Concurrent Sessions

Choose from 70+ sessions focusing on incorporating rigor in the classroom, breaking down barriers, aligning the work, and advocating for students. Each session will provide actionable takeaways for administrators, district leaders, teachers, and counselors.

Concurrent Sessions Offered:

Thursday,
December 8

2:15–3:30 pm
3:45–5:00 pm

Friday,
December 9

8:30–9:45 am
10:00–11:15 am
2:15–3:30 pm
3:45–5:00 pm

Saturday,
December 10

9:45–11:00 am
11:15 am – 12:30 pm

CONCURRENT SESSIONS OFFERED

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Confronting the Achievement and Opportunity Divide in a Large Urban School District

Presenters

  • Dr. Erinn Wilcots, Manager, Advanced Academic Services, Dallas ISD, Texas
  • Mitch Morken, Director, Advanced Academic Services, Dallas ISD, Texas
  • Dr. Tamika Stevenson, AVID District Director, Dallas Independent School District, Texas

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 8:30–9:45 am
    • 10:00–11:15 am

Location

  • Windermere Y

This session, presented by district administrators of AVID National Demonstration Schools, will share data and explore how turnaround schools were awarded state distinction designations through their implementation of systematic approaches involving the AVID College and Career Readiness Framework. The presenters will help participants address the opportunity and equity gaps that negatively affect learners and discuss the many programs offered to help support academics through professional learning opportunities, such as AVID Summer Brown Bag, SAT® Prep, AP® Bootcamp, the Districtwide AVID Student Leadership Conference, and the AVID Excel® Summer Bridge program.

S-02

From IR to Seven Stars: How Bryan Adams Utilized AVID to Change School Culture

Presenters

  • Johnathon Yates, AVID Coordinator/AVID Elective Teacher, Bryan Adams High School Leadership Academy, Texas
  • Reed Hatley, AVID Elective Teacher, Bryan Adams High School Leadership Academy, Texas

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Bayhill 21/22

Deemed “academically unacceptable” or “improvement required” from 2009 to 2012, Bryan Adams High School utilized AVID’s transformative model to cultivate more engaging learning opportunities and build better relationships with students. This change of focus led to changes in schoolwide culture, resulting in the school earning seven distinction designations from the Texas Education Agency in 2018 and 2019, the highest honor in Texas education. The presenters will provide insight into what they’ve done, still do, and will continue to do with AVID to keep building relationships and creating engagement across the campus and thereby allow students to take ownership of their learning.

S-03 CANCELED

“RISE” With WICOR: Reimagine Inclusion of all Subjects for Excellence

Presenters

  • Victoria Sorg, College and Career Readiness, Career and Technical Education, and World Language Coordinator, Brandywine School District, Delaware

Date/Time

  • CANCELED

Location

N/A

This session is for those who have wondered how to make WICOR® (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) strategies accessible and relevant to all subject areas—including those often relegated to the “land of misfit toys”: physical education, music, art, and world language—and for those who have wondered how to use technology to engage educators in using WICOR strategies and AVID resources. The presenter will share how one school district created access and closed the opportunity gap for educators in all subject areas to understand, embrace, and utilize WICOR strategies. Participants will leave equipped to implement these solutions in their district. The intended audience for this session is AVID Coordinators, AVID District Directors, school and district administrators, and teachers.

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Four Secrets for Reaching AVID Districtwide

Presenters

  • Judith Vigue, Director, Advanced Studies and Academic Excellence, Pinellas County Schools, Florida
  • Hannah Graziano, AVID District Director and Instructional Staff Developer, Pinellas County Schools, Florida
  • Kim Dennison, Advanced Studies Specialist, AVID District Director, Pinellas County Schools, Florida
  • Lauren Drizd, Advanced Studies Specialist, AVID District Director, Pinellas County Schools, Florida

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Bayhill 19/20

Pinellas County leaders will provide insight into the actions that have served as the strongest leverage points for growing and strengthening the implementation of AVID schoolwide and districtwide. Topics will include district-level systems and processes for the collection and use of data, leading professional learning, coaching and mentoring, and advocacy for student success. Leaders at all levels, from the classroom to the school board, will find this session valuable to their work.

S-05

Five Ways to Create a CHAMPion School Culture

Presenters

  • Ricky Ramirez, AVID Staff Developer, Texas

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 8:30–9:45 am
    • 10:00–11:15 am

Location

  • Windermere X

School culture can have a direct impact on student learning outcomes as well as the social and emotional well-being of students. Educators can create a positive and connected school culture for their students by being intentional in their daily routines. Five strategies will be covered in a high-energy and engaging session, which educators can begin to implement at their campuses immediately. This session will evoke various emotions and lead to deep reflection. The intended audience for this session is campus leadership teams, AVID Coordinators and AVID Elective teachers, and district leadership.

S-06

A STEM Academy’s AVID Schoolwide Story

Presenters

  • Karen Huzar, Principal, East Lake Middle School Academy of Engineering, Florida
  • Deborah Clark, 7th Grade AVID Elective Teacher, East Lake Middle School Academy of Engineering, Florida

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 8
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Celebration 9/10

Teachers and administrators are invited to this session to learn about one middle school’s approach to sustaining schoolwide AVID through its STEM program. The presenters will share tools and practices to help students become STEM-literate using AVID’s common language. This unique approach to the tutorial process supports students in their engineering coursework, applying their critical problem-solving skills in a variety of contexts. Participants will learn the ways this school has been able to support all students on campus using WICOR® (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) strategies and the AVID College and Career Readiness System to build students’ STEM thinking skills.

S-07

Accessing Rigor and Accelerating Language Acquisition for Emerging Bilingual Scholars and Academic Language Learners

Presenters

  • Tracy Brown, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center
  • Steve Elia, Program Specialist, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Bayhill 25/26

Emerging bilingual scholars and academic language learners thrive in an environment where literacy and fluency in academic language are embedded through meaningful routines. In this session, preK–12 educators will engage in a fully scaffolded lesson that blends digital resources and WICOR® (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) strategies to accelerate language acquisition, develop literacy skills, and promote rigorous coursework in the classroom.

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Advancing Collective Educator Efficacy

Presenters

  • Dr. Maryam Thomas, Principal Leadership and Development Coach, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland

Date/Time

  • Saturday, December 10
    • 9:45–11:00 am
    • 11:15 am–12:30 pm

Location

  • Celebration 3/4

Collective teacher efficacy has been identified by John Hattie in his work with visible learning as having a demonstrable effect on student outcomes. This session invites administrators to learn the research around collective efficacy as well as practical ways to advance this important practice in their buildings.

