Two TPS Teachers Selected as AVID Staff Developers

Kimberly Sonnich, a language arts and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) teacher at Robinson Middle School, and Aryn McCoy, a special education teacher at Topeka High, have been selected to be staff developers for AVID. They will attend training in San Diego in April and will then work at AVID Summer Institutes held within the Central Division of the United States. Kimberly will be training educators in the Language Arts Path and Aryn will be presenting the Student Success Path training.  Both will also be assisting school districts with the development of AVID site plans which they will go back and implement in their schools.  
What is AVID?
AVID is a program designed to help students in the middle prepare for and succeed in colleges and universities. Students in the program commit themselves to improvement and preparation for college. AVID offers a rigorous program of instruction in academic “survival skills” and college level entry skills. The AVID program teaches the student how to study, read for content, take notes, and manage time. Students participate in collaborative study groups or tutorials led by tutors who use skillful questioning to bring students to a higher level of understanding.

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