Summer Institute 2019 – Strand Guide

This page contains the strand information for the 2019 AVID Australia Summer Institute. Here you will find descriptions of all the strands that are being offered at the Institute this year, and recommendations about the target audience for each strand.

When selecting strands, it is best to take into account the needs of the site team at your school. Please note that strands need to attract a minimum number of participants to be able to run. If you are unsure which strands to book staff in for, please contact the AVID Australia team and we will be happy to help.

The “star” icon indicates which strands are new.  The “R” icon indicates which strands are revised.

AVID Academic Language and Literacy: A Schoolwide Approach

Do you have a number of students for whom English is not their first language? The AVID Academic Language and Literacy (ALL) strand is suitable for teachers of all content areas as it focuses on modifying high engagement teaching practices in every content area specific to the needs of students for whom English is not their first language. Participants will connect WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) with intentional language development practices and routines to strengthen listening, speaking, reading, and writing literacy for all students. AVID Schoolwide team members will gain insight and align philosophies to help their students navigate rigorous content, achieve academically, and adequately prepare for career success.

Prerequisite: None

Curriculum: AVID Academic Language and Literacy: A Schoolwide Approach

Please note:

In addition to offering the ALL strand this year, from 2021, AVID Australia will offer schools the opportunity to enhance AVID implementation for students with additional English language needs through AVID’s Excel program. Excel is an additional AVID program that customises AVID strategies for students for whom English is an additional language. AVID Australia will develop an Australian version of the Excel model in 2020 with a full launch in 2021. We will call for expressions of interest for schools to co-develop the AVID Australia Excel model through 2020 with AVID Australia and AVID Center Excel experts.

 A call for Expressions of Interest to participate in developing Australia’s version of the Excel program in 2020 will be emailed to principals and AVID Coordinators before Summer Institute.

 For schools wanting to develop the Australian Excel model, entry into the Excel program is via the ALL (Academic Language Learners) strand, which will be offered at the 2019 Summer Institute. Schools wanting to implement Excel must have at least two teachers trained in the ALL strand as a foundation for offering Excel. For further information, please contact

English Language Arts: Informing Ourselves and Others Through Writing and Speaking

This strand is designed for English language arts teachers (grades 6–12) who are experienced in AVID concepts and methodologies. Participants will explore the writing process and writing-to-learn strategies, as well as engage in a variety of activities designed to help build their students’ oral language skills. Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading are also included as tools for developing and scaffolding these skills, from foundational to advanced levels, via a rigorous curriculum, with an emphasis on college readiness.

Prerequisite: English Language Arts: Exploring Texts with Strategic Reading strand is a recommended prerequisite, however, participants with a basic knowledge of AVID concepts and methodologies will be able to participate actively in this strand

Curriculum: The Write Path English Language Arts: Informing Ourselves and Others Through Writing and Speaking Teacher Guide

Reading for Disciplinary Literacy: A Schoolwide Approach (new strand)

This strand focuses on implementing research-based reading practices across all content areas and grade levels to promote a schoolwide approach to disciplinary literacy. Participants will learn how to approach reading as a content expert, empowering student inquiry through reading in their specific content area. Intentionally integrating academic thinking skills and the gradual release of responsibility model into the reading process ensures all students have the college and career readiness skills necessary for thriving in the 21st century. This strand is ideal for educators who want to increase the level of academic rigor and discourse in their classrooms through literacy and the implementation of technology to further student learning.

Prerequisite: Prerequisites: AVID Elective teachers: Successful completion of AVID Summer Institute Implementation strand (either High School or Middle School), Tutorology strand or equivalent training in 2012 Tutorology materials, and Advancing the AVID Elective: Middle School and High School strand; Subject-area teachers: No prerequisite

Curriculum: AVID Reading for Disciplinary Literacy: A Schoolwide Approach

Culturally Relevant Teaching: Empowering Students

This strand is designed for AVID administrators, coordinators, teachers, and site team members who are ready to work with their sites to conduct a self-examination and address issues of inclusivity and accountability for all students through a growth mindset. The strand will provide a framework of effective methodologies that validates the culture of all students in the classroom. These research-based strategies will make relevant learning connections to increase subject-matter comprehension. As a result of attending this strand, participants will be able to create multi-dimensional lessons with rigorous differentiated instruction.

