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    AVID students reflect and question while mastering content rather than just repeating and memorizing. Our students work together to problem solve and to change the level of discourse in the classroom as they prepare for success. Students are taught to articulate what they don’t understand and learn how to seek out the resources they need. By teaching critical thinking, inquiry, and self-advocacy, AVID educators empower students to own their learning



    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.



    All students need to learn how to learn. Note-taking, studying, and organizing assignments are all skills that must be taught and practiced to perfect, 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 that will help them succeed in school and life.



    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 activities such as 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. Academic behaviors, including organization, time management, and goal setting, are also taught as part of the AVID System. The AVID curriculum was developed by elementary, middle, and high school educators in collaboration 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 to 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 Agency

    Student Empowerment

    Leadership of Others


    Academic Preparedness







    Opportunity Knowledge

    Advancing College Preparedness

    Building Career Knowledge

Last Modified on July 8, 2021