, Parkrose School District, Portland, OR
Annette Sweeney, Middle School Principal, Parkrose School District, Portland, OR


AVID Schoolwide is the best way to successfully address the needs of all students and address school improvement. This highly engaging session will enable participants to return to their buildings with a roadmap for a successful and accelerated schoolwide AVID implementation. Speaking from experience with strategic and systematic AVID implementation, the presenters will use engagement strategies including self-assessment, goal-setting, collaboration, reflective writing, graphic organizers, and e-collaboration, and will share student demographic and achievement data, as well as teacher surveys, administrative walk-throughs, peer-to-peer observation reflections, and professional development review data. This session provides an opportunity to envision and collaborate about equity, the AVID college readiness culture, and implementation at a national level.


Leadership Strategies for Building Student Capacity in Metacognition Skills — Presentation

Robin Wilson, AVID District Director, Waco, TX


This session will describe current research being conducted to examine the effectiveness of AVID in the development of middle school students' metacognition skills. Recent research indicates that participating in AVID increases rigor and expectations for students and decreases barriers for enrolling in advanced courses. AVID has also been linked to increases in students' self-esteem, problem solving, awareness, increased academic performance, and retention in higher education. However, there has been limited research examining AVID students' cognitive growth. The purpose of this research project, based in Waco ISD, is to evaluate middle school students enrolled in the first-year AVID Elective class versus the traditional classroom curriculum. The students enrolled in the AVID Elective class will serve as the intervention group, and non-AVID students in a traditional classroom curriculum will serve as the comparison group. Two teachers will complete a Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function, 2nd edition (BRIEF-2) inventory on each student at the beginning of the school year and at the end of the school year. Results will be compared to determine the level of metacognitive growth for each of the groups.


Support Me! Guide Me! Lead Me!

Rosy Vega-Barrio, Principal, Mission Ridge Elementary, El Paso, TX
Myrna Lopez-Patti, Assistant Principal, Mission Ridge Elementary, El Paso, TX


Presenters will guide the audience through hands-on planning that will help them collaborate with each other to produce a plan that can be implemented for the upcoming school year as they launch their own AVID site. Beginning-level AVID implementation artifacts such as pictures, videos, student work, and parent workshop application documents will launch each of the four Essentials. This session is intended for elementary-level administrators or leaders.


The Right Drivers for Fast and Furious Districtwide AVID Implementation — Presentation

Sho Shigeoka, Administrator for Equity and Inclusion, Beaverton School District, Beaverton, OR
Matt Casteel, Executive Administrator for Middle Schools, Beaverton School District, Beaverton, OR
Mike Chamberlain, Executive Administrator for High Schools, Beaverton School District, Beaverton, OR
Shirley Brock, Principal, Five Oaks Middle School, Beaverton, OR


A suburb of Portland, Oregon, Beaverton is a "minority-majority" school district with more than 40,000 students. In the fall of 2014, Beaverton implemented 19 AVID Elective classes at all but one of its secondary schools. In the fall of 2015, the number grew by 130%, totaling 45 sections of AVID Elective classes, and it is projected to grow by 50% in 2016-17. Using AVID's Schoolwide Domains (Instruction, Systems, Leadership, and Culture) as a framework, participants will use WICOR strategies to analyze the key factors of Beaverton's efforts to implement AVID districtwide. Learning from Beaverton's successes and challenges, participants will also engage in self-assessment of their own districts' districtwide AVID implementation efforts and identify "the right drivers."


From an AVID School to an AVID District — Presentation

Teresa Iglesias, AVID District Director and AVID Consulting Teacher, Boise School District, Boise, ID
Drew Lingle, AVID Consulting Teacher, Boise School District, Boise, ID
Stacey Roth, Administrator of Student Programs, Boise School District, Boise, ID
Coby Dennis, Deputy Superintendent, Boise School District, Boise, ID


Presenters will share with participants their journey of taking AVID from one school to implementing it districtwide. They will present the obstacles that they had to overcome and how professional development has played a big part in their districtwide success of AVID. Data will be shared on enrollment and retention in the AVID Elective, AP testing, college readiness, and retention in college. This presentation is intended for superintendents, district-level administrators or coordinators, principals, assistant principals, school board members, AVID Elective teachers, AVID coordinators, counselors, outreach coordinators, and site level administrators.


