Who is an AVID student?
AVID students have the potential to succeed in a rigorous course of study and earn a college diploma but lack some fundamental skills and habits of mind necessary to bring these goals to fruition; these students need more formalized support to succeed in a college-preparatory environment and leave high school equipped for the rigors of the university. AVID students have academic potential, as evidenced by their performance on standardized assessments like the WKCE and MAP testing. AVID students possess the desire and determination to meet expectations of the AVID elective course as well as challenging core academic classes.
What is the AVID elective class?
The AVID elective class will meet every other day for 90 minutes each term. During class sessions, students learn the AVID curriculum from the AVID teacher. That curriculum is based around four primary components: writing to learn, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading (WICOR).
Curricular topics include: successful class interactions, team building, time management, tutorials, goal setting, learning styles, philosophical chairs, socratic seminar, test taking, and public speaking. In addition to learning the AVID curriculum, AVID students deepen their understanding of content taught in core academic classes through the assistance of college students who serve as AVID-trained tutors. An AVID site team member is responsible for training these tutors. AVID students engage in activities that assist them in career investigation, navigating the college selection and application process, and other postsecondary planning. The 9th grade curriculum includes topics, such as: planning for the future,
ACT testing, extracurricular activities, cost of living, career exploration and early planning for financial aid. Through 10th, 11th and 12th grade the curriculum grows in depth and scope on the topics of college preparation and finances.
What need does AVID meet?
AVID equips students with the intellectual skills and habits of mind necessary for college entrance and success. It targets students in the “academic middle” and provides them with intensive, structured, and research-based teaching and support to improve their achievement. While Brookfield Central’s students’ performance on ACT testing often leads the state and region, there is an opportunity for students to maximize students’ academic potential with support from AVID. Furthermore, the goal is to not only get our students to college but to see them succeed in college. The skills learned can help for the continued success of students as they enter the life after high school. AVID prepares students for the realities of college and equips them to meet the academic requirements of that learning environment; further, it helps to guide them into a post-secondary option best-suited for their interests, abilities, and goals.
How are students selected?
AVID provides considerable training for suggested practices related to student selection. The selection process includes reviewing a student’s academic record, standardized test scores, and teacher recommendations. AVID candidates must complete a face-to-face interview with the selection committee, members of the AVID site team. Finally, as parental support of AVID is essential to a student’s success, parents need to provide permission of the AVID program.
How will student progress be tracked?
Data collection and analysis are essential components of an AVID school’s efforts to promote students’ improved achievement. Annually, each AVID site is required to engage in an extensive self-reflection on its efforts in meeting the objectives of the AVID program; that self-reflection is reviewed by an external evaluator, the regional AVID representative, who provides feedback to the site and helps to guide improvement efforts.
Regarding individual students, data is collected on their academic achievement as evidenced by class grades; just as importantly, course selections are reviewed for rigor and appropriateness. Performance on college entrance examinations like the ACT is also reviewed. AVID mandates that all graduating seniors complete an AVID-created exit survey that tracks information like college entrance test scores, GPA, college acceptances, and AP classes taken; these senior exit surveys are submitted to the AVID office for review. Finally, as the AVID teacher develops a strong relationship with students in the program, that person is positioned to gather data on those students’ success post-high school.
How will other (non-AVID) students be affected by the program?
While approximately 25 students per grade level can enroll in the AVID elective course (BCHS hopes to offer a single section for 9th grade students in 2015-2016 and another section per year for the following three years, bringing the total number of AVID sections to four.), students across the school will benefit from Brookfield Central becoming an AVID site.
During the summer before the initial implementation year, the AVID site team–comprised of two administrators, counselor, science teacher, two math teachers, English teacher, three social studies teachers, one foreign language teacher, and the two AVID elective teachers, —all receive extensive training during a week-long summer institute. This training equips the participating teachers to implement the best practice approaches and methodologies that are at the heart of AVID. All students in those teachers’ classes will learn in a setting that relies heavily on AVID approaches outlined in the WICOR model. Further, teachers on the AVID site team are expected to share these high-impact strategies with fellow teachers through building-level staff development.
Following the first year of AVID implementation, additional staff members will attend the week-long summer institute. New institute attendees return to the school prepared to implement AVID strategies in their classes and to teach these approaches to their colleagues. Following the first two years of AVID implementation, participation in summer institute is encouraged but no longer mandated. Some of the WICOR strategies are already being used in classrooms regularly.
Who will be impacted if we implement AVID?
Initially, AVID site team members, their students, and the students in the AVID elective course will be most impacted by Brookfield Central becoming an AVID site. But, by using the in-building staff development platforms already in place, AVID strategies will spread across the teaching staff. The school’s vision is that all teachers employ AVID-endorsed best practices in their classrooms, allowing all students to receive the benefits of BCHS being an AVID site.
What other schools/districts are AVID sites?
A list of Wisconsin AVID sites can be found here
To learn more about AVID please see their website at AVID.org