Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a copyrighted, internationally-recognized college preparatory system designed to support students for success in advanced academics and for eligibility and future success in college. AVID is a systemic approach that supports Volusia County Schools' goal: Increase achievement for each and every student.
"AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society."
AVID strategies have been refined to comprise 11 essential components.
- Student selection focuses on students in the middle academically;
- Voluntary program participation by students and staff;
- AVID elective offered during school day;
- Enrollment in rigorous curriculum;
- Writing curriculum;
- Inquiry emphasis;
- Trained tutors;
- Data collection and analysis;
- School or District resources committed;
- Active, inter-disciplinary site team.
AVID tutors work in the AVID elective class directly under the supervision of an AVID-trained teacher. Tutors facilitate collaborative groups of middle or high school students to enhance students' use of higher-order thinking skills to solve problems. This method guides student to do their own problem-solving with a tutor's encouragement. AVID tutors do not do the work for students.
Expectations of the AVID tutor:
- Work conscientiously and dependably;
- Complete 16 hours of AVID tutoring methodology;
- Adhere to an established weekly schedule for tutoring;
- Ensure you have reliable transportation;
- Maintain a professional demeanor with student groups.
Tutors perform the following tasks:
- Model examples of personal excellence, a passion for the college experience;
- Facilitate tutorials in small subject area groups;
- Review student learning logs, Cornell notes, class discussion points, and AVID binders;
- Assist students with various phases of the writing process;
- Guide student response groups to respond to individual student questions;
- Become familiar with the AVID library and resources;
- Communicate frequently and openly with the AVID teacher regarding student progress and areas of concern;
- Maintain accurate timesheets.
Tutors needing to complete the required 16 hours of training are encouraged to complete a combination of face-to-face and online modules offered by the AVID district office and trained site coordinators. Tutors must be granted a district sign-on to complete the course.