Dubbo Path 2020 – Strand Guide

This page contains the strand information for the 2020 AVID Australia Dubbo Path. Here you will find descriptions of all the strands that are being offered at Dubbo Path 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.

AVID 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 History/Social Science Through Inquiry (History 2)

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

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

AVID 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 AVID.australia@vu.edu.au so that we can alert the Staff Developer and accommodate your learning needs.

Prerequisite: None

Curriculum: AVID Elementary Foundations

AVID 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

AVID 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.

AVID 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