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Fwd: 60 Minutes II -- AVID Program

Well, this is all I found so far.

The link to AVID's page is in the article.


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60 Minutes II: Making The Grade

Innovative Program Helps Low-Scoring Students
Teacher Becomes A Kind Of Coach

Jan. 30, 2002

(CBS) President Bush has signed what is the biggest change in our
schools in
decades. Standards will be higher and children will face mandatory
How can schools push students ahead when so many are in remedial
stuck on a path that is not leading to college?

A fresh idea in education may be the answer. It's called AVID and is
to change the way public schools teach. It works so well, it has
spread to
1,200 schools in 21 states. Scott Pelley reports.

More About AVID:
<A HREF="http://www.avidonline.org/";>Find out more about AVID schools
in your area</A>.

AVID gives struggling students intensive tutoring. And it
revolutionizes the
role of the teacher. An AVID teacher is a coach, cheerleader, and
cop, who
pushes pupils to be more than they ever thought they could be.

"Too often you see a kid sitting in the back row, he's down there
like this,
first impression from a teacher, he's a knucklehead," says Wayne
Dickey, an
AVID teacher in San Antonio. "He's not gonna be able to do anything.
So we
teach them, you know, sit up. Don't go to that back row. Look the
teacher in
the eye."

Dickey is the AVID teacher at Sam Houston High and for his students,
a last chance at college. They're kids in the middle, making C's and
D's -
kids like Luci Allen, who is struggling and working nights, because,
as a
senior in high school, she's a mother.

She says she didn't have confidence, and was skipping class a lot.

"A lot of these kids have been told all their life that they can't do
they can't do that. And you know if you're told something constantly
though you might have a great will power, staying power, eventually
gonna believe that," says Dickey.

AVID changes that belief by changing the way kids are taught in
school. First, AVID transfers students out of remedial classes and
advanced courses like chemistry and calculus. Then AVID meets one
hour every
day and its largely about tutoring - if a student has trouble in any
he gets help, from Dickey, from college students trained as tutors,
and from
each other.

But even more effective than the tutoring, AVID revolutionizes the
teachers teach in public school. Here's the difference. Dickey's job
is to
watch over his student's entire day. He monitors how they're doing in
algebra, history, English. And if they have trouble with school work,
finds them help. And if they have trouble with teachers or
classmates, he
intervenes and always keeps the class on the straight and narrow.

Mary Catherine Swanson started AVID 21 years go in San Diego. She
then that underprivileged kids were falling behind because no one
showed them
how to succeed.

"What they need is stability," she says. "They need family, they need
somebody to whom they are responsible and that's what the AVID

In 1980, she convinced a group of kids to volunteer for her
experiment. She
called it AVID for "advancement via individual determination." How
were those students?

Some of those early AVID students are now engineers and executives.
Escobedo works on satellite systems. Clarence Fields is an executive
Xerox. He says that other kids in his neighborhood are in prison, or

AVID's system is now being used with younger children. Some 12- and
13-year-olds learn how to take notes like college students, and how
to manage
their time.

When AVID arrives at a new school, there are inevitably teachers who
that it's too good be to true. Connie O'Connor actually kicked the
pupils out of her advanced placement English class and was forced by
the AVID
teacher to take them back. Now, she says, they do better work than
her other

"All they have to do is have somebody pushing them, somebody telling
them,'Yeah, you can do it.'" says Dickey.

It is hard work, and not everyone succeeds. In San Antonio, all 23
in Dickey's senior class graduated. Of those, 18 are now in college.

AVID student Sharlette Bates wanted to drop out after she was
diagnosed with
pancreatic cancer in her junior year. But Dickey convinced her to
stay, and
now she's in college. Her parents didnâ??t graduate from high school.

AVID says 95 percent of its students go on to college - as opposed to
percent for all students nationwide. It's a lesson in success that is
changing the lives, not only of the students, but a lot of teachers
showed them the way.

"You get to a point where you really you get attached to these kids.
And you
care about them as people first," says Dickey.

© MMI, CBS Worldwide Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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