AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination and is a
college readiness program designed to help students develop the skills
they need to be successful in college. The program places special
emphasis on growing writing, critical thinking, teamwork, organization
and reading skills.
AVID Elementary is a foundational component of the AVID College Readiness System and supports AVID's mission to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.
AVID’s curriculum, resources, methodologies, and strategies have always
been research-based. AVID Elementary (AE) is steeped in research and
practice from internationally recognized thought leaders, in subjects
like motivation, student
achievement and influence.
This research identified nine instructional strategies with the
highest probability of enhancing student achievement for all students,
in all subjects, at all grade levels:
Identifying similarities and differences
Reinforcing effort and providing recognition
Setting goals and providing feedback
Activating prior knowledge
Summarizing and note-taking
Homework and practice
Generating and testing
Components to AVID Learning
AVID Elementary incorporates:
Student Success Skills – encompassing communication
skills (e.g. listening, speaking, writing), self-advocacy skills,
note-taking strategies, critical thinking, and study skills.
Organizational Skills – both mental and physical;
students learn to use organizational tools, as well as learn and
practice skills around time management and goal-setting.
WICOR Lessons – emphasize instruction on writing to learn, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading to learn in all content areas.
Partnerships – among students, classrooms, grade levels, schools, feeder patterns, families, and communities.