AVID Showcase

IGH Middle School Teaches Other Schools About AVID
Posted on 11/14/2019
IGHMS staff teach educators from other schools about AVIDThis fall, Inver Grove Heights Middle School invited educators around the state to learn about their AVID system and see it in practice. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination and is part of the curriculum at IGH Middle School to help students learn strategies that will make them successful in high school and after graduation. There is also an AVID elective that provides additional support for students who may be struggling but who want to go to college. Students learn critical reading, writing, inquiry, organization, collaboration, communication, and advanced study skills. Visiting staff toured classrooms and heard from IGH Middle School AVID staff about the program’s start and their experiences since.

IGH Middle School staff began the day by introducing visiting staff to the AVID program and its history in the school. AVID started at IGH Middle School in 2011 with one class that had a handful of students who met every other day. AVID staff explained how the class expanded into classes for students in 7th through 12th grade, AVID practices were embedded into every class, and every staff member was trained to use AVID’s best practices.

IGH Middle School has been recognized as a Highly Certified AVID School since it became eligible for the designation. Being Highly Certified showed that IGH Middle School was effectively implementing AVID strategies that were proven to help students succeed. However, in 2016, the school earned the chance to apply to be an AVID National Demonstration School. A demonstration school is nationally recognized for showing evidence of student achievement schoolwide. The designation identifies the school as a learning center for AVID best practices and schoolwide teaching strategies that help all students experience rigorous instruction.

Over two years, AVID coaches visited the school to observe its practices, measure progress, and provide feedback on what still needed to be done. At the beginning of 2018, IGH Middle School was ready for its site visit. The middle school’s AVID staff organized a student panel for AVID representatives to talk to, held a presentation summarizing the staff’s efforts over the previous seven years, and detailed their future plans for the program to serve more students.

In March of 2018, IGH Middle School became one of only eight AVID National Demonstration Schools in Minnesota. More than 6,000 schools across the country use the AVID program, but only 175 of those schools have met the rigorous standards to become a demonstration school. The designation must be reviewed every two years, and in the meantime, IGH Middle School staff share their experiences with other schools who are interested in the program and continue to advance their AVID practices to improve outcomes for all of their students.