AVID Update

December 2014 ***** Hustle and bustle time! *****

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

AVID Summer Institute - Now is the time to start planning!

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. The Summer Institute provides excellent professional development opportunities for AVID elective and content area teachers, counselors and administration alike. The strand offerings all incorporate writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading (WICOR) strategies and are designed to assist sites in meeting the rigorous demands of common core standards and college-going readiness skills.

AVID Sites Teams should begin the process of discussing site PD needs to determine who should attend and which strands would be most beneficial for strengthening teaching practices and raising student learning and achievement in order for your site to meet its LCAP goals. Once your needs are determined, be sure to place this item on your January School Site Council agenda so your site may secure the necessary funds in time for early registration!

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

TIP: Register to hold the spot in a given strand, then at a later date, you can submit the names of attendees.

Apply for the AVID Summer Institute Speaker Contest

Student and teacher speakers are the highlight of the AVID Summer Institute. Selected students/teachers will receive a $500 stipend to speak during the Day 2 General Session in front of thousands of educators from across the country. The deadline to submit applications is January 16th. Let's hear your AVID story!

Student Prompt
Think about your experiences with AVID and how working with AVID teachers, tutors, and peers started you on a path to fulfill your college dreams. The best speeches will address all of the prompts below:
  • How have you been influenced by your experience in AVID? What kind of opportunities has AVID made possible for you?
  • How have your AVID teacher(s), tutors, and peers helped you grow academically or intellectually? How has participating in the AVID program enriched your life?
  • What obstacles have you faced and how has your AVID family helped you to cope and possibly overcome them?
Link to on-line application: http://avid.org/eve_studentspeaker_apply.aspx

Teacher Prompt
Whether you teach the AVID Elective or use AVID strategies in your classroom, we want to hear how AVID has helped start the path to your students’ success. Think about how your experiences with AVID have helped change and define your life. Keeping the Institute theme (Student Success Starts Here) in mind, address two or three of the bulleted questions listed below:
  • How has AVID opened your eyes or empowered you?
  • How has AVID enriched your life?
  • What is the most rewarding part of being an AVID class/school?
  • How have your students changed your belief systems and the way you view your role as a teacher?
  • As an AVID teacher, what obstacles did you face and how did you overcome them?
  • How is being an AVID teacher different from being a content-area teacher?

Link to on-line application: http://avid.org/eve_teacherspeaker_apply.aspx


  • Speech should be approximately 500-750 words long.
  • Speech should be four to five minutes long.


  • Application cut-off date: Friday, January 16, 2015

AVID Students Wanted for the Student Leadership Strand of the AVID Summer Institute

AVID Ctr. is looking for 20 -25 middle and high school AVID students to participate at each of the San Diego Summer Institute's Student Leadership strands. Interested students must submit an application (available on avid.org in Jan.), a copy of their most recent transcript, a completed TRF and a permission slip. Those selected will get to take part in four days of professional development in leadership training and will be asked to visit other strands as speakers. Students will be expected to attend from 8am - 5pm during the three days of the Summer Institute (SI) session as well as an orientation meeting from 12pm - 4pm the day prior to the commencement of the actual SI. Daily breakfast and lunch will be provided as well as T-shirts. In addition, students will receive 30 hours of community service. For more information, go to smunes@avid.org.
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AVID Seniors Are One Step Closer to Attending College!

Congratulations to our AVID seniors for submitting their college applications to the CSU and UC systems by the November 30th deadline! Shout-outs go to all the AVID teachers and counselors for their help and support in keeping students on track with deadlines, responding to the prompts and completing their personal statements. Way to go!

GJ AVID Students Take a Tour of UCSD