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New Edendale Middle School College Bulletin Boards


College Bulletin Boards -Edendale Middle School

The creation of our feeder collegiate bulletin board is a direct outgrowth of my attendance at the BARLI conference at Mills College, Oakland, CA. There was a board featuring a program at Mills College and I said why not have our own board featuring our feeder colleges and universities here in the Bay Area monthly? The names and cities where they are located are close and familiar to our students and their families already. Places they can actually visit and attend events to get familiar with the campuses and their staff. It also a means of planting seeds of encouragement and confidence in them. On Wednesday’s there is an element highlighted on the college featured this month during our morning announcements.

We are expanding on this idea as well with the creation of a “College Corner” located in our library featuring books to further their interest and exploration of a featured or other school. We also have another board dedicated to general information on “Thinking College” in our entry hallway. We are making the dream of a college education a reality that is accessible; by connecting them, informing and allowing them to visualize their own college experience.

Special thanks to our guest blogger Gina Lewis from Edendale Middle School. Gina is the community liaison and member of the GEAR UP leadership team.


North State Regional Collaborative-Tehama County


PURPOSE:  The purpose of the California GEAR UP 2014 Regional Events is to develop regional support networks that provide opportunities for schools to learn from each other and problem solve together about common concerns and issues.  These events will be facilitated by Whole School Services Coaches with content based on advice from School Leadership Team members.  The events are customized to meet the needs of participating schools within each region and in alignment with target areas of growth identified in the GEAR UP School Self Assessment Rubric.


Tehama County Department of Education – October 15 & 16, 2014 

Guiding Question: How do we better support and engage our students as they transition from middle to high school?

Wednesday, October 15 Participants:

Berrendos, Happy Valley, Richfield, Shasta Lake, & Vista Prep.

7:30 Breakfast

























Introductions & Agenda Brandon Santiago – Youth Speaks

  • Student engagement – Word Becomes Flesh with The Living Word Project.




Vista Preparatory Academy Video


Presentation from Vista Preparatory Academy Covering Their Transition from Departments to Instructional Houses


  • Why were instructional houses implemented at Vista?
  • What have been the successes and challenges within this model?
  • How has this structure affected student behavior, school climate, and academic achievement?




School Site Planning & Collaboration


  • Complete 2014-2015 Professional Development Action Plan
  • Complete 2014-2015 Communications Plan


Reflective Group Discussion



Conclusion & Charge for Thursday






Tehama County Department of Education – October 15 & 16, 2014

Guiding Question: How do we better support and engage our students as they transition from middle to high school?

Thursday, October 16 Participants: Berrendos, Central Valley, Corning, Happy Valley, Maywood, Red Bluff, Richfield, Shasta Lake, Vista Prep., & West Valley

7:30 Breakfast






































 Introductions & Agenda  Mark Cerutti – Associate Superintendent, Elk Grove Unified School District


  • Vertical teaming and regional work, a systems perspective.




CaliforniaColleges.edu – California College Guidance Initiative


  • Curriculum and guidance solutions to produce college and career ready graduates.


Facilitated Breakout Sessions


  • Middle & high school leadership teams introduced to the Articulation Action Agreement.
  • Leadership teams meet within feeder patterns to discuss how systems might be built or improved.
  • Initial consensus building and brainstorming opportunity.




Role-alike Breakout Sessions


  • Administration, Counselors, ELA, ELL, History/Social Science, Math, Science, and Special Education meet individually to further define their area-specific vertical teaming agenda and complete their components of the Articulation Action Agreement.


School Site Leadership Teams Convene


  • Complete 2014-2015 Articulation Action Agreement


Reflective Group Discussion


Schools Share Articulation Action Agreements for 2014-2015




The California Central Valley GEAR UP GET DOWN



PURPOSE:  The purpose of the California GEAR UP 2014 Regional Events is to develop regional support networks that provide opportunities for schools to learn from each other and problem solve together about common concerns and issues.  These events will be facilitated by Whole School Services Coaches with content based on advice from School Leadership Team members.  The events are customized to meet the needs of participating schools within each region and in alignment with target areas of growth identified in the GEAR UP School Self Assessment Rubric.

