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  • AVID

    Program Coordinator

    Karen Holmes-Williams



      A Framework for "W-I-C-R Wednesdays"  occurs

    every Wednesday in the AVID classes.

    W-I-C-R is the curriculum framework for AVID; it connects all core
    subjects through writing, questioning, collaboration and reading

    W       Writing
      How will students use writing as a tool of learning?

      I          Inquiry
     What questions will I ask? How will I facilitate students asking questions?

                C         Collaboration
      How will I facilitate student collaboration?

          R          Reading
       What will students read? What strategies will I use to facilitate
    that reading?


    Strategies for Success as we AVIDize

     Oxon Hill Middle School

    • AVID Binder
    • Cornell Notes
    • Learning Logs
    • Successful Classroom Interaction
    • Team Building
    • Time Management
    •  Tutorials
    • Goal Setting
    • Learning Styles
    • Philosophical Chairs
    • Socratic Seminar
    • Test-Taking
    • Public Speaking
    • Guest Speakers
    • Field trips
    • Portfolios 
             Click to view  Cornell Notes
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    AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) was developed by Mary Catherine Swanson at Clairemont High School in 1980 in response to San Diego Unified School District’s court ordered integration of the city’s schools. The program began as an elective class taken during the regular school day. Mary Catherine held her students accountable to the highest standards and provided them with academic and social support. She believed they would rise to the challenge. And have they ever!


    AVID General Fact Sheet

    The Challenge

    Closing the achievement gap and increasing the college-going rate for students from low income and minority families is a significant policy dilemma.

    The Solution

    AVID is designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four -year colleges. Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least formula is simple—raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place; they served students in the academic middle. The will rise to the challenge.

    How It Works

    AVID students enroll in high rigor courses and receive support in an academic elective class—called AVID—taught within the school day by a trained AVID teacher.


    AVID is currently adopted by over 3,500 schools in 45 states, 15 countries. Of the 10,900 students participating in the senior 2007 data collection, 98% plan to attend the post secondary institution to which they were accepted.