2018 AVID National Conference | December 6–8
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina | San Diego, CA
We have reached capacity! Registration for the conference is now closed due to an overwhelming response. We thank you for your interest in our National Conference.
The AVID National Conference is a forum to discuss and share innovations and best practices on how educators can systematically increase academic rigor, create engaging learning environments, accelerate the performance of underrepresented students, and deliver results schoolwide. National organizations who partner with AVID schools to promote college and career readiness are invited to share the benefits of their partnership. Educational thought leaders come together to learn from the experiences of successful AVID systems. We invite current AVID member districts, as well as those interested in learning more about AVID, to discover how it might impact their schools and communities.
Just announced... Mary Catherine Swanson will facilitate a discussion panel with former AVID students on Friday, December 7 from 8 – 9 AM.
Vice President – Worldwide Education, Microsoft
In his role leading the worldwide execution of Microsoft’s vision for education, Anthony Salcito works to help empower educators and inspire students to achieve more. He aims to transform the way we learn with the support of the best technology to help build critical skills for the modern, global workplace.
Prior to taking this role in 2009, Salcito was general manager of education in the United States, supporting schools and universities across the country. During this time, he helped launch the company’s cornerstone education programs. He was also at the center of Microsoft’s involvement in the creation of the School of the Future—a pioneering partnership with the School District of Philadelphia and now the first of many Microsoft Showcase Schools around the world.
Salcito joined Microsoft in 1992, spending his early years at the company architecting high-profile product launches for Windows NT and Windows 95. He is involved with a variety of outreach projects; has served on the board of directors for Stevens Institute of Technology WebCampus; and currently serves on the boards of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Junior Achievement of Washington, the European Foundation for Management Development, the National Community Education Association, and Western Governors University.
With a belief that educators will forever be the heroes of the classroom, Salcito authors Daily Edventures (http://dailyedventures.com/), which highlights the inspiring stories of educators, students, education thought leaders, and school leaders from around the world. You can engage with Salcito at @AnthonySalcito.
SPECIAL GUEST - Just announced!
Mary Catherine Swanson
Founder and retired CEO of AVID; AVID Board Member
Mary Catherine Swanson developed AVID in 1980 as a secondary school program that prepares underrepresented students for college and career success. Prior to that, she taught high school English for 20 years. During that time, she was instrumental in developing numerous award-winning language arts programs.
Ms. Swanson will make a special appearance at this year’s National Conference. She will moderate a panel of former AVID students from around the country to discuss how the relationships formed with their AVID educators and strategies they developed continue to impact them today. Panelists scheduled to appear include teacher Diana Larsen, Dr. Jerome Chelliah, and banking executive Leo Lopez.
Among the awards and recognition Ms. Swanson has received are the A+ Award for Reaching the Goals of America 2000 from the U.S. Department of Education; the EXCEL Award for Excellence in Teaching; the Salute to Excellence from the American Association for Higher Education; the Headliner of the Year from the San Diego Press Club; Cable’s Leaders in Learning Award for General Excellence, a recognition of her innovative leadership; University of San Diego Remarkable Leader in Education; and University of California Outstanding Alumnus.
See Ms. Swanson’s full bio here
Check out this year's pre-conference sessions
- What Is AVID Elementary? An Informational Session
- The AVID College Readiness System: A Glimpse Into AVID Secondary
- The Latest AVID Curriculum Innovations and Products
- It’s More About the Process Than the Paper: AVID’s Focused Note-Taking Process Takes Notes to the Next Level!
- Crowdfunding for the Classroom: AVID and DonorsChoose
- AVID for Higher Education: Resources to Reframe Teaching and Learning
Click here to see pre-conference session descriptions.
AVID PATH TO SCHOOLWIDE TRAININGS—for AVID Members only
AVID’s most popular professional learning strands focus on AVID schoolwide implementation, using AVID’s proven strategies and best practices.
2018 National Conference Strands:
- AVID Academic Language and Literacy: A Schoolwide Approach
- AVID Digital Teaching and Learning – Foundations: Elementary
- AVID Digital Teaching and Learning – Foundations: Secondary
- Content-Area Writing: A Schoolwide Approach
- Culturally Relevant Teaching: Transforming Educators
- Implementation: Middle School/High School
- Leadership for AVID Schoolwide
Click here to see strand descriptions.
Please Note: Attendance in a strand is in lieu of the concurrent sessions. You are welcome to join us for our keynote sessions and speaker breakfast; however, you are expected to remain in your strand for the full conference. Refer to the schedule for specific times.
Conference registration is now closed.
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
1380 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, California 92101
Reservation link: https://book.passkey.com/e/49683417
Reservation phone number: 877-734-2726
Rate per night: $199-$219 per night
Deposit: A deposit equal to one night’s stay is required to hold each individual’s reservation. The card number and expiration date of a valid American Express, Visa, or Mastercard credit card will be acceptable.
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
1355 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, California 92101
Reservation link: https://book.passkey.com/go/AVIDConference2018
Reservation phone number: (866) 781-2632
All reservations must be canceled within 14 days of the event.
Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside
4875 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, California 92106
Reservation link: AVID Center Room Reservations
Reservation phone number: (619) 224-3621
Strand registration pricing will be the same pricing as National Conference.
Early Bird Pricing (ends Nov. 9, 2018)
- AVID Members: $599
- Non-AVID Members: $675
Regular Pricing (after Nov. 9, 2018)
- AVID Members: $625
- Non-AVID Members: $699
- Teams of 3 or more from the same school receive $100 off each registration.
- Demo School participants (including their District Directors) receive 50% off registration.
- District superintendents and college/university presidents receive free registration.
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