Big Plans Ahead: Educators Gear Up for Year 2 of AVID College Success Program

Posted by on July 23, 2013


Representatives from Minnesota School of Business attended the AVID Summer Institute in Dallas. Back row, from left: Michael Leonard and Andrew Kagol. Front row, from left: Miriam Williams, Hilary Dahlman, Ann Deiman-Thorton and Michelle Rivard.

What do you get when you combine six educators from Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center (MSB) with 4,400 educators representing 720 AVID institutions from around the country?  An amazing but intense four days of AVID-y goodness!

On June 25, 2013, representatives from the Brooklyn Center campus flew to Dallas, Texas, for the AVID Summer Institute.  This was the second appearance at the conference for the campus.  Arriving to the hot city at 1:30 p.m., the six travelers began meetings just 30 minutes later.

Over the course of four days, meetings were held daily regarding various facets of AVID.  The representatives from MSB-Brooklyn Center had the opportunity to attend different strands throughout the conference where they learned with and collaborated with other educators.  Some of the strands included strategies for the classroom, the AVID certification process, and how to utilize AVID methodologies across the entire campus.  In addition, the team had plenty of opportunities to meet as a small group to share what they each learned in their strands, to do a comprehensive review of year one, as well as discuss and plan how year two of AVID at the campus will look.

Michelle Rivard, AVID liaison at the Brooklyn Center campus, said, “Year two will be an exciting time for our campus.  As a team, we believe that many of our AVID goals tie directly into the ‘We Care’ attitude and mission of our organization.  One goal in our year two plan is to begin a student tutoring program; students will be trained using the Socratic tutoring method.  A second goal is to create more learning communities among our students, which could be any of the following: study groups, overall support groups, courses that work in tandem, etc.”

Dr. Betty Krohn, AVID’s program manager, is very pleased with how successful the year one implementation went for the Brooklyn Center campus.  In addition, she has mentioned several times how impressed she is with how hard students, faculty and staff worked to make the transition to an AVID for Higher Education school.

The entire Brooklyn Center campus has embraced the transition, and AVID strategies are being used in nearly all classes.  Using these strategies will not only benefit students during their time in school but also after they graduate.  Following the WICOR model, which represents Writing-Inquiry-Collaboration-Organization-Reading, students will be better prepared when they enter the workforce.

“The conference was amazing, and it was phenomenal to see over 200 educators representing 30 AVID for Higher Education institutions,” Rivard said. “It was great to speak to other liaisons, hear what other colleges are doing, and form partnerships. For example, we are going to have students from our campus be pen pals with a campus in California.  It will be a great way for our students to learn from others and share experiences.” 

Ann Deiman-Thornton, dean of faculty, said, “We know that AVID works, and hearing the success stories from three students at the conference really drove that point home.  Those of us on campus cannot wait to be able to share our own student success stories.”

Within the next few weeks, the AVID team at the campus will meet to find ways to put the year two plan into action.  Students, get ready for a great year two!

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