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May 2017 Entry

Oak Grove AVID program

janet goldhamer
Boulder Creek · California
What is your cause and how will it make the world kinder?

AVID is student centered, and emphasis is "on learning rather than teaching": teachers will learn strategies such as Socratic seminar that engage students in learning; Emphasis is "work/career oriented", as AVID emphasizes purposeful, relevant planning for students for students to transition from high school, to college, and to career through the class itself which provides speakers on careers and college, college to career planning through Naviance and the AVID counselor;
AVID is community oriented, and will help to create a community of learners through community centered field trips and classroom strategies that promote small group strategising and critical thinking; AVID is results oriented, and will help students build to a career.

How will you use the $10k?

Through the AVID program we expect to see higher GPA's in general, student performance in math and English at the freshmen level to have passing grades or higher, and more students graduating from Oak Grove high school having completed the A through G requirements. At this time, we do not have a method of tracking students after high school; the AVID program also provides us with this ability. Donations for this program will be used to augment current funding to provide tutors, teacher training, student activities, and motivational materials.

What impact do you hope to make?

Oak Grove with 1800 falconette students, has one of the most diverse populations in the United States. As teachers, we have learned to look globally for our "culture connections" and ideas in the classroom, because our students represent the nations of the world. Our population of 1848 includes: Chinese: 22 (1.2%), Japanese: 1 (0.05%), Korean: 4 (0.2%), Vietnamese: 327 (17.7%), Asian Indian: 29 (1.6%), Laotian: 1 (0.05%), Cambodian: 25 (1.4%), Hmong: 2 (0.1%) and Guamanian: 2 (0.1%), Samoan: 9 (0.5%) and other Pacific Islanders: 3 (0.2%); Filipino: 94 (5.1%), Hispanic: 1025 (55.5%), African-American: 118 (6.4%), Native American: 9 (0.5%) and impoverished Caucasian: 163 (8.8%). These are the children we want to impact.

Other Details

AVID OG Activities for 2017-2018 include:
1. training teachers both in AVID strategies and in Advanced Placement curriculum during summer, 2017;
2. choosing, training, and paying tutors in the AVID classes for math, science and English during summer, 2017;
3. planning, coordinating, and executing 2 - 3 field trips to local colleges and museums during 2017-2018 school year;
4. planning, coordinating, and executing a summer activities day for incoming freshmen students in the AVID program;
5. providing additional options in course work through advanced placement during the 2017-18 school year.

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