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Winter Institute 2019 – Strand Guide

This page contains the strand information for the 2019 AVID Australia Winter Institute. Here you will find descriptions of all the strands that are being offered at the Institute this year, and recommendations about the target audience for each strand. When selecting strands, it is best to take into account the needs of the site team at your school. Please note that strands need to attract a minimum number of participants to be able to run.

This is a first-year strand for educators who will be implementing AVID strategies and methodologies in grades 3–6 classrooms. Participants will practice and discuss strategies, lessons, and activities focused on WICOR and student success skills in order to facilitate students’ access to rigorous content across all content areas. In addition, training will include opportunities to provide differentiated instruction to students to help develop a culture of student success, academic achievement, and university and career awareness. Participants will also make connections with the AVID Primary Essentials of Instruction and Culture as they look at implementation both individually and as a site team.

Please note: If you are interested in implementing  AVID prior to Grade 3, you can contact AVID Australia at AVID.Australia@vu.edu.au so that we can alert the Staff Developer and accommodate your learning needs.
Prerequisite: None
Curriculum: AVID Elementary Foundations

This strand is for new AVID sites and is written for first-year AVID content teachers, Elective classroom teachers, and AVID site coordinators. This strand focuses on the academic and organisational skills needed to effectively advocate for AVID students and to build the AVID schoolwide focus across a school.

Prerequisite: None
Curriculum: Focused Note-Taking CD; AVID Elective Essentials for High School; AVID Elective Essentials for Middle School

This strand is designed for mathematics teachers new to AVID concepts and methodologies. This strand focuses on strategies outlined in AVID’s The Write Path I: Mathematics Teacher Guide (provided to participants), which emphasizes the use of Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration,  Organization,  and  Reading   (WICOR)  as tools for learning in the mathematics classroom. Participants will also explore techniques for implementing WICOR strategies in mathematics courses, including: Cornell Notes, Philosophical Chairs discussions, and effective collaborative strategies. Participants will also learn about the basics of AVID and how to support the AVID system in their respective schools. Mathematics 1 is organised to reinforce the strengths of vertical team articulation.


Prerequisite: None
Curriculum: The Write Path I: Mathematics Teacher Guide

This strand will focus on developing proficient writers across a wide range of disciplines and will provide educators with strategies for teaching the writing process, academic research, building and understanding the four common academic modes of writing (argumentative, expository, narrative, and descriptive), and writing for a range of rigorous academic purposes. This strand is for any educator who wants to learn how to incorporate writing into their content or discipline and help students learn what it means to write like a content-area expert.

Prerequisite: None

Curriculum: AVID Writing for Disciplinary Literacy: A Schoolwide Approach

The Digital Teaching and Learning strand brings educators together to experience and explore digital strategies and resources, using collaboration, communication, and choice to engage students in their learning and knowledge creation. Come ready to connect with colleagues in building a technology-rich classroom culture, infusing AVID methodologies both digitally and face-to-face. This strand is designed to support experienced AVID Elective and Secondary Schoolwide teachers in blending WICOR strategies with technology tools to prepare students with the skills that they need to be post-secondary and work-ready. Participants are supported during the process with effective technology teaching practices, resources, and guidance on how to use technology to facilitate student learning and engagement. Participants must bring a laptop power cord, and earbuds/headphones with them to the strand. Device software and web browser need to be up to date. Tablets that can be used as laptops can be used, but other digital devices cannot be supported yet.

Prerequisites: Participants should: have attended at least one Summer Institute strand or Path to Schoolwide training equivalent; Be familiar with WICOR instructional practices; Currently work with students who have daily in-class access to technology; Understand device classroom management and have experimented with lessons using technology with AVID instructional practices; Be able to navigate multiple browser windows/tabs and save and locate files on their device; Have access to a preferred cloud platform and be able to log in and create and share documents; Connect to a Wi-Fi network.

Curriculum: Accessed online