Xello for AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Educators [Webinar]
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- Hear insights from your peers on how to adapt AVID framework into your CCR program
- Gain practical strategies and actionable tips for engaging student that you can implement immediately
- Get inspired by a community of educators who share your passion, have refined what’s already working, and identified areas of improvement in their own AVID programs
This experienced and passionate panel will show how the AVID framework gives you the direction and tools to help students develop the skills they need to succeed in college and future careers - like better study skills, critical thinking, and problem solving.
Here are the educators who make up the panel.
Mary Anne Send
In this Xello Remote Roundtable, panelists Nancy Bogaenko and Mary Anne Send join our own Anthony Cook to talk about implementing AVID framework in their CCR programs. These AVID educators and seasoned Xello users address the challenges, offer personal experiences and tips for better outcomes. They provide a balanced approach to aligning AVID standards and goals to Xello programs in today’s school environments. This webinar offers perspective, humor, and a way forward for educators looking to explore bringing AVID to their students and schools.
Sometimes, when you combine two great things, they both end up greater than before. And what better example of this than Xello and AVID? AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a comprehensive initiative that helps students become college and career ready, is in around 8,000 schools in nearly every U.S. state and in Canada and Australia, serving more than two million students. And Xello’s new AVID elective standards correlation guide makes it easy to see how Xello aligns with and complements AVID schools and districts, making both programs more impactful.
AVID helps children develop the academic habits they will need to be successful in school, in an age-appropriate and challenging way, and does so according to its framework. This framework consists of four domains: instruction, systems, leadership, and culture. Students are at the top of this framework because everything in AVID revolves around the student. Teachers are at the bottom because their role is to insist on rigor, break down barriers, align work, and advocate for students.
AVID Elective courses – available for grades 6-12 – in addition to doing all of the above, provide students one period a day to receive the additional academic, social, and emotional support to help them succeed in their other classes with an eye on building future success.
In grades 6-12, Xello then helps them envision where they fit, and how to work towards that future.
One way that Xello aligns to and complements the AVID framework for its elective courses is by helping students identify careers that align with their interests through assessments like Matchmaker, which helps satisfy the Advancing College Preparedness subset of the AVID standards.
“We backwards map and begin with the end in mind,” Anthony Cook, a Xello training specialist and former Florida high school counselor, says. “Once a student can answer questions like, what problem do you want to solve, what would get you excited to get out of bed every day, we begin to leverage the pieces within Xello, and ask ourselves what's appropriate.”
Roundtable attendees also noted they use Xello in the AVID classroom for career exploration and career matching. Students can do this in Explore, which allows them to browse job descriptions, core tasks, salary information, education and training requirements, and more, meeting the Building Career Preparedness AVID subset. And lessons like Exploring Career Factors take it a step further by guiding students as they identify career factors that are important to them in determining future career choices.
Because AVID prioritizes future-readiness for its students by way of goal-setting and academic plans, tools to create these are the key to success. Whatever the pathway (college, career, military, etc.), students can create plans in Xello, as well as prepare for future careers in lessons like Jobs and Employers and custom assignments like Building Career Connections.
Xello helps AVID schools get the most out of the program. Mary Anne Send, the AVID District Coordinator and Guidance, Counseling and College Readiness Coordinator for the Irving, Texas Independent School District, noted that her district is in the early stages of aligning her AVID program with Xello.
“Our AVID portfolios are extremely important for us,” she says, “as they ensure that we're being certified and doing what needs to be done for our AVID elective students.” When Send learned that Xello could help with the AVID portfolio with resources like the My Portfolios activity lesson plan, she was thrilled.
“Every time I talk with someone from Xello, they're like, ‘Did you see this?’ And I'm jumping in thinking, oh, that reminds me of this AVID lesson. And this reminds me that we have to do this with the AVID portfolio."
As someone who describes herself as a “systems girl,” Send is “super excited” to help her teachers roll out Xello so they can “connect it with what has to happen in the AVID elective class” and to work smarter, not harder.
“Thinking about Xello in the framework within AVID, there are pieces within Xello that you can leverage so you're not going to have to go search to find supplementary classroom resources,” Cook notes. “All lessons have additional supplementary activities that you can use to deepen that learning for students and really lean on those opportunity knowledge gaps.”
Cook shared the enthusiasm he’s seen with elementary students. In one example, a teacher announced the class would stop the project they were working on and instead work on Xello and the students reacted with cheers.
Schools can start small and use Xello as it aligns with the AVID elective standards. Send advises educators to backwards map. “Before you consider what to do, look at your plate and determine what will feed everything else that you have to do. What is the thing that's going to drive your systems, leadership, instruction, and culture and go from there.”
Cook agrees that schools should go slowly in implementation and analyze the landscape before hopping in. Once schools consider their framework, they can find something that helps them support that framework. He encourages schools to pick one thing and become great at it before moving on to the next thing. “When you think of the comprehensive rollout of that within AVID, it's okay to say, listen, we're going to really hone in on this piece in Xello.”
If you’d like more information on how to use Xello within an AVID curriculum visit Xello Support.
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