AVID Australia Professional Learning Modules

Each module is designed to support AVID schools to target specific needs that staff have to strengthen and sustain schoolwide improvement through the AVID Tertiary and Career Readiness System. Your AVID Coach can recommend modules based on your school’s strategic planning and priorities for schoolwide improvement. Together with your AVID Coach, you can select and customise modules that best fit your school’s needs.

What to Expect from AVID Professional Learning

  • Staff participate in modules focused on learning AVID curriculum, adding high engagement teaching and learning strategies to individual teachers’ toolkits, and implementing AVID Schoolwide practices with consistency.
  • Educators and support staff can experiment safely in professional learning sessions to customise AVID strategies specific to the needs of their students supported by colleagues and the AVID Coach.
  • Participants engage in scholarly dialogue supported by evidence-informed research underpinning the AVID system.
  • AVID educators share a common language to discuss teaching and learning ideas and can collaborate with other AVID colleagues locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Social and emotional learning and teacher and student wellbeing are central to each module, with a growing number of modules dedicated to this area.
  • Most onsite modules are typically completed within two to three hours. Online modules are typically 90 minutes. Modules can be varied according to participants’ learning needs and time availability.

Structure of AVID’s Professional Learning System

AVID’s professional learning modules are central to AVID’s continuous professional learning system. The modules are constantly being revised and updated according to new research and learning from our schools. Each module can be customised to your school’s specific context. It can be overwhelming to try and read through so many modules, so a great way to get into this resource is to share it with your site team and do a jigsaw reading of what is on offer. A conversation with your AVID Coach can also help demystify how best to use your professional learning days to maximise your outcomes.

Module List

Use the filters below to find AVID Professional Learning Modules relevant to your school’s goals. Click on the titles for more information about each module.

A printable version of the full list with descriptions is available here.

Professional Learning Modules

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Module Details

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  • Achieving Rigour through Reading, Writing and Collaboration

    Participants will learn how to improve students’ literacy outcomes by using AVID’s Critical Reading Process that extends reading and writing into opportunities for deeper collaboration and metacognitive processing core-content areas....
  • AVID Strategies for Teachers of The Arts, Technologies, Health and Physical Education and Languages

    This module adapts WICOR strategies to support teachers of the Arts, Technologies, Health and Physical Education and Languages. We will identify how WICOR can enhance learning in these content areas,...
  • AVID Overview

    This module is recommended for schools new to AVID. It provides an overview of research-informed philosophies and methodologies that underpin the AVID schoolwide improvement system. The four domains of AVID...
  • Classroom Observation and Debrief

    The AVID Australia Coordinator/Coach will take site team members and leadership through AVID’s observation instruments. They will visit classrooms to practise using the observation framework and tools. Observers will learn...
  • Coaching Higher-Level Tutorial Reflections

    Participants will analyse the differences between summary and reflection activities. Activities include how to coach students to higher-level reflections and summaries. The intended audience for this module is AVID Elective...
  • Cognitive Organisation by Discipline

    Participants will analyse similarities and differences between a cognitive organisation (organisation of thought) and an operational organisation (organisation of time and space) to prepare their students effectively to develop skills...
  • Collaborative Leadership: Developing Teacher Leaders

    In this module, participants explore the concepts of defined autonomy and collaborative teacher efficacy. We consider the critical role of vision in organisational leadership and explore how effective organisations articulate...
  • Collaborative Study Groups Across All Content Areas K-12

    Participants will understand how to implement and apply collaborative study groups (CSGs) within their classrooms. Participants will experience how students in CSGs can identify a specific question from any content...
  • Completing the Tutorial Request Form (TRF) Pre-Work for Non-Maths Questions

    This module focusses teachers on assisting their students in developing rigorous questions for content other than maths when preparing their Teacher Request Forms (TRFs). Participants will learn to scaffold students...
  • Content-Specific Critical Reading

    Participants will learn the similarities and differences in applying consistent approaches to developing literacy across all content areas. Participants will adapt critical reading strategies to support content-specific literacy for their...
  • Content-Specific Socratic Seminar

