Concurrent Sessions Offered:
*Pre-Conference sessions only
11:15 am – 12:30 pm
CONCURRENT SESSIONS OFFERED
Confronting the Achievement and Opportunity Divide in a Large Urban School District
Primary Presenter: Dr. Erinn Wilcots, Manager, Advanced Academic Services, Dallas ISD, Texas
Co-Presenter(s): Mitch Morken, Director, Advanced Academic Services, Dallas ISD, Texas; Dr. Tamika Stevenson, AVID District Director, Dallas Independent School District, Texas
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.
From IR to Seven Stars: How Bryan Adams Utilized AVID to Change School Culture
Primary Presenter: Johnathon Yates, AVID Coordinator/AVID Elective Teacher, Bryan Adams High School Leadership Academy, Texas
Co-Presenter(s): Reed Hatley, AVID Elective Teacher, Bryan Adams High School Leadership Academy, Texas
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.
“RISE” With WICOR: Reimagine Inclusion of all Subjects for Excellence
Presenter: Victoria Sorg, College and Career Readiness, Career and Technical Education, and World Language Coordinator, Brandywine School District, Delaware
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.
Four Secrets for Reaching AVID Districtwide
Primary Presenter: Judith Vigue, Director, Advanced Studies and Academic Excellence, Pinellas County Schools, Florida
Co-Presenter(s): Hannah Graziano, AVID District Director and Instructional Staff Developer, Pinellas County Schools, Florida
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.
Five Ways to Create a CHAMPion School Culture
Presenter: Ricky Ramirez, AVID Staff Developer, Texas
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.
A STEM Academy’s AVID Schoolwide Story
Primary Presenter: Karen Huzar, Principal, East Lake Middle School Academy of Engineering, Florida
Co-Presenter(s): Deborah Clark, 7th Grade AVID Elective Teacher, East Lake Middle School Academy of Engineering, Florida
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.
Accessing Rigor and Accelerating Language Acquisition for Emerging Bilingual Scholars and Academic Language Learners
Primary Presenter: Tracy Brown, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center
Co-Presenter(s): Steve Elia, Program Specialist, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center
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.
Advancing Collective Educator Efficacy
Presenter: Dr. Maryam Thomas, Principal Leadership and Development Coach, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland
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.
“Are You an AVID School or a STEM School?”
Primary Presenter: Kathy Ray, Principal, Porter Elementary School, Mesa Public Schools, Arizona
Co-Presenter(s): Shannon Buettner, STEM Specialist Teacher, Porter Elementary School, Mesa Public Schools, Arizona
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.
AVID Elementary Implementation: Imagine the Possibilities
Primary Presenter: George Leidigh, Program Manager, Western Region, AVID Center
Co-Presenter(s): Bethany Glazebrook, Program Manager, Western Region, AVID Center
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.
AVID English Learner College and Career Readiness Resources for Elementary and Secondary Schools
Presenter: Dr. Sacha Bennett, Program Specialist, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center
There are five million English learners (ELs) in our schools today, and it is estimated that by 2025 ELs will make up 25 percent of public school students. AVID strives to increase the academic achievement and college and career readiness of English-learning students by extending and adapting AVID pedagogy to meet the diverse needs of EL educators and students across the country. This session will explore new AVID resources for schools that address emergent multilingual students’ language, academic, and social-emotional needs.
AVID Excel: Changing Mindsets on Long-Term Emergent Bilingual Students Through Culturally Responsive Leadership
Presenter: Dr. Patricia Glaeser, AVID District Director and Director of Federal Programs, Channelview ISD, Texas
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.
AVID Schoolwide Advisory: Accelerate Your Efforts to Take AVID Schoolwide
Primary Presenter: Ben Solomon, Manager, Learning Programs, Products, and Services, AVID Center
Co-Presenter(s): Jessica Taylor, Program Specialist, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center
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.
AVID’s Digital Framework and UDL Guidelines: Inform Instructional Decisions to Maximize Learning
Primary Presenter: Ashley Callahan, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center
Co-Presenter(s): Rhonda Holt, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center
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.
Beyond the School Bell: Aligning College and Career Readiness Efforts Across Your School Campus
Primary Presenter: Gloria Alday, Director of Older Youth Programs, Think Together, California
Co-Presenter(s): Ben Solomon, Manager, Learning Programs, Products, and Services, AVID Center
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.
Braiding AVID and IB Together for Student Success
Primary Presenter: Beth Moore, Lead Teacher, Office of Advanced Programs, and AVID District Director, Washington County Public Schools, Maryland
Co-Presenter(s): Kevin Mooney, Lead Teacher and AVID Coordinator, North Hagerstown High School, Maryland
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.
