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Release Date: 11/21/2019
Contact: Brandon Oland, 443.809.5908

Five BCPS educators to serve as national staff developers for 2020 AVID Summer Institutes

TOWSON, MD – Five Baltimore County Public Schools staff members have been selected to serve as national staff developers for 2020 AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Summer Institutes.

As national staff developers, the following BCPS educators will facilitate professional learning strands across the country:

  • Michael Barberesi, Supervisor, College and Career Readiness; AVID District Director
  • Lesley Beavers, AVID Title I Resource Teacher, College and Career Readiness
  • Jessica Cuozzo, AVID Coordinator, Dundalk Middle School
  • Molly LaBricciosa, AVID Coordinator, Pikesville High School
  • Dr. Heather Wooldridge, Coordinator, College and Career Readiness; AVID Co-District Director

This year is the first year that more than two BCPS educators at a time have been named national staff developers. Barberesi and Beavers have served in this role for six years. This will be the third year for LaBricciosa, and the first year for Cuozzo and Wooldridge.

AVID National Staff Developers are master practitioners of the AVID College Readiness System, facilitators of adult learning, and ambassadors of year-round AVID. They are contracted to lead learning strands during the annual 3-day AVID Summer Institutes, which take place between June and August in 12 different cities across the United States. AVID Summer Institute is an annual professional learning event where thousands of educators come together to learn the latest in AVID methodologies and strategies to successfully implement AVID in their schools.

“Having five AVID National Staff Developers in BCPS will ensure that our professional learning is delivered by high-caliber educators who have access to the most up-to-date strategies and resources," said Wooldridge. “It also means that we can offer in-district 2-day paths trainings at cost. This means we can provide a multitude of opportunities for BCPS staff to become AVID Center Trained certified through our own professional learning system."

BCPS has 22 high schools, 23 middle schools, 3 alternative centers, and 11 elementary schools implementing the AVID College Readiness System. AVID Center reported that in 2015, AVID seniors outpaced the national average of enrolling in either a two- or four-year college the first fall term after high school. AVID Center also reported that from 2015 – 2016, more former AVID scholars persisted into the second year of college than their non-AVID colleagues.

AVID is a nonprofit organization that changes lives by helping schools shift to a more equitable, student-centered approach. AVID trains 80,000 educators annually to close the opportunity gap, so they can prepare all students for college, careers, and life. More than 7,000 schools rely on AVID to transform the lives of more than 2 million students each year.

Earlier this fall, Pikesville High Principal Sandra Reid was invited to serve on the AVID Principals Network. Earlier this year, New Town and Pikesville high schools were validated as the only two AVID National Demonstration High Schools in Maryland.

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