In response to questions raised by Dagger readers, HCPS has clarified that the AVID program is being funded by a Department of Defense Education Activity grant.
From Harford County Public Schools:
Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) is excited to announce it will implement AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, at Aberdeen and Havre de Grace middle schools this coming school year. According to its website (www.avid.org), AVID is a non-profit elementary through post secondary college readiness system that is designed to close the achievement gap with increased school-wide learning and performance.
HCPS Instructional Facilitator Helen Miller has been charged with developing the program at the schools. She, along with other educators involved in the program, spent a year planning and selecting students.
“We are teaching students to be college-ready starting in the 7th grade,” said Ms. Miller. “No matter what path they choose after graduation, each AVID student will have the skills necessary to be successful in any post-secondary environment. Additionally, our goal is to spread the AVID methodologies so ALL students can benefit from the AVID system.”
Nineteen teachers, counselors and administrators from Havre de Grace and Aberdeen middle schools attended the AVID Summer Institute in Atlanta, GA, June 19-24th for extensive AVID training. More than 20,000 educators will be trained this summer through the AVID Summer Institutes across the country.
The AVID system accelerates student learning with research-based methods of effective instruction and meaningful and motivational professional development. AVID is implemented in more than 4,500 schools in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and 16 countries/territories and serves approximately 400,000 students in grades 4-12 as well as students in 14 postsecondary institutions.
Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least-served students in the academic middle, predominantly minority and economically disadvantaged. The program has proven over the last 30 years to be highly successful. In addition to outstanding graduation rates, AVID students perform well above their peer groups.