The California Central Valley


October 1, 2014


 Theme: Developing the “why?” in leadership and cohesive teams to influence school change at GEAR UP school sites


  • Develop working cohesive school teams
  • Learn the tenets of cohesive teams and why they are important
  • Increase ability to influence others and the capacity to effect change
  • Share and reflect on leadership and approaches for developing leadership within the team
  • Network to share smart practices and build opportunities for additional regional work 

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.           Breakfast and Registration

                                    Lobby of UC Merced Extension Office, Fresno, CA

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.         Welcome

                                   Martin De Mucha Flores

8:45 – 9:15 a.m.           Morning Plenary Speaker

                                    Encarnacion Ruiz, UC Merced Director of Admissions

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.         Workshop Session I

  • The Dynamic and Cohesive Team
  • Leadership & Management – Why They Are Not Synonymous
  • An Equity Lens: Critical Literacy in Our Professional and Personal Development

 11:00 – 12:15 p.m.      Workshop Session II

  • The Dynamic and Cohesive Team
  • Leadership & Management – Why They Are Not Synonymous
  • An Equity Lens: Critical Literacy in Our Professional and Personal Development

 12:15 – 1:00 p.m.        Lunch   

1:10 – 2:20 p.m.         Workshop Session III

  • The Dynamic and Cohesive Team
  • Leadership & Management – Why They Are Not Synonymous
  • An Equity Lens: Critical Literacy in Our Professional and Personal

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.          Afternoon Plenary

                                    Raul Morreno, Coordinator, University Migrant Services

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.          Evaluations


“We don’t say good luck, we say never give up.” Anonymous

GEAR UP Fall Round-up in Riverside


PURPOSE:  The purpose of the California GEAR UP 2014 Regional Events is to develop regional support networks that provide opportunities for schools to learn from each other and problem solve together about common concerns and issues.  These events will be facilitated by Whole School Services Coaches with content based on advice from School Leadership Team members.  The events are customized to meet the needs of participating schools within each region and in alignment with target areas of growth identified in the GEAR UP School Self Assessment Rubric.

GEAR UP Fall Round-up in Riverside Regional Institute

September 30, 2014



  • Reflect on progress in building a sustainable college-going culture using the SSAR and sharing best practices
  • Use data to identify and address challenges encountered
  • Collaborate and network to explore access and equity with fresh eyes
  • Plan the implementation of GEAR UP partner resources
  • Complete the PDAP and Communication Plans

8:00 a.m.        Breakfast, Registration, Networking

9:00 a.m.        GEAR UP Leadership Teams Share Progress

Discuss and Chart:

  • Are you reaching all student groups?
  • How do you know?
  • What resources have been successful?
  • What obstacles have you encountered?

 10:00 a.m.       View TED Talk by Simon Sinek, Start with Why

  • 10 minute quick write
  • Be ready to share

11:00 a.m.      Job-Alike Group Discussions

12:00 p.m.     Lunch

1:00 p.m.       What are Transitory Change and Permanent Change?

How embedded are GEAR UP/ SSAR conditions in the whole school?

1:30 p.m.        GEAR UP Budgeting Expectations

  • Complete PDAP
    • Start from “why”
    • Where will resources be most effective?
  • Communication Plan

3:00 p.m.       Evaluation of Round-up       


Partner Spotlight: Coalition for Educational Partnerships


About CEP: Mission and Belief

Founded in 2003, the Coalition for Educational Partnerships (CEP) is a non-profit organization driven by a belief in educational access and equity for all students. CEP’s mission is to promote educational equity by assisting schools, educators, families and community-based organizations to engage in practices that enable all children to reach their highest potential and increase their readiness for post-secondary higher education.

Our experience suggests that deep and lasting organizational change requires collective effort, time and commitment towards embracing different ways of seeing, being and doing. CEP assists our partner clients with creating a culture of inquiry, reflection and responsiveness that supports academic teaching and learning. Our services are designed to help administrators, teachers and school leaders to institutionalize systems and processes for reaching their goals. When students, educators and families have the tools to embrace new learning with calm and confidence, skills are developed, knowledge is deepened and achievement soars.

Approach to Family and Community Engagement

CEP’s Family and Community Engagement Services are founded on a culturally-relevant and responsive model for building and sustaining a collaborative and holistic college-going student support system. Our Family and Community Engagement Services are designed to:

  • Recognize, value and build upon the social capital and currency of families and communities
  • Foster the building of family learning and knowledge within the context of understanding school and community culture
  • Facilitate stronger connection and collaboration between schools, families and communities

CEP’s training curriculum is focused on equipping families with the knowledge, skills and tools to assist their students with being academically ready and prepared to pursue post-secondary education at the college and university level. Through our facilitation and technical assistance, we work with schools to establish systems and structures for building and sustaining impactful school, family and community partnerships.

The result of our continuing collaborative efforts with educators, families, and community partners provides students with assurance that the adults in their lives are truly committed to ensuring that students achieve their potential for academic success.


