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AVID MISSION

AVID Elementary

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID )

The mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

WE ARE AVID!

Our Reagan staff encourages, teaches and reinforces academic behaviors such as organization, study skills, communication, and self-advocacy. Our AVID scholars develop the academic habits they will need to be successful in middle school, high school, and onward in an age-appropriate and challenging way.

No one can predict the future, but we believe that all students can be prepared to thrive in the world that awaits them.

The strong college-going culture on our AVID Elementary site encourages ALL students to think about their college and career plans. You will notice college pennants and banners around our campus, and teachers speak about their higher level learning experiences. College and careers become common topics and teachers provide the academic foundation students need to be on a path for life-long learning success.

We are so proud to be one of the few elementary schools that have joined the AVID community and are so inspired by how it is helping all of our students become successful, forward thinking learners!

AVID

Who are We?

AVID

Essentials

AVID AT A GLANCE

AVID at a Glance

AVID at a Glance Spanish

COMPONENTS OF AVID ELEMENTARY

AVID Elememtary at a Glance

During each stage of learning, AVID Elementary incorporates:

Student Success Skills - encompassing communication skills (e.g. listening, speaking, writing), self-advocacy skills, and study skills.

Organizational Skills - both mental and physical; students are given organizational tools, as well as time management, goal-setting, and note-taking strategies.

WICOR Lessons and L-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.

SOURCE: www.avid.org

AVID STUDENT EXPECTATIONS

Students in grades 3-5 are expected to have their AVID binder organized according to AVID guidelines which are taught by their teacher in class. They should bring their AVID binder to school and home everyday. Agendas should be signed nightly by an adult who reviews with the student what they did that day and the assignments, tests, projects, or quizzes that they may have coming up. Binder checks are performed informally throughout the year and formally a few times a year. Students in grades TK- 2 are provided with folders that should be brought to and from school daily. Students should be showing a parent/guardian daily the important information in their folders.

AVID ESSENTIALS

AVID Essentials ensure quality and consistency as a transformational system. This systemic approach is founded with an explicit focus on high expectations and rigor to develop a college readiness culture. AVID Elementary Essentials focuses on these four necessary areas to ensure that all students are poised for academic success.

AVID Essentials

COSTA'S LEVELS OF QUESTIONING

To better understand the content that our Regal Eagle's are being asked in their core subject areas, it is essential for students to learn to think critically and to ask higher levels of questions. By asking higher levels of questions, students deepen their knowledge and create connections to the material being presented. Students need to be familiar with Costa's Levels of Thinking to assist them in formulating higher levels of questions.

Costas Again

WICOR

WICOR

Here at Reagan, we focus on WICOR strategies when teaching & learning in the classroom.

WICOR is an acronym that stands for: Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization & Reading. All of our classrooms Kindergarten - Fifth grade incorporate WICOR strategies in teaching & learning. WICOR is a part of the AVID Instructional Framework we use at Renner Elementary School.

Below are some visuals to help you understand what WICOR is and what it entails.


Writing

Inquiring

Collaborating

Organizing

Reading

STAR NOTE-TAKING

STAR Note-Taking

AVID SUPPLIES

One of the key components of AVID is Organization. In order to be successful a student needs to be organized. Ronald Reagan provides all of the supplies that students need to be successful AVID Scholars.

Below is a list of supplies that are provided to the students at Ronald Reagan. All students in grade TK - 1 will be provided a folder to provide school/home communication. All students in grade 2 - 5 will be provided:

    • 3" inch white binder

    • Pencil Pouch

    • 2 Highlighters

    • Dividers

    • Sheet Protectors

    • Lined Paper

    • Agenda

PARENT AND STUDENT AVID RESOURCES

What does AVID look like in the classroom?

  • Note taking

  • Organization

  • Critical thinking

  • Collaboration

  • Growth mindset

  • Inquiry

  • Partnerships

What does AVID looks like at home?

Parents can:

  • Show interest in your student’s progress.

  • Talk to your student about school.

  • Be aware of your student's classes and his/her performance in each.

  • Praise your student's strengths, and help him/her find ways to improve in areas of weakness.

  • Ask to look at your student's binder.

  • Review your student's tutorial request forms to see what kinds of questions he/she is asking in class.

  • Be enthusiastic and supportive. Your student's participation in AVID will keep them motivated and excited about reaching the goal of attending a four-year college or university.

WICOR

AVID Beginnings K-2

W - Learning to Write

Reflection tools, including: Journals ( drawings, letters, words, sentences)

Summary Reflections (whole group, small group, 1-to-1)

Content Connections (whole group, small group, 1-to-1)

Content Connections (whole group, small group, 1-to-1)

Letter and Sound Recognition

I - Learning to Inquire

Levels of Thinking and Questioning

Critical Thinking Skills

Socratic Methodologies (Inquiry-based activities and instruction0

Cross-Curricular Connections

C - Learning to Collaborate

Purposeful Group Projects

Study Buddies

Spectator Engagement, Interactive Engagement, Collaborative Engagement

O - Learning to Organize

Assignment Calendar

Homework Folder

Organizational Tool

STAR Strategy

R - Learning to Read

Effective Reading methods

Think-Alouds

Graphic Organizers

BASICS

Writing

Writing process (prewrite to final draft)

Respond, revise

Edit, final draft

Cornell Notes/2- 3 Column notes

Quickwrites

Learning logs, journals

Inquiry

Skilled questioning

Socratic Seminars

Quick writes/discussions

Critical-thinking activities

Writing questions

Open-minded activities

Collaboration

Group projects

Response/edit/revision groups

Collaboration activities

Tutorials

Study groups

Jigsaw activities

Read-arounds

Organization

Tools

Binders

Calendars, planners, agendas

Graphic organizers

Methods

Focused note-taking system

Tutorials, study groups

Project planning, SMART goals

Reading

SQ5R (Survey, Question, Read, Record, Recite, Review, Reflect)

KWL (What I Know; What to Learn; Learned)

Reciprocal teaching

"Think-alouds"

Text structure

Critical reading

AVID Energizers

CELEBRATIONS

Attention Please

CALL & RESPONSE

AVID ONE PAGER

AVID One Pager

1ST GRADE AGENDA

2ND - 5TH GRADE AGENDA

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