The AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program is a nationally recognized approach to ensuring that ALL students are successful in a rigorous curriculum.
AVID in White Bear Lake Area Schools
White Bear Lake Area Schools began its AVID program in 2010 with 15 freshmen students, and has grown to serve over 350 students districtwide in grades 6-12. Lakeaires Elementary will implement the district’s AVID Elementary System beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, focusing on methodologies that ensure that all K-12 students prepare for and participate in rigorous learning activities.
AVID's systemic approach is designed to support students and educators as they improve school/district-wide learning and performance. AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID accelerates student learning using research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional learning, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change schoolwide.
Practices & Beliefs
The AVID system affects schoolwide change by transforming practices and beliefs in four domains:
Instruction: Instruction is how we facilitate learning. Best instructional practices are used to ensure that all students have the opportunity for improved academic performance.
Systems: Systems are what we create. Educational systems are examined, developed, refined and aligned to lead to improved academic student performance.
Leadership: Leadership is what we do. Educational leaders collaborate to set a common vision and ensure that students have the best educational opportunities in all classrooms.
Culture: Culture is what we believe and value. Schools focus on beliefs and behaviors which promote college readiness and high expectations for all.
- Jennifer Babiash