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All Means All

Presenters

  • Shannae Johnson, Special Education Teacher, Learning Academics and Social Emotional Regulation Program, Porter Elementary School, Mesa Public Schools, Arizona
  • Melissa Brooke, Special Education Instructional Assistant, Learning Academics and Social Emotional Regulation Program, Porter Elementary School, Mesa Public Schools, Arizona

Date/Time

  • Saturday, December 10
    • 9:45–11:00 am
    • 11:15 am–12:30 pm

Location

  • Celebration 5/6

AVID for all. This session will share how educators at Porter Elementary School are breaking down barriers by advocating to close the opportunity gap for all learners. Presenters will discuss how to WICORize for all, break down barriers in special education, and advocate for inclusivity. AVID implementation at Porter has increased inclusive practices, improved instructional outcomes for children with disabilities, enriched social-emotional learning, and ensured success for all students.

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“Are You an AVID School or a STEM School?”

Presenters

  • Kathy Ray, Principal, Porter Elementary School, Mesa Public Schools, Arizona
  • Shannon Buettner, STEM Specialist Teacher, Porter Elementary School, Mesa Public Schools, Arizona

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 8:30–9:45 am
    • 10:00–11:15 am

Location

  • Bayhill 29/30

Porter Elementary has been featured in an AVID Showcase and has had AVID Schoolwide for the past nine years. When Porter first opened its STEM Lab five years ago, people asked, “So you’re not an AVID school anymore, you’re a STEM school?” The need to communicate how STEM education fits under the AVID umbrella quickly became apparent. This session is for teachers, leaders, and administrators who want to align STEM education and AVID by setting goals using the Coaching and Certification Instrument to provide rigorous, inquiry-based learning opportunities for all students.

S-11

AVID Elementary Implementation: Imagine the Possibilities

Presenters

  • George Leidigh, Program Manager, Western Region, AVID Center
  • Bethany Glazebrook, Program Manager, Western Region, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Thursday, December 8
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Windermere Y

This session will provide participants with content aligned to the AVID College and Career Readiness Framework, to support and strengthen AVID Elementary implementation. Some key topics include student and educator agency, collective educator agency, elementary progress monitoring, and vertical and horizontal alignment. The session will address these topics utilizing WICOR® (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) to align the work.

S-12

AVID Elementary Weekly: Cultivating Literacy Schoolwide

Presenters

  • Jessica Taylor, Program Specialist, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center
  • Bethany Glazebrook, Program Manager, Western Region, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 8:30–9:45 am

Location

  • Bayhill 25/26

AVID® Elementary Weekly: Literacy Connections Schoolwide provides teachers with ready-to-go lessons that bring disciplinary literacy to life in every classroom. A variety of texts with readability levels beginning at kindergarten are used to design lessons that include optional blended learning opportunities and support—and each month includes English language learner lessons. In this session, participants will embark on a journey that will allow them to navigate the site, explore an AVID Elementary Weekly text and lesson, and investigate resources as they engage in the AVID Critical Reading Process. Participants will gain knowledge and understanding of how to cultivate literacy in their classrooms.

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AVID Excel: Accelerating Academic Success for Long-Term English Learners

Presenters

  • Dr. Sacha Bennett, Program Specialist, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center
  • Kelly Leake, Project Coordinator, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Thursday, December 8
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Bayhill 25/26

This interactive presentation will provide participants with current research about the academic needs of long-term English learners and outline essential instructional routines for academic success and access to rigorous coursework. In addition, participants will learn how AVID is specifically addressing these needs through AVID Excel®, a middle school course offering for long-term English learners that uses a strategically designed curriculum, professional learning, family connections, and promotion of biliteracy. AVID Excel accelerates academic language acquisition and places emergent multilingual scholars on the path to high school AVID and college-preparatory coursework.

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AVID Excel: Changing Mindsets on Long-Term Emergent Bilingual Students Through Culturally Responsive Leadership

Presenters

  • Dr. Patricia Glaeser, AVID District Director and Director of Federal Programs, Channelview ISD, Texas

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Celebration 1/2

The transition emergent bilingual (EB) students make from elementary to middle school is significant. Often, as EB students transition, support systems provided in their elementary classrooms are replaced with more subtractive models. Access to advanced academics has been shown to increase postsecondary readiness and persistence. However, barriers are often created that impact EB student achievement and postsecondary readiness because of restrictive policies and inequity in access to advanced coursework, while significant focus is placed on English acquisition. This is an opportunity for instructional leaders to learn how the AVID Excel® model is changing mindsets and the postsecondary trajectory of EB students.

S-15

AVID for All: Leveraging the Advisory Period to Support All Students

Presenters

  • Heather Sands, AVID Teacher Specialist, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Maryland
  • Dot Arida, AVID District Director, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Maryland

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 8:30–9:45 am
    • 10:00–11:15 am

Location

  • Celebration 3/4

AVID Elective students learn academic success skills that will support them in school and in their postsecondary life. Presenters will share how one school made these skills available to all students by leveraging time in the daily schedule for advisory. This session will investigate the systems put in place to ensure that all students are accessing content to build their academic and organizational skills. In alignment with the AVID College and Career Readiness Framework, advisory lessons focus on rigorous academic preparedness, student agency, and opportunity knowledge.

S-16

AVID Schoolwide Advisory: Accelerate Your Efforts to Take AVID Schoolwide

Presenters

  • Ben Solomon, Manager, Learning Programs, Products, and Services, AVID Center
  • Jessica Taylor, Program Specialist, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Celebration 12/13

AVID Secondary educators and Secondary Site Team members looking to leverage AVID strategies in an advisory class are invited to come learn from AVID’s Schoolwide Advisory development team about how to streamline the process of integrating AVID strategies into advisory courses and accelerate efforts to foster rigorous academic preparedness, agency, and opportunity knowledge in students schoolwide.

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AVID Schoolwide: From Buy-In to Belief

Presenters

  • April Mouton, Program Manager, Central Region, AVID Center
  • Dr. Brent Anderson, Program Manager, Central Region, AVID Center

Date/Time/Location

  • Friday, December 9
    • 8:30–9:45 am
    • 10:00–11:15 am
    • Celebration 14/15
  • Saturday December 10
    • 11:15 am–12:30 pm
    • Bayhill 25/26

Any great idea can easily become a failed promise when we don’t have the right leaders and educators invested in the work. How do we create a culture that shifts from compliance to commitment? In this session, participants will engage in unpacking the key components to a successful AVID Schoolwide implementation, identify potential barriers, and recognize signs of commitment to leverage for schoolwide growth and increased scholar impact.

S-18

AVID’s College and Career Readiness Framework: Accelerating Student Learning by Strengthening Relational Capacity and Building Collective Educator Agency

Presenters

  • Dr. Dennis Johnston, Senior Director of Research and Chief Research Officer, AVID Center
  • Dr. Tim Bugno, Manager, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center

Date/Time/Location

  • Friday, December 9
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm
    • Celebration 14/15
  • Saturday, December 10
    • 9:45–11:00 am
    • Coral Springs I/II

Collective teacher efficacy sits atop John Hattie’s (2018) list of the most significant influences on student achievement. Collective educator agency is the activation of collective teacher efficacy and is defined as educators on a campus taking intentional actions based on shared beliefs and trust that, together, they can increase opportunity and measurable success for all students and for each other (AVID Center, 2022). This session will provide an overview of the AVID College and Career Readiness Framework with an emphasis on relational capacity and collective educator agency.

