Senior AVID students (Years 10-11) with teachers Maria Panagiotidis and Athena Vass participated in a student symposium in Term 1, 2017. All Australian AVID schools were invited to bring students to Victoria University’s City campus to attend an Advanced AVID symposium, which was set up to apply AVID classroom skills to problem solve real world sustainability scenarios in a high engagement, applied learning context.
Students were provided with readings tackling the issue of sustainability in our governments and in relation to the environment. They were challenged to work with students from other schools and year levels in a socratic seminar, and then to collaborate on and learn leadership skills for their future entrepreneurial endeavours.
Mary Catherine Swanson, the founder of AVID, was available to speak to students through Skype – she answered excellent questions about what helped her achieve her success. VUSC students were commended for their active participation on the day, and their notable leadership whilst working in teams. Well done!