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Summer Institute 2017 | Melbourne

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Welcome to the 2017 AVID Australia Summer Institute page. Here you will find all the information to plan and register for this year’s Summer Institute. We invite all AVID schools to join our growing community for AVID Australia’s premier professional learning event.

Event details

When: 8:00am Wednesday 29 November – 4:00pm Friday 1 December, 2017.

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

Please note: The Opening will be held at the Melbourne City Conference Centre, 333 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000. After the Opening participants will proceed to RMIT.

What is Summer Institute?

Summer Institute uses a full immersion model of professional learning. Teachers get the opportunity to become students in a class, so they can experience and experiment with a number of explicit teaching strategies from the students’ perspectives. Participants are assigned to a single strand over the course of three days. On days 2 and 3, times are scheduled to meet with members from your school to reflect and share the learning from each strand and plan for the following year’s implementation.

What’s new this year?

This year, a total of 16 strands will be available for schools to pick from, including three new strands that will be offered for the first time in Australia. Participants who attended the History/Social Science – Through High Engagement Strategies strand last year will be pleased to hear that in 2017 we’ll be offering History/Social Science – Through Inquiry. We are excited to offer AVID’s first ever Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) strands. There will be a K-2 strand and a strand for year levels 3-6. These strands were commissioned by AVID Australia and have been written by the experienced AVID writers, Tim Gill, Jay Kurima and Donna Kortvelesy supported by Australian Staff Developers. Please consult the 2017 Summer Institute Strand Guide for further information about strands.

Who should attend?

AVID’s research and experience has shown that schools are best served when all staff engage in AVID professional learning. Summer Institute is unique in AVID’s professional learning model. It offers schools the opportunity to deeply immerse a number of teachers in essential content and pedagogical strategies, along with allocated time slots for site teams to meet and develop their implementation model. Summer Institute provides a great opportunity to improve and expand an AVID school’s trained site team and content teachers. A site team typically includes:

  • Representation from leadership
  • The AVID Coordinator
  • Learning area specialists/leaders
  • Year level specialists/leaders
  • Support staff representation

Early bird registration

$795 (booking fee inclusive) + GST per participant
Ends Friday 20th October

Full price registration

$900 (booking fee inclusive) + GST per participant
Ends Friday 17th November

Late registration

$1000 (booking fee inclusive) + GST per participant
Ends Friday 24th November

Registration Instructions

Registering for the AVID Australia Summer Institute 2017 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.

  1. Download the Summer Institute registration form.
  2. 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.
  3. Save the registration form and send to AVID.events@vu.edu.au .
  4. 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.
  5. 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 2018 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).

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 two 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 the 2018 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.

Day 1: Wednesday, 29 November

8:00am – 9:00am: Registration
9:00am – 10:00am: Opening Session
10:00am – 10:30am: Morning Tea (provided)
10:30am – 10:45am: Transition
10:45am – 12:30pm: Strands
12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch (provided)
1:30pm – 5:00pm: Strands

Day 2: Thursday, 30 November

8:30am – 10:15am: Strands
10:15am – 10:45am: Morning Tea (provided)
10:45am – 12:30pm: Strands
12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch (provided)
1:30pm – 5:00pm: Site teams

Day 3: Friday, 1 December

8:30am – 10:15am: Strands
10:15am – 10:45am: Morning Tea (provided)
10:45am – 12:30pm: Strands
12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch (on your own)
1:30pm – 4:00pm: Site teams

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 2017 Summer Institute:

General Strands

  • Differentiated Inclusive Teaching Strategies (formerly Culturally Relevant Teaching)
  • Leadership Strand for Principals and Leadership Teams

Primary Strands

  • Primary Critical Literacy
  • Primary Implementation
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) K – 2 *NEW*
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) 3 – 6 *NEW*

Secondary Strands

  • Advancing AVID Schoolwide
  • English Reading & Writing
  • History/Social Science Through Inquiry *NEW*
  • Maths 1
  • Maths 2
  • Science 1
  • Science 2
  • Secondary Implementation
  • Student Success
  • Tutorology

NB: Student Success may also be taken by upper primary teachers

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.


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.

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.

Please note: The Opening will be held at the Melbourne City Conference Centre, 333 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000. After the Opening participants will proceed to RMIT.

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.

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.

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