S-19

AVID’s Digital Framework and UDL Guidelines: Inform Instructional Decisions to Maximize Learning

Presenters

  • Ashley Callahan, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center
  • Rhonda Holt, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Thursday, December 8
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Celebration 9/10

When students own their learning, they are more motivated, engaged, excited, and self-directed to show their academic growth. By empowering students with choice and customized learning, educators can enable students to persist through obstacles and challenges and gain a deeper awareness of their potential. The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Guidelines is a tool used to design learning experiences that meet the needs of all learners (CAST, 2018). Aligning AVID Digital Learning: The 4 A’s® (Adopt, Adapt, Accelerate, Advocate®) with CAST’s UDL Guidelines gives educators the opportunity to focus on how engagement (the why of learning), representation (the what of learning), and action and expression (the how of learning) align with the 4 A’s pedological approaches to create learner-centered experiences and pathways toward meaningful integration of digital tools and WICOR® (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) instructional practices that will increase students’ ownership and independence in their learning. This session is designed to support educators as they connect the why, what, and how of learning in digital settings. Participants will learn how to maximize instructional decisions to best support students to persist through obstacles and challenges, gain a deeper awareness of personal potential, and build relationships to prepare them for success in a global society.

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AVID’s Impact: Making College Readiness, Enrollment, and Persistence More Equitable

Presenters

  • Dr. Dennis Johnston, Senior Director of Research and Chief Research Officer, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Thursday, December 8
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Silver Spring I/II

Adopting the AVID College and Career Readiness Framework reduces or eliminates achievement gaps often associated with issues of equity and opportunity. Historically, male students who are Black, Hispanic or Latino, from a low socioeconomic background, or whose parents did not attend college have been underrepresented in postsecondary education. However, AVID students with these characteristics are not underrepresented. They enroll and persist at rates that often match or exceed national comparators. This session highlights how certain high school opportunities and achievements are associated with greater rates of college success. Participants will discuss these and other key outcomes that all students should be achieving.

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AVID-Aligned Real-World Resources to Support Your Students NOW

Presenters

  • Mat Kirouac, Senior Director, K–12 Programs, EVERFI, Florida
  • Kevin Mechenbier, Regional Director, EVERFI, Colorado

Date/Time

  • Saturday, December 10
    • 9:45–11:00 am
    • 11:15 am–12:30 pm

Location

  • Manatee Spring I

How can we ensure the lessons students learn in AVID stick with them throughout their futures? As technology continues to become more deeply embedded in classrooms, new opportunities arise for digital instruction to play a large role in how students make sense of the content they learn. Educators will leave this session with a bank of free, AVID-aligned resources and strategies, both digital and offline, to engage students in rigorous learning starting tomorrow.

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Beyond the School Bell: Aligning College and Career Readiness Efforts Across Your School Campus

Presenters

  • Gloria Alday, Director of Older Youth Programs, Think Together, California
  • Mark Bayaua, Director of Program Innovation, Think Together, California
  • Ben Solomon, Manager, Learning Programs, Products & Services, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Saturday, December 10
    • 9:45–11:00 am
    • 11:15 am–12:30 pm

Location

  • Celebration 12/13

AVID strategies can be extended to partner programs on campus to strengthen college readiness. This presentation will discuss how aligning with a school-day partner, AVID, can strengthen learning support in the out-of-school time. It will include real-time applications and lessons learned from partner demonstration sites. Participants will leave with practical approaches and strategies to help them get started at their site. The intended audience is any learning provider, school administrator, and AVID partner interested in increasing the impact they have on college and career readiness by aligning with other student-support providers.

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Braiding AVID and IB Together for Student Success

Presenters

  • Beth Moore, Lead Teacher, Office of Advanced Programs, and AVID District Director, Washington County Public Schools, Maryland
  • Kevin Mooney, Lead Teacher and AVID Coordinator, North Hagerstown High School, Maryland

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 8:30–9:45 am
    • 10:00–11:15 am

Location

  • Celebration 1/2

Administrators who have or plan to have AVID and International Baccalaureate® (IB) in the same building are invited to this session to process the critical components required for students to excel in both programs. At North High, AVID and IB teachers work together so that students have access to all courses and opportunities to participate in Career-Related Programmes and earn IB diplomas. Presenters will share tips and strategies for how to be successful in staffing, scheduling, and building a Site Team that understands and supports all aspects of AVID and IB. They will also discuss the day-in and day-out building-level and county-level processes they followed to achieve the unprecedented success of every senior enrolling in a four-year college with funding through grants and scholarships.

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Building Up Our AVID Students as Digital Citizens

Presenters

  • Kande McKay, Senior Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center
  • Michelle Brummond, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Saturday, December 10
    • 9:45–11:00 am
    • 11:15 am–12:30 pm

Location

  • Bayhill 17/18

AVID has integrated effective, research-based professional learning strategies and practices with Common Sense Education’s award-winning K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum. Participants will leave this session with knowledge about the resources provided by Common Sense and will understand how this partnership has evolved to provide AVID educators with resources that can encourage students to live, learn, and work in an interconnected digital world. In Fall 2020, AVID was awarded the first-ever Common Sense Community Partner digital badge—an esteemed honor we continue to celebrate. All are invited to come to this session and learn how to become a recognized Common Sense Educator, Common Sense School, and Common Sense District!

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A Schoolwide Success Story: How Aligning Our Domains Led Us to Excellence

Presenters

  • Thomas Quinn, Principal, Great Neck Middle School, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia
  • Taylor Lovejoy, Teacher, Great Neck Middle School, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 8:30–9:45 am
    • 10:00–11:15 am

Location

  • Bayhill 23/24

In this session, participants will examine the four AVID Schoolwide Domains—Systems, Leadership, Instruction, and Culture (SLIC)—and how they can leverage them to establish a culture of growth and excellence. Using the lens of the four Domains, this session will guide participants in reflecting on their strengths and areas for growth while formulating a vision to meet the current and future needs of their staff, students, and community.

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Capitalizing on Community Connections and Beyond to Increase AVID’s Impact

Presenters

  • Dr. Jennifer Cauthen, Director of Special Projects, Fairfield County School District, South Carolina
  • Alicia Graham, AVID Site Coordinator and AVID Elective Teacher, Fairfield Middle School, South Carolina
  • Jamie Brunson, Principal, Fairfield Middle School, South Carolina

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Windermere Y

This session will focus on engagement and outreach efforts at Fairfield Middle School that have made learning more relevant for teachers and their students and connected them with an amazing range of role models, from local businesspersons to nationally respected scientists. The AVID Site Coordinator, principal, and district director will share lessons learned and practical ideas to successfully build collective efficacy, sustain momentum, and continue to increase the impact of AVID opportunities within the classroom and beyond.

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Congrats, You Got Into College! But How Are You Going to Pay for It?

