Join AVID Australia in Newcastle from 21– 22 June for the 2018 Winter Institute, our mid-year professional learning event. Winter Institute will be held at the Newcastle City Hall with six strands available to participants.

Winter Institute offers AVID schools an additional, mid-year opportunity to induct their staff in AVID’s fundamental professional learning strategies. Over the course of a two-day professional learning program, new and existing AVID teachers are immersed in a series of interactive workshops introducing them to the knowledge, skills and teaching strategies that are helping over 2,000,000 AVID students succeed each year across the USA and Australia.

What is the difference between Summer Institute and Winter Institute?

Winter Institute Path Training differs from Summer Institute as it is a two-day rather than a three-day professional learning event. There are no site team workshops. Site teams are expected to meet before and after Winter Institute to consolidate their learning and apply it as part of  their schoolwide implementation.

Winter Institute offers a choice from six of the fundamental AVID strands and does not include a general session, a keynote speaker or student speakers.

Summer Institute is where you go to see ‘what’s new’ in the AVID world as new strands will only be offered at Summer Institutes each year.

Event Details

When: Thursday, 21 June 2018 at 8:00 AM – Friday, 22 June 2018 at 4:00 PM
Where: Newcastle City Hall, 290 King St, Newcastle NSW 2300

  • Cost per participant: $595 (+ GST)
  • Registration will close on 31 May 2018
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Full Price Registration

  • $595 (booking fee inclusive) + GST per participant
    Ends 31 May

Registration Instructions

Registering for the 2018 AVID Australia Winter Institute is a simple process. You must register each member of your school who will be attending a strand at the Winter Institute and submit your registrations to no later than the 31 May 2018. For assistance with the registration process, please follow the steps below or download our detailed Registration Help Guide here.

To register, follow the steps below.

  • Download the Winter Institute Registration form (see link below).
  • Open the registration form in Excel and fill out all the white fields (boxes). Enter the registration details for each member of your school who will attend the Institute. Select their 1st and 2nd strand preference, as well as their dietary requirements using the drop-down menus in the spreadsheet. For more information regarding strands please see the ‘Strands’ section.
  • Save the registration form and send it to
  • Once the registration form has been submitted, your finance contact will be issued with an invoice. We advise that you read our refund policy carefully. It can be found in the FAQ section.


Please note: Only licensed AVID schools in 2018 or schools committed to implementation in 2019 are eligible to attend Winter Institute. If you would like further information about how to become an AVID school, please contact AVID Australia (

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DAY 1 – Thursday 21 June

DAY 2 – Friday 22 June

Registration/ Morning Coffee


 Morning Coffee






Morning Tea (provided)


Morning Tea (provided)






Lunch (provided)


Lunch (provided)






Please Note:

The program is subject to change. Participants will be notified of changes to the program via email.

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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 will limit the number of strand participants.

Conversely, if a strand does not meet the minimum quota we will not be able to offer that strand. In such a case, participants will be notified and offered the chance to change their strand preferences.

Our advice: register early to secure your preferred strand.

The strands that will be offered at the 2018 Winter Institute are:

  • Student Success
  • Secondary Implementation
  • Critical Reading
  • Maths 1
  • English Reading & Writing
  • Primary Implementation

Please refer to the 2018 Winter Institute Strand Guide for any further strand queries. If you would like additional guidance in regard to your strand preferences, please do not hesitate to contact AVID Australia.

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Is my registration transferrable?

If you are no longer able to attend the event and wish to transfer your registration to another participant please contact Your school can substitute someone in your place but it is compulsory to notify AVID Australia of this change.

Can I update my registration information?

If you need to update your registration information please contact

What is the 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 2 days prior to Winter Institute. We are unable to provide refunds for cancellations less than two days prior to the event.

When will I receive my eLearning notification?

There will be no eLearning requirements for the 2018 Winter Institute.

Please contact or call +61 (03) 9919 7832 for further information.

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Newcastle City Hall

The 2018 Winter Institute will be held at the Newcastle City Hall, one of Newcastle’s most unique and prestigious venues.

The building was commissioned to be built by the Mayor in 1925 and designed by acclaimed architect Henry White. To this day the Newcastle City Hall remains one of Newcastle’s most iconic pieces of architecture. Over the years, it has hosted the elected arm of local government along with a variety of celebratory events and functions.

This year will mark the first time the Newcastle City Hall plays host to Staff Developers, AVID teachers and WICOR posters. We hope to see you there!

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Newcastle City Hall

Located in the heart of Newcastle’s Cultural Precinct, Newcastle City Hall can be found opposite Civic Park, next to Civic Theatre Newcastle, and adjoining the pedestrian mall known as Wheeler Place.

Located at 290 King Street, Newcastle, Newcastle City Hall is only a short walk to the harbour foreshore (Honeysuckle), restaurants, cafes, (Darby St) and accommodation.


There are a number of parking options surrounding the Newcastle City Hall. The most convenient being:

  • Civic West Parking Station, located at Gibson Street and a 5 minute walk to the theatre. Open 24 hours 7 days a week (02 4926 4990).
  • Wharf Road Car Park, located near the Crowne Plaza Hotel with Entry via Centenary or Wharf Roads (1800 727 5464).
  • Wright Lane Car Park, located near Newcastle Museum and a 5 minute walk to the theatre. Open 24 hours, 7 days a week, with free parking on weekends (1800 727 5464).
  • Civic Car Park, located behind City Library with entry via Darby St and a 5 minute walk to the theatre. Open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
  • On street parking & metered parking surrounding Newcastle City Hall includes King Street, Auckland Street and Hunter Street.



There are around 2000 accommodation rooms within a 10 minute radius! Explore the accommodation options on the Visit Newcastle site.

Newcastle Airport

There are a number of transport options between Newcastle Airport and the CBD, including:

See the Newcastle Airport website for more information.



For further information regarding the Winter Institute, please contact the AVID Australia Events Team at or call +61 (03) 9919 7832.

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