Dollars and Sense of AVID Schoolwide — Presentation

Zeek Edmond, Principal, Stewart Middle School, Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma, WA
Kim Messersmith, Assistant Principal, Stewart Middle School, Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma, WA


This presentation will use visuals and data to demonstrate how to effectively set up a sustainable schoolwide AVID system that involves students and staff. Key topics will include funding AVID schoolwide on a budget, establishing AVID in a struggling school, building capacity among staff to keep the AVID system sustainable and at the core of the campus mission, and selecting the right AVID leaders to move the system forward. Time will be provided for participants to sketch an action plan for their school and engage in group discussion with their fellow educators.


Instruction | Systems | Leadership | Culture


The Journey to AVID College Readiness Schoolwide: One School's Story — Presentation

Amy Mahr, Principal, Jimmy Carter Middle School, Albuquerque, NM
Eva Vigil, AVID District Director, Albuquerque Public Schools, Albuquerque, NM


Providing academic and social support for all students in a school is a challenging prospect. Leadership from the principal, innovative ideas from the leadership team, and buy-in from the faculty to improve instruction and create a college-readiness culture can be a monumental task. The key to success is persistence on the part of all stakeholders and the entire educational community. The presenters will describe the journey to implement AVID College Readiness schoolwide. They will outline the challenges, the solutions to barriers, and the success of the project in changing the system for the benefit of all students. Participants will leave with plans on how to replicate the journey.


No More Excuses: The Impact of Culturally Relevant Instruction, Low Teacher Expectations, and Unfair Discipline Practices on College Readiness — Presentation

Dr. Chance W. Lewis, Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor and Endowed Chair of Urban Education, The University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC


This powerful session will move educators beyond excuses as to why African American males cannot achieve in their classrooms and will describe the impact of low teacher expectations and unfair discipline practices on college readiness. More importantly, this session will inform educators on how to properly utilize culturally relevant pedagogy to bring state standards to life in the classroom. Attendees will be provided with interactive exercises based on real state standards in major academic content areas to support the main ideas of this session.


College Bound Male Initiative: Clearing the Path to Success — Presentation & Handouts

Dawn Henderson, AVID Coordinator/AVID Elective Teacher, Avon Park High School, Avon Park, FL


This session will highlight the shared outcomes of the College Bound Male Initiative and AVID, and will focus on how gender-specific AVID Elective classes reinforce AVID Schoolwide initiatives. Facilitators will show and explain their implementation model, with information on the process of recruiting mentors, creating the framework, selecting the right young men, and gaining community support. The session will integrate AVID strategies as participants learn through collaboration, discussion, facilitator sharing, and video examples. The intended audience are district leaders, higher education leaders, administrators, AVID coordinators, and counselors.


AVID's Impact: Making College Readiness, Enrollment, and Persistence More Equitable — Presentation

Dennis Johnston, Senior Director and Chief Research Officer, AVID Center, San Diego, CA


This session presents a brief overview of how the AVID College Readiness System and a five-step process for analyzing data can lead to uncovering gaps in equity, opportunity, and expectation, which often sustain achievement gaps on a campus. An overview of AVID graduates' college enrollment and persistence data will be provided to illustrate how AVID is reducing achievement gaps. Data will be used to examine the high school outcomes that most significantly link to college success. Participants will be provided with actionable steps on which high school opportunities and achievements may be used to better leverage student outcomes and meet the needs of diverse student populations.


Factors Influencing the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Interest and Success of African American Males:
Implications to Teachers, School Counselors, Administrators, and Families —

Dr. James L. Moore III, EHE Distinguished Professor of Urban Education and Executive Director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH


In popular and scientific literature, researchers have documented the shortage of African American males in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Very little of this research has focused on the factors that shape these students' decisions on whether or not to pursue STEM education. This presentation will highlight the school and non-school factors that most often shape African American males' academic and career choices, particularly in STEM fields. Presenters will also pinpoint the factors that frequently influence their STEM success in K-12 settings, as well as in postsecondary contexts.


