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Please see the following session suggestions we recommend* based on your role. Click on your role, and then point to the session title to view its description.

 

 

*Note: These are only suggestions. For a complete listing of all available sessions, please click here.

• The AVID College Readiness System: A Glimpse Into AVID Secondary 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.

 

 

• What is AVID Elementary? An Informational Session 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.

 

 

• Building a Positive Transformational Culture: Lessons From High-Performing Urban Schools While improvements in learning results require improvements in teaching and learning, improvements in teaching and learning often will not materialize without improvements in school culture. The session will feature what the National Center for Urban School Transformation has learned about the school culture in many of America's best urban schools.

 

 

• School and Community Collaboration: Partnerships at Work This presentation highlights the efforts of one large urban school district to leverage partnerships that support efforts to build a college-going culture. Participants will discover how the district successfully forged partnerships with local postsecondary institutions and community organizations that are committed to students and serve as partners in their success. This session will also delve into a number of programs and activities that were birthed through these collective efforts to prepare students for college, careers, and life. Participants will leave with tools and practices that they can immediately implement in their district.

 

 

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

 

 

• AVID Writing to Learn: A Schoolwide Approach Writing: It isn't just for English class. Educators can engage learners and enhance learning in all subject areas by implementing writing-to-learn strategies schoolwide. This interactive presentation will give participants a first look at AVID’s new writing-to-learn resources that will be the focus of a new strand beginning in summer 2018.

 

 

• The Homework Dilemma While today’s classrooms have changed to meet the needs of 21st century learners, homework assignments often remain stuck in “old school” thought, lacking relevance and engagement that enhances learning. Thus homework often becomes a cause of stress and frustration, not only for students but for parents and teachers as well. Learn how to bring homework into the 21st century by extending and embedding AVID W.I.C.O.R. (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) strategies into the crafting of homework assignments so that they extend thinking, spark curiosity, and connect to students.

 

 

• Nine Things Culturally Relevant Educators Do: Helping ALL Students Succeed Are we providing all our students with what they need to be successful? These nine culturally relevant teaching practices will help participants address the opportunity and expectation gaps that negatively affect so many young people. Culturally relevant teaching is not about changing what you are doing as an educator, but changing how you are doing it—the delivery, the scaffolding, and the relationship building. Participants will be able to implement the strategies shared in this session immediately to increase the level of success for all of their students.

 

 

• AVID Excel: Accelerating Access for Long-Term English Language Learners The success of AVID in preparing students, including English language learners (ELLs), for college and career success has been documented for over 30 years. This interactive presentation will provide participants with current research about the academic needs of long-term ELLs and outline key instructional routines that can be integrated into all classes at all levels to address those needs. In addition, participants will learn about AVID Excel, AVID’s middle-level program for long-term ELLs intended to accelerate academic language acquisition and develop the scholarly skills necessary for high school AVID and college preparatory courses.

 

 

• Meet the Future: Proven Achievement and Lifelong Advantage Here, Now, and Always Over 37 years, AVID has served thousands of students who have gone on to successful careers after college as well as leadership positions as entrepreneurs throughout the community. At this session, participants can meet firsthand some of those students who are part of our AVID Alumni Association—professionals who found their path to success included AVID in their public school education.
• The 4 “A”s: AVID and Technology Integration in the Classroom This session will introduce the AVID Digital Learning Framework, encompassing the 4 “A”s: Adopt Adapt Accelerate Advocate™. Educators will learn how this framework can be used to provide all AVID audiences with a pathway to meaningfully integrate digital tools into instruction to increase student ownership and independence in their own learning.

