Panthers pounce on AVID learning

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes For the past six years, teachers and administrators at Claggett Creek Middle School have put a focus on AVID teaching methods, after Christmas break it will start looking the part as well. “We’re going to visually reinforce priorities for our students. If a college-going culture is important, we have to reinforce that everywhere students are in the building,” said Rob Schoepper, CCMS principal. AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a teaching methodology that emphasizes college- and career-readiness through writing-to-learn strategies that allow students to spend time reflecting on lessons as much as absorbing information itself. AVID students spend more time working in small groups and support each other through the challenges they encounter in school alongside trained tutors on loan from local colleges. Schoepper and Kelley Greer, CCMS’s AVID coordinator, have been working together the past few weeks on ways to incorporate AVID goals into the atmosphere at the school itself. New looks in the hallways, as well as new names for them, flags representing local and regional colleges and other changes are in the works for unveiling when students return to classes in January. “Our kids struggle picturing themselves three or eight years from now, this is a way to help them visualize where they’ll be,” Schoepper said. Greer said the ideas were sparked by a visit to Gresham’s Parkrose High...

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