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1 English Learner College Readiness AVID Excel An Introduction

2 English Learner College Readiness Essential Question What is AVID Excel?

3 English Learner College Readiness 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 To ensure that English language learners have full access to AVID and college-preparatory coursework.

4 English Learner College Readiness AVID’s ELCR 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

5 English Learner College Readiness Acceleration Access Explicit instruction Re-engagement Relationships Role models & “Believers” Why? Most “stuck” subgroup Require specific support AVID Excel’s Focus: Long-Term ELLs

6 English Learner College Readiness 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)

7 English Learner College Readiness 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 Goal Middle School

8 English Learner College Readiness US Schools: 4 years or more (as of 6 th 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) AVID Excel Student Profile

9 Professional Learning AVID Excel Coursework Biliteracy Family Connections AVID Excel 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 C ontent area and AVID Excel teachers 2 years of targeted PL 2 years of targeted PL Work together to plan instruction Work together to plan instruction Ongoing PL/coaching with AVID Excel District Leader Ongoing PL/coaching with AVID Excel District Leader Language development courses with AVID “overlay” Summer between 6 th & 7 th, 7 th & 8 th, and optional 8 th & 9 th grades Summer between 6 th & 7 th, 7 th & 8 th, and optional 8 th & 9 th grades 7 th grade & 8 th grade Elective 7 th grade & 8 th grade Elective Working with families to build academic language together and support college readiness. AVID Excel is part of AVID “family”—collaboration is encouraged. Explore how heritage language courses can be available to students as pathway to biliteracy & AP language in high school; pursue Seal of Biliteracy

10 English Learner College Readiness AVID Excel Course Sequence 7 th Grade Summer 7 th Grade Elective 8 th Grade Summer 8 th Grade Elective 9th Grade AVID summer (optional) Common “Strands”  Reading  Writing  Oral Language  Academic Vocabulary  Study Skills  Self-determination/Leadership 7 th & 8 th grade summers include community-based experiences

11 KEY FOCUS: Academic language building with AVID strategies for support AVID Excel Course Sequence

12 English Learner College Readiness An “AVID for ELL students class” because: It is not part of AVID certification And the primary focus is LANGUAGE first An “AVID for ELL students class” because: It is not part of AVID certification And the primary focus is LANGUAGE first AVID Excel is NOT: AVID Excel Course Sequence

13 Garden Grove, CA (Original Pilot) 5 MS Riverside, CA (Expanded Pilot) 3 MS Hillsborough, FL 2 MS Menifee, CA 3 MS Tukwila, WA Vancouver, WA Mt. Vernon, WA San Jacinto, CA Perris, CA Corona-Norco, CA Palm Beach, FL Pomona, CA Val Verde, CA Prosser, WA AVID Excel Expansion

14 English Learner College Readiness 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) Preliminary research (pilot sites) shows… …longitudinal data will give us ELL redesignation rate; HS graduation rate; college preparatory course completion; college application and acceptance rate

15 English Learner College Readiness 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) Appropriate Districts for AVID Excel

16 English Learner College Readiness Jan-March Student recruitment Teacher selection Master schedule planning AVID Excel Summer Bridge planning Contract process – March 1 contract request deadline Spring AVID Excel Elective teacher training (2 days in April/May) Family engagement AVID Excel Summer Bridge planning Summer AVID Excel Summer Bridge AVID Excel Elective teacher training (2 days in summer) Fall planning Beginning Implementation Timeline

17 English Learner College Readiness Contact Information (858)


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