Go Team AVID! — Presentation

Jennifer Birkel, Teacher and AVID Site Coordinator, Royal Oaks Elementary, Woodbury, MN


The goal of this presentation is to provide participants different ways to connect with parents/guardians and begin to develop a family involvement plan that they can bring back to their site. The session will start by sharing displays focusing on planner expectations, note-taking strategies and one-pager examples that are available during open house events and parent-teacher conferences at the presenter's school. Participants will also see examples from monthly communications with families that show AVID in action in the classroom with explanations of strategies. The session will conclude with a display of a month's worth of activities that promote a positive school culture by celebrating college and career readiness.


SAT® Suite of Assessment Reporting: Using the Data to Promote College Readiness — Presentation

Jennifer Karan, Executive Director, College Readiness Assessments, The College Board, New York City, NY


This session is designed for all types of K-12 educators who participate in the academic college readiness process. The presentation will walk through key aspects of the integrated score reporting portal via screenshots and live access, focusing on data to help advise students in course selection, skill development including connections to SAT practice, and tracking progress on college readiness. The session will also point to professional development resources for use with colleagues and in the classroom. Time will be made available for a moderated discussion, so that attendees with score reporting familiarity can share questions and best practices, and those without experience can ask questions of the presenter and other attendees. The presenter will also provide practical reporting and score use exercises for the group to consider.


I Didn't Come Here to Be Average. I Came Here to Be Awesome! — Presentation & Handouts

Julie Sanders, AVID Consultant and Staff Developer, AVID Center, San Diego, CA
Rita Williams, Program Manager, AVID Center, Dallas, TX


Students enter Kindergarten eager to learn and demonstrating growth-mindset thinking, but research shows that by third grade the majority of students have developed fixed-mindset thinking. How do we capture this early love of learning, keep that growth mindset in place, and create awesomeness? This interactive session is designed for teachers and administrators at the elementary level to learn about the role that growth mindsets of both educators and students play in establishing relational capacity, turning failure into success, and achieving rigor through WICOR in the elementary classroom. Participants will explore and discuss the research base surrounding growth mindset in the classroom, learn strategies for promoting and instilling growth mindset thinking and language in both teachers and students, and make connections between growth mindsets and relational capacity that empower students to understand themselves as learners and take risks that lead them into rigorous academic work.


Faculty Learning Communities: Transforming Curriculum Through Collaboration — Presentation

Dr. Kathleen McAteer, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Washington State University, Richland, WA
Dr. Elly Sweet, Assistant Clinical Professor of Biology, Washington State University, Richland, WA


This presentation will introduce participants to faculty learning communities and how they can be used to engage students in collaborative learning. The presenters will show how this type of learning can transform curriculum without changing learning outcomes or credit requirements for courses. They will also provide retention and persistence data, and will show videos featuring faculty and student testimonials. This session is geared toward faculty, teachers, administrators, and AVID coordinators from all levels of education.


How Do You Have College Awareness on an Elementary Campus? — Presentation

Liliane De Moraes, AVID Site Coordinator, Botello Elementary, Dallas, TX
Dr. Reyna Sotelo, Principal, Botello Elementary, Dallas, TX


This presentation will detail how AVID equity and access is implemented on an elementary school campus. Discussion will focus on how each student at Botello Elementary has access to AVID strategies and the overall college-going culture. The presenters will share how they discuss with their students the importance of Level 3 questions, and how it segues to standardized testing, advanced levels, Advanced Placement classes, and ultimately college. Other strategies the presenters will discuss are monthly parent workshops that align with the school's initiatives; how at the beginning of each school year, faculty line up and state their name, position on the campus, and what college they attended; and the March Madness kick-off, where students "commit to college" by signing construction paper basketballs with the college of their choice. This session is geared toward AVID Elementary faculty and staff, administrators, and district-level employees.


Race Matters: A Color-Embracing Approach to Becoming 21st Century Charter School Leaders — Presentation & Handouts

Mack Hines III, CEO, Mack Hines Consulting, LLC, Melissa, TX


In this session, Mack Hines will use awareness, exploration, discussion, and hands-on activities to engage participants in critical and honest conversations about race. He will also provide participants with insightful procedures for using race to educate students. As a result, participants will gain critical awareness of the extent to which their positions as educational leaders are influenced by their positions as racial beings. In addition, participants will develop an understanding of the importance of not classifying students as "others" – a classification that explicitly and implicitly shortchanges the school experiences of minority students. Instead, by affirming the racial identity of students, participants bypass the temptation of being color-blind educators who "reach at" students of color, and instead become color-embracing educators who reach students in ways conducive to success and achievement.


Undocumented Students – Preparation for College, College Work, and Career Options for Students Without a Social Security Number — Presentation & Handouts

Mark Ermi, Divisional Liaison, AVID Center, San Diego, CA


Audiences will learn about the options and legal avenues for undocumented students as they prepare for college and navigate college acceptance and career options after graduation. The presentation will inform through direct instruction and strategies including Think-Pair-Share, use of game play, summarization, and Give One, Get One. The presenter will provide a list of resources for students without Social Security numbers. This presentation is not about politics, but rather the focus is on informing and preparing undocumented students for college readiness.


Effective Strategies to Engage Diverse Families in the Education of Their Children — Presentation

Patricia Mayer, Vice President of Program Development, Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE), National City, CA


This presentation will provide participants with a close look into the lesson plans and the adjustments needed when working with language-diverse communities. PIQE is a national research-based parent engagement organization that aims at closing the achievement gap by providing parents with the tools and understanding to partner effectively with the schools. For the past 28 years, PIQE has used a very interactive approach to parent education, utilizing small group discussions, role-plays, case studies, parent presentations, and more strategies as a vehicle to empower parents to take an active role in their children's education. PIQE has helped more than 617,000 parent graduates demystify the school system and begin planning and tracking their children's academic progress. Participants attending this session will be introduced to PIQE's best practices and practical ways to increase the type of parent engagement that results in student achievement. PIQE is particularly effective with language-diverse groups, and has conducted its nine-week program in 16 languages. PIQE also offers a teacher training program on the most effective strategies to engage parents. Both programs will be highlighted during this presentation.


Understanding and Supporting Aspiring First-Generation College Students — Presentation

Sonya Ramirez, College Match Manager, KIPP Houston Public Schools, Houston, TX


Future first-generation college students are typically ethnic minorities (36.9% vs. 21.2% of the general population), are in the lowest socioeconomic status quartile (42%), and do not expect to go to college (16% vs. 1% of the general population). When they do attend college, they face all the challenges of any other student along with several unique sentiments, imposter syndrome, dual identities, and survivor's guilt over the families they have left behind. Presenters will thoroughly explore the uphill climb of future first-generation college students and the support they will need to reach the peak of their success. This session is intended for high school educators, but has proven insightful to higher education administrators as well.


What's Love Got to Do With It? — Presentation

William Madigan, AVID Staff Developer and Teacher, Cardiff, CA
Gary Kroesch, College Instructor at San Diego State University, Del Mar, CA


This interactive and collaborative session will highlight research by various experts in the area of relationships' impact on learning. Noted psychologist and neuroscientist Louis Cozolino, neuroscientist Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, and developmental psychology expert David Yeager will be among the thought leaders showcased. The presentation will explore the neurochemistry that allows for positive and long-lasting learning and resiliency, and connections will be made between the participants' real-world experiences and the research.


Leveraging Partners to Empower Communities — Presentation

Adriana Flores-Ragade, Partnership Engagement Manager, Univision, Palo Alto, CA


Univision's education empowerment efforts have been recognized nationwide. In this session participants will learn how to leverage information, tools, and communicators to empower families with the goal to develop a college-ready community. The presentation will provide information on Univision's Clave al Éxito, as well as other digital communication channels.


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