Presenters

  • Nancy Kail, AVID SUCCESS Program Developer, Greenwich Alliance for Education, Connecticut
  • Julie Faryniarz, Executive Director, Greenwich Alliance for Education, Connecticut

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 8:30–9:45 am
    • 10:00–11:15 am

Location

  • Celebration 7/8

There is a lot that happens outside of the classroom that influences college and career success. AVID students are successful at getting into and performing well in college, in large part due to the AVID program. But financial challenges—difficulties paying for school—often prevent students from getting the most out of their college experiences. These challenges can also adversely affect students’ professional and personal lives after graduation. The AVID SUCCESS money, jobs, and connections programs offer ways students and families can ease financial burdens and thrive in college and beyond. Examples of this work with students include college savings accounts that are matched with donor dollars, internships with career professionals in fields of interest, mentors who are AVID alumni, and panel discussions with AVID alumni about college life and financing. The presenters will share their model, highlight key efforts and partnerships, and showcase some of the star AVID educators and alumni who work with them. Participants are also invited to share their own efforts to help students pay for college and brainstorm other solutions and partners. This session is for AVID educators and private and not-for-profit-sector professionals who want to partner together to support students’ college and career success.

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Counselors’ Magic: A Key to Collaboration for College and Career Success

Presenters

  • Jennifer Gil, Principal, Boca Ciega High School, Florida
  • Dr. Alicia Isaac, AVID Coordinator, Boca Ciega High School, Florida

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 8:30–9:45 am
    • 10:00–11:15 am

Location

  • Celebration 12/13

This presentation, designed for administrators, counselors, and instructional staff, focuses on how counselors play an integral part in the magic of developing processes for establishing a structure to identify, support, monitor and serve every student while creating a laser-like culture of college and career readiness.

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Creating Engaging and Rigorous Lesson Plans: A Blended Approach to WICOR

Presenters

  • Kande McKay, Senior Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center
  • Tiffany Smith, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Celebration 5/6

This session, intended for all AVID educators preK–12, will explore how to use a blended approach to WICOR® as a lens for lesson design and best instructional practices. When the five skills of WICOR—Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading—are woven together and integrated into lessons, the result is higher levels of student engagement, academic rigor, and student achievement. A blended learning approach to WICOR amplifies and accelerates learning to build student agency by empowering students to approach anything new with curiosity, a growth mindset, and a set of technology and problem-solving skills to engage with content in meaningful ways. Participants will explore WICOR as a lens for lesson design that blends with digital strategies to engage students in collaborative learning practices that empower them to take ownership of their learning.

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Demystifying College Fears for Students and Families

Presenters

  • Melissa Gutierrez, AVID Co-District Director and District Coordinator, Austin ISD, Texas
  • Michelle Snyder, College and Career Counselor, Crockett High School, Austin ISD, Texas

Date/Time

  • Thursday, December 8
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Celebration 5/6

In this interactive session, K–12 educators will create a plan for implementing a college-access conference for families, both face-to-face and virtually, addressing the fears of first-generation communities (CCI 4.3–4.5). This session will explore how to utilize this best practice for demystifying concerns about the college admissions and financial aid processes as well as academic and social success. Participants will leave with a plan for how to customize this model to meet the needs of their students and implement it in their own districts.

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Designing Engaging Project-Based Learning Experiences to Connect Students to STEM Career Pathways

Presenters

  • Sara Nachtigal, Director of Teaching and Learning, Educurious, Texas

Date/Time

  • Saturday, December 10
    • 9:45–11:00 am
    • 11:15 am–12:30 pm

Location

  • Celebration 9/10

Project-based learning (PBL) engages students in rigorous STEM experiences by grounding their learning in contemporary issues and opportunities for student agency. Leveraging PBL in STEM classrooms (and beyond!) empowers students as scientists, engineers, and problem solvers as they collaboratively pursue a driving question through project work. This session will explore how PBL aligns with the AVID College and Career Readiness Framework and how high-quality PBL fosters equitable learning environments by supporting students’ identification with STEM careers. Participants will leave with tools and open-access PBL units to transform their AVID classroom into an incubator for students’ ideas and connections to future STEM pathways.

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Dismantling Barriers to Student Success

Presenters

  • Peta-Gaye Williams, Principal, Marie Curie High School for Medicine, Nursing, and Health Professions, New York

Date/Time

  • Thursday, December 8
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Bayhill 23/24

How does breaking down barriers foster a positive impact on student success? This presentation will include strategies that allow participants to explore how barriers such as scheduling, planning, and expectations affect student success.

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District Director and Principal Roundtable – Eastern Region Hosts

Presenters

  • Dr. Robin McCoy, Area Director, Eastern Region, AVID Center
  • Denise Y. Rupert, Area Director, Eastern Region, AVID Center
  • Patrick Briggs, Area Director, Eastern Region, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 8:30–9:45 am
    • 10:00–11:15 am

Location

  • Celebration 9/10

Interactive conversations will focus on knowledge sharing and problem-solving around the implementation challenges of AVID Schoolwide and the AVID College and Career Readiness System. The discussion will allow networking between AVID District Directors and principals from across the country.

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Districtwide Implementation: Realizing Student Success for All

Presenters

  • Jessica Thayer, Manager, Leadership Development, AVID Center
  • Denise Wren, Director of Leadership, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Windermere W

This session provides participants with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of how to strategically lead Districtwide AVID in order to realize all students’ agency, opportunity knowledge, and rigorous academic preparedness. The learning will be enhanced through sharing of ideas and best practices among district leaders from across the country.

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Diversifying the Teaching Pathway: Stillwater Schools’ AVID Student Leaders and Century College Partnership

Presenters

  • Eric Anderson, Achievement and Integration Coordinator, Stillwater Area Public Schools, Minnesota
  • Deb Van Klei, Professional Development Coordinator, Stillwater Area Public Schools, Minnesota

Date/Time

  • Thursday, December 8
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Celebration 7/8

For the past six years, Stillwater Area Schools has recruited and hired AVID Student Leaders to work alongside licensed elementary teachers during their elementary Summer Success programming. This work is part of a partnership with Century College and provides AVID Student Leaders with real-world classroom experiences as an introduction to the teaching profession. AVID students participating in this programming can then enroll in a College in the Schools “Introduction to the Teaching Profession” course, earn college credit for their efforts, and continue their exploration of the teaching pathway.

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Experiencing AVID Summer Bridge Programs

Presenters

  • Angie Hall, Program Specialist, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center
  • Dr. Sacha Bennett, Program Specialist, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 8:30–9:45 am
    • 10:00–11:15 am

Location

  • Bayhill 31/32

AVID’s Summer Bridge programs offer highly engaging content designed to accelerate learning. This session will offer participants an opportunity to learn about our math, science, and English language development summer offerings through an interactive, informational presentation. AVID’s Math and Science Summer Bridge programs enhance students’ critical thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving skills through interactive and collaborative lessons and activities. AVID’s English language development Summer Bridge program supports middle and high school English language learners in academic language acquisition through community building and a focus on college and career readiness skills.

