Instructional Support


Gena Lieske

Genna Lieske

GENA LIESKE, Kern County AVID Manager & Valley Oaks Counselor, 27 years of education experience. Gena finds enjoyment working with leadership and teachers at AVID sites, implementing WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, & Reading) strategies through high engaging professional development and coaching. She also shares her days with Valley Oaks as a high school counselor guiding students and families to a college and career paths designed specifically for each student.

AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness system for elementary through higher education that is designed to increase schoolwide learning and performance.

AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.


What AVID Does

Simply, AVID trains educators in proven WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) instructional strategies in order to prepare students for success in high school, college, and a career, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

How AVID Works

AVID bring research-based strategies and curriculum to education institutions in elementary, secondary, and higher education. The AVID System annually provides more than 30,000 educators with training and methodologies that develop students’ critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas throughout the campus, in what we call Schoolwide AVID.


  • Teaches skills and behaviors for academic success
  • Provides intensive support with tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships
  • Creates a positive peer group for students
  • Develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination

As a result, policymakers and educators now consider AVID’s mission to be an essential strategy for closing the achievement gap, making college access and success available to all students.

AVID in Kern

Kern County AVID 2016-2017 Seniors:

  • 90% completed A-G requirements for college admission
  • 67% took at least 1 AP/IB test during high school
  • 19% took college course/dual enrollment