Wednesday, October 24, 2007

AVID Featured in Teachers' Union Magazine

Take a look at this article about AVID in the American Federation of Teachers publication - American Educator - Fall 2007 - "Focusing on the Forgotten." Here is a short excerpt from the article:

"The program’s hallmarks are exceedingly practical. AVID provides students with a teacher who regularly checks their work in all of their classes, works with them daily to improve their writing and study skills, and, so they don’t fall behind, stays in close contact with students’ content area teachers. Most importantly, AVID students must take responsibility for their own education. AVID requires them to challenge themselves, and not simply coast through easy classes; they must take at least one AP or honors class each year.

"AVID is not an intervention program for at-risk kids who may drop out of school or end up in jail. It’s for that often overlooked kid in the middle, who is bright and has great potential. It’s for students who would be the first in their family to attend college, but who never dreamed they could do so because they didn’t have the grades or the money. AVID is also for teachers striving to reach the Cesar Morans in their classrooms. It’s for teachers who want to expand access to higher level classes to more students, regardless of race or class."

This is a really good article about AVID in general. Read the whole article at the link above!


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