• I’m hearing my child talk about WICOR at their school.  What is WICOR?

    By now you should’ve heard either your child or his/her teacher talk about AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.  AVID is dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities.

    AVID’s proven learning support structure for elementary, middle, high school - and enhanced for higher education – is known as WICOR.

    WICOR includes teaching and learning strategies in the areas of Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading.  AVID teachers integrate WICOR strategies in to their everyday classroom lessons in order to help their students comprehend what they are reading and learning, and to communicate their learning with others in a variety of tasks that become progressively more complex throughout the year.

    The WICOR model also promotes the expertise and attitudes that will serve students well in life beyond college graduation.  Surveys of employers indicate that they seek college educated employees who have strong interpersonal skills, communicate well, and have the ability to develop creative solutions to new problems in collaborative ways.

    Writing is a learning tool, a way for students to record their thinking, and a way for students to show their level of understanding.  A few writing strategies used in an AVID Elementary classroom include note-taking, learning logs, the writing process, peer editing, quickwrites, reflections and exit tickets.

    Inquiry is teaching kids to uncovering their own thinking, learning how to ask a variety of levels of questions, and engaging in the process of thinking about their learning.  A few inquiry strategies used in an AVID Elementary classroom include interactive journals, the Socratic seminar, philosophical chairs, and learning about and using levels of thinking and questions.

    Collaboration is teaching kids to work in teams, share responsibility for tasks and learning with classmates and their teachers, and sharing their ideas and information about what they have learned with others using a variety of collaborative strategies.  A few collaborative strategies used in an AVID Elementary classroom include ice-breakers, community building activities, energizer activities to change students’ state of learning, using Study Buddies, teaching kids about their personal learning styles, and teaching kids about learning behaviors that are necessary for academic and career success.

    Organization is teaching kids how to organize their materials and time so they always have the right materials ready for the right learning activity, helping kids learn to plan and prioritize their time in and out of school, and teaching kids to set goals and take responsibility for reaching these goals.  A few organizational strategies used in an AVID Elementary classroom include student binders or folder systems to organize their materials and notes, teaching kids how to take notes and use them to study for tests and future projects, using an agenda or planner to keep track of homework, upcoming events and their to-do list, using a variety of graphic organizers across the content, and using interactive notebooks to keep track of and build upon their learning.

    Reading is making personal connections with the text, making predictions and asking questions to deepen understanding, creating visual images about what you read, and using a variety of printed material to gather, organize and present information to others.   A few reading strategies used in an AVID Elementary classroom include making predictions, summarizing and questioning, reflecting, building vocabulary, marking the text, responding to what is read, taking notes and using text-processing strategies during and after reading to improve comprehension.

Advancement Via Individual Determination


    Dear Whitman Parents,


    Currently, all of our 4th – 6th grade classrooms are taking part in the AVID program. AVID, (Advancement Via Individual Determination), is dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. Established more than 30 years ago with one teacher in one classroom, AVID today impacts more than 800,000 students in 44 states and 16 other countries/territories.


    What AVID Does:

    Simply, AVID provides professional development around teaching educators to use proven practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college, and a career, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.


    How AVID Works:

    AVID brings research‐based strategies and curriculum to educational institutions in elementary, secondary, and higher education. The AVID System annually provides more than 30,000 educators with training and methodologies that develop students’ critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas throughout the entire campus, in what we call Schoolwide AVID.


    What AVID implementation will look like at our school:


    • Students learn the skills and behaviors necessary for academic success
    • Student support and strong student/teacher relationships
    • A school-wide culture focused around learning skills necessary in high school and post-secondary pursuits, such as 2-year college, 4-year college, technical school, or military service
    • A learning environment focused around providing a positive peer group for students
    • Students develop a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination
    • Students learn organizational skills such as using a daily planner to keep track of homework and upcoming important dates and activities, note-taking strategies, and setting goals
    • Sharing information with parents at conferences and parent workshops throughout the year (i.e. The Road to College, Saving for Your Child’s College)
    • Classroom lessons that integrate student success skills needed to be ready for post-secondary pursuits, such as note-taking, time management, public speaking, analyzing a variety of texts, and using organizational tools such as a binder and planner
    • Classroom lessons that also integrate WICOR strategies focused around writing to learn, inquiry, collaboration, organizational skills, and reading to learn.We are excited to be working with your student to help ensure that he/she is ready to tackle the next step in his/her educational career and beyond.


    By working together we can help your student set and reach his/her big goals.



    Whitman AVID Team