Summer Institute
Celebrate!

Wednesday 30 November to Friday 2 December 2022

Victoria University City Tower, Melbourne

About Summer Institute

As AVID Australia’s biggest networking and professional learning event of the year, Summer Institute 2022 will bring educators from across Australia together to celebrate and strengthen teaching practice and the AVID community.

Over three days, participants will learn and practise high engagement teaching strategies, led by experienced Australian and US Staff Developers.

Summer Institute will include:

Registration will open in September.

10 Years of Summer Institute

Strands and Communities of Practice

Participants attend one Strand where they will engage in a face-to-face Community of Practice, for three days.

This provides an immersive learning experience and an opportunity to meet with colleagues from around Australia to plan and enhance their AVID implementation. Educators are also given opportunities to participate in a range of workshops outside of their Community of Practice, including, Site Team Planning for schools implementing the AVID system.

Participate in a specialised Summer Institute Community of Practice (CoP) that is designed to meet the diverse needs of educators’ learning styles and those of their students.

All Communities of Practice focus on applying high engagement teaching and learning strategies. Target audiences for different Communities of Practice include new or experienced AVID educators, primary or secondary teachers, tertiary educators, school leaders and participants from non-AVID schools.

Educators will come away from Summer Institute with resources to cultivate and maintain a learning system that insists on rigour, breaks down barriers and advocates for students.

Educators will also be empowered to nurture and grow students’ post-secondary and career readiness skills by coaching them to leverage student agency, opportunity knowledge and rigorous academic preparedness.

Summer Institute Communities of Practice

Cultivating Writing Schoolwide - Primary

New in 2022

This Community of Practice (CoP) is recommended for Primary educators across all content areas, who are new to or experienced with AVID implementation.

Course Description

The Cultivating Writing Schoolwide – Primary CoP is designed to engage and empower Primary educators with foundational knowledge and strategies to increase skills and confidence in writing as a powerful tool in a 21st-century learning environment.

Primary educators across all discipline areas will gain strategies for teaching the writing process, understanding of the academic modes of writing (persuasive, expository, narrative, and descriptive), as well as writing for a range of academic purposes. Participants will explore the power of metacognitive writing to cultivate literacy and student agency with a focus on primary learning environments.

This collaborative experience allows educators to support learners in accessing rigorous content and writing like content experts.

Performance Objectives

Upon completion of this learning experience, participants will:

  • Apply the AVID Tertiary and Career Readiness Framework as an organising principle to guide and develop the instructional practice and program development within their learning environments and/or educational settings.
  • Engage in and utilise the AVID Focused Note-Taking Process for deepening understanding of content and learning-through-writing essential instructional practices.
  • Intentionally include learning-through-writing essential instructional best practices within lesson design and delivery across all year levels and content areas to deepen understanding and turn invisible thinking into visible learning.
  • Understand the four modes of writing and utilise them in high- and low-stakes writing tasks.
  • Understand and utilise the writing process as a learning tool to improve academic writing and develop a deeper connection and access to content.
  • Understand metacognition and strategically infuse metacognitive strategies into lessons and content in order to foster students’ thinking about their thinking when writing.
  • Support social and emotional learning through understanding the importance of metacognition in evaluation, feedback, and self-reflection.

Cultivating Writing Schoolwide - Secondary

New in 2022

This Community of Practice (CoP) is recommended for Secondary educators across all content areas, including the AVID elective, who are new to or experienced with AVID implementation.

Course Description

The Cultivating Writing Schoolwide – Secondary CoP is designed to engage and empower secondary and post-secondary educators with knowledge and strategies to increase skills and confidence in writing as a powerful tool in a 21st-century learning environment.

Educators across all discipline areas will gain strategies for teaching the writing process and building an understanding of the academic modes of writing (argumentative, expository, narrative, and descriptive) as well as writing for a range of academic purposes. Participants will explore the power of metacognitive writing to cultivate both literacy and student agency.

This collaborative experience allows educators, regardless of familiarity with the instruction of writing, to explore strategies to help students access rigorous content and write like content experts.

Performance Objectives

Upon completion of this learning experience, participants will:

  • Apply the Tertiary and Career Readiness Framework as an organising principle to guide and develop the instructional practice and program development within their learning environments and/or educational settings.
  • Engage in and utilise the Focused Note-Taking Process for deepening understanding of content and learning-through-writing strategies.
  • Intentionally include learning-through-writing instructional best practices within lesson design and delivery across all year levels and content areas to deepen understanding and turn invisible thinking into visible learning.
  • Understand and utilise each mode as a writing tool to help students develop clear and efficient communication of ideas in order to understand the content more deeply and tackle any writing situation they encounter.
  • Understand and utilise the writing process as a learning tool to help students improve their academic writing and to develop a deeper connection and access to content.
  • Understand metacognition and strategically infuse metacognitive strategies into lessons and content in order to foster students’ thinking about their thinking when writing.
  • Support social and emotional learning through understanding the importance of metacognition in evaluation, feedback, and self-reflection.

English

This Community of Practice had significant content revisions in 2020.

This Community of Practice (CoP) is recommended for educators of English, either new to or experienced with AVID implementation, of students in Years 6-12.

Course Description

The English CoP is designed to engage and deepen the understanding of participants with the intentional integration of speaking and listening, writing to communicate, and how the AVID Critical Reading Process provides access to rigorous non-fiction, fiction, and non-traditional texts.

