AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

Common Sense Education and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) collaborated to integrate our lessons into their professional learning modules, creating better access to professional development opportunities for educators. AVID trains around 80,000 educators annually and reaches more than 2 million students across 7,500 schools. They are focused on closing the opportunity gap and preparing all students for college, career, and life. This partnership with AVID will reach a diverse, nationally representative group of students annually, 66% of which are from lower-income households.


AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a nonprofit that changes lives by helping schools shift to a more equitable, student-centered approach. AVID trains around 80,000 educators annually to close the opportunity gap, so they can prepare all students for college, career, and life. When schools partner with AVID, they receive professional development, a suite of resources, and ongoing support to ensure a lasting impact. AVID works with schools to align with their goals and accelerate and enhance the work that is already happening.

  • Professional learning opportunities: AVID's professional learning benefits both beginning and experienced educators. Through these opportunities, educators reevaluate their beliefs and expectations around student potential and learn and practice activities that transform classrooms and campuses. Trainings cover all core content areas and all grade levels in topics such as Culturally Relevant Teaching, Academic Language and Literacy, and Digital Teaching and Learning.
  • Resources that drive school transformation: AVID offers a variety of classroom activities, lesson plans, professional learning videos, and timely articles that are relevant to students. These tools help educators implement and refine instructional practices. They also help educators provide the key academic and social supports students need to thrive. Schools can utilize the professional learning modules and materials for in-service training and can access all these resources year round. This is where AVID has adapted Common Sense Education lessons to support professional learning and growth.
  • Feedback and follow-up to keep schools and educators on track: AVID provides more than just a training and a few classroom resources. AVID provides schools a direct line of support to regional teams, data tracking, planning guides, and self-assessments to help schools measure their success and refine their approach. AVID empowers schools to create change in a way that is sustainable, measured, and responsive to campus needs.
  • How Technology Makes You Feel (Grade 1)
  • Digital Trails (Grade 2)
  • My Media Choices (Grade 4)
  • Our Online Tracks (Grade 4)
  • My Media Use: A Personal Challenge (Grade 7)
  • The Power of Digital Footprints (Grade 7)
  • Can Media Be Addictive? (Grade 11)
  • Who's Looking at Your Digital Footprint? (Grade 11)

Yes, the lessons have been adapted to be utilized as professional learning opportunities with educators. This brings knowledge about Common Sense Education to the educator, but it also has them participate in the lesson as a student. The lessons have been adapted to bring in research-based AVID Professional Learning Practices (APLPs), to model how a teacher could blend the two in their instruction with students.

Student data is not collected regarding the Common Sense Education content. These lessons are downloaded by educators from MyAVID and used within their own system, school, or district's professional learning.