AVID Coordinator & Elective Teacher Newsletter January 2017

Welcome back and Happy New Year!! The quote by Henry Brooks Adam states: "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." I thought this was perfect for the start of 2017. Each and everyone of you are impacting our students even if you don't see the results today. AVID's mission statement is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. Thank you for working towards reaching this goal with our students!

Top 10 Characteristics of an Ideal Mentor!

A great start to 2017 with AVID mentor training held on January 2, 2017. Mentors from Collegiate HS, Cullen MS, South Park MS, and Haas MS attended. Reminder all AVID mentors need to be trained or they will not count on your Certification Self-Study and Phase 1 Texas Data.

Ray High School Senior AVID Collaborative Learning Groups in Action!

Tutorial Analysis Grade Reflection Form--As we move forward this semester with our AVID tutorials, please make sure you are utilizing the Tutorial Analysis Grade Reflection (TAG). This addresses AVID Essential 8.4 providing evidence for Level 2 (Routine Use) to be marked on the Certification Self-Study Report. Remember Level 1 requirements must be met before you can be marked Level 2. Level 1 requirements for 8.4 include that tutors monitor completion of all aspects of the Tutorial Request Form (TRF). The TAG form is attached to the e-mail that you receive with this newsletter link.

AVID Summer Institute Speaker Sharing her Powerful Story!

Student and Teacher Speaker Contest Deadline Extended to January 20, 2017 for Summer Institute 2017. See the AVID website to apply. http://www.avid.org/speaker-contest.ashx

Coordinator Reminder--Please submit Texas Phase 1 Data

Browne MS Students participating in Socratic Seminar and Cunningham MS AVID site team participating in Philosophical Chairs

Philosophical Chairs and Socratic Seminar should be routinely used in the AVID Elective Class. Please contact me if you need any support with these two instructional strategies.

Congratulations to Donna Alvarez for receiving the Target Field Trip Grant. If anyone else applied and received the grant please let me know. Send in pictures of college tours and i will insert them in next months newsletters.

Thankful for our Junior Achievement Partnership! Please check out some photos below:

Ray HS 10th grade AVID students working on their Junior Achievement collaborative structures and posing with their personalized stockings stuffed by their Junior Achievement Volunteers.

Please share with me what your campus is doing to spread AVID school-wide. Send a photo and a short caption and I will include it in the next newsletter. Please send in senior acceptance and scholarship news. I look forward to hearing from your campus.

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