AVID 12 - Advancement Via Individual Determination
AVID Program Website: http://acssavid.weebly.com/
Mrs. N. Luteijn (AVID 12 Teacher/Coordinator)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com
AVID 12 is a course designed to give senior AVID students the opportunity to further develop some of the essential skills defined by University faculty to help students succeed in post-secondary and their chosen careers. Several students find the transition to post-secondary more challenging than they predicted. Students encounter very different expectations in their classes, and student initiative and time management are even more critical for success. AVID 12 will help students to better deal with the culture shock they may experience when making the transition to a university/college environment. Students will refine the study skills and learning strategies they have learned in AVID thus far, as well learn new skills. If the students use these strategies on a regular basis, they will meet their academic goals for their final year in high school and be better prepared for the demands of a post secondary education. Students will also discuss issues that they will be faced with during this new phase of their life.
The AVID curriculum already aligns well with the new BC Core Competencies: Communication; Creative Thinking; Critical Thinking; Positive Personal and Cultural Identity; Personal Awareness and Responsibility; and Social Responsibility.
BC Core Competencies
- Participate productively in a group setting (Socratic seminar, study groups, and project-based collaborative settings).
- Connect with and engage with career professionals in order to build on a resource network to assist with future education and
- Practice types of communication necessary in post-secondary and the workplace, such as telephone, writing, digital and oral
presentations, as well as on-line virtual communities.
- Acquire, interpret, and present information.
• Creative Thinking
- Generate and develop ideas that are novel and of value using the Design Thinking process.
• Critical Thinking
- Analyze and critique sources.
- Question for further inquiry.
- Identify and practice effective study skills (focused note-taking, SQ5R method of reading a text, annotating text, learning logs).
- Develop and design innovative solutions using the Design Thinking Process.
• Positive Personal & Cultural Identity
- Achieve the full potential of metacognition; reflecting on and directing one’s own thinking.
- Reflect on one’s personal values and choices.
- Develop relationships and cultural contexts.
• Personal Awareness & Responsibility
- By way of a portfolio, articulate self-awareness for one’s growth of learning & skill development, planning & preparation for life after
- Identify and practice personal managements skills, including time management, goal setting, personal resource management.
- Describe the process of goal setting and set tentative career goals.
- Recognize the contributions of volunteer work to personal development, scholarships and employability.
• Social Responsibility
- Recognize the importance of contributing positively to one’s community.
- Develop relational capacity – a degree of trust & level of safety between members of the group
- Value the diversity of perspectives and working styles of others.
- Identify and apply the appropriate conflict resolution strategy to various situations.
AVID 12 Projects
Socratic Seminar – leading & participating in discussion, academic writing responses
Graduation Capstone Project
Academic Research Essay
Individual & Group Design Challenges
AVID Strategies Assessments & Reflections
Students will receive positive and strength-based feedback which will focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do. In order to be self-regulated learners, students will have many opportunities to reflect on their performance and set goals to progress their learning and skill development. Assignment criteria will be made clear and all assignments are required to be completed for credit for the course.
Students will also receive and provide feedback on their progress using AVID strategies (agenda use, binder organization, Focused note-taking, learning log, and tutorial participation) on a regular basis.
AVID is a program for students who want to strive for excellence and achieve academic and personal success. Students are expected to keep on an academic path for entrance to college/university programs of study and NOT choose the easy way through high school. Students are expected to attend their classes and complete all assignments in all subjects on time and to the best of their ability. AVID students are also expected to act responsibly and respectfully in their classes and at school. Students not fulfilling this expectation may be asked to leave the program.
In order to achieve greater success, students are expected to use learning strategies advocated in the AVID program, such as agenda use, focused note-taking, or learning logs. This does require extra time and commitment. Being able to manage AVID expectations, as well as their academic classes, will prepare them for the demands they will face in post-secondary, therefore, dropping a course like AVID because it is taking time away from an academic subject is a poor excuse, and is really just a sign of poor management skills.
Field Experiences & Guest Speakers
Langley School District, ACSS and the AVID program provide many opportunities for students to visit post secondary institutions, places of business, and hear from various career experts. Students are encouraged to participate in as many of these opportunities as possible.