AVID Showcase #2

Advancement Via Individual Determination

By Elizabeth Hurst
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October 25, 2023

AVID in Gunston is no joke.

From energizers to organized color-coded binders, AVID is in place in every single room at Gunston. Today, for the second time in less than a year,  students and staff were excited to share their thoughts about AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) with members of the Fairfax County Schools Leadership, various FCPS teachers and administrators, and a crew of AVID board members and founders from California. 

See video from previous visit here.

We are lucky to be the home base of an FCPS Elementary AVID coordinator, Miah Ford.  She presented the overview and emceed the program of the day with support from Eric Kinne. Our group of visitors started in the gym to hear an introduction along with testimonials of students who used AVID at Gunston but are older now.  Teams of visitors grouped with SCA guides toured various classrooms to see WICOR, AVID callouts, and AVID celebrations in practice.

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Miah Ford, local FCPS AVID Coordinator

SCA members became guides for AVID Showcase guests.

Tours groups stopped in a number of classrooms to observe the successful implementation of AVID strategies.  Even classes not on the tour could be seen using AVID elements in their lessons.  

Additional information about AVID is on AVID’s national website.

Following the classroom visits and opportunity to meet with individual students, guests were treated to a information Q & A with a panel of staff and students. The panel shared their thoughts with statements like these.

  • “It levels the playing field.”
  • “AVID cheers really build enthusiasm in the lower grades.”
  • “AVID helped me to get organized.”
  • “I was surprised to discover that AVID helps me teach better.”AVID water bottole

    Read more about AVID at Gunston

Staff and Student AVID Panel

Visitors from around the US viewing Gunston AVID program in action.