2015 Sept 23: RHS AVID Program

Life after a student graduates from high school can be a challenge for most if not all students. Ms. Tiffany Commerford has information this week about a new program designed to help lessen the anxiety and stress of the many challenges students face in high school,and after they get their diplomas.

Education of the 21st century is filled with a complex equation of buzzwords and phrases. Among them: “college and career readiness”, but preparing students for life after high school isn’t a new idea.

A San Diego-based nonprofit organization, Advancement via Individual Determination, or AVID, has been doing that since 1980. Its preparedness program has grown to more than 800,000 students in 5,000 schools and 43 colleges and this year we have started it at Rockdale High School.

AVID is an instructional tool box that teaches students the techniques of how to write, ask questions, collaborate, use reading to learn content, and organization with notes, tests, quizzes, schoolwork, and time. AVID works with teachers to teach students how to set goals and become problem solvers whoset strategies that they can use in high school and later in life.

Locally, AVID is offered as an elective to ninth graders and is used as a class to help them navigate high school and begin making plans for post-secondary.The practices taught, such as Cornell Note taking system, are tried-and true and the cornerstone of AVID. Having an organized set of notes that follows a certain format allows students to distinguish between big ideas and concepts and the details that support those big ideas and concepts. Students are then able to transfer the information from short-term to long-term memory.Cornell Notes works on teaching students the strategy of 10-24-7 with their notes, which means spend 10 minutes highlighting important information, after 24 hours write questions about the notes, and 7 days later summarize notes and review notes.

College and career readiness has become an emphasis in schools because today’s careers often require higher education, whether it’s a traditional degree, technical training, or certificate program. The world of work is changing sorapidly it’s becoming more critical for students to think not only college and job how will they prepare for another career, five years later.

AVID provides academic support by teaching study skills, organizational skills, and communication. AVID students must keep binders and planners, which are checked regularly but the really big thing AVID does is teaches students the tools they need to become lifelong learners. At Rockdale High School we continue to work on ways to make our students’ college and career ready and successful in all they do!