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1 English Learner College Readiness AVID Excel: A Focus on Long-term ELLs Steve Elia Program Manager: English Learners & Student Outreach

2 English Learner College Readiness Context for AVID Excel AVID has been a college-readiness presence in secondary schools since 1980 Nationally: AVID in 4,700 schools in 900+ districts CA: AVID in 1,578 schools in 412 districts Mission of AVID: to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

3 English Learner College Readiness Context for AVID Excel ELLs 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 AVID 2006: James Irvine Foundation grant—began explicit focus on ELLs 2008: Began English Learner College Readiness (ELCR) initiative

4 English Learner College Readiness AVID’s ELCR Initiative 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 learner students have full access to AVID and college- preparatory coursework.

5 English Learner College Readiness AVID’s ELCR Initiative Components: AVID Excel (specifically LTELs) ELL Math & Science Training ELL Write Path book & training Infusion of ELL strategies into AVID curriculum Infusion of AVID into ELD courses

6 English Learner College Readiness 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 college preparatory coursework.

7 English Learner College Readiness AVID Excel Student Profile: 6 th Grade 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; may also include advanced or RFEP ELA Standards Test: Below proficient (or on the bubble)— usually basic and upper below basic College Aspirations: Interested in going to college; desire to achieve ELA Courses: Usually scheduled for general ed. ELA courses (vs. ELD)

8 Professional Learning AVID Excel Coursework Biliteracy Family Connection 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 yearlong elective 7 th grade & 8 th grade yearlong elective Workshops for 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

9 English Learner College Readiness AVID Excel Course Sequence 7 th Grade Summer 7 th Grade Yearlong 8 th Grade Summer 8 th Grade Yearlong 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

10 English Learner College Readiness NOT AVID for ELL students NOT part of AVID certification NOT AVID for ELL students NOT part of AVID certification What It’s NOT: The AVID Excel Course Sequence What It Is: Pre-AVID for ELLs PRIMARY FOCUS: Language first Academic language building with AVID’s college readiness strategies for support Pathway to 9 th grade AVID Pre-AVID for ELLs PRIMARY FOCUS: Language first Academic language building with AVID’s college readiness strategies for support Pathway to 9 th grade AVID

11 English Learner College Readiness

12 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 AVID Excel Expansion

13 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

14 English Learner College Readiness Next Data/Research Steps Developing system for tracking all the students in a district Goal: measure student achievement as it is connected to adherence to the program— looking for causal data

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 Spring Teacher training (2 days in April/May) Family engagement AVID Excel Summer Bridge planning Summer AVID Excel Summer Bridge Teacher training (2 days in summer) Fall planning Beginning Implementation Timeline

17 English Learner College Readiness What questions can I answer?

18 English Learner College Readiness Contact Information (858)


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