Performance Objectives

Upon completion of this learning experience, participants will:

  • Cultivate an understanding of disciplinary literacy and AVID’s core processes for implementation, supporting both educator and student agency and learning targets.
  • Leverage the power of academic speaking and listening skills necessary for students’ success in both post-secondary and career pathways.
  • Understand the collaborative writing process to leverage meaningful feedback creating multiple opportunities for student engagement and authentic experiences.
  • Have a better understanding of AVID’s core processes—critical reading, focused note-taking and the gradual release of responsibility, and how these processes support learning.
  • Be able to facilitate learning opportunities that empower students to find their powerful voices, access rigorous texts and communicate with an authentic purpose.

Leading Change for Student Success

This Community of Practice (CoP) is recommended for School Leaders who are new to or experienced with AVID implementation.

Course Description

The Leading Change for Student Success CoP is designed to engage school leaders in creating a strong infrastructure to lead change to support all students. Participants will explore a defined leadership theory of action that addresses educator beliefs and behaviours, identifies schoolwide conditions and supports AVID Schoolwide implementation and sustainability to ensure tertiary and career readiness for all.

Participants will return to their schools equipped with a systemic approach to identifying specific strategies to anticipate and troubleshoot potential obstacles and barriers and implement lasting change to provide equitable opportunities for all students.

Performance Objectives

Performance Objectives will be published prior to registration opening.

Mathematics: Cultivating a Discourse Rich Classroom

New in 2022

This Community of Practice (CoP) is recommended for participants either new to or experienced with AVID implementation, of students in Upper Primary and Secondary.

Course Description

The Mathematics: Cultivating a Discourse-Rich Classroom CoP is designed to address and meet the current and unprecedented needs for Upper Primary and Secondary teachers, to develop mathematicians through cultivating a discourse-rich mathematics learning environment.

Participants will explore teacher actions that are necessary to empower students to engage deeply in mathematics, communicate their ideas and connect their thinking to others.

This collaborative experience will engage participants in strategies that they can implement to create a culture for discourse, utilise a variety of mathematical representations, ask intentional and higher-level questions and gather evidence of student thinking and learning.

Performance Objectives

Upon completion of this learning experience, participants will:

  • Build a safe learning environment in order to maximise student mathematical reasoning and communication.
  • Implement strategies that use and connect mathematical representations in order to deepen student understanding.
  • Use purposeful and higher-level questions in order to assess and advance student thinking.
  • Implement routines that allow for gathering and utilising evidence of student thinking in order to assess, support, and extend learning.

Secondary Implementation

This Community of Practice has had significant content revisions in 2022.

This Community of Practice (CoP) is recommended for Secondary educators across all content areas, AVID Elective teachers and AVID Coordinators, either new to or experienced with AVID implementation.

Course Description

The Secondary Implementation CoP will focus on the academic and organisational skills needed to effectively advocate for AVID students and to build AVID schoolwide focus across a school.

Participants will explore AVID implementation; Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organisation, and Reading (WICOR®) strategies; the 10 Steps of the Tutorial Process; and student agency and opportunity knowledge using updated AVID resources.

Performance Objectives

Upon completion of this learning experience, participants will:

  • Apply the components of the AVID Tertiary and Career Readiness Framework to activate agency through the 10 Steps of the Tutorial Process.
  • Reflect, plan, and determine resources to apply to the 10-Step AVID Tutorial Process in order to develop student agency and empower students to find success in rigorous coursework and other collaborative environments.
  • Deepen their knowledge of how to utilise resources to scaffold relational capacity, collaboration, and strengthen community as a means of building a brave and supportive learning environment.

Student Success

This Community of Practice had significant content revisions in 2020.

This Community of Practice (CoP) is designed for school leaders and teachers, either new to or experienced with AVID implementation, of students in Years 6-12.

Course Description

The Student Success CoP is designed to engage educators in the use of AVID instructional practices.

Participants will experience Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organisation, and Reading (WICOR®) instructional strategies through a hands-on approach to ensure students’ engagement, social and emotional learning, access to rigour, and tertiary and career readiness. Participants will gain an understanding of how skills development and tertiary and career-readiness can be supported in all subject areas.

Performance Objectives

Upon completion of this learning experience, participants will:

  • Use their own definition of success and knowledge of AVID to support social and emotional well-being and the attainment of student success.
  • Build the skills of Writing and Inquiry to accelerate content area learning and student success.
  • Build the skills of Collaboration, Organisation, and Reading to accelerate content area learning and student success.
  • Integrate multiple elements of Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organisation, and Reading (WICOR®) into lessons to build individual WICOR skills and also to increase student engagement, access to rigour, and student agency.

Dates and Times

Wednesday 30 November to Friday 2 December 2022

Three days of learning, networking and celebration.

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Location

Victoria University City Tower, Melbourne

We’re excited to announce that Summer Institute will be held at Victoria University’s new City Tower in the heart of Melbourne.

This state-of-the-art facility offers amazing learning and collaboration spaces that will be used throughout the event.

View the Summer Institute Location Guide

Cost

The discounted cost for AVID Australia schools is $995 plus GST per participant.

Pricing and Strand availability for non-AVID participants will be published soon.

Registration will open in September.