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Perth Path 2019 – Strand Guide

This page contains the strand information for the 2019 AVID Australia Perth Path. Here you will find descriptions of all the strands that are being offered at Perth 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.

This strand is for senior secondary school teachers experienced with AVID methodologies, and who have completed AVID Summer Institute Implementation strand. It focuses on four academic skills essential for academic success in years 11 and 12 and beyond: analysing a prompt, selective and purpose driven reading, focused note-taking, and integrating sources into texts. The focus on these essential academic skills will also provide tools for success for students from Years 9-12 as they head into their final years of secondary school. The text provided (AVID College Readiness: Working with Sources) was written primarily for senior secondary teachers, but the practical resources that will enhance reading, writing, and critical thinking are applicable at all secondary year levels

This strand was first trialled in 2016 and has since been extensively revised with support from the Sidney Myer Fund as part of the AVID-Myer Primary Maths project.

AVID Primary Maths is designed for experienced AVID primary K-6 teachers who want to strengthen their toolkit of WICOR strategies, deepen their understanding of key maths concepts, ramp up the M in STEAM, and energize their maths classroom, all with an overarching focus on combating the predictors of maths failure. Teachers should have at least one year of AVID implementation experience to scaffold to this next level of instructional rigour. Participants will examine ways to build a mathematical mindset in all students through building a classroom rich in mathematical language, metacognition, differentiation and inquiry. Furthermore, participants will explore the importance of building fluency in basic math facts and the transference and application of these concepts to real world experiences. Together we will unpack the use of note-taking and critical reading strategies within the context of mathematical problem solving. This strand is partially funded by a prestigious Sidney Myer Fund large grant awarded to AVID Australia for 2018-2020 to conduct a pilot study of AVID’s primary maths teaching and learning strategies, and professional learning system. The pilot will be conducted in seven AVID schools across three states over two and a half years.

Prerequisite: Foundations (Primary) Implementation strand.

This strand will focus on developing proficient writers across a wide range of disciplines and will provide educators with strategies for teaching the writing process, academic research, building and understanding the four common academic modes of writing (argumentative, expository, narrative, and descriptive), and writing for a range of rigorous academic purposes. This strand is for any educator who wants to learn how to incorporate writing into their content or discipline and help students learn what it means to write like a content-area expert.

Prerequisite: None

Curriculum: AVID Writing for Disciplinary Literacy: A Schoolwide Approach

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

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