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Puyallup teacher selected as national AVID instructor
Puyallup teacher selected as national AVID instructor
Posted on 02/20/2018
Puyallup teacher selected as national AVID instructor

Students and staff at Karshner Elementary are proud to have a National Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) instructor in their midst.

Sixth grade teacher Nancy Ellis learned last November she had been selected to teach on a national level after receiving a recommendation and endorsement from AVID directors and the Western Division Program Manager.

The AVID strategies use proven practices to teach students note-taking, organization, collaboration, reading, writing, and higher levels of questioning skills. Students in the AVID elective class at the secondary level have the opportunity to take field trips and tour local colleges.

Nancy Ellis Karshner ElementaryEllis is highly supportive of teaching AVID strategies to students in order to provide them with tools for academic success. She is a team member in the implementation of an initiative to incorporate the Core Skills of AVID (Organization, Note-Taking, Collaboration, and Inquiry) into all district schools.

“The AVID program is one in which I truly believe. The AVID training that I have participated in has been among the highest quality staff development I have received in my nineteen years of teaching. I am interested in furthering my knowledge of the AVID program and its strategies,” said Ellis.

An educator for nineteen years, Ellis began her career in Georgia in 1999, then came to Puyallup in 2006. She began learning about the AVID strategies when she attended her first training in 2012. Since then she has developed quite a resume teaching, training, and participating on AVID site teams.

  - Attended the following AVID classes: AVID Foundations, AVID Culturally Relevant         
Empowering Students, AVID Culturally Relevant Teaching: Empowering Teachers, AVID
Language & Literacy, AVID Write Path I Mathematics, and AVID Mathematics I;
- A member of the Karshner Elementary AVID Site Teams for the past six years;
- Taught Core Skills professional development for the district for the past four years;
- Assisted with the AVID application and transition process from elementary to junior high;
- Assisted in the planning for AVID showcases at Karshner Elementary;
          - Collaborated with staff from other schools.

Ellis plans to continue to teach in the district. She will begin the AVID Staff Developer certification process in April during a three day intensive training in San Diego, CA and will be paired with a lead staff developer this summer as she instructs at AVID Summer Institutes in Seattle and San Diego.

The Puyallup School District has embraced AVID since 2005. Beginning at Emerald Ridge High School with one class, the district made the commitment to grow the program to all schools, except for Walker High School.  Today AVID practices are in 31 schools, and the district has invested in extensive training for staff.

Karshner will be hosting a regional AVID Showcase in April. Administrators and staff from schools throughout the region will come to learn about AVID systems at Karshner and to observe first-hand the strategies being taught in classrooms.

"I think that having the AVID program in the district is a huge advantage in preparing our students to be college and career ready. Our students are being equipped with skills that will help them to be more successful in the classroom and a global society."
Nancy Ellis, Puyallup School District teacher