Targeted Focus Areas

AVID Elementary focuses on each student, targeting:

  • Equal access to all students
  • Development of organizational skills
  • Student success skills
  • Inspire the belief in academic rigor and success
  • Smoother transition and increased articulation across the feeder pattern
  • Identification of students for the secondary AVID elective class

AVID Elementary Four Essentials

AVID Elementary Essentials


There are four AE (AVID Elementary) Essentials that are standard across all active sites around the globe and aligned to the overarching goal of AVID Center's mission.


Essential One:  Instruction

Writing to learn, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Reading to Learn (WICOR) as well as Learning to Write, Learning to Inquire, Learning to Collaborate, Learning to Organize and Learning to Read (L-WICOR) are the foundation for instruction in AVID Elementary classrooms.

Essential Two:  Culture

AVID  Elementary sites incorporate rigorous, relevant, differentiated opportunities for all student in an environment that promotes college readiness.

Essential Three:  Leadership

AVID Elementary Leaders support, guide and facilitate AVID Elementary implementation for all students.

Essential Four:  Systems

AVID Elementary sites align their systems to ensure the quality of AVID Elementary implementation.



AVID Elementary Research

AVID Elementary is immersed in the research of Dr. Carol Dweck, one of the world's leading researchers in the field of motivation.  Dr. Dweck is a professor of psychology at Stanford University.  The AE implementation resources, trainings and philosophy are all grounded in the idea that the growth mindset can be taught to students and that it is through the growth mindset that AVID students succeed in following their dreams and fulfilling their aspirations.   The secondary AVID component as well as the elementary component  have as a critical part of their instruction the "best teaching practices" and research findings of Marzano, Gaddy and Dean, What Works in Classroom Instruction.  Dr. Arthur Costa's Model of Intellectual Functioning in Three Levels are the levels of thinking and questioning that AVID uses systemically.  Dr. Costa's book is Developing Minds:  A Resource Book for Teaching Thinking.  Dr. Albert Bandura's Social Learning Theory support AVID's emphasis on mentoring, modeling and guiding students in their learning.


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