 

 

• Reaching and Teaching the Whole Adolescent – From the Neck Upward Adolescents undergo enormous changes across all domains of human functioning—physical, social/emotional, cognitive, and moral/spiritual—and they learn best when these areas are addressed holistically. This session will systematically examine adolescents’ higher-level needs (cognitive, metacognitive, moral, spiritual; i.e., “neck-upward”) relative to school and classroom practices. This is “the good stuff” of education—reasoning, creating, fighting for justice, taking moral stands, figuring out one’s place in the universe—and this approach can motivate students to crave the academic and readiness skills in W.I.C.O.R. (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading). Participants should come ready to learn, laugh, and move!

 

 

• AVIDizing the Flipped Classroom Reversing the traditional in-class and out-of-class elements of the classroom and integrating AVID-inspired active engagement learning strategies can transition a course from a teacher-centered to a learner-centered environment. This will completely change the dynamics of the classroom and make students more responsible for their own learning. As a result, student engagement, participation, conceptual understanding, and success will sharply increase. Participants in this session will explore the possibilities of a flipped classroom for any grade level, engage with other participants, and leave with a personalized implementation plan and a variety of interactive engagement activities that can be implemented immediately.

 

 

• Schoolwide Interactive Notebooks to Increase Organization and Rigor 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 version of 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 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 become more organized and retain more information. Examples and handouts will be provided to help participants implement the interactive notebook successfully.

 

 

• Results of Comprehensive School Counseling Programs in Supporting College Readiness School counseling programs play a large role in supporting students’ access to rigorous classes, college application completion, and FAFSA submission. By designing data-driven, comprehensive school counseling programs to address students’ academic, college and career, and social/emotional development, school counselors support college readiness for all. This session supports school counselors, administrators, AVID coordinators, and teachers in recognizing the essential role counselors play in using data-driven practices to close achievement gaps by analyzing data, measuring student outcomes, and sharing successes. School counseling program results will be presented, emphasizing the collaborative role school counselors play in creating a college-going culture K–12.

 

 

• Using the CCI to Coach Toward Schoolwide This session will explore the connection between the Secondary Coaching and Certification Instrument and the Continuous Improvement Cycle. It will focus on how to use the CCI to coach sites along the implementation continuum toward AVID Schoolwide in order to support the success of all students, while seeking to align AVID with other site and district initiatives.

 

 

• Gaining That Extra Support From Your School Board School boards set policy for the districts and wield a great deal of decision-making authority, so it is optimal to ensure that clear and compelling information is presented in a cogent way, respecting board members’ authority, expertise, and time. In this session, you will hear directly from school board members and their superintendents, who will explain what is desired in a staff, student, or community presentation and what pitfalls you might want to avoid.

 

 

• Principal Leadership Roundtable Issues and Answers Interactive conversations will focus on knowledge-sharing and problem-solving around the implementation challenges of AVID Schoolwide and the AVID Elective. The discussions will be facilitated by the Florida and North Carolina Principal Collaborative Members.

 

 

• Transforming High School Through Early College Designs and AVID Strategies: Lessons From District-Wide Expansion Early College High Schools have earned a strong reputation for increasing college and career readiness and success, particularly for students from underrepresented groups. These schools replace remediation with acceleration, often by using AVID and early college strategies together. Education leaders nationwide are now scaling up early college designs in efforts to improve the performance of entire school systems. This session will summarize the most recent research on early college high schools and will explore the roles of school leaders, district leaders, and postsecondary partners in creating the conditions for all students to earn college credit before high school graduation.

 

 

• AVID Excel: Accelerating Access for Long-Term English Language Learners The success of AVID in preparing students, including English language learners (ELLs), for college and career success has been documented for over 30 years. This interactive presentation will provide participants with current research about the academic needs of long-term ELLs and outline key instructional routines that can be integrated into all classes at all levels to address those needs. In addition, participants will learn about AVID Excel, AVID’s middle-level program for long-term ELLs intended to accelerate academic language acquisition and develop the scholarly skills necessary for high school AVID and college preparatory courses.

