Pre-Conference Sessions

Choose from the following 11 pre-conference 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.

Pre-Conference Sessions Offered:

Thursday, December 8

8:30–9:45 am
10:00–11:15 am

PRE-CONFERENCE SESSIONS OFFERED

P-1

The AVID College Readiness System: A Glimpse Into AVID Secondary

Primary Presenter: TBD

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

P-2

What Is AVID Elementary? An Informational Session

Primary Presenter: TBD

This session will provide an introductory overview of AVID Elementary for participants who are planning to implement or are interested in implementing AVID Elementary. Existing AVID Elementary partners are welcome and may pick up some updated information through this session. Participants will learn what college readiness means in an elementary context as well as the relational connection between AVID Elementary and AVID Secondary. The intended audience is district stakeholders (superintendents, curriculum and instruction directors, and District Directors) and elementary or intermediate principals and assistant principals, teachers, and instructional specialists.

P-3

AVID Teaching and Learning Innovations and Products

Presenter: Dr. Tim Bugno, Manager, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center

This interactive and engaging session will provide a window into the latest professional learning, tools, and curriculum that will help educators deepen the impact of AVID within districts and schools. Participants will walk out with ready to access resources, and an understanding of the resources that are on the horizon.

P-4

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

Primary Presenter: TBD

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.

P-5

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.

P-6

Maximizing AVID Elementary Weekly and AVID Weekly in the Classroom

Primary Presenter: Dr. Dorthery West, Program Specialist, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center

Co-Presenter(s): Michelle Brummond, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center

AVID Weekly® and AVID Elementary Weekly are each a collection of texts, lessons, and resources that provide options for educators to customize them to meet the needs of their students in all learning environments. The AVID Critical Reading Process is integrated into the lessons so that educators in all content areas can bring disciplinary literacy to life in their classrooms. These lessons integrate WICOR® strategies, providing opportunities for students to engage in writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading. This session will explore how to maximize AVID Elementary Weekly and AVID Weekly schoolwide using innovative instructional practices from AVID’s curriculum resources.

P-7

What is AVID STEM Connections and how do I use it?

Primary 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.

P-8

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

Presenter: Jessica Taylor, Program Specialist, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center

Co-Presenter(s): Kassie McMillan, Program Specialist, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center

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.

P-9

What is Disciplinary Literacy and Why Does it Matter (Elementary)?

Presenter: Jessica Taylor, Program Specialist, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center

Co-Presenter(s): Kassie McMillan, Program Specialist, Teaching and Learning, AVID Center

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.

P-10

Learning is a Story: Building Student Agency through Interactive Notebooks and AVID’s eBinder

Primary Presenter: Dr. Claudie Massicotte, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center

Co-Presenter(s): Tracy Brown, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center

When Mary Catherine Swanson introduced AVID in 1980, she knew students would need to be able to organize their learning materials to be successful in rigorous classes. With the rise of technological advancements in the 21st century, a need emerged for students to take ownership of their digital organization and tell their learning story in a meaningful way. In this session, participants will experience intentional organization of time, materials, and thoughts within a digital learning environment through interactive notebooks (INB) and AVID eBinders.

P-11

Three Ways you already use Computer Science in Your Classroom

Primary Presenter: Michelle Kay, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center

Co-Presenter(s): Christina Skeen, Learning Designer, Digital Learning, AVID Center

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.