AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID Elementary is a foundational component of the AVID College Readiness System. Bradach participates in the AVID Elementary Program in Grades K-5 by ensuring that the certification criteria for the four essential elements; instruction, culture, leadership and systems has been met. Bradach’s program is reviewed annually by the RIMS AVID staff for quality and certification.
- In order to meet annual certification guidelines, all teachers receive both AVID Center and AVID Site level training in key AVID components, such as WICOR (writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading) strategies, and positive behavior intervention and supports.
- All teachers have both a college and WICOR focus wall in their classrooms.
- Morning announcements include college and career information and every Wednesday is College Spirit Day where students can deviate from their school uniforms and wear either an AVID shirt or a college shirt.
- All students are expected to bring an organizational tool that varies by grade level but could include a binder, agenda planner, and homework folder to class each day.
- AVID Weekly is differentiated and used weekly to teach note taking, critical thinking, critical reading and writing skills.
- Students are taught Costa’s Level of Questioning with an emphasis on using level two and three questions in their assignments, collaborative groupings, and writing.
- Students are expected to write to learn daily in all content areas and can demonstrate their understanding of key concepts through the use of journals, learning logs, and summary reflections as chosen by their teachers.
- All students use the STAR note taking strategy. Students in Grades K-5are taught to take two and three column notes.
- Students are expected to work collaboratively in groups. Teachers will choose the format for group work and will spend time instructing students on how to be an effective member of a collaborative team.
- Students are expected to set both academic and personal goals at least three times a year to coincide with trimester grading. At the end of each trimester, students will complete a written reflection on their progress towards meeting their goal.
- All students are expected to submit a project for the college and career fair in May as determined by their teacher.
- The AVID Site Team will lead four home/school workshops each year including Back to School Night, Science Fair, College and Career Fair, Young Author’s, and the Winter Performance.
- The AVID Site Team meets monthly to review the Site Team Plan, to plan professional development and to plan AVID workshops.
- Teachers meet at least once a month in grade level collaborative groups to review data, set SMART goals and to reflect on progress towards meeting these goals.
- Professional Development meetings will include an WICOR classroom take back
- At least once a month, college and career speakers will visit classrooms.
- Students will have the opportunity to attend field trips to college and career related venues.
CORE KNOWLEDGE:The idea behind Core Knowledge is simple and powerful: knowledge builds on knowledge. The more you know, the more you are able to learn. The Core Knowledge Foundation has outlined the precise content by grade level that every child should learn in the areas of language arts, literature, history, geography, math, science, music and the visual arts.
At Bradach, we will be using the Core Knowledge content as a foundation for students to reach the outcomes prescribed in the Common Core State Standards. The Core Knowledge content will be taught using AVID WICOR strategies.
In order to provide the Core Knowledge curriculum to students:
- All teachers will have access to the Core Knowledge Website: http://www.coreknowledge.org/ where they will have access to the Scope and Sequence, Lesson Plans, the CKLA and other resources needed to teach the Core Knowledge content
- All teachers will receive “ What Every (insert your grade) Needs to Know book
- Students will be provided with opportunities to express themselves through the arts
- Professional Development will focus on delivering Core Knowledge content through AVID strategies.
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INTERVENTIONS: We recognize that our core academic program is rigorous and some students will need extra support in meeting the outcomes required by the Common Core State Standards. In an effort to help struggling students, we offer the following online intervention programs:
- Accelerated Reader: Studies show that students who read for 20 minutes a day are more likely to score advanced or proficient on state exams, and therefore have a higher likelihood of passing exams needed to graduate high school and get into college. We expect all of our students to read for at least 20 minutes each evening. Students will take a reading assessment at the beginning of each trimester that will give them an independent reading level. Students then read books at their level and take quizzes on those books. Students must score 85% or more to be considered proficient on the book they read. Students then earn points for their quizzes. Students will be expected to set an AR reading/point goal each trimester and to meet this goal.
- Compass Math: Students take a placement test and then work at their own pace on the specific deficits they have.
- Lexia: is a researched based intervention for students who are struggling in reading. The program assesses students current levels and then provides them with foundational work to help the students move to the next level.
- Phonics for Reading and Rewards: During MTSS time, students who are scoring below the 25th percentile on the STAR receive specialized instruction in phonics.