 

 

• Meet the Future: Proven Achievement and Lifelong Advantage Here, Now, and Always Over 37 years, AVID has served thousands of students who have gone on to successful careers after college as well as leadership positions as entrepreneurs throughout the community. At this session, participants can meet firsthand some of those students who are part of our AVID Alumni Association—professionals who found their path to success included AVID in their public school education.
• What is AVID Elementary? An Informational Session 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.

 

 

• Reaching and Teaching the Whole Adolescent – From the Neck Upward Adolescents undergo enormous changes across all domains of human functioning—physical, social/emotional, cognitive, and moral/spiritual—and they learn best when these areas are addressed holistically. This session will systematically examine adolescents’ higher-level needs (cognitive, metacognitive, moral, spiritual; i.e., “neck-upward”) relative to school and classroom practices. This is “the good stuff” of education—reasoning, creating, fighting for justice, taking moral stands, figuring out one’s place in the universe—and this approach can motivate students to crave the academic and readiness skills in W.I.C.O.R. (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading). Participants should come ready to learn, laugh, and move!

 

 

• The Rigor of AVID Elementary: A Tale of Two Program Managers This session will focus on the best practices observed through the lens of two AVID program managers working with over 47 districts and 170 elementary schools in Arizona (44), Washington (101), and Oregon (25). Examples of AVID Elementary matrices, systems that support alignment between AVID and district initiatives, and data from exemplar schools will be shared to identify how AVID is being used to close gaps in education as well as how strong leadership and a college-going culture impacts student learning. Participants will have access to sample documents and templates.

 

 

• AVID Elementary: W.I.C.O.R. + Culture = SUCCESS This session will focus on W.I.C.O.R. (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) from a K–5 perspective. It will answer the question, “How do you WICORize instruction across all elementary classes while building a scholarly school environment?”

 

 

• Creating an ‘AVID’tude From K–5 This presentation will provide participants with an overview of the journey toward implementing AVID schoolwide at the elementary level. The session will cover how the AVID College Readiness System and the AVID Essentials (Instruction, Systems, Leadership, and Culture) are used to support current district initiatives that target the development of high-performing Title I schools. Participants will also explore W.I.C.O.R. (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) and learn how to implement AVID strategies in primary and intermediate grades.

 

 

• Parent Involvement and Community Engagement: Why This Audience Can Be Your Largest Advocate for Equity and Access This session provides insights into how critical the role the parent and family plays in a student’s success is and how we can strengthen the involvement of this constituency to create a more supportive community-based advocacy for the classroom, school, and district.
• AVIDizing the Flipped Classroom Reversing the traditional in-class and out-of-class elements of the classroom and integrating AVID-inspired active engagement learning strategies can transition a course from a teacher-centered to a learner-centered environment. This will completely change the dynamics of the classroom and make students more responsible for their own learning. As a result, student engagement, participation, conceptual understanding, and success will sharply increase. Participants in this session will explore the possibilities of a flipped classroom for any grade level, engage with other participants, and leave with a personalized implementation plan and a variety of interactive engagement activities that can be implemented immediately.

 

 

• Discovering K–16 Instructional Partnerships That Lead to Teacher and Student Success This session will focus on a model AVID system-wide partnership between a local magnet school and The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, a Hispanic Serving Institution, and its impact on student learning at both institutions. Participants will discover how creating K–16 partnerships directly affects the success of students through student teachers, teachers, and administrators. Student teachers receive focused, systematic university instruction on AVID methodologies and strategies before assignment to AVID schools. A video will feature reflections from elementary students, teachers, and the principal on their path to AVID Schoolwide status.

 

 

• A.E.I.O.U. in K–16 This session will provide information on AVID in a predominantly English language learner (ELL) K–16 setting to showcase the partnership between AVID for Higher Education and the local ISD. The central focus of this K–16 partnership is the opportunity to use AVID frameworks, methodologies, and strategies in coaching tutors using action research protocols to improve the academic English of ELLs who need ongoing support as they transition from K–12 to higher education, with an emphasis on pre-service teachers.

 

 

• Early College High School Perspective: Building a Strong AVID System Participants will learn about the systems and culture that unite an AVID early college and an AVID for Higher Education community college. The Nash-Rocky Mount Early College was one of the original five early colleges in North Carolina and is co-located on the campus of Nash Community College, a National Demonstration Site. This session will describe the partnership and the pivotal role AVID plays in student success at the high school and community college levels.

 

 

• Javelinas and Cowboys… Just Another Day at the Ranch: Revitalizing and Reframing K–16 Partnerships This session will discuss the partnership between Texas A&M University–Kingsville (Javelinas) and Premont ISD (Cowboys), which has resulted in turning this rural ISD around and ultimately keeping the district open. This success cannot be attributed to one person or group. Through the support of both institutions, this unique partnership has been reciprocal in strengthening teaching and learning at multiple levels: College of Education faculty, ISD in-service teachers, and pre-service teachers at the university through AVID for Higher Education Teacher Preparation implementation.

 

 

• Supporting Undocumented Students in Obtaining a College Education TheDream.US, the largest college access and success program for undocumented students, along with one of its partner colleges, will present their programs to help undocumented immigrant students access higher education. The presenters will give an overview of the profile of undocumented students, the barriers they face, aspects of their experience ranging from legal implications to the psychological impact of their status, and ways to help them navigate barriers and challenges in college admissions. They will share their innovative partner-college model, which facilitates adopting effective practices and policies that support the college success of undocumented students.

 

 

• AVID: The K–16 Foundation for Becoming Grittier Students’ success is the heart of AVID for K–16. Research is showing that having “grit” contributes to success more than having “talent.” This session will provide participants (elementary through university educators) the opportunity to engage in the following: becoming familiar with the concept of having grit, discovering why grit is an important characteristic of teachers and students in a classroom culture that lends itself to student success, and determining how to develop grit in self and others. During this session, participants will engage in specific strategies that will lead to becoming grittier.
• Expand Equity and Access in Your AP Program 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 IB: Practical Approaches to Integration of These Complementary Programs for All Students 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.

 

 

• W.I.C.O.R. – Professional Development and Campus-wide Implementation 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 W.I.C.O.R. 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 "W.I.C.O.R. Rotations" for implementing targeted W.I.C.O.R. strategies campus-wide in all content areas on a rotational basis. Participants will have the opportunity to work collaboratively and develop their own W.I.C.O.R. rotation for their campus. Participants will receive a "Kick-Starting AVID" packet with checklists, and will learn how to incorporate W.I.C.O.R. components into their lesson plan templates for schoolwide documentation and accountability.

 

 

• Realizing Potential With Mindset 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 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.

 

 

• Accelerate Achievement Through Middle School Spanish Advanced Placement 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.

 

 

• The AVID eTutorial: Empowering Student Voice Through Technology 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 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.

 

 

• Schoolwide Interactive Notebooks to Increase Organization and Rigor 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.

 

 

• Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the ACT and College Readiness 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.

 

 

• Early FAFSA and FAFSA Simplification 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.

 

 

• American College Application Campaign: Supporting At-Risk and Underserved Students Through the College Application Process 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.

 

 

• Accelerating AVID College Readiness Schoolwide: A Principals and District Directors Panel 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.

 

 

• Leveraging Partners to Empower Communities 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.
• What Is AVID Elementary? An Information Session 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.

 

 

• The AVID College Readiness System: A Glimpse Into AVID Secondary 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 W.I.C.O.R. strategies, college prep, tutorials, and the AVID Elective. An overview of AVID Schoolwide will also be provided.

 

 

• The CORNELL WAY – Cornell Notes Are More About the PROCESS Than the PAPER 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.

 

 

• AVID Excel: Accelerating Access for Long-Term English Language Learners 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.

 

 

• What's Love Got to Do With It? 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.