Creating Engaging and Rigorous Lesson Plans: A Blended Approach to WICOR
Primary Presenter: Kande McKay, Senior Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center
Co-Presenter(s): Tiffany Smith, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center
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.
Designing Engaging Project-Based Learning Experiences to Connect Students to STEM Career Pathways
Presenter: Sara Nachtigal, Director of Teaching and Learning, Educurious, Texas
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.
District Director and Principal Roundtable – Eastern Region Hosts
Primary Presenter: Dr. Robin McCoy, Area Director, Eastern Region, AVID Center
Co-Presenter(s): Denise Y. Rupert, Area Director, Eastern Region, AVID Center; Patrick Briggs, Area Director, Eastern Region, AVID Center
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.
Districtwide Implementation: Realizing Student Success for All
Primary Presenter: Jessica Thayer, Manager, Leadership Development, AVID Center
Co-Presenter(s): Denise Wren, Director of Leadership, AVID Center
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.
Fostering Social and Emotional Learning Across Grade Levels and Content Areas
Primary Presenter: Michelle Brummond, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center
Co-Presenter(s): Tiffany Smith, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center
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.
From Buy-In to Budget: How to Develop a Long-Term, Purposeful, and Equitable AVID Professional Learning Plan When Budgets Are Tight
Primary Presenter: Anita Nuñez, AVID Co-District Director, Austin ISD, Texas
Co-Presenter(s): Melissa Gutierrez, AVID Co-District Director and District Coordinator, Austin ISD, Texas
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.
Game-Based Learning in the Language Classroom
Primary Presenter: Claudie Massicotte, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center
Co-Presenter(s): Tiffany Cobbs, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center
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.
Horizontal Calibration and Vertical Articulation: The Key to AVID Elementary Implementation
Primary Presenter: Traci Grove, Associate Area Director, Western Region, AVID Center
Co-Presenter(s): Tracy Brown, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center
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.
Igniting a Love of Math Discourse (Elementary)
Primary Presenter: Marc Dembowski, Senior Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center
Co-Presenter(s): Angie Hall, Program Specialist, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center
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.
Igniting a Love of Math Discourse (Secondary)
Primary Presenter: Angie Hall, Program Specialist, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center
Co-Presenter(s): Marc Dembowski, Senior Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center
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.
Introducing the AVID STEM Toolkit
Primary Presenter: Douglas Ferguson, Senior Product Manager, Special Projects and Innovation, AVID Center
Co-Presenter(s): Dr. Jacob Clark Blickenstaff, Senior Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center
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.
Not “One More Thing”: Strategies for Making Schoolwide AVID Meaningful and Manageable on Any Campus
Presenter: Brett Bowers, Associate Senior Region Director, Central Region, AVID Center
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.
Practical Tips and Tricks to Ensure Every Senior Graduates Ready for Postsecondary Success
Primary Presenter: Dr. Schanda Doughty, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Grades 9–12, Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools, Tennessee
Co-Presenter(s): Leslie Parreco, Lead High School Counselor, Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools, Tennessee
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.
Rigor in the AVID Elective: A Foundation for Success
Primary Presenter: Sally Wagner, Program Manager, Central Region, AVID Center
Co-Presenter(s): Joe Miske, Program Manger, Central Region, AVID Center
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.
Show Me the Money: Aligning Grades 9–12 to Create Increased College and Scholarship Opportunities Through Systems and Strategies
Presenter: Elizabeth Brown, AVID Coordinator and AVID Elective Teacher, Richardson High School, Richardson ISD, Texas
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.
Superintendent Panel – Eastern Region Hosts
Presenter: Allen Johnson, Senior Region Director, Eastern Region, AVID Center
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.
Taking AVID Vertical: Aligning the Work
Primary Presenter: Jennifer Harris, District AVID Coach/District Director, Syracuse City School District, New York
Co-Presenter(s): Sandy Francis, AVID Coach, Syracuse City School District, New York
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.
Together We Can: Synergized for Maximum Impact
Presenter: Courtney Quarterman, Relationship Manager, AVID and TEALS, Special Projects and Innovation, AVID Center
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 apply for the Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) grant delivered by AVID Center for the 2023–2024 school year.
What Is AVID STEM Connections, and How Do I Use It?
Presenter: Christina Skeen, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center
Co-Presenter(s): Angie Hall, Program Specialist, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center
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.
PCSSD: Our AVID Story
Primary Presenter: Dr. Janice Warren, Assistant Superintendent and AVID District Director, Pulaski County Special School District, Arkansas
Co-Presenter(s): Dr. Charles McNulty, Superintendent, Pulaski County Special School District, Arkansas
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.