“What is AVID? 

The following excerpt has been taken from the AVID site for an official description:

“AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a nonprofit organization that changes lives by helping schools shift to a more equitable, student-centered approach. We train 70,000 educators annually to close the opportunity gap, so they can prepare all students for college, careers, and life.  When schools partner with AVID, they receive professional development, a suite of resources, and ongoing support to ensure a lasting impact that maximizes their return on investment. AVID is not “one more thing to do”—our work with schools aligns with their goals to accelerate and enhance the work that is already happening.”   www.avid.org


What does AVID look like on John Muir’s campus from a practical standpoint?  It means utilizing strategies that point in the direction of students looking towards the avenue of college and career.  AVID helps students use instructional, organizational, and study strategies that focuses on preparing them for higher level thinking in middle school, high school, and onto college and career.  Some of the strategies include improving study skills, communication, and understanding the art of self-advocacy.  


Additionally, AVID assists with an overall change of mindset toward “not yet”.  As it is more commonly called “The Power of Yet”, it is a concept connected to “Growth Mindset”. A growth mindset is moving from a fixed mindset of I can’t to a more growth mindset of I can, even if it is small growth.  For example, if a student struggles with math they can improve with a growth mindset.  Success is seen when students have a recipe of time, patience, excellent teaching strategies and a lot of perseverance and then growth is observed.”