Senior Honors Projects, 2010-2019

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Date of Graduation

Fall 2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Department of Middle, Secondary and Mathematics Education


Dana L. Haraway

Robbie L. Higdon

Kirk Moyers


Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) is a national college preparation program that seeks to help students who have the potential to attend college but need extra support and access to resources. This project explores the current connection between the Harrisonburg City Public Schools (HCPS) AVID program and the JMU Middle and Secondary Education teacher candidates placed in AVID classrooms for an undergraduate field experience. Overall, this project seeks to better prepare and improve the effectiveness of JMU students serving as AVID tutors. After reviewing the current training as well as anonymous end of semester course reflections from MSSE 371 students, a voluntary survey was sent to students who had completed the course to gather data on tutor confidence and to identify training weaknesses. To provide a more comprehensive training, modules were created by incorporating student feedback from the course reflections and survey responses as well as utilizing information and resources gained from AVID summer training. The new training consists of four modules; Introduction to AVID, Harrisonburg City Public Schools Logistics, AVID Tutorials and AVID strategies.



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