In the second of our catch-ups with presenters from TEDxCanberra 2010, we’re talking with Dr William DeJean, the award-winning educator at the forefront of bringing the AVID program to Australia.
It was an incredible opportunity to be around people who are working to make the world a little better. There was a positive energy that filled the room the entire day, which I continue to carry with me today. In addition, it was an honour to have the time to share one of my passions in education, AVID Australia, at TEDxCanberra.
Did being a part of TEDxCanberra make a difference in any way to your life or work?
People from the United States and throughout Australia have let me know they have watched my TEDxCanberra presentation online. In addition, having my presentation online has been an invaluable professional resource for colleagues who are interested in AVID. Telling people that I was able to present at TEDxCanberra has helped position AVID to be heard within the wider educational community.
What have you done since TEDxCanberra 2010? Any new projects?
Interest in AVID continues to grow. Since TEDxCanberra, Victoria University in Melbourne has gotten involved with our work and has helped establish another AVID program in their region. They will begin AVID in 2012. We also have had a lot of interests from Macquarie University, schools on the central coast of NSW, and throughout the Albury/Wodonga region. We will be hosting our second AVID Australia Summer Institute during the first week of December, with registration opening next week.
The Federal Government’s goal is to widen participation of university enrolment to underserved communities throughout Australia. If anyone knows anyone in the Federal Government who could support our efforts with AVID, please send the flier their way! We believe AVID will support these efforts.
Will you be trying to make it to Canberra visit us again this year?
Unfortunately I can’t make it there this year. Bummer.
William’s TEDxCanberra 2010 talk is below.