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AVID Excel. An Introduction. Essential Question. What is AVID Exce l ?. AVID’s ELCR. 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

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avid excel

AVID Excel

An Introduction

essential question
Essential Question
  • What is AVID Excel?
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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 language learners have full access to AVID and college-preparatory coursework.

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  • Components:
  • AVID Excel
  • Supporting ELLs in Math & Supporting ELLs in Science Path Trainings
  • ELL Write Path book & training
  • Infusion of AVID into ELD courses
  • Infusion of ELL strategies into the AVID curriculum
avid excel s focus long term ells
AVID Excel’s Focus: Long-Term ELLs
  • Why?
  • Most “stuck” subgroup
  • Require specific support
  • Acceleration
  • Access
  • Explicit instruction
  • Re-engagement
  • Relationships
  • Role models & “Believers”
characteristics of long term ells
Characteristics of Long-Term ELLs

Designated ELL for more than 6 years; appear “stuck”

Most born in U.S. and attended all U.S. schools

Orally fluent in English (deceiving!)―BICS

Reading and writing below grade level—lack CALP

Insufficient literacy in primary language; may use an informal version of their primary language

Often disengaged with school; work to stay “invisible”

(From California Tomorrow)

(From California Tomorrow)


AVID Excel Goal

Middle School

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
AVID Excel Student Profile
  • 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
  • ELA Standards Test: Below proficient (basic level)
  • College Aspirations: Interested in going to college; desire to achieve
  • ELA Courses: Usually scheduled for general ed. ELA courses (vs. ELD/ ESL/ESOL)

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

Working with 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 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
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AVID Excel Course Sequence


Academic language building with AVID strategies for support

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AVID Excel Course Sequence

AVID Excel is NOT:

  • An “AVID for ELL students class” because:
      • It is not part of AVID certification
      • And the primary focus is LANGUAGE first

AVID Excel Expansion






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

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


(858) 380-4800