North Albany showcases AVID work
ALBANY, N.Y. (Feb.
1, 2018) – North Albany Academy
Principal Lesley Buff began implementing AVID at her school three years
ago. During a workshop on goal-setting at that time, she wrote on a
small card that her goal was to become an AVID Showcase School.
On Feb. 1, Buff’s dream became a reality when
educators from across the northeast visited North Albany to see the
exemplary progress she, her staff and her students have made with AVID.
AVID—or Advancement Via Individual
Determination—is a proven educational system in use across the country
designed to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for
college readiness and success in a global society.
Now fully immersed in AVID, being selected as
a Showcase School gave North Albany the opportunity to display its
success to 32 visiting educators from eight different school districts.
The showcase included an overview of North Albany’s AVID journey,
student-guided tours of the building, classroom visits and student,
staff and leadership panels.
“I can’t even begin to describe how proud I
am of our students and staff,” Buff said. “To see their hard work and
dedication to success showcased as an example to other schools is beyond
“The culture that they’ve developed in the
building is unbelievable, and shows their kids that they will be career
and college ready when they graduate from the City School District of
Albany,” said AVID Program Manager Pam Leibring, who supports schools
throughout the northeastern region of the AVID Center and helped select
North Albany for this distinction.
One parent echoed these sentiments and was
moved to tears while describing the positive growth she has seen in her
fourth-grade son since he arrived at North Albany and began working with
Delaware Community School is currently
working toward full AVID implementation as well, with a primary focus on
grades 3-5 in its first year of implementation. AVID is also present at
the secondary level in the form of elective classes as well as teachers
trained to use AVID strategies on a daily basis.
To learn more, check out
this video or visit avid.org.
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The mission of
the City School District of Albany is
to work in partnership with our diverse community to engage every
learner in a robust educational program designed to provide the
knowledge and skills necessary for success. The district
nearly 9,700 students in 18 elementary, middle and high schools. In
addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet
schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities
for students, including four themed academies
at Albany High School.