ECISD AVID in Action

December 2014 Edition

District Wide College Day!

Mr. Crowe, ECISD Superintendent, has designated the first Wednesday of each month to be district-wide College Day! Students, teachers and staff across ECISD wear their favorite college or university shirts spreading college awareness throughout Odessa!

This is an important step to promoting a college-going culture school and district wide.

If our students can dream about college while our teachers prepare them for college, then they will likely act on their dreams and make them a reality!

College Day - AVIDIZED!

Strategies to Promote a College-Going Culture

  • Teachers can share their personal educational journey. Discussions can focus on successes and challenges. Encourage students to open up about their aspirations and anxieties.

  • Create a College Corner in your classroom or hall. It can include information about institutions with a focus on your subject matter or interests.

  • Invite college professors or admissions representatives as guest speakers to inform your students about entrance requirements or college life.

  • Keep expectations and rigor high throughout the year and integrate college readiness in every subject matter.

Featured WICOR Strategy

Strategies for ALL students!

Collaboration - Helping Trios

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

Helping Trios is a collaborative learning strategy that is used to engage students and maximize learning. Students take turns 'helping' each other with a concern or problem related to a teacher posed topic. By helping each other learn, all students strengthen their own learning. Students use their listening, note-taking and problem solving skills during this activity. Teachers serve as facilitators.

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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 will 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.

There are many articles and images included this month. Some include...

Articles/Lessons in AVID Elementary Weekly:

  • A Note-Taking Activity Idea on Understanding Emotions suitable for K-3
  • A Note-Taking Wicorized Lesson on a Look Inside Mummies for students in grades 3-6 and
  • A Leveled Questions Activity Idea on Exoskeleton Technology for students in grades 5-6

Articles/Lessons in AVID Weekly for Secondary:

  • "Trading in Ivory and Horn" - Graphic
  • "Weather makes people buy things they don't want"
  • "Fight fear with facts" includes an Instructional Model Lesson

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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