West DeFuniak Elementary School Hosts AVID Showcase
 
District personnel and faculty members from area schools were welcomed with open arms at the recent AVID Showcase. Approximately 35 adults were privileged to see AVID strategies implemented in WDE classrooms from Kindergarten to Fifth Grade. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination and helps to prepare students for college and career success through strategies such as Socratic Seminars, 4 corners, WICOR, organizational skills, and note taking. The visitors observed these strategies in multiple classrooms and were WOWED by deep thinking and accountable talk in each classroom. Students used collaboration to help them prove their answers, their point of view, or even to help clarify the information presented. Later, a panel of students and teachers met with the guests to answer questions.  Many of the visitors were looking for ways to improve the AVID programs at their own schools or considering the possibility of beginning an AVID program.  The real winners  were the students. Their level of success shows that they are making great strides in their academic achievement as they prepare for their future careers!  It was an EPIC day at WDE!  Congratulations to everyone at WDE for hosting a fabulous AVID Showcase!