Kansas City, May 17, 2019: The door to college and career success just got a lot wider for a couple of hundred Kansas City Public Schools students.
KCPS hosted its first ever student induction ceremony for the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program on Tuesday evening, May 14 at Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts.
AVID provides scaffolded support that educators and students need to encourage college and career readiness and success. With AVID, school leaders have the flexibility to start small and can deepen AVID’s impact on their campus over time.
The 2019 induction ceremony included 233 students, who are listed below, from across the school system. The event was hosted by KCPS Director of Guidance Counseling Jermaine Wilson and featured remarks by AVID students and teachers, Deputy Superintendent Marla Sheppard, Assistant Superintendent Lateshia Woodley, Superintendent Mark Bedell and KCPS Education Foundation Executive Director Nicole Collier-White.
“Being excited about college is the ‘AVID effect!'” Northeast Middle School AVID teacher Kristin Pfeiffer said.
The AVID program at KCPS was made possible thanks to grant support from the foundation, which gathered funding from the George K. Baum Family Foundation. BSN Sports also provided support to help cover the cost of t-shirts for students and staff.
“Please take this opportunity and let it drive you to the next level of ability and achievement,” Ms. Collier-White told the assembled students.
Visit the KCPS Flickr site for more photos from this event.
The AVID program was started in 1980 by a high school English teacher in San Diego, CA, who believed her disadvantaged students could be motivated to learn the skills necessary to enter and succeed in college. The program is now nationwide and features a curriculum that is divided into elementary and secondary school components.
By teaching and reinforcing academic behaviors and higher-level thinking at a young age, AVID Elementary teachers create a ripple effect in later grades. Elementary students develop the academic habits they will need to be successful in middle school, high school, and college, in an age-appropriate and challenging way. Children learn about organization, study skills, communication, and self-advocacy. AVID Elementary students take structured notes and answer and ask high-level questions that go beyond routine answers.
The strong college-going culture on an AVID Elementary campus encourages students to think about their college and career plans. Schools cover their walls with college pennants and banners, and educators speak about their college experiences. College and careers are no longer foreign concepts, and teachers provide the academic foundation students need to be on a path for college and career success. AVID Elementary closes the opportunity gap before it begins.
Schools may begin AVID Elementary by training teachers across a certain grade level(s) or the entire campus. The training can start with a group as small as four participating in three days of AVID professional learning.
Our schools are full of students who possess a desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard, but many of them do not truly have the opportunity to be college-ready. These are often the students who will be the first in their families to attend college and are from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. AVID Secondary equips teachers and schools with what they need to help these students succeed on a path to college and career success.
To address this need, AVID has developed the AVID Elective course. For one period a day, students receive the additional academic, social, and emotional support that will help them succeed in their school’s most rigorous courses. Districts have the flexibility to decide how many AVID Elective classes to start and which grade levels will implement AVID first. Additionally, in middle school, the language and literacy needs of long-term English language learners can be addressed through the AVID Excel elective class.
The power of AVID Secondary is the ability to impact students in the AVID Elective class and all students throughout the campus. AVID Secondary can have an effect on the entire school by providing classroom activities, teaching practices, and academic behaviors that can be incorporated into any classroom to improve engagement and success for all students. Teachers can take what they’ve learned at AVID training back to any classroom to help all students, not just those in AVID, to become more college- and career-ready.
The training can start with a group as small as eight participating in three days of AVID professional learning.
The following students were inducted into the KCPS AVID program for the 2019-2020 academic year:
Benjamin Banneker Elementary
Carver Dual Language Academy
He Be Bo La
Jonathan Rosales Salgado
Hale Cook Elementary
J.A. Rogers Elementary
Laura Torres Pena
Antoneo De’Lan La’vance
Primitivo Garcia Elementary
Wendell Phillips Elementary
Phillis Wheatley Elementary
Betsayda Calderan Morales
Rodolfo Garcia Perez
Rosa Mejia Cruz
Mayte Morenc Hernandez
Central Middle 7th → 8th
Tyree Graves Newton
Northeast Middle 7th → 8th
Sa Ki Da
Paw Bweh Moo
Marjorie Solorzano Barnoya
Paseo Academy 7th → 8th
Central Middle 8th → 9th
Cristal De la Cruz
Christofer Fuentes Sanchez
Brennen Hollinger Jr.
Northeast Middle 8th → 9th
Southeast Middle/AC Prep Lower 8th → 9th
Central Academy 9th → 10th
Northeast High School 9th → 10th
Dailia Morales Cardoso
Southeast High School/AC Prep 9th → 10th
East High School 8th → 9th
Nayeli Anaya Perez
Cristal De la Cruz
Enrique Garcia Rivera
Luis Garcia Rivera