ECISD AVID in Action

Winter Edition 2016

AVID Elementary Teacher Workshop

The first AVID Regional Elementary Teacher Workshop held in West Texas was hosted by Hays Elementary on February 4th. Over 50 elementary teachers from ECISD benefited from this professional development opportunity made available by AVID Central Division at no additional cost.

The workshop consisted of three modules:

  • Reading and Writing to Learn Strategies,
  • Critical Reading Strategies and
  • Beyond Lecture: Innovative Strategies for Incorporating Note-Taking.

In addition, Hays K-5 teachers opened their doors for a Site Visit where participants could see "WICOR in Action" in the classrooms. Thank you Mrs. Anderson for allowing us to host at your AVIDly Awesome campus!!

AVID OHS Senior Trip

AVID Seniors from OHS got to spend a weekend in San Antonio for their annual senior trip. This year, Rita Woodall and her OHS site team planed a weekend filled with culture and holiday cheer. The AVID seniors visited the University of Texas in San Antonio and the San Antonio Museum of Art. They also got to go to Holiday in the Park at Fiesta Texas. It was a memorable weekend for our Seniors as their high school journey ends and they embark on their future college adventure!
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Permian AVID Students Go Virtual!!

AVID partnered with CollegeWeekLive to coordinate the first AVID Virtual College Fair this past December. AVID students signed up at and got to chat live with college admissions counselors from across the nation! Permian High School AVID had the 9th highest attendance at the fair nationwide!! What a great example of their college going determination!!

The next AVID Virtual College Fair is scheduled for Friday, March 4th. Don't forget to sign up!

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FAFSA Season for Seniors!!

Don't let common myths about financial aid stop you from filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. They help make college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students paying for college or career school. Go to to learn more about getting help paying for college.
Federal Student Aid -- Myths About Financial Aid

Featured WICOR Strategy - Strategies For ALL Students

Collaboration - Carousel Brainstorm

WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading) provides a learning support structure that teachers use to guide students in comprehending complex concepts across disciplines.

The C in WICOR is collaboration. Collaboration is at the center of WICOR and the AVID curriculum, and remains a critical component of AVID’s instructional methodology. Collaboration allows students to grow and learn from one another, support one another, and appropriately challenge themselves and their peers to stretch beyond their limits—stepping out of their comfort zones if need be—in order to broaden their own understanding and worldviews.

A Carousel Brainstorm is a collaborative structure that encourages students to build upon one another's ideas, with maximum participation. The teacher writes a different topic, question or quotation (based on a previous or upcoming unit) at the top of several chart papers and posts them around the room. Students rotate to each poster in groups and respond to each topic. It is helpful to assign each group a different color of marker, to differentiate each group’s contributions. Students review the ideas already on the chart and add their own. Once all the posters have been visited, students complete a Gallery Walk to review all the posters and discuss the ideas added by the other groups.

This and other high engagement strategies are found in AVID Critical Thinking and Engagement: A Schoolwide Approach book still available for download on Login is required.

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Online Reading Resource

The ECISD AVID Department has ensured that each Elementary, Middle and High School has a unique password to access AVID Weekly. Contact your campus AVID coordinator to get your password. This valuable resource can be shared with all content and grade level teachers. Since it is web-based, AVID Weekly is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Go to for more information.

Articles/Lessons in AVID Elementary Weekly:

  • A KWLA activity idea on Farmers Market Fruits and Vegetables suitable for K-2
  • A Critical Reading Model lesson on Oceans change; sea life shifts for students in 3-6
  • A 3-column notes and inquiry activity idea on the Health Benefits of Cocoa for students in 5-8

Articles/Lessons in AVID Weekly for Secondary:

  • Major food-borne illness charts - Image
  • "College: What's the difference between IB and AP classes?" - Intermediate Article
  • "Guilty of being a juvenile" - Instructional Model Lesson with embedded ELL scaffolds

ECISD AVID Department

Dianne Mata AVID District Director

Virginia Hunt AVID District Coordinator

Ann Suiter AVID Secretary

AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.
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