It’s a program that’s been around for more than 30 years, and it’s designed to help students performing below their potential improve their motivation for success.
According to AVID, the idea is to help B,C and D students who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard become more focused on academic performance. It puts them on a track toward acceleration instead of remediation.
AVID coordinator Leanna Holmes said it’s about giving students a vision and a plan for the future and helping them reach their full potential. It’s also about helping young people determine the power of self-determination in their own lives.
Some other schools in our area are using different programs that accomplish similar goals. Dramatic results in schools have also been seen where 21st Century Schools and Leader in Me principles have been put in place. AVID appears to be another tool that can be used to help students become the best they can be.
Societal changes for students and staff alike demand a continuing review of best practices in our schools, and a willingness to make changes in school environments to achieve the best results. We’re glad to see educators in our area keeping abreast of new ways to help our kids do just that.