• What is AVID?

    Advancement Via Individual Determination• A structured, college preparatory system working directly with schools and districts •A direct support structure for first-generation college goers, grades 3-16 •A schoolwide approach to curriculum and rigor adopted by more than 4,500 schools in 47 states and 16 countries •A professional development program providing training throughout the world

    Driven by a Mission The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. • AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing ALL students for college readiness and success in a global society.

    Focused on Rigor for All AVID: “Using inquiry-based, collaborative strategies to challenge and engage students in content resulting in increasingly complex levels of understanding”IB Approaches to Teaching: ●Teaching based on inquiry●Teaching focused on conceptual understanding ●Teaching developed in local and global contexts●Teaching focused on effective teamwork and collaboration ●Teaching differentiated to meet the needs of all learners●Teaching informed by assessment

    Michelle Smith is the Licensed AVID Teacher, and can be reached by phoning 651-293-8970, or by emailing at michelle.smith@spps.org  Please click on her name on the right-hand side of this page for more information.