College readiness and career readiness can be challenging for all districts most especially those of poverty. From the beginning 37 years ago AVID’s mission was to ensure student access to rigorous courses and fulfilling their academic potential. Accelerated student learning, research-based effective instruction, and meaningful professional development are the underpinnings of the AVID College Readiness System; leading to transforming beliefs and attitudes about college readiness for ALL students. Highlighted in this session are independent research results from a six year study of AVID’s impact on college readiness school wide as well as on the AVID elective student cohorts. Persistence data from the National Clearinghouse for AVID students will also be presented. The presenters will share how this data can be replicated other schools.
Todd Setterlund is Principal of Burlington-Edison High School in Burlington, Washington. He taught English at Martin Luther King High School in Philadelphia. and after completing the prestigious Aspiring Principals program at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, he entered high school administration. He also holds degrees from University of Washington and Western Washington University.
Susan Bergman has been the AVID State Director for ten years and has supported over three hundred and fifty AVID sites across the state including many Title 1 schools. Prior to that served as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Mount Vernon (WA) School District where she also served as AVID District Director and managed Entitlement grants.