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How Edinbrook kept families engaged during a pandemic

At Edinbrook Elementary, AVID—Advancement Via Individual Determination—is a key part of each student’s school experience. The program, which hones creativity and inquiry to help students prepare to achieve their post-secondary goals, is experienced by all 500+ Edinbrook Scotties.

Over five years of the program’s implementation, Edinbrook has been nationally recognized for its leadership. This year, it was one of 20 schools selected to present an “AVID Solution Snapshot,” an hour-long presentation about best practices that was viewed by other AVID schools across the country.

Lindsey Patterson, an academic support instructor, chose the topic: family engagement, which has looked much different this school year than in years past. “Family engagement is a cornerstone of AVID, and it’s also a cornerstone of equity,” says Patterson. “How do you engage families when you can’t gather at school?” 

In the AVID Solution Snapshot, Patterson and Edinbrook Principal Aaron Krueger detailed their four biggest family engagement events of the year (Spring Parade, the AVID Drive-Thru, Virtual Family Night, and College & Career Week) and how AVID played a role in keeping their school community engaged during a very unusual school year.

Watch the presentation