Many families don’t realize that college preparation begins before a student first sets foot in school and that the preparation continues through elementary, middle and high school. Numerous studies have shown that a student’s academic performance before high school will determine whether a student is prepared to go onto and succeed in college and career. In particular, students who demonstrate motivation, engagement and self-discipline in middle school are more likely to be successful in high school, college and career (The Forgotten Middle: Ensuring That All Students Are On Target For College and Career Readiness Before High School-ACT 2008)

CEP’s Families United for Student Success (F.U.S.S.) partnership with California GEAR UP enables us to reach families at a critical juncture in their student’s social and academic development. This is the time for all partners to come together with families to:

  • Help students connect their studies to their future goals
  • Engage students in relevant and dynamic learning opportunities in and out of school
  • Ensure that students receive rigorous instruction that prepares them for college and career
  • Set students on a clear academic and course-taking path into college

Through the F.U.S.S. partnership, CEP works with schools to expand their capacity to support and promote authentic parent, family and community involvement and engagement. Partnership Services include:

  • GEAR UP Family Engagement Support Services
  • Families United for Student Success College Prep Curriculum
  • Common Core Saturday Camp
  • GEAR UP College and Career Community Festival

For more information, check out Brochure of CEP GEAR UP Services.

CEP’s Passion For Education

The Coalition for Educational Partnerships knows that school can be transformational and that education opens up worlds of possibilities. We all have the responsibility to create every opportunity for all students to succeed—while they are only 20% of our population, they represent 100% of our future. We believe that children are our greatest investment and are committed to doing our part to realize the greatest returns.


Bay Area Regional Leadership Institute Oct 7-8, 2014

The intention of this event is to bring Bay Area GEARUP schools together for two days of professional development, learning and exchange of ideas to build greater communication, collaboration and success towards building a College Going Culture at each of your schools this year.

Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, October 7th & 8th 7:30am – 4:00pm

Location: Mills College – Carnegie Hall, Oakland 

Theme: “Achieving Social Justice and Equity through Common Core strategies to Ignite Student Success”


  • Deepening our understanding and facilitation of Common Core Strategies
  • Enhancing communications between Gear Up Schools, Partners and Community Based Organizations
  • Best practices and learning from each other – Role Alike conversations
  • Shared Parent engagement strategies for greater success
  • Sharing strategies for fostering a positive school culture that facilitates learning
  • Focused time to work on and your Professional Development Action Plan (PDAP)

Day 1

7:30-8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Registration

8:00-12:00 p.m.         Morning Session

        • Welcome, Introductions of the team, schools and GEAR UP partners
        • Expectations and ground rules and agreements for the 2 days
        • Keynote speaker –Social Justice and Transformative School Leadership topic
        • Open Space overview and setting our agenda together
        • 2, one-hour breakout sessions in the morning with multiple tracks each depending on the topics raised by participants.

12:00-12:45 p.m.          Lunch    

1:00-3:30 p.m.            Afternoon Session

  • 2, 45-minute break out sessions in the afternoon with multiple tracks each depending on the topics raised by participants

3:30-4:00 p.m.         Day’s Recap and Highlights/Evaluation

Day 2

7:30-8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Registration

8:00-12:00 p.m.         Morning Session

        • Overview of the day and topics available for discussion
        • Group exercise: What’s Your Why?
        • Role-Alike breakout discussions
        • 2, one-hour break out sessions in the morning with multiple tracks each depending on the topics raised by participants

12:00-12:45 p.m.          Lunch    

 12:45-1:00 p.m.            Inspiration Youth Speaks Artist to perform spoken word

1:00-4:00 p.m.             Afternoon Session

  • Regroup with your teams for a group debrief of ah-ha’s, best ideas and practices learned
  • Take what you’ve learned from the sessions your team members have attended and incorporate that into your PDAP for the year. Discussion and planning time for creating their PDAP so it’s completed when they walk out the door.
  • Evaluations

Potential topics for the breakout sessions over both days Could include

(but are not limited to):

  • Role-alike best practices
  • Parent engagement strategies
  • Valuable resources for undocumented students/families
  • Community school best practices
  • Successful common core strategies
  • Fostering a positive school culture
  • Creating strong partnerships with Community Based Organizations
  • Getting the most bang for our buck – working with the GU partners [MDTP, CEP, CaliforniaColleges.edu, PIQE, AAREA]
  • Effective leadership strategies

Holiday Planning: ScholarShare 529 College Savings Plan


The ScholarShare College Savings Plan is California’s official 529 plan and a key partner of California GEAR UP. It offers a tax-advantaged way for families to save for the cost of a college education. ScholarShare seeks to serve as a resource