Prerequisite: None

Curriculum: AVID Culturally Relevant Teaching: A Schoolwide Approach

Digital Teaching & Learning

The Digital Teaching and Learning strand brings educators together to experience and explore digital strategies and resources, using collaboration, communication, and choice to engage students in their learning and knowledge creation. Come ready to connect with colleagues in building a technology-rich classroom culture, infusing AVID methodologies both digitally and face-to-face. This strand is designed to support experienced AVID Elective and Secondary Schoolwide teachers in blending WICOR strategies with technology tools to prepare students with the skills that they need to be post-secondary and work-ready. Participants are supported during the process with effective technology teaching practices, resources, and guidance on how to use technology to facilitate student learning and engagement. Participants must bring a laptop power cord, and earbuds/headphones with them to the strand. Device software and web browser need to be up to date. Tablets that can be used as laptops can be used, but other digital devices cannot be supported yet.

Prerequisites: Participants should: have attended at least one Summer Institute strand or Path to Schoolwide training equivalent; Be familiar with WICOR instructional practices; Currently work with students who have daily in-class access to technology; Understand device classroom management and have experimented with lessons using technology with AVID instructional practices; Be able to navigate multiple browser windows/tabs and save and locate files on their device; Have access to a preferred cloud platform and be able to log in and create and share documents; Connect to a Wi-Fi network.

Curriculum: Accessed online

AVID for Higher Education: Best Practices in Action (new strand)

This strand is designed for university teaching staff interested in exploring metacognition as an instructional practice. WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organisation, and Reading) strategies will be integrated with intentional opportunities for reflection and connections to instructional design. Participants will leave this strand with specific processes and strategies to increase student engagement in the classroom, laboratory, or online learning.  The focus is on developing and applying strategies to instruction across all disciplines, with an emphasis on relational capacity and its role in fostering higher levels of student engagement.

Prerequisite: None

Curriculum: AVID for Higher Education: High Engagement Practices for Teaching and Learning

History/Social Science Through Inquiry

This strand is designed for history/social science teachers (grades 6–12) who are interested in incorporating rigorous instructional strategies to prepare students for challenging honors and advanced courses. Participants will explore WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) strategies as a means to bring the historical inquiry process into the history/social science classroom. Participants will experience and reflect upon elements of focused note-taking, primary and secondary source analysis techniques, document-based questions, essay-writing techniques, the critical reading process, and a variety of academic language discussion activities that promote higher-level thinking and deeper content acquisition. This strand supports the implementation of AVID Schoolwide.

Prerequisite: None

Curriculum: The Write Path History/Social Science: Interactive Teaching and Learning Teacher Guide

Leading wholeschool improvement with a customised certification tool (new strand)

How’s this:


AVID Australia is preparing to launch a new, online, responsive certification tool and process in 2020 that has been created in partnership with the Inflexion team in Oregon. This strand is suited for school teams ready to develop a distributed leadership model to take AVID school wide trialling our new certification tool. Schools are using the Inflexion Approach as a framework to implement a variety of school wide initiatives and demonstrate how they align to AVID’s four domains (Culture, Leadership, Systems, and Instruction). The Inflexion Approach is an organizational framework specifically designed to support school wide implementation efforts and to build learning communities that work for all students. During this strand:

    • Principals will lead school teams to identify current approaches, initiatives, and programs provided to ALL students, SOME students, and FEW students in their school; as well as making explicit ways that AVID supports and aligns to these efforts.
    • School teams will use the online tool to collect self-assessment data at the school level that identifies schools’ strengths and challenges associated with AVID implementation.
    • School teams will use the data and recommendations from the online tool to set (your school improvement) goals and document plans.

Prerequisite: You should have completed one of the following strands: Primary Implementation or Secondary Implementation

AVID Mathematics 1

This strand is designed  for  mathematics  teachers  new to AVID concepts and methodologies. This strand focuses on strategies outlined in AVID’s The Write Path  I Mathematics Teacher Guide (provided to participants), which emphasizes the use of Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration,  Organization,  and  Reading   (WICOR)  as tools for learning in the mathematics classroom. Participants will also explore techniques for implementing WICOR strategies in mathematics courses, including: Cornell Notes, Philosophical Chairs discussions, and effective collaborative strategies. Participants will also learn about the basics of AVID and how to support the AVID system in their respective schools. Mathematics 1 is organised to reinforce the strengths of vertical team articulation.

Prerequisite: You should have completed one of the following strands: Primary Implementation or Secondary Implementation

Curriculum: The Write Path I Mathematics Teacher Guide

Maths 2

This strand is designed  for  mathematics  teachers  who have taken the Mathematics 1 strand and are experienced with AVID strategies and methodologies. This strand will introduce additional vocabulary and WICOR strategies including Interactive Notebooks and Socratic Seminars as well as deepen participants’ understanding of AVID methodologies practiced in Mathematics 1. The focus of the strand will be on ensuring that all students gain access to rigorous instruction through dynamic and engaging activities.

Mathematics 2 is organised to reinforce and strengthen vertical team articulation.

Prerequisite: Completion of Mathematics 1 strand

Curriculum: The Write Path II Mathematics Teacher Guide

Primary Implementation K – 6

This is a first-year strand for primary educators who will be implementing AVID strategies and methodologies in grades K-6 classrooms. Participants will practice and discuss strategies, lessons, and activities focused on WICOR and student success skills in order to facilitate students’ access to rigorous content across all content areas. In addition, training will  include  opportunities to provide differentiated  instruction  to  students  to help develop a culture of student success, academic achievement, and university and career awareness. Participants will also make connections with the AVID Primary Essentials of Instruction and Culture as they look at implementation both individually and as a site team.

Please note: If you are interested in implementing  AVID prior to Grade 3, please contact AVID Australia at so that we can alert the Staff Developer and accommodate your learning needs.

Prerequisite: None

Curriculum: AVID Elementary Foundations

Primary STEAM (new strand)

The new Primary STEAM strand builds on the Primary Maths strand delivered at Summer Institute in 2018.  It will look at how to utilise maths in context through the lens of STEAM.  It is designed for experienced AVID primary K-6 teachers.  The strand will be held at Wyndham Tech School and will include hands-on activities with cutting-edge technology. Teachers should have at least one year of AVID implementation experience to scaffold to this next level of instructional rigour.

This strand is partially funded by a prestigious Sidney Myer Fund large grant awarded to AVID Australia for 2018-2020.

Prerequisite: Foundations (Primary) Implementation strand.

Science 1

This strand is designed for science teachers to apply AVID concepts and methodologies in science content areas. Focusing on the strategies in The Write Path 1 Science Teacher Guide (provided to participants), this strand emphasises the use of Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organisation, and Reading (WICOR) as support structures for learning in the science classroom. Participants will learn how to apply WICOR methodologies to strengthen student processing in the science classroom. The strand incorporates strategies for implementing critical reading and writing-to-learn processes, Cornell Notes, interactive notebooks, effective use of discussion, and experimental design in science courses. Science 1 is organised to reinforce the strengths of vertical team articulation.

Curriculum: The Write Path I Science Teacher Guide

Secondary Implementation

This strand is for new AVID sites and is written for first-year AVID content teachers, Elective classroom teachers, and AVID site coordinators. This strand focuses on the academic and organisational skills needed to effectively advocate for AVID students and to build the AVID schoolwide focus across a school.

Prerequisite: None

Curriculum: Focused Note-Taking CD; AVID Elective Essentials for High School and Focused  Note-Taking CD; AVID Elective Essentials for Middle School and AVID Elective Essentials for High Schools.

Student Success

This strand is designed for teachers of any subject area including business, computer applications, visual and performing arts, health and physical education, and other elective classes. Participants will gain an understanding of how skills development, tertiary and work-readiness can be supported in all subject areas. Additionally, participants will learn about AVID methodologies and WICOR strategies such as goalsetting, focused note- taking, organisation, and time management. This strand will focus on incorporating these university readiness skills into all classes, from physical education to visual arts across secondary school.

Prerequisite: None

Curriculum: The Student Success Path Teacher Guide


This strand is designed for AVID Elective teachers, AVID coordinators, and designated site team members. Participants will learn to train, monitor, and coach  tutors and students in implementing rigorous tutorials that increase student achievement. Please note that if you have already been trained in the 2012 Tutorology materials to meet Certification requirements, we recommend that you take a different strand.

Prerequisite: Completion of AVID Summer Institute Implementation strand

Curriculum: AVID Tutorial Guide with AVID Tutor Workbook