Agile Mind - Academic Youth Development

The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas and Agile Mind developed the AYD programs collaboratively with psychologists, teachers, and school district leaders. These programs are designed to:

* Reshape students' academic identities

* Enhance academic engagement

* Transform student achievement, Summer-Start AYD helps educators ensure students entering Algebra I are successful the very first time. This program begins with an intensive summer experience where teachers and students engage in new ideas and learn new skills in a highly collaborative, low-pressure environment. In addition to the youth development content, student investigate problem solving, proportionality, and the use of multiple representations?connecting what they know with what they will be expected to master in Algebra.

Advisory AYD serves students in 8th, 9th, and 10th grades, during the academic year. It can be used during established in-school advisory or homeroom sessions, freshman orientation periods, or after-school programs. The program offers students the opportunity to study the social and cognitive learning curricula, as well as build critical thinking skills, with problem-solving experiences that center on logical reasoning in mathematics and other areas.

Attitudes, Beliefs, and Student Learning (ABSL) is a course for educators interested in joining a cohort of their peers to learn about the research and the strategies that are most crucial to student learning and achievement. What we know from research is the beliefs that students hold about themselves and their abilities, the approaches they take in academic situations, and the support they receive from adults have profound influence over their academic success.

1. So it stands to reason, that educators' beliefs about the malleability of student intelligence and effort, and the context that culture of the learning environments they create are also strong predictors of student success.

2. Therefore, updating educators' knowledge of these constructs and the ways in which they can be addressed in practice can dramatically affect student success, teacher effectiveness, and potentially the culture of the school system.

The course--encompassing an initial 6-hour in-person seminar, followed by an additional 9 hours of online self-study and facilitated virtual community work?is supported by a curriculum that includes interactive animations and simulations of key concepts, rich instructional materials, selected reference documents, and participation in a virtual learning community.

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School Partnership Manager
4101 William D. Tate Avenue
Grapevine, TX 76051
United States
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Executive Director, MD Women's Heritage Center
4101 William D. Tate Avenue
United States
Fax: 4107670431
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working with K-12 schools
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teaching or tutoring
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teaching or tutoring
Populations Served
high school