AVID recognition

Woodbury Middle School highlighted by AVID Leadership
Posted on 04/09/2019
Student speakers School administrators from across the country visited Woodbury Middle School on Tuesday, April 2 to see the school’s AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program in action. AVID is a global, non-profit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap. AVID teaches students skills and behaviors for academic success and helps develop critical thinking, literacy and focused note-taking. 

After the visit, Dr. Sandy Husk, CEO of AVID, recognized the school for achieving the highest level of AVID certification. Woodbury Middle School is designated as an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction, which is an honor awarded to a small subset of AVID school campuses that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to their students. This distinction illustrates a commitment to equity and opportunity for all students on campus, promotes rigorous academic opportunities for students throughout the campus and shows a commitment to superb instructional practices across the school.

Woodbury Middle School teachers incorporate AVID best practices which center around relational capacity, high expectations and WICOR practices (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) into all of their classes.

“Whether our students are taking AVID as an elective class, or exposed to and using the skills and tools AVID brings our teachers in core classes, Woodbury Middle school staff is recognized by AVID as a TOP example of work in these important areas,” said Principal Kari Lopez. 

During the visit, Lopez and AVID Coordinator Reuben Spinner first shared a presentation about the AVID implementation journey and how these practices provide a more equitable education for all students. AVID students then shined as they answered questions from the school administrators and discussed how the AVID elective class supported their work in challenging courses.

AVID practices are implemented in all 24 of District 833’s schools for grades 3 through 12. The AVID elective for middle and high school students has grown from 61 students in 2010 to 1,140 students in 2018. Three schools in District 833 have earned the recognition of AVID National Demonstration schools including Oltman Middle School, Woodbury Middle School and Park High School. 

For more information about AVID, visit www.avid.org.