AVID Update

January 2015 **** Ringing in the New Year! ****

Recruitment Time!

It's time to start thinking about the upcoming school year and efforts for identifying continuing students and recruiting new students should be underway. The screening process is now more vital than ever before as we will no longer have standardized test scores to assist in our decision-making. Distributing teacher recommendation forms and/or AVID brochures, visiting feeder school sites, having current AVID students present to potential incoming students, creating short AVID video presentations, using your broadcast system to highlight/promote AVID events, and conducting Parent Info Nights are just some of the ways to promote the AVID program.

Once student numbers are determined, the AVID Site Team should work with administration to ensure sufficient sections are offered throughout the school day and selected Elective teachers have been/will be trained to meet each site's needs. Each team should clearly articulate and adhere to the screening process to be followed and begin calendaring time to screen applicants and conduct interviews with students. Attention should be given to ensuring that students are simultaneously placed in rigorous classes. The overall emphasis is on promoting AVID as a college-prep program that has successfully helped students around the globe meet their potential and be sufficiently prepared to not only enter, but persist in a 4-year university.

AVID Student Criteria

AVID, a college readiness system, is designed to support students who may be the first in their families to attend college, are historically underrepresented at four-year colleges, possess 2.0-3.5 grade point averages and are deemed in the "academic middle" and are determined to go to college. Each interested student must complete an application, take part in an interview and be selected by the site team.

AVID students are expected to take one or more rigorous courses, including Algebra in the eighth grade and honors/accelerated or Advanced Placement courses. Additionally students participate in field-trips as well as leadership and community service activities.
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National Research Study Confirms Minority and Low Socioeconomic Students Outpace Peers Into Second Year in College

AVID Center, contracting with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) to acquire postsecondary enrollment information for the period being studied, recently released data providing clear evidence that shows the impact AVID has in closing the achievement gap and preparing typically underserved students for college. The data offer comparisons for AVID high school graduates from 2010 and 2011 and show that AVID graduates, across all student groups, outpaced their national cohorts in persisting into their second year of college.

AVID Center's CEO, Dr. Sandy Husk stated, "Considering that more than two-thirds of the AVID graduates are from low socioeconomic backgrounds and minority populations, that AVID graduates outpaced their national cohorts in persisting in college is a testament to both the determination of the students and teachers, and the AVID strategies and skills that were used and learned during high school."

Community Colleges Offering 4-yr Bachelor's Degree Programs!

Mira Costa and San Diego Mesa colleges were among 15 community colleges selected statewide this month to offer four-year bachelor’s degree programs. See the link below for more information.

Governor's Proposed 2015-2016 State Budget

overnor Jerry Brown's 2015-16 budget proposal increases funding for the state's public colleges and universities by $1.2 billion. The intent is to grow enrollment to serve an additional 45,000 students and close equity gaps in access and success between underrepresented students and their peers at California's Community Colleges.

For more information, go to the following links:

Common Core and AVID Critical Reading Workshop

Thursday, Feb. 5th, 4-6pm

PDC, 680 L St., Ste.C, Chula Vista, CA, 91911

Learn the connection between the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards in Reading (CCRASR) and the Critical Reading Strategies used within the AVID System.

Registration is free! Space is limited to 50 particiants! Register by going to my.avid.org > Event Registration > CA Divisional Regional Events > AVID and CCSS Workshop Chula Vista.

AVID Summer Institute Reminder

This year San Diego will be host to the AVID Summer Institute during the following two sessions: June 17th - 19th at the Town & Country and on August 3rd - 5th at the downtown Hyatt Hotel. Start discussing your PD needs with your AVID Site Team and administration to determine who should attend and which strands would be of most benefit to your site. Be sure to place this issue on your School Site Council agenda in order to begin to secure the necessary funds. It's recommended that you register early for the June sessions as it is sure to fill-up quickly!

California registration will open on on February 9th. Early registration fees will be received up until May 1st and will cost $699. After this date, the fees will increase to $769.