|For immediate release
February 29, 2008
Andrea Lichter, SCCOE
AVID Students to Attend
SAN JOSE, CA – More than 500 AVID students and teachers representing
36 middle and high schools from Palo Alto to Soledad will participate in the 7th
Annual Writers Conference on Friday, March 7, at San Jose State University.
The conference, with writing workshops led by university faculty and staff,
follows the participation by more than 3,400 AVID students in a
"Write-Off" -- a timed writing experience modeled after the SAT essay.
The "Write-Off" is designed to heighten students’ enthusiasm for
writing and to sharpen skills for the SAT essay and other college entrance
The conference will begin with two sessions of writing and college
preparation workshops led by university faculty and others. Middle school
students will also participate in a campus scavenger hunt/tour. A keynote
address by writer and author ZZ Packer will follow the workshops. The conference
day will end with awards and recognition to students with the most outstanding
AVID--Advancement Via Individual Determination—is an in-school academic
support program for grades 4-12 that prepares students for college eligibility
and success. The program places academically average students in advanced
classes. A goal is to present opportunities to minority, rural, low-income and
other students without a college-going tradition in their families.
The Region V AVID Program, which serves the conference students, comprises 87
middle and high schools in Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz
Counties. It is based at the Santa Clara County Office of Education.
Date last updated: February 29, 2008