Understanding AVID

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a nonprofit that changes lives by helping schools shift to a more equitable, student-centered approach. AVID offers a variety of classroom activities, lesson plans, professional learning videos, and timely articles that are relevant to students. These tools help educators at Nyack implement and refine instructional practices. The power of AVID at the middle and high school level is the ability to impact students enrolled in the AVID Elective class and all students throughout the school. AVID at the middle and high school level can have an effect on the entire school by providing classroom activities, teaching practices, and academic behaviors that can be incorporated into any classroom to improve engagement and success for all students. Teachers have been incorporating the AVID strategies into their classroom to help all students, not just those in the AVID elective, to become more college- and career-ready.



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Quick Contacts

Lorraine Longing, District Director for AVID, Llonging@nyackschools.org, 845 353 - 7123

Stephanie Luciani, Middle School AVID elective teacher, Sluciani@nyackschools.org 

Lynn Giles Harris, AVID Site Coordinator, Lgilesharris@nyackschools.org

Sean Cavanagh, 11th Grade AVID counselor, scavanagh@nyackschools.org

Judelka Espinal, 11th  and 12th Grade AVID elective teacher, jespinal@nyackschools.org

Maggie Gershonovitz, 10th grade AVID counselor, mgershonovitz@nyackschools.org

Tara Heinemann, 9th and 12th grade AVID counselor, theinemann@nyackschools.org

Sythnia Salomon, 9th and 10th Grade AVID elective teacher, ssalomon@nyackschools.org


AVID Announcements

  • virtual NYU College Visit for Middle School AVID Students on December 13, 2021.

    Our AVID 7th and 8th graders will participate in a virtual tour of New York University on December 13th, 2021. Students will have an opportunity to learn all about NYU's programs and participate in a virtual tour of the beautiful NYU campus in New York City. 

    AVID (Advancement Via Individualized Determination)
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