OUSD Introduces New AVID Programs


AVID is a global educational nonprofit organization established 30 years ago. AVID’s mission is “to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society” (AVID.org). Embedded within the AVID curriculum is an emphasis on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading (WICOR). Today, AVID “impacts more than 800,000 students in 44 states and 16 other countries/territories” (AVID.org).

AVID Elementary is designed to be embedded into the daily instruction of elementary classrooms, across entire grade levels. AVID Elementary components focus on the four essentials of instruction, culture, leadership, and systems to ensure that all students are poised for academic success. Thirty of the district’s elementary teachers along with their site and district administrators attended a three-day AVID training this past summer. At the summer institute teachers learned how to use a number of strategies like teaching organizational skills, goal setting, reflective practices, leveled questioning, note taking strategies, collaborative learning, and inquiry.