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AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities through the use of research-based strategies at elementary and secondary levels.  Established more than 30 years ago, AVID today impacts more than 800,000 students in 44 states and 16 other countries/territories.  There are quite a few schools in Oregon that are using AVID, including some exemplary schools in Parkrose School District and Salem-Keizer School District.
The AVID System provides more than 30,000 educators per year with training and methodologies that develop students' critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas throughout the entire campus, in what is called School-wide AVID.  Gardiner Middle School has received a grant from the Miller Family Foundation, to train teachers and implement specific components of school-wide AVID, starting with the 2015-16 school year.  We are beginning the implementation process with organization techniques, including the AVID binder protocol, which is a research-based technique to encourage organization at the secondary level.  The AVID binder protocol is one small part of the AVID skills and behaviors for success.  We will be supporting this effort with weekly binder checks in advisory throughout the entire school year.  We will also be focusing on note-taking, in the form of Cornell Notes.  We appreciate your patience and support as we adapt to the school-wide AVID system, specifically the Gardiner Binders. 



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