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Join AVID Australia in Newcastle from 4-5 June for the 2019 Winter Institute, our mid-year professional learning event. Winter Institute will be held at the Newcastle City Hall with five strands available to participants.

Winter Institute offers AVID schools the opportunity to educate their staff in AVID’s fundamental professional learning strategies, mid-year. 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 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 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: Tuesday, 4 June 2019 at 8:00 AM – Wednesday, 5 June 2019 at 4:00 PM
Where: Newcastle City Hall, 290 King St, Newcastle NSW 2300

  • Cost per participant: $610 (+ GST)
  • Registration will close on 10 May 2019

Registration Price

$610 (booking fee inclusive) + GST per participant
Ends 10 May

Registration Instructions

Registering for the AVID Australia Winter Institute 2019 is simple. The AVID coordinator or a nominated representative is responsible for submitting the registration form for all staff members attending Winter Institute. Registrations are to be submitted via our online registration form.

Please follow the following steps:

Registration has now closed!

Enter your school details, your contact details and finance contact information. Click on the yellow ‘add entry’ button to add a new participant. Please specify the strand preferences (you must include two preferences for each participant), an email address and food allergies for each participant. Ensure each participant’s email address has been entered correctly. All Strand related communication and event updates will be sent to each participant.

What happens next?

Your finance contact will be issued with an invoice after Winter Institute. Please read about our refund policy in the FAQs.

Saving your progress in the registration form

You can save your progress and return to the registration page to complete your school’s registration later. Once you save your draft, a link will be sent to your email address which you can access later. Please note that the link will only last for 30 days and that you will have to submit your full entry before the registration deadline closes. We don’t have access to any of your registration details until you click the “submit” button.

Adding or substituting registrations

What do you do if you have already submitted your school’s registration form and you need to add a teacher to your school’s registration or substitute one registrant for another?

It’s simple, just submit another form and tick either the “new” button for additional registrants or the “replacement” button for substitute registrations. Please note: Only licensed AVID schools and schools who have committed to start 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 (AVID.Australia@vu.edu.au).

DAY 1 – Tuesday 4 June

DAY 2 – Wednesday 5 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.

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 2019 Winter Institute are:

  • Digital Teaching and Learning
  • Secondary Implementation
  • Maths 1
  • Content Area Writing
  • Primary Implementation

Please refer to the 2019 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.

Is my registration transferable?

Yes, your school can substitute someone in your place. Click on the ‘Registration’ section to see how you can substitute your registration. For further information  please contact AVID.Events@vu.edu.au.

Can I update my registration information?

If you need to update your registration information please contact AVID.Events@vu.edu.au.

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 two 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 2019 Winter Institute.

Please contact AVID.Events@vu.edu.au or call +61 (03) 9919 7832 for further information.


Newcastle City Hall

The 2019 Winter Institute will be returning to 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.

We hope to see you there!

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 AVID.Events@vu.edu.au or call +61 (03) 9919 7832.