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Fostering Social and Emotional Learning Across Grade Levels and Content Areas

Presenters

  • Michelle Brummond, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center
  • Tiffany Smith, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Thursday, December 8
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Bayhill 29/30

This comprehensive session will work to answer the Essential Question, “How do I implement social and emotional learning practices into my daily instruction to create a supportive environment where all students can be successful?” Participants will engage in relational capacity activities to encourage a supportive environment for all; explore the five competencies identified by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL); and learn about additional SEL resources available to support teachers in building an ideal environment for student success.

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From Buy-In to Budget: How to Develop a Long-Term, Purposeful, and Equitable AVID Professional Learning Plan When Budgets Are Tight

Presenters

  • Anita Nuñez, AVID Co-District Director, Austin ISD, Texas
  • Ben Broddle, AVID Co-District Director, Austin ISD, Texas

Date/Time

  • Thursday, December 8
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Rainbow Spring I/II

In the 2021–2022 school year, Austin ISD’s campuses faced challenges with access to professional learning. Although some campuses were able to fund travel for AVID Summer Institute, others were limited to in-district options. The presenters will describe their professional learning plan, including virtual and in-person options for faculty and staff members that are aligned with AVID Center’s Professional Learning Pilot program.

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Game-Based Learning in the Language Classroom

Presenters

  • Dr. Claudie Massicotte, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center
  • Tiffany Cobbs, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Bayhill 17/18

This session explores game-based learning strategies to promote language acquisition among multilingual and emergent English speakers. While gamification focuses on rewarding and recognizing students and their behaviors to positively impact motivation, game-based learning leverages games as a tool for learning (Schrader et al., 2021, “Game-Based Learning as a Medium to Connect With Every Child,” Unpacking Education podcast). Game-based learning can therefore serve to lower the affective filter to break down barriers in language acquisition. Participants engaging in this session will discover a variety of tools, technologies, and instructional strategies to implement game-based learning with their students.

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Helping All Students Succeed: Why, How, and What We Must Do to Engage Students and Raise the Level of Rigor in the Classroom

Presenters

  • Patrick Briggs, Area Director, Eastern Region, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Thursday, December 8
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Windermere W

Are we providing all students with what they need to be successful? These practices will help participants address the opportunity and expectation gaps that negatively affect so many young people. Why, how, and what we are doing as educators controls the trajectory of the lives of our students. This session will examine the why, how, and what, including practices like the delivery, scaffolding, student engagement, increasing the rigor, and relationship building. The strategies shared in this session can be implemented immediately to increase the level of success for all students. This session will help educators reflect on their practices, learn new ones, and ask the question “Does all mean all?” when it comes to meeting the needs of learners in their classrooms.

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Horizontal Calibration and Vertical Articulation: The Key to AVID Elementary Implementation

Presenters

  • Traci Grove, Associate Area Director, Western Region, AVID Center
  • Tracy Brown, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 8:30–9:45 am
    • 10:00–11:15 am

Location

  • Celebration 5/6

College and career readiness at the elementary school level is rooted in a well-defined, calibrated, and articulated approach of AVID strategies at every grade level to create continuity and routine for students. This begins in the primary grades, as AVID Elementary is the foundation of the AVID College and Career Readiness System. In this session, elementary educators will contemplate how to provide an aligned system and exercise their agency collectively to promote a path to college and career readiness for their students.

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How Well Does AVID Work? Examining the Effects of Secondary AVID Implementation Districtwide

Presenters

  • Dr. David Maddock, Research and Evaluation Specialist, Osceola County School District, Florida

Date/Time

  • Thursday, December 8
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Celebration 14/15

Participants in this conference have probably heard of AVID before. But how well do students in AVID do compared to those not in AVID? What are the effects of schoolwide enrollment? Are AVID students more likely to attend college or get scholarships? This session, aimed at school and district leaders, will cover the results of a study of 30,000 (pre-COVID) AVID students, the effects of the AVID program, and what steps to take to get the most out of an AVID implementation.

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Bringing Focused Notes to Life! AVID’s Focused Note-Taking Process Revealed

Presenters

  • Heather Ahrenkiel, Program Manager, Central Region, AVID Center
  • Tamara Gilliam, Program Manager, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Thursday, December 8
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Celebration 12/13

This session is intended for all teachers, administrators, and support staff looking to engage students in the AVID Focused Note-Taking Process. The phases of this process can increase rigor and retention of information in any content area. If you are looking for more literacy across content areas, and more student interaction with the content, this session is for you.

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Igniting a Love of Math Discourse (Elementary)

Presenters

  • Marc Dembowski, Senior Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center
  • Angie Hall, Program Specialist, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Thursday, December 8 
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Bayhill 31/32

This professional learning experience is designed for elementary educators, counselors, instructional coaches, and site leaders to develop mathematicians through cultivating a rigorous, discourse-rich mathematics learning environment. Participants will explore teacher actions that are necessary to empower students to engage deeply in mathematics, communicate their ideas, and connect their thinking to others. This collaborative experience will engage participants in strategies that they can immediately implement to begin building rich discourse among students.

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Igniting a Love of Math Discourse (Secondary)

Presenters

  • Angie Hall, Program Specialist, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center
  • Marc Dembowski, Senior Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Thursday, December 8
    • 2:15–3:30 pm

Location

  • Bayhill 31/32

This professional learning experience is designed for secondary educators, counselors, instructional coaches, and site leaders to develop mathematicians through cultivating a rigorous, discourse-rich mathematics learning environment. Participants will explore teacher actions that are necessary to empower students to engage deeply in mathematics, communicate their ideas, and connect their thinking to others. This collaborative experience will engage participants in strategies that they can immediately implement to begin building rich discourse among students.

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Introducing the AVID STEM Toolkit

Presenters

  • Dr. Jacob Clark Blickenstaff, Senior Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Saturday, December 10
    • 9:45–11:00 am

Location

  • Celebration 1/2

Anyone curious about how to support their students’ preparation for in-demand careers is invited to learn how AVID’s suite of STEM offerings supports the AVID Career and College Readiness Framework in this interactive presentation. Whatever their role in their school or district, participants will learn how AVID’s STEM products support rigorous academic preparedness, student agency, and opportunity knowledge and enable educators to close the opportunity gap for their students.

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Is It a Class? Is It a Program? No, It’s Our System for College and Career Readiness for All: Our Journey to Districtwide AVID

Presenters

  • Tracy Corcoran, Director of Teaching and Learning, Faribault Public Schools, Minnesota
  • Heidi Oanes, Integration Coordinator/AVID District Director, Faribault Public Schools, Minnesota

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Celebration 3/4

During this session the presenters will unpack the AVID College and Career Readiness Framework and share the intentional districtwide work of Faribault Public Schools to break down barriers, insist on rigor, align the work, and advocate for students. Utilizing the AVID Districtwide Implementation resources, site and district leaders will have the opportunity to examine their role in leading AVID and develop a plan to leverage AVID to ensure each and every student succeeds.

