LET STUDENTS DRIVE
AVID students reflect and question while mastering content rather than just repeating and memorizing. Our students work together to solve problems and change the classroom discourse level as they prepare for success. Students are taught to articulate what they don’t understand and learn how to seek the necessary resources. By teaching critical thinking, inquiry, and self-advocacy, AVID educators empower students to own their learning.
LEAD MORE, TALK LESS
AVID’s professional learning and curriculum promote student-centric problem-solving rather than teachers delivering answers with lectures. This student-centered approach ensures that the people doing the most talking learn the most. This engages students and creates content mastery through inquiry and collaboration.
REMOVE BARRIERS TO LEARNING
All students need to learn how to learn. Note-taking, studying, and organizing assignments are all skills that must be taught and practiced but are not explicitly taught in schools. With guided, scaffolded support from AVID, educators can teach students how to master these and other academic behaviors to help them succeed in school and life.
LET KIDS BE KIDS
Students would rather talk, move around, and ask questions than sit still and be quiet. Humans are wired to construct knowledge through action. AVID classrooms promote motion, communication, and team building through Socratic Seminars, Collaborative Study Groups, peer tutoring, and Philosophical Chairs. These activities honor the way students learn best.
Across all content areas, AVID’s research-based strategies and curriculum develop students’ academic skills, such as reading, writing, and critical thinking. The AVID System teaches academic behaviors, including organization, time management, and goal-setting. Elementary, middle, and high school educators developed the AVID curriculum with college professors. Driven by the WICOR method, and based on rigorous standards, AVID’s curriculum supports high levels of academic achievement for all students and aligns with state and national content standards, including:
• ASCA: American School Counselor Association
• CASEL: Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning
• CCSS: Common Core State Standards
• CCTC: Common Career Technical Core
• David Conley’s Four Keys to College and Career Readiness
• ELPA21: English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century
• Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching
• ISTE: International Society for Technology in Education
The AVID Elective course curriculum standards have three Student Outcomes with related subsets:
• Student Empowerment
• Leadership of Others
• Advancing College Preparedness
• Building Career Knowledge