• Dallas

    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.


    Dena Simmons

    Dena Simmons, Ed.D.
    Assistant Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

    Dena Simmons, Ed.D., is the Assistant Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, where she helps schools use the power of emotions to create a more compassionate and just society. Prior to her work at the Center, Dena served as an educator, teacher educator, diversity facilitator, and curriculum developer. She has been a leading voice on teacher education and has written and spoken across the country about social justice pedagogy, diversity, education reform, emotional intelligence, and bullying in K–12 school settings, including at the White House, the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit, the United Nations, two TEDx Talks, and a TED Talk on Broadway. Dena has been profiled in Education Week, The Huffington Post, NPR, the AOL/PBS project “MAKERS: Women Who Make America,” and a Beacon Press book, Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists. Dena is a recipient of a Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a J. William Fulbright Fellowship, an Education Pioneers Fellowship, a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship, a Phillips Exeter Academy Dissertation Fellowship, a Hedgebrook Writing Residency, and an Arthur Vining Davis Aspen Fellowship, among other awards. She earned her doctorate degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she is now a faculty member teaching aspiring school leaders in the Summer Principals Academy. Dena’s research interests include teacher preparedness to address bullying in the K–12 school setting, culturally responsive pedagogy, and the intersection of equity and social and emotional learning (SEL) interventions—all in an effort to ensure and foster justice and safe spaces for all. She is the author of the forthcoming book White Rules for Black People (St. Martin’s Press, 2021).


    Non-AVID members can register using this form. AVID members can register by logging in to MyAVID and using the "Event Registration" tab.


    Please fill out this form to request a conference incentive.

    • 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.

    The teams of 3 or more and Demo School incentives cannot be combined. Incentives are only applicable for a National Conference Registration. There are no incentives for strands.


    (Open to all educators)

    Early Bird Pricing
    (ends Nov. 8, 2019)

    • AVID Members: $625
    • Non-AVID Members: $695

    Regular Conference Pricing
    (after Nov. 8, 2019)

    • AVID Members: $650
    • Non-AVID Members: $725

    (Open to AVID members only)

    • Early Bird: $675 (ends Nov. 8, 2019)
    • Regular: $695 (after Nov. 8, 2019)

    See the list of strand offerings here.


(Open to AVID Members only)

AVID’s most popular professional learning strands focus on AVID schoolwide implementation, using AVID’s proven strategies and best practices.

2019 National Conference Strands:

Participants who register for a strand are also invited to the keynote presentation, welcome reception, AVID alumni panel, student panel breakfast, and new this year, the Saturday concurrent sessions.