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AVID Excel: A Focus on Long-ter m ELLs. Steve Elia Program Manager: English Learners & Student Outreach. Context for AVID Excel. AVID has been a college-readiness presence in secondary schools since 1980 Nationally: AVID in 4,700 schools in 900+ districts

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avid excel a focus on long ter m ells

AVID Excel: A Focus on Long-term ELLs

Steve Elia

Program Manager:

English Learners & Student Outreach

context for avid excel
Context for AVID Excel
  • AVID has been a college-readiness presence in secondary schools since 1980
  • Nationally: AVID in 4,700 schools in 900+ districts
  • CA: AVID in 1,578 schools in 412 districts
  • Mission of AVID: to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.
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Context for AVID Excel
  • ELLs have always been included in AVID, but students at risk of becoming long-term ELLs are typically NOT in traditional AVID or are being underserved in middle/high school AVID
  • 2006: James Irvine Foundation grant—began explicit focus on ELLs
  • 2008: Began English Learner College Readiness (ELCR) initiative
avid s elcr initiative
AVID’s ELCR Initiative

AVID Mission

AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

ELCR Mission

To ensure that English learner students have full access to AVID and college-preparatory coursework.

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AVID’s ELCR Initiative
  • Components:
  • AVID Excel (specifically LTELs)
  • ELL Math & Science Training
  • ELL Write Path book & training
  • Infusion of ELL strategies into AVID curriculum
  • Infusion of AVID into ELD courses
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Goal: AVID Excel is

  • a middle school pre-AVID program designed
  • to interrupt students’ path to long-term ELL status,
  • accelerate their language acquisition,
  • and put them on the path to AVID and college
  • preparatory coursework.
avid excel student profile 6 th grade
AVID Excel Student Profile: 6th Grade
  • US Schools: 4 years or more (as of 6th grade)—on the way to long-term ELL status
  • English Language Proficiency Exam: Overall intermediate and early advanced; may also include advanced or RFEP
  • ELA Standards Test: Below proficient (or on the bubble)—usually basic and upper below basic
  • College Aspirations: Interested in going to college; desire to achieve
  • ELA Courses: Usually scheduled for general ed. ELA courses (vs. ELD)
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Content area and AVID Excel teachers

  • 2 years of targeted PL
  • Work together to plan instruction
  • Ongoing PL/coaching with AVID Excel District Leader

Explore how heritage language courses can be available to students as pathway to biliteracy & AP language in high school; pursueSeal of Biliteracy

Workshops for families tobuild academic language togetherand support college readiness.

AVID Excel is part of AVID “family”—collaboration is encouraged.

  • Language development courses with AVID “overlay”
  • Summer between 6th & 7th, 7th & 8th,and optional 8th & 9th grades
  • 7th grade & 8th grade yearlong elective

Middle school “pre-AVID” English language development program for long-term ELLs to accelerate academic language acquisition and entrance to AVID and college preparatory course work

avid excel course sequence
AVID Excel Course Sequence

7th & 8th grade summers include community-based experiences

  • Common “Strands”
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Oral Language
    • Academic Vocabulary
    • Study Skills
    • Self-determination/Leadership
the avid excel course sequence
The AVID Excel Course Sequence

What It Is:

What It’s NOT:

Pre-AVID for ELLs

  • PRIMARY FOCUS: Language first
  • Academic language building with AVID’s college readiness strategies for support
  • Pathway to 9th grade AVID
  • NOT AVID for ELL students
  • NOT part of AVID certification
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AVID Excel Expansion

2012

2011

2010

2008

preliminary research pilot sites shows
Preliminary research (pilot sites) shows…
  • Increased motivation, resilience, engagement, & academic risk-taking
  • Increased oral language use in formal register
  • College preparatory course enrollment in HS
  • AVID elective acceptance in HS
  • Fewer D’s & F’s (based on comparison group)
  • Accelerated movement on CELDT (CA English Language Development Test)
  • Increase in performance levels on CST ELA (CA Standards Test)

…longitudinal data will give us ELL redesignation rate; HS graduation rate; college preparatory course completion; college application and acceptance rate

next data research steps
Next Data/Research Steps
  • Developing system for tracking all the students in a district
  • Goal: measure student achievement as it is connected to adherence to the program—looking for causal data
appropriate districts for avid excel
Appropriate Districts for AVID Excel
  • Underachieving long-term ELL subgroup
  • Strong AVID reputation & feeder pattern (middle level to high school)
  • Commitment to college readiness for ELL students
  • Resources for curriculum, professional learning, summer courses, tutors (Title I, III, EIA funds, & grants, GEAR UP)
  • AVID Excel District Leader designated (for coaching & program oversight)
contact information

Contact Information

elcr@avidcenter.org

(858) 380-4800