Presentation on theme: "AVID Excel: A Focus on Long-term ELLs"— Presentation transcript:
1 AVID Excel: A Focus on Long-term ELLs Steve EliaProgram Manager:English Learners & Student Outreach
2 Context for AVID ExcelAVID has been a college-readiness presence in secondary schools since 1980Nationally: AVID in 4,700 schools in 900+ districtsCA: AVID in 1,578 schools in 412 districtsMission of AVID: to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.
3 Context for AVID ExcelELLs have always been included in AVID, but students at risk of becoming long-term ELLs are typically NOT in traditional AVID or are being underserved in middle/high school AVID2006: James Irvine Foundation grant—began explicit focus on ELLs2008: Began English Learner College Readiness (ELCR) initiative
4 AVID’s ELCR Initiative AVID MissionAVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.ELCR MissionTo ensure that English learner students have full access to AVID and college-preparatory coursework.
5 AVID’s ELCR Initiative Components:AVID Excel (specifically LTELs)ELL Math & Science TrainingELL Write Path book & trainingInfusion of ELL strategies into AVID curriculumInfusion of AVID into ELD courses
6 Goal: AVID Excel is a middle school pre-AVID program designed to interrupt students’ path to long-term ELL status,accelerate their language acquisition,and put them on the path to AVID and collegepreparatory coursework.
7 AVID Excel Student Profile: 6th Grade 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; may also include advanced or RFEP ELA Standards Test: Below proficient (or on the bubble)—usually basic and upper below basicCollege Aspirations: Interested in going to college; desire to achieveELA Courses: Usually scheduled for general ed. ELA courses (vs. ELD)
8 Professional Learning AVID ExcelProfessional LearningAVID Excel CourseworkBiliteracyFamily ConnectionContent area and AVID Excel teachers2 years of targeted PLWork together to plan instructionOngoing PL/coaching with AVID Excel District LeaderExplore how heritage language courses can be available to students as pathway to biliteracy & AP language in high school; pursue Seal of BiliteracyWorkshops for families to build academic language together and 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 grades7th grade & 8th grade yearlong electiveMiddle 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
10 The AVID Excel Course Sequence What It’s NOT:What It Is:NOT AVID for ELL studentsNOT part of AVID certificationPre-AVID for ELLsPRIMARY FOCUS: Language firstAcademic language building with AVID’s college readiness strategies for supportPathway to 9th grade AVID
12 AVID Excel Expansion 2012 2011 2010 2008 Tukwila, WA Vancouver, WA Garden Grove, CA(Original Pilot)5 MSRiverside, CA(Expanded Pilot)3 MSHillsborough, FL2 MSMenifee, CATukwila, WAVancouver, WAMt. Vernon, WASan Jacinto, CAPerris, CACorona-Norco, CAPalm Beach, FLAVID Excel Expansion2012201120102008
13 Preliminary research (pilot sites) shows… Increased motivation, resilience, engagement, & academic risk-takingIncreased oral language use in formal registerCollege preparatory course enrollment in HSAVID elective acceptance in HSFewer 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
14 Next Data/Research Steps Developing system for tracking all the students in a districtGoal: measure student achievement as it is connected to adherence to the program—looking for causal data
15 Appropriate Districts for AVID Excel Underachieving long-term ELL subgroupStrong AVID reputation & feeder pattern (middle level to high school)Commitment to college readiness for ELL studentsResources for curriculum, professional learning, summer courses, tutors (Title I, III, EIA funds, & grants, GEAR UP)AVID Excel District Leader designated (for coaching & program oversight)
16 Beginning Implementation Timeline Jan-MarchStudent recruitmentTeacher selectionMaster schedule planningAVID Excel Summer Bridge planningSpringTeacher training (2 days in April/May)Family engagementSummerAVID Excel Summer BridgeTeacher training (2 days in summer)Fall planning