ORANGE, CA - March 22, 2019 - Teachers, principals, counselors, and support staff from eleven school districts across Southern California were in attendance at the first AVID Elementary Showcase held in Orange Unified School District. Visitors had an opportunity to hear about OUSD’s and Olive’s AVID journey, as well as visit K-6 classrooms to observe AVID strategies in practice. Each teacher on staff chose an AVID strategy to highlight, including goal setting, note taking, Philosophical Chairs, critical reading, reflective learning logs, scholarly speaking, and many collaborative structures that support equity and access in all classrooms for all students. Student ambassadors escorted groups of visitors through primary and upper grade classrooms, providing visitors with the opportunities to observe AVID in action.
Olive began their AVID journey in the 2016-2017 school year with one grade and has expanded to a K-6 school-wide trained school. During this time, Olive Elementary has instilled in all students and staff a growth mindset, a can-do attitude, and the skills to organize time, thoughts, and materials, additionally creating a collaborative culture with high expectations, which prepares students for college, career, and global citizenship. Teachers have expressed that their AVID training has provided them with a deeper, more intentional focus and structure for planning effective instruction. “WICORized” (Writing to learn, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading to learn) lessons were evident in all classrooms.
Teachers at Olive will once again attend AVID Summer Institute to deepen their implementation of the strategies that lead to rigorous instruction in a culturally responsive environment. All 27 Orange Unified elementary schools are implementing AVID strategies throughout their curriculum to shift towards a more equitable, student-centered approach that prepares students for college, careers and life. Olive Elementary is proud to serve as a model for AVID Elementary implementation for Orange Unified, as well as other schools and districts across Southern California.