World cafe presentation 2010Presentation Transcript
Celebrating a story of success in literacy at Virgil MS A vision of AVID Literacy strategies in all content areas World Café Tuesday June 15, 2010
What is AVID?
Advancement Via Individual Determination
A school wide reform initiative whose primary goal is to increase the enrollment of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students in 4-year colleges through increased access to and support in advanced courses at the middle and high school levels.
Writing - The more fluent the writer, the more successfully one can compete academically.
Inquiry - Inquiry-based learning focuses on learning and developing skillful, open-ended questioning skills.
Collaboration - Any time a student collaborates with another student, learning is less threatening and more inviting.
Reading - Keeping reading as a focus in AVID develops reading comprehension, awareness of the different reasons for reading, and understanding of the different structures of texts. Readers read for three purposes:
Entertainment or recreation.
Action Research: Teacher as Researcher
To study the effects of participation in AVID WICR strategies with the 20 academically struggling far-below basic (FBB) and below-basic (BB) students enrolled in my 1st and 4th period science classes.
A Multiple Measures Approach
Through the use of multiple measures, that include
Grades and exams
Summative portfolio projects
I have been able to measure the effectiveness of applying AVID literacy strategies in science during the fall and spring semesters with 20 students who displayed low motivation for attending school and low grades in my science classes.
Action Research Outcomes
Of these 20 students, 16 have made demonstrable academic progress, in most cases moving from an FUU to a grade of D or better in Science during both semesters.
Bringing Student Voice to the Conversation About Literacy
Questions for Further Inquiry
1. How can student literacy become embedded in our school culture across all domains?
2. What are the most important components for supporting academic and literacy development in FBB and BB students?
3. How can student voice be incorporated to frame a school wide discussion around the importance of writing across the curriculum?
The College Road to Success
Now students from the AVID program will share out their College Road to Success projects in which they will describe their dreams, goals, and aspirations for the future.
These projects are meant to stand as a reminder of how our school’s hard work can prepare our young learners for BRIGHT futures.