An award-winning program that is transforming the life chances of disadvantaged and diverse students will showcase its achievements as around 100 students from across Australia meet at Victoria University on 4 and 5 September.
The group will celebrate the first years in Australia of the AVID program – ‘Advancement via Individual Determination – at its annual Spring Institute conference. AVID was recently introduced from the US where over the past 35 years it has helped more than half-a-million under-achieving students from low socio-economic and diverse backgrounds enter university.
Claire Brown, associate director of Victoria University’s Victoria Institute for Education, Diversity and Lifelong Learning – the organisation that introduced AVID to Australia – says the conference is an opportunity for primary and secondary students from across Australia to demonstrate the program’s power to reset the academic, social, and emotional expectations of students who do not normally consider university an option.
The conference will also feature a line-up of leading guest speakers. Keynote presenter change.org founder and director Nick Allardice will share his insights on empowering millions of people to achieve social change.
University-modelled workshops led by prominent thought leaders such as Professor James Arvanitakis (the Prime Minister’s University Teacher of the Year in 2012) will give the students an introduction to learning and thinking as university students.
The conference will also feature ‘Socratic seminars’, a central part of AVID’s approach, which develops skills in critical thinking and collaborative dialogue. Senator Scott Ryan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Federal Minster for Education, will join students as they present and discuss ideas to tackle serious issues in their community.
The AVID Australia program was presented with a ‘highly commended’ award by the Australian Tertiary Education Managers Association at a ceremony in Brisbane today.
Media are welcome to join the Spring Institute Conference to see the AVID program in action.
When: Thursday 4 September, 9am – 5pm and Friday 5 September, 8.30am – 1pm
Where: Victoria University City Flinders Campus, level 12, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne
VU media contact
Ann Marie Angebrandt
Marketing and Advancement, Victoria University
Phone: +61 3 9919 5487