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Leverage the AVID Professional Learning Model to Maximize Educator Learning and Engagement

Presenters

  • Lindsay Paoli, Capital Metropolitan Area AVID Director, Sacramento County Office of Education, Region 3, California
  • Christa Evans, Project Specialist II, Capital Metropolitan Area AVID, Sacramento County Office of Education, Region 3, California
  • Erika Moreno, Project Specialist I, Capital Metropolitan Area AVID, Sacramento County Office of Education, Region 3, California

Date/Time

  • Thursday, December 8
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Bayhill 19/20

Using the AVID Professional Learning model of front-load, immerse, debrief, and apply, participants will explore and build their own professional learning workshop embedding AVID’s WICOR® (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) strategies. This presentation offers insight for district leaders, administrators, site coordinators, and teachers on practical strategies and best practices in developing professional learning. Throughout this hands-on session, participants will experience the exciting and creative opportunities that collaborating with others can bring!

*Technology device required for this session.

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Leveraging 90-Day Plans to Improve Student Outcomes

Presenters

  • Dr. Brent Anderson, Program Manager, Central Region, AVID Center
  • April Mouton, Program Manager, Central Region, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Saturday, December 10
    • 9:45–11:00 am
    • 11:15 am–12:30 pm

Location

  • Bayhill 23/24

This session will explore how 90-day plans, as an extension of AVID’s Plan-Do-Study-Act continuous improvement model, can help schools and districts identify the right drivers of the work, create opportunities for short-term wins, and ultimately lead to improved outcomes for students. The presenters will provide an overview of Robyn Jackson’s work on 90-day plans while supporting participants in engaging in critical reflection on their improvement processes and how ongoing 90-day plans can drive their work forward.

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AVID Weekly (Secondary): Cultivating Literacy Schoolwide

Presenters

  • Jessica Taylor, Program Specialist, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center
  • Bethany Glazebrook, Program Manager, Western Region, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 10:00–11:15 am

Location

  • Bayhill 25/26

AVID Weekly®: Literacy Connections Schoolwide provides teachers with ready-to-go lessons that bring disciplinary literacy to life in every classroom. A variety of texts with readability levels from grades 5–12 are used to design lessons that include optional blended learning opportunities and support, and include at least one English language learner lesson per month. In this session, participants will embark on a journey that will allow them to navigate the site, explore an AVID Weekly text and lesson, and investigate resources as they engage in AVID’s Critical Reading process. Participants will gain knowledge and understanding of how to cultivate literacy in their classrooms.

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Not “One More Thing”: Strategies for Making Schoolwide AVID Meaningful and Manageable on Any Campus

Presenters

  • Brett Bowers, Associate Senior Region Director, Central Region, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 8:30–9:45 am
    • 10:00–11:15 am

Location

  • Windermere W

Too often AVID is perceived as an extra or an add-on to what’s already happening at a school. It’s the dreaded “one more thing.” This session provides participants with strategies for weaving AVID into the fabric of a school site so it becomes authentically ingrained into the culture, embedded into instruction, and integrated into campuswide systems. These approaches make AVID feel and become necessary—not optional—and certainly not like “one more thing.” A collection of resources and tools will be shared for any site striving for AVID to be the foundation for schoolwide transformation and positive change for all students.

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Practical Tips and Tricks to Ensure Every Senior Graduates Ready for Postsecondary Success

Presenters

  • Dr. Schanda Doughty, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Grades 9–12, Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools, Tennessee
  • Leslie Parreco, Lead High School Counselor, Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools, Tennessee

Date/Time

  • Saturday, December 10
    • 9:45–11:00 am
    • 11:15 am–12:30 pm

Location

  • Celebration 14/15

This session is for educators who want to make sure that all their seniors graduate college- and career-ready and that their school creates a culture of postsecondary readiness and success. The presenters will share practical tips and strategies participants can use to ensure that every senior in their school has the necessary skills to graduate and continue to college. This session will include systemic processes and procedures that participants can take back to their school and implement immediately.

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Rigor in the AVID Elective: A Foundation for Success

Presenters

  • Sally Wagner, Program Manager, Central Region, AVID Center
  • Joe Miske, Program Manager, Central Region, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Bayhill 23/24

Insisting on rigor is a critical part of the AVID College and Career Readiness Framework and a cornerstone to the Instruction Domain. Identifying and ensuring rigor in the AVID Elective helps students develop the necessary skills to be successful in the most challenging courses. AVID Elective teachers, AVID District Directors, and administrators will leave this session with a better understanding of AVID’s definition of rigor and how to identify it and coach it.

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Show Me the Money: Aligning Grades 9–12 to Create Increased College and Scholarship Opportunities Through Systems and Strategies

Presenters

  • Elizabeth Brown, AVID Coordinator and AVID Elective Teacher, Richardson High School, Richardson ISD, Texas

Date/Time/Location

  • Thursday, December 8
    • 3:45–5:00 pm
    • Windermere X
  • Saturday, December 10
    • 9:45–11:00 am
    • Bayhill 25/26

Participants are invited to learn how Richardson High School, an AVID National Demonstration School, prepares students to walk away with millions in scholarship money. Richardson’s AVID Coordinator will share knowledge gained from the school’s AVID journey of 15+ years through internal systems, data, and processes that have taken them to the success they have today. Participants will leave with valuable knowledge and resources for vertically aligning grades 9–12, supporting college- and scholarship-essay development, developing underclassmen preparedness, and streamlining the senior AVID class to increase college acceptance and scholarship opportunities, with a sprinkle of life-skills activities.

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Staying the Course: How Our Demo Title I Campus Continues to Propel AVID Schoolwide

Presenters

  • Dana Linebarger, AVID Instructional Specialist, San Marcos Consolidated ISD, Texas
  • Haley DeVos-Roy, AVID Teacher, San Marcos Consolidated ISD, Texas

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Celebration 7/8

Participants are invited to discover how Owen Goodnight Middle School, a Title 1 campus, sustained AVID Schoolwide practices after achieving AVID National Demonstration School status during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the years leading up to the 2021–2022 school year, the campus re-imagined instructional time. The school’s educators and staff amplified an AVID Schoolwide campus culture by streamlining instructional strategies into a simple yet comprehensive framework providing stability for students and teachers. By utilizing teacher-led professional development, the campus has embraced collaborative, blended learning to ensure rigorous coursework and collaboration, allowing the campus to sustain AVID for all students.

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Superintendent Panel – Eastern Region Hosts

Presenters

  • Allen Johnson, Senior Region Director, Eastern Region, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Thursday, December 8
    • 2:15–3:30 pm

Location

  • Celebration 12/13

The panel is composed of superintendents with comprehensive AVID implementations within their district. The panel of superintendents will respond to a variety of questions regarding district perspectives on AVID’s impact in their communities. They will impart insights into their journeys of successful implementations that elevate college and career readiness and equity.

