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Mountain View High School Teacher Presents at AVID National Conference

By Anne Donofrio-Holter

El Monte

Mountain View High School social science teacher Christopher Lewis was selected to present at the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) National Conference held recently in San Diego.  Established in 1980, AVID is a non-profit, proven college readiness system that is designed to increase school wide learning and student performance.

Lewis was one of 48 selected to present from over 100 applicants.

“More than 2,000 national attendees including superintendents, school board members, district and site administrators and other educational leaders discussed and shared best practices on opening access to rigorous curriculum for all students,” said an AVID spokesperson.

The conference featured a variety of topics including 21st Century Skills and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) initiatives, acceleration and rigor, AVID’s College Readiness System, Common Core State Standards, Data, Research and Evaluation for College Readiness and Equity.

Lewis’ session focused on demystifying research writing in the AVID elective.

“In the presentation, I discussed some strategies that AVID teachers can use to approach research writing a little differently,” said Lewis.  “My focus is on developing purpose for writing and organizing thinking to write higher quality essays.”

Today, AVID is implemented in approximately 4,800 schools in 48 states and 16 countries/ territories and serves more than 425,000 students in grades 4-12, as well as students in 24 higher education institutions.  AVID transforms a school’s academic culture to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges and succeed in postsecondary education and training.

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