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All AVID Australia schools are invited to attend AVID’s primary professional learning event − Summer Institute − which has been running for six successive years.

Summer Institute is a three-day professional learning program for new and existing AVID educators. Teachers are immersed in a series of interactive workshops introducing them to the knowledge, skills and strategies that are helping over 1,500,000 American AVID students achieve their potential.

This year’s Institute will be held from 30 November to 2 December 2016 in Melbourne.

AVID’s explicit teaching framework generates a nurturing learning environment that pays equal attention to students’ academic, social and emotional development. AVID Australia’s mission is to close the achievement and opportunity gaps by preparing all students for post-secondary education, skills development and work-readiness so they can participate in a global community as productive citizens.

In 2016, AVID Australia is offering five new strands, including our first leadership strand for school principals and our first Australian developed strands (Primary Critical Literacy and Primary Maths). Network with your fellow AVID educators from across Australia to refresh, consolidate and streamline your teaching strategies for the upcoming 2017 school year.

We look forward to seeing you in Melbourne!

Event details

When: 8:00am Wednesday 30 November – 4:00pm Friday 2 December.

Where: RMIT University, Swanston Academic Building 80, 445 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000.


Day 1: Wednesday, 30 November

8:00am – 9:00am: Registration

9:00am – 10:00am: Opening Session

10:00am – 10:30am: Morning Tea

10:30am – 10:45am: Transition

10:45am – 12:30pm: Strands

12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch (provided)

1:30pm – 5:00pm: Strands.

Day 2: Thursday, 1 December

8:00am – 12:30pm: Strands

12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch (provided)

1:30pm – 5:00pm: Site teams.

Day 3: Friday, 2 December

8:00am – 12:30pm: Strands

12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch (on your own)

1:30pm – 4:00pm: Site teams.


Early bird registration

  • $795 (booking fee inclusive) + GST
  • Ends Friday, 14 October 2016.

Full price registration

  • $900 (booking fee inclusive) + GST
  • Ends Friday, 18 November 2016.

Late registration

  • $1000 (booking fee inclusive) + GST
  • Ends Friday 25 November 2016.

Registration process

Registering for the AVID Australia Summer Institute 2016 is a simple process.

You must register each member of your school who will be attending strands at the Summer Institute and submit your registrations to AVID.Events@vu.edu.au . Follow the steps below or download our detailed Registration Help Guide.

Download the Summer Institute registration form (Dropbox, 19KB).

  1. Open the registration form in Excel and fill out all the white fields (boxes). Enter the registration details for each member of your school attending the Institute. Select their 1st and 2nd strand preferences using the drop-down menus in the spreadsheet (for more information regarding strands please see the ‘Strands’ section on this page and refer to the strand guide). Also please indicate any dietary requirements.
  2. Save the registration form and send to AVID.Events@vu.edu.au
  3. Once the registration form has been submitted, your finance contact will be issued with an invoice. Please read about our refund policy in the FAQs.
  4. Each participant will also be sent login details to the AVID Australia Launches and Boosts eLearning course. All participants will be required to complete online Launches prior to the event. After Summer Institute, participants will be given access to online Boosts to consolidate their learning.

Please note: Only licensed AVID schools and schools who have committed to start implementation in 2017 are eligible to attend Summer Institute. If you would like further information about how to become an AVID school please contact AVID Australia (AVID.Australia@vu.edu.au).


Strands require a minimum number of participants to run. Once a strand has been filled, it may not be possible to add further participants to that particular strand. Therefore, we ask that each participant nominate two strand preferences on their registration form. Every effort will be made to place participants in their first strand preference, however, room capacity may limit the number of strand participants. Our advice: register early to secure your preferred strand.

Strands offered at the 2016 Summer Institute

  • Advancing AVID Schoolwide
  • Critical Reading 1
  • Culturally Relevant Teaching: Transforming Educators [NEW]
  • Essential Academic Skills for Years 11 and 12
  • Foundations (Primary) Implementation
  • History/Social Science Through High Engagement Strategies [NEW]
  • Implementation Secondary
  • Leadership Strand for Principals and Leadership Teams [NEW]
  • Maths 1
  • Maths 2
  • Primary Critical Literacy [NEW]
  • Primary Maths [NEW]
  • Science 1
  • Science 2
  • Student Success
  • Tutorology
  • Writing Across Secondary Content Areas (Years 6-12).

For more information on the strands that will be on offer this year please download the Strand Guide PDF. For further advice, do not hesitate to contact AVID Australia.

If you have registered and would like to change your nominated strand please contact AVID.Events@vu.edu.au or call +61 (03) 9919 7832.


Refund policy

A full refund will be issued if you need to cancel your registration 14 days before the event. A 50 % refund will be available if you cancel your registration up to 2 days prior to Summer Institute. We are unable to provide refunds for cancellations less than two days’ prior to the event.

Registration transfers

In the event that a participant is unable to attend Summer Institute due to unforeseen circumstances, their registration may be allocated to another staff member.

If you do not wish to allocate the registration to another staff member, you will be granted a complimentary registration to either the 2017 Winter or Summer Institute.

Updating my registration information

If you need to update your registration information please email AVID.Events@vu.edu.au or call +61 (03) 9919 7832.

Please contact AVID.Events@vu.edu.au or call +61 (03) 9919 7832 for further information.

Launches and Boosts

Once a school has registered their participants for Summer Institute, the participant will be sent login details to access “AVID Online”, the online eLearning platform for Winter and Summer Institute participants. “AVID Online” allows participants to access the Launches and Boosts for their nominated strand. The Launches and Boosts are a series of videos and interactive activities that are referenced and expanded upon during face-to-face sessions at Summer Institute.

Launches are to be completed prior to the commencement of Summer Institute. Boosts become available the day after Summer Institute. Depending on the amount of content, the completion time for each Launch and Boost will vary. It is expected that all participants will complete their Launches and Boosts as the content in these videos will be referenced by your strand’s Staff Developer.


RMIT University is located in the heart of Melbourne’s central business district, close to public transport, restaurants and numerous accommodation options. There are a number of hotels that we would recommend in the area. Please contact AVID.Events@vu.edu.au or call +61 (03) 9919 7832 for recommendations.

Transport and Venue

Melbourne Airport

There are a number of transport options between Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) and the CBD, including:

Please refer to the Melbourne Airport website for further information.


This year’s Summer Institute will be held at RMIT University’s Swanston Academic Building no. 80, which is located at 445 Swanston Street in the CBD.

Trams running along Swanston Street include routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72, from which you can connect to the train at Melbourne Central or Flinders Street.

Visit the Public Transport Victoria website for more information and connecting services in your area.

There is no on-campus parking available for visitors, but you’ll find many commercial car parks a short walk away. Metered street parking is also available nearby, but note the time limits and clearway restrictions.


For further information regarding Summer Institute, please contact the AVID Australia events team at (AVID.Events@vu.edu.au).

If you would like further information about how to become an AVID school, please contact AVID Australia (AVID.Australia@vu.edu.au).

AVID Australia office: +613 9919 7832