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Systems for Successful School-Based Professional Learning Practices

Presenters

  • Kellie Goforth, AVID Site Coordinator, North County High School, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Maryland
  • Sara Thomas, Assistant Principal, North County High School, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Maryland

Date/Time

  • Saturday, December 10
    • 9:45–11:00 am
    • 11:15 am–12:30 pm

Location

  • Bayhill 19/20

Participants are invited to learn how North County High School in Baltimore built a team to normalize professional learning expectations and protocols to support AVID Schoolwide and leverage AVID Professional Learning systems to engage teachers and staff. The presenters will share their process for identifying best practices that fit their school community and the impact their team had on teachers’ outlook and buy-in on professional learning. They will outline their past, present, and future steps as they pursue AVID Demonstration School status, and participants will have the opportunity to create relevant goals and actionable steps for their own school site.

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Taking AVID Vertical: Aligning the Work

Presenters

  • Jennifer Harris, District AVID Coach/District Director, Syracuse City School District, New York
  • Sandy Francis, AVID Coach, Syracuse City School District, New York

Date/Time

  • Saturday, December 10
    • 9:45–11:00 am
    • 11:15 am–12:30 pm

Location

  • Bayhill 21/22

This session is designed for AVID administrators, coordinators, educators, AVID Elective teachers, and Site Team members who are ready to work with their sites to build and provide a framework of effective practices that promote districtwide rigor for all students in the classroom. Through vertical alignment of the four AVID Schoolwide Domains, including research-based strategies, this school district has created a strong foundation to enhance their AVID system across all sites. The presenters will share their chosen pathway to rigorous districtwide instructional practices in order to help students make relevant learning connections, build college and career readiness skills, and increase content knowledge. After attending this session, participants will understand how to craft an AVID Districtwide approach to create consistent practices and vernacular while incorporating rigor for all grade levels. Participants are invited to come ready to engage with colleagues in collaborative conversations around systems, alignment, and strategies as well as other tools for relevant implementation of the AVID Districtwide system. Participants will gain ideas for formulating a framework for establishing a cohesive vertical approach to implementing the AVID system.

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AVID Open Access—Resources for All Educators

Presenters

  • Ty Stevenson, Product Manager, Code.org, AVID Center
  • Paul Beckermann, AVID Content Writer and Unpacking Education Podcast Host, PK-12 Digital Learning Specialist

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Bayhill 29/30

This session will explore the deep, diverse resources within AVID Open Access™, a no-cost site containing AVID and curated partner content designed to support all teachers K–12. Grab-and-go lessons, topic collections, and other content will be showcased, reviewed, and demonstrated for participants. There will be time for Q&A, as well as exploration for all attendees.

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The AVID Essential Skills and Elementary Descriptors

Presenters

  • Ben Solomon, Manager, Learning Programs, Products, and Services, AVID Center
  • Dr. Tim Bugno, Manager, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Thursday, December 8
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Bayhill 17/18

The AVID College and Career Readiness Framework provides a structure and common language that articulates AVID’s theory of action for establishing equity and access to educational resources and experiences, promoting college and career readiness for all students. But what do the frameworks’ components of student agency, rigorous academic preparedness, and opportunity knowledge look like in action? Participants are invited to attend this session for the world premiere of the AVID Essential Skills and AVID Elementary Descriptors and to learn how these resources help further articulate and align AVID’s work.

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The Future of the Educational Landscape—CTE, STEM, and CS (Unpacking Education Podcast Team)

Presenters

  • Sara Peters, Manager, Business Development, Special Projects and Innovation, AVID Center
  • Paul Beckermann, AVID Content Writer and Unpacking Education Podcast Host, PK-12 Digital Learning Specialist
  • Rena Clark, AVID Content Writer and Unpacking Education Podcast Host, Elementary Math/Science Facilitator
  • Winston Benjamin, AVID Content Writer and Unpacking Education Podcast Host, Teacher Induction and Evaluation Facilitator

Date/Time

  • Thursday, December 8
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Celebration 1/2

The Unpacking Education podcast team will record a short episode about The Future of the Educational Landscape in CTE, STEM, and CS with special guests, and talk about the podcast production process and how it can be used to engage students in critical thinking and problem-solving via an authentic PBL-esque approach. This will be followed up with a debrief of the podcast production process. Attendees will engage in the planning process and leave with a personal plan of how podcasting can be integrated into their own content classrooms.

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The Tricky Business of Teaching and Learning: WICORizing Instruction to Engage and Accelerate

Presenters

  • Steve Elia, Program Specialist, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Saturday, December 10
    • 9:45–11:00 am
    • 11:15 am–12:30 pm

Location

  • Bayhill 31/32

Wouldn’t it be so easy if all educators had to do was deliver information? Then you throw students in the mix, each with their own history, experience, personality, and relationship to school, and it gets much more complicated. Instead of looking at WICOR® strategies as just one more thing to do, in this session participants will experience how to use WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) as a lens for lesson design to transform instruction and develop instructional routines that increase engagement, create access to rigorous content, and accelerate learning. Participants are asked to bring their digital device.

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Three Ways You Already Use Computer Science in Your Classroom

Presenters

  • Michelle Kay, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center
  • Christina Skeen, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Bayhill 31/32

This session invites educators to evaluate the ways in which they are already supporting their students with critical thinking and problem-solving and to explore additional approaches to capture student inquiry and engagement through “unplugged” activities (with no computers required) that incorporate computer science and computational thinking skills. Participants will learn how to apply the logical thinking processes used in computer science across all academic disciplines and grade levels.

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Together We Can: Synergized for Maximum Impact

Presenters

  • Courtney Quarterman, Relationship Manager, AVID and TEALS, Special Projects and Innovation, AVID Center
  • Mohamed Bashir, Manager, IT Operations, ConvergeOne | TEALS TA, Maple Grove, Minnesota

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Windermere X

For many schools, having teachers equipped to teach high school computer science (CS) combined with access to quality CS curricula, resources, and professional development represents a long-standing need on their wish list. Educators know that high school CS education is crucial to student preparedness for a 21st-century workforce; however, this dream remains inaccessible for too many schools across the globe. In this session, participants will explore the triangulation of corporation, community, and classroom for the growth and development of CS and STEM teachers, greater outcomes in students’ interest in CS and STEM, and students’ future readiness. Educators will leave with sample lessons, activities, and an opportunity to learn more about the Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) grant delivered by AVID Center for the 2023–2024 school year.

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Weeks at a Glance (WAG) Revision Workshop

Presenters

  • Dr. Cybele Leverett, Program Specialist, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center
  • Kelley Zulueta, Program Specialist, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 8:30–9:45 am
    • 10:00–11:15 am

Location

  • Bayhill 17/18

The Weeks at a Glance (WAG) for the AVID Elective are undergoing a revision. AVID Elective teachers who have used one of the new WAG units on offer for the 2022–2023 school year—STEM, eBinders, or Financial Literacy—and have ideas about how to improve the WAG are invited to come to this interactive workshop to see a demonstration of the new website for WAG, explore the new unit and lesson formats, and provide feedback to contribute their voices to the WAG Revision Project!

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What Is AVID STEM Connections and How Do I Use It?

Presenters

  • Christina Skeen, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center
  • Angie Hall, Program Specialist, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 2:15–3:30 pm

Location

  • Bayhill 31/32

Educators are invited to this session to discover how AVID STEM Connections® engages students in hands-on STEM lessons that promote problem-solving skills and college and career readiness. Participants will experience how STEM Connections provides a comprehensive review of AVID’s multidisciplinary approach to STEM by engaging in several differentiated STEM Connections lessons that utilize the design thinking process to support critical thinking and problem-solving.

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What Is Disciplinary Literacy, and Why Does It Matter? (Elementary)

Presenters

  • Jessica Taylor, Program Specialist, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center
  • Kassie McMillan, Program Specialist, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Thursday, December 8
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Bayhill 21/22

What the world needs most are students who analyze problems like engineers, develop hypotheses like scientists, think analytically like mathematicians, recognize the power of individuals like historians, create like artists, and record their thinking about all of the above like authors. Disciplinary literacy is a schoolwide approach to providing students with the tools and strategies for success in every content area. This session will explore what disciplinary literacy is, why it matters at the elementary level, and how to take it schoolwide so that AVID schools and districts are able to close expectation, opportunity, and achievement gaps for all students.

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What Is Disciplinary Literacy, and Why Does It Matter? (Secondary)

Presenters

  • Jessica Taylor, Program Specialist, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center
  • Kassie McMillan, Program Specialist, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Thursday, December 8
    • 2:15–3:30 pm

Location

  • Bayhill 21/22

What the world needs most are students who analyze problems like engineers, develop hypotheses like scientists, think analytically like mathematicians, recognize the power of individuals like historians, create like artists, and record their thinking about all of the above like authors. Disciplinary literacy is a schoolwide approach to providing students with the tools and strategies for success in every content area. This session will explore what disciplinary literacy is, why it matters, and how to take it schoolwide so that AVID schools and districts are able to close expectation, opportunity, and achievement gaps for all students.

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What’s Love Got to Do With It? Relationships and Student Learning

Presenters

  • Kassie McMillan, Program Specialist, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center
  • Dalia Johnston, Program Manager, Central Region, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 8:30–9:45 am
    • 10:00–11:15 am

Location

  • Bayhill 21/22

In blended learning environments, educators’ biggest concerns are keeping students engaged and providing rigorous learning. This session illustrates the foundational power that relationships have over memory and resilient learning in order to show how grit, determination, and positive purpose arise from caring and committed relationships. Elementary educators are invited to explore how the neurochemistry of positive and challenging relationships increases memory and engagement with rigorous learning.

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WICOR-ize Your Blended Elementary Classroom

Presenters

  • Ashley Callahan, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center
  • Christina Skeen, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center

Date/Time

  • Saturday, December 10
    • 9:45–11:00 am
    • 11:15 am–12:30 pm

Location

  • Celebration 7/8

At its core, blended learning is learning that takes place partially in a face-to-face, brick-and-mortar setting and partially in a virtual, online setting. And if the last few years have taught us anything, it is that even our littlest learners have the capability of doing amazing things when it comes to technology. In this session the presenters will showcase how technology integration might look for our younger scholars as we incorporate AVID’s WICOR® (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) strategies into high-engagement blended learning activities. Participants will walk away with a variety of both tools and strategies that can be tried out as soon as they step back on campus.

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Becoming a World-Class High School: Creating Systems to Educate, Nurture, and Inspire

Presenters

  • Erik Jespersen, Principal, McNary High School, Salem-Keizer Public Schools, Oregon
  • Heidi Tavares, Assistant Principal and Former AVID Coordinator and Instructional Mentor, McNary High School, Salem-Keizer Public Schools, Oregon
  • Jessica Rist, Counselor, McNary High School, Salem-Keizer Public Schools, Oregon

Date/Time

  • Thursday, December 8
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Celebration 3/4

In this session, presenters will share concrete tips on how to set and maintain a bold vision and build aligned, sustainable systems that students and staff easily recognize and value. Our easy-to-use schoolwide data systems and instructional framework seamlessly connect, whether it be through advisory or our college and career center. These systems work and have led to a significant increase in graduation rates and access to post-secondary options for all student populations. Learn how this National Demonstration School created a brand that keeps the focus on being the best at educating, nurturing, and inspiring.

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PCSSD: Our AVID Story

Presenters

  • Dr. Janice Warren, Assistant Superintendent and AVID District Director, Pulaski County Special School District, Arkansas
  • Georgette Sierra, AVID District Coach, Pulaski County Special School District, Arkansas

Date/Time

  • Thursday, December 8
    • 2:15–3:30 pm
    • 3:45–5:00 pm

Location

  • Blue Spring I/II

In 2019, the Pulaski County Special School District (PCSSD) was still under a 39-year-old federal desegregation order for academic disparities among black and white students. The new superintendent, who had been part of the AVID family in his previous district, asked the district’s equity coordinator to research AVID. Three years later, PCSSD has implemented AVID in all 25 of its campuses in grades K–12, and the district has been released from the federal court order. The presenters will share end-of-year and state assessment data as well as classroom walkthroughs to show student and staff success.

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Using Inquiry and Artificial Intelligence to Improve Academic Engagement

Presenters

  • Sara Pasquinelli, K12 District Partner, Packback, Illinois
  • Jeffrey Schwartz, Principal, Poinciana High School, Osceola County School District, Florida

Date/Time

  • Friday, December 9
    • 8:30–9:45 am
    • 10:00–11:15 am

Location

  • Bayhill 19/20

Instructional leaders discuss how AVID students and teachers are currently using the digital writing and discussion platform Packback to improve student engagement in rigorous, worthwhile tasks. AVID educators, instructional coaches, and administrators will leave this session with an understanding of how Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) technology can be used to drive student engagement in class and how to leverage that engagement for perseverance with rigorous tasks.

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Q&A Session with Keynote Speaker Dr. Manny Scott

Presenters

  • Dr. Manny Scott, Scholar, Speaker, and Author

Date/Time

  • Thursday, December 8
    • 2:15–3:15 pm

Location

  • Windermere X

In this session educators will have the opportunity to engage with our keynote speaker Dr. Manny Scott, in an interactive Q&A format. Dr. Scott’s story is one of hope, perseverance, and the difference educators make in the lives of their students. By age 16, Dr. Scott’s story was almost over: His father was incarcerated, he missed 60-90 days of school annually from 4th to 9th grade, he dropped out of school at age 14, he lived in 26 places by age 16, and his best friend was brutally murdered. He says, “When I look back, I now see that I was heading down a path that would have destroyed me.” Dr. Scott is now happily married, a proud father of three children, an author, pilot, digital marketer, real estate investor, and one of the nation’s most prominent, sought-after education speakers.