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AVID National Conference - #AVIDNC17

Pre-Conference Sessions

Thursday, December 7
9:00-11:45 a.m.


Districtwide AVID Impact for District Leadership

Dr. David Christiansen, Deputy Superintendent of Palm Beach County


Districtwide AVID is a commitment to aligning district resources to support quality schoolwide implementation of the AVID College Readiness System so that all students have access to and success with rigorous instructional experiences. This session provides participants with the opportunity to network with other district leaders who are embarking on their journey to Districtwide AVID or refining their AVID College Readiness System districtwide. Participants will share ideas and best practices while learning about AVID’s professional learning options that can support high-quality teaching and learning.

Thursday, December 7
9:00-10:15 a.m. and 10:30-11:45 a.m.


Latest Curriculum Innovations and Products

Shannon McAndrews, Project Manager, AVID Center, San Diego, CA
Ben Solomon, Project Manager, AVID Center, Dallas, TX


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. Participants will examine AVID’s available resources and will have the opportunity to provide feedback about how to increase the usability of the products currently under development.


What is AVID Elementary? An Informational Session

Y’Desha Alsup, Eastern Division Program Manager, AVID Center, St. Petersburg, FL
Jaime Lomax, Partner Engagement Manager, AVID Center, Orlando, FL


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. Participants will learn what college readiness means in an elementary context as well as the relational connection between AVID Elementary and AVID Secondary. The intended audience is district stakeholders (superintendents, curriculum and instruction directors, and District Directors) and elementary or intermediate principals and assistant principals, teachers, and instructional specialists.


The Evolution of AVID’s Focused Note-Taking Techniques: It Is More About the Process Than the Paper!

Gordon Mosher III, Western Division Program Manager, AVID Center, Denver, CO


Just because students are writing in class doesn’t mean they are learning the material. How can educators focus the note-taking process on what students are doing to engage with their learning? This session will focus on AVID’s relaunch of the focused note-taking process for elementary and secondary schools.


The AVID College Readiness System: A Glimpse Into AVID Secondary

Frank Iannucci, Program Engagement Manager, Eastern Division, AVID Center, Orlando, FL
M. Allison Childress, Eastern Division Program Manager, AVID Center, Orlando, FL


This session, geared toward participants who are new to AVID or are interested in implementing AVID, will focus on how AVID helps educators become more engaged so that students may succeed through college and beyond. Participants will walk away with an understanding of the impact that AVID can make by systematically increasing academic rigor and creating engaging learning environments, accelerating the performance of underrepresented students, and delivering results schoolwide.


AHE Resources for Early College High Schools, Two-Year & Four-Year Colleges, and Universities

Rachel Juarez-Torres, Program Manager, AVID for Higher Education, Dallas TX


AVID for Higher Education is introducing two new resource materials for early college high school programs and for colleges and universities—the AVID version of Dr. Joe Cuseo’s and Dr. Aaron Thompson’s first-year experience book called Thriving in College and Beyond, and a revised edition of AHE’s Postsecondary Strategies for Success. Both books can be used in many ways to support student success in both ECHS’s, two-year and four-year colleges, and universities as well as in technical college and adult education programs. Help us celebrate the release of these new resources.

Special Friday Lunch Presentations


Catalyst: A Docudrama on Student Engagement and Transformation

Brooke Haycock, Senior Playwright/Researcher, The Education Trust, Washington, DC


Catalyst is an unflinching portrayal of the power of educators to change students’ lives. Following two young men, Carl and Isaiah, Catalyst takes on the tough questions of student engagement, bringing audiences face to face with some of the most devastating—and inspiring—images of students’ transformation. Contrasts in student engagement, institutional power, and individual responsibility project from the stage to an audience that may see its own reflection in some of the characters.