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Ms. Kathy Irey
I graduated from New Albany High School, in New Albany, Indiana a very loonnnggg time ago. During my junior year in high school I started playing tennis and was able to get a scholarship to attend and play for Stetson University in Deland, Florida. I have been teaching since 1981 (all except for about three years), teaching elementary, grades 1, 2 and 5 for several years. Moving to Clewiston Middle School, I taught 6th grade English and eighth grade Reading. After a short moment teaching 8th grade Reading and Language Arts at Stuart Middle School, I returned to Clewiston Middle and began teaching my most favorite subject. AVID.
AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.
What is AVID?
AVID is not just another program…at its heart,AVID is a philosophyHold students accountable to the higheststandards, provide academic and socialsupport, and they willrise to the challenge.
AVID Secondary (grades 7-12) develops learning, study and academic behavioral skills that are essential to success in rigorous coursework. It acts as a catalyst for schools to develop a culture of college readiness for all students across the campus. In the AVID Elective class, students receive daily instruction and support to prepare them for college from a trained AVID Elective teacher. AVID impacts students schoolwide as academic strategies like writing to learn, inquiry, collaboration, organizational skills, and critical reading (WICOR ) are taught in all classes by teachers who have been trained to use AVID strategies in their specific content areas.
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AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other post-secondary opportunities. Established more than 30 years ago with one teacher in one classroom, AVID today impacts more than 800,000 students in 44 states and 16 other countries/territories.What AVID Does
Simply, AVID trains educators to use proven practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college, and a career, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.
How AVID Works
AVID brings research‐based strategies and curriculum to educational institutions in elementary, secondary, and higher education. The AVID System annually provides more than 30,000 educators with training and methodologies that develop students’ critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas throughout the entire campus, in what we call Schoolwide AVID.
- Teaches skills and behaviors for academic success
- Provides intensive support with tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships
- Creates a positive peer group for students
- Develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination
As a result, policy makers and educators now consider AVID's mission to be an essential strategy for closing the achievement gap, making college access and success available to all students.
Learn more about AVID’s college and career readiness efforts, and see our results!