Have you witnessed the power of AVID? Maybe you know a 4th grade, 6th grade, or 9th grade student who has mentioned he has a new approach to taking notes, who has learned how to ask better questions, or that she feels more confident learning? Sparta is on its way to becoming an AVID district, helping students pursue Advancement Via Individual Determination.
AVID started this year in grades 4, 6 and 9; in 2017-18, the district will add grades 5, 7, and 10. At grades 4 and 5, AVID is school-wide, which means that every student learns key academic behaviors that lead to long-term success in school and in the work place. In grades 6, 7, 9, and 10, students can apply to take the AVID elective which provides ongoing direct instruction in scholarly behaviors that help students learn (how to take notes, to study, to ask for help, to advocate for themselves) and ongoing tutoring to support students in challenging courses.
The goal of AVID is support students in the academic middle who want to go on to school after high school and could benefit by having an AVID teacher on their side, providing support and pushing them to reach for their goals. In Sparta, we see students’ potential and want them to see it and believe it too. In AVID, students improve skills like writing, marking a text (annotation), asking high-level questions, collaboration, organization, and note taking. The purpose of this system is not only to make sure students are ready to meet the demands of college but also to give them confidence in their skills. Funding for AVID is part of the Department of Defense Education Activity grant received in 2014.
We will be recruiting adult tutors for next fall starting this summer. If interested, contact Wendy Bernett at: firstname.lastname@example.org.