    Participants will learn how to implement scaffolded Socratic Seminars to increase students’ levels of academic literacy and content knowledge. These strategies prepare students for tertiary and work readiness. We will...
  • Critical Reading Digitally

    The purpose of this module is to introduce AVID’s 4 As Framework (Adopt, Adapt, Accelerate, and Advocate) to experience a digital critical reading process. Participants will need a laptop and...
  • Developing a Schoolwide Organisational System for Post-Secondary and Career Readiness

    Participants will review the systems currently in place at their school. Based on this analysis, learning teams will develop, implement, and monitor schoolwide organisational systems focused on increasing student success...
  • Developing a Schoolwide Organisational System for Post-Secondary and Work Readiness

    In this module, participants will analyse schoolwide organisational strategies that improve student success, post-secondary and work readiness. Participants will identify ways to leverage these strategies to build schoolwide systems, so...
  • Developing Disciplinary Literacy Through Mentor Texts

    This module is designed for teachers of all content areas as they guide students to develop disciplinary literacy. Participants will learn strategies to enhance student writing for specific disciplines using...
  • Developing Schoolwide Professional Learning Opportunities

    Participants will learn how to develop high-quality professional learning workshops that build instructional capacity at their school through increasing the consistent implementation of AVID strategies schoolwide. Participants will explore how...
  • Developing Teacher Leaders for AVID Implementation

    This module is designed to support sites in identifying the qualities of teacher leaders that support schoolwide improvement in teaching and learning and AVID implementation. We examine teacher leadership through...
  • Differentiating Instruction

    This module supports teachers learning how to meet the needs of all learners in their classroom by adapting content and instructional practices. Participants will examine what differentiated instruction is and...
  • Digging Into Your Digital Footprint

    The purpose of this module is to teach participants about theirs and their students’ digital footprints. The module supports participants in understanding how their digital footprint result from digital actions...
  • Digital Literacy in the Age of Fake News

    The purpose of this module is to teach particpants how to be critical consumers of media and social media posts. This module provides tools and strategies to support students to...
  • Digital Teaching and Learning: Critical Reading Digitally

    Participants will integrate technology-based critical reading strategies in order to develop post-secondary and work- ready readers who can successfully engage in rigorous reading, deep analysis of text structures and deconstruction...
  • Efficient, Effective, and Rigorous Lesson Planning for the AVID Elective and Schoolwide Impact

    Participants will analyse their current lesson planning strategies and learn to troubleshoot barriers to student learning inside the AVID Elective class. Collaborative strategies will be used to model how AVID...
  • Fostering Growth Mindset for K-12 Student Success

    This module draws on Carol Dweck’s work to learn the difference between fixed and growth mindsets. The module explores the effect of praise and feedback in supporting students to develop...
  • How to Re-teach the AVID Practices to Colleagues

    This module maximises the benefits of sending staff to AVID professional learning activities, including Summer Institute. Learning from this module will accelerate your schoolwide success in implementing AVID practices with...
  • Increasing Rigour in the AVID Tutorial

    Participants will delve into the tutorial process and focus on how to enable AVID Elective students to effectively apply the 10 steps of AVID’s tutorial process. Strategies to increase student...
  • Interactive Notebooks for Content Area Classes

    This module is designed to coach teachers through the why and how of an Interactive Notebook (INB). The process for setting up an entry in the notebook typically utilises the...
  • Leveraging AVID to Advance School Initiatives

    This module is designed to teach participants how AVID philosophies and strategies can align with and strengthen their school’s strategic plan by providing a catalyst for schoolwide improvement. Participants will...
  • Maths: Additional Uses for Focused Note-Taking

    This workshop further explores various ways students utilise Focused Note-Taking strategies in Maths classes and analyses everyday practices, including various collaborative and organisational practices that can be implemented on a...
  • Media Balance and Well-Being

    The purpose of this module is to support participants and their students in developing a healthy media balance. Students are taught to recognise the connection between the types of media...
  • “O” is for Organisation

    During this module, participants will have an opportunity to explore AVID resources that assist in increasing the organisational skills of their students, better preparing them for success. Participants will discuss...
  • On-Demand Timed Writing

    Participants will learn how to provide students with skills, strategies, and techniques to navigate and practice various on-demand/timed writing requirements of specific content areas, e.g., writing short answer responses and...
  • Philosophical Chairs

    In the Philosophical Chairs module, participants will engage in WICOR strategies to plan for integration of Philosophical Chairs into their lessons. They will focus on building central questions to which...
  • Rigour Across the AVID System

    Participants will learn how maintaining rigourous curriculum, teaching and learning impacts all students. Participants will apply AVID’s inquiry processes to increase rigour in teaching and learning activities that increase student...
  • Scaffolding Lessons Through WICOR

    This module introduces three theories of scaffolding: Vygotsky (1978) and the Zone of Proximal Development; Mariani (1997) High Challenge, High Support; and Hammond & Gibbons (2005) Designed-in and Contingent Support....
  • Schoolwide Academic Language and Literacy: Academic Language Scripts, Language Functions and Word Banks

    This module is designed for Schoolwide content teachers to support the development of academic language and literacy in primary through higher education classroom settings. Participants will connect WICOR with intentional...
  • Schoolwide Strategies for Increasing Student Engagement and Tertiary Readiness

    In this module, participants will explore how relational capacity and developing a growth mindset impacts student engagement, the individual and collective efficacy of adolescent students. Participants will learn high engagement...
  • Social and Emotional Learning in the Digital World

    The purpose of this module is to engage participants in dialogue and thinking around how Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) connects to online life and how they can support positive...
  • Socratic Seminar: Across the Years and Subject Areas

    This module will strengthen use of the Socratic Seminar methodology by providing practise in how and when to use seminars across the content areas. The instructional focus is targeted toward...
  • Sustaining a Rigorous AVID System

    This module provides strategies and guidelines for selecting AVID Elective teachers and Site Team Members. Participants will identify processes to ensure AVID students have access to rigorous courses schoolwide. The...
  • Taking Focused Note-Taking Schoolwide: FNT phases, Essential Questions, Note-Taking formats

    Participants will learn how to implement the five phases of Focused Note-Taking (FNT) in order to develop skills to support students’ learning, personal, and academic success. Participants will learn effective...
  • Text-Dependent Inquiry Across the Disciplines

    Participants will learn how to incorporate text-dependent questions as a part of the Critical Reading Process. Activities include: crafting text-dependent questions to help students access complex texts in their content...
  • The Tutorial Analysis Grade (TAG) Reflection

    Participants will learn how the Tutorial Analysis Grade Reflection (TAG) can be used to support students in the AVID Elective to identify their academic needs. Teachers will consider how the...
  • Using Costa’s Levels of Thinking to Increase Inquiry

    This module is intended to strengthen inquiry in all classrooms—K-12—through the use of Costa’s Levels of Thinking. The module will allow participants a chance to learn how AVID strategies can...
  • Using Data to Tell your AVID Story of Schoolwide Improvement

    This module is designed to support teachers and leaders to tell their story of schoolwide improvement through AVID’s use of data, and how their data shows alignment with regional/state and...
  • Using the 4 A’s to Develop Digital Lessons

    Participants will engage with AVID's 4A's Digital Learning Framework to explore how teachers Adopt, Adapt, Accelerate, and Advocate as they integrate digital tools with WICOR instructional practices. They will participate...
  • Using the Why to Inspire Achievement

    This module starts with analysing the "why" of your school’s mission and vision. We draw on Simon Sinek’s (2017) work on organisational culture and leadership to inspire a commitment to...
  • Untangling the Web

    The purpose of this module is to encourage participants to support students become efficient and effective in their online searching. In this module, participants will become familiar with the organisation...
  • WICOR Schoolwide (K-12)

    Participants will understand how WICOR impacts all students, make connections with AVID Essentials, develop a plan for WICOR-ised lessons and an action plan to use WICOR to promote more rigorous...
  • WICORising Instruction with Digital Tools

    This module is designed for participants to use collaborative strategies and identify how to align digital teaching and learning tools with WICOR strategies. Participants will examine the impact of integrating...