HOBOKEN, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For more than 30 years, the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) system has grown to an organization with more than 400,000 students in AVID classes and close to a million in 5,000 schools affected by AVID policies. Yet AVID is widely unknown outside the schools and districts where it is implemented. Why? Question Everything: The Rise of AVID as America's Largest College Readiness Program (Jossey-Bass, 978-1-118-43819-0, April 2015, US $25.95) describes the ideas and strategies behind the upward trajectory of both the program and the students who take part.
Written by award-winning education writer Jay Mathews, Question Everything walks readers through implementing AVID concepts and techniques into current curricula. Mathews describes how AVID teaches the academic and personal management skills that lead to future success.
"In my 30 years of covering schools, I have never encountered a program as surprising, or as effective in dealing with what ails our high schools, as AVID,” said Mathews. “Thousands of teachers love it for very interesting reasons, which are complicated and need careful explaining."
Question Everything tells the stories of AVID educators, students and families to illustrate how and why AVID works so well and demonstrates how teachers can implement AVID's strategies in their classrooms.
Question Everything: The Rise of AVID as America's Largest College Readiness Programs is now available for purchase online and at retailers nationwide in both print and all e-book formats. For a full list of retailers, visit www.wiley.com/buy/9781118438190. To request a review copy or an interview with the author, contact Robyn Gretzinger at 317-572-3196 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Author
Jay Mathews is an education columnist for the Washington Post and washingtonpost.com. He has been with the Post 44 years and is the author of nine books, including five about high schools and a New York Times bestseller about the birth and growth of the KIPP charter school network. He has won several awards for education writing and was given the Upton Sinclair award as "a beacon of light in the realm of education." He has the Eugene Meyer award for distinguished service to the Washington Post.
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AVID is a non-profit, proven college readiness system that closes the achievement gap. Today, AVID is implemented in approximately 5,000 schools in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and 16 countries/ territories and impacts more than 800,000 students in grades K–12 and in 43 post-secondary institutions. The AVID College Readiness System transforms a school’s academic culture to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges and succeed in higher education and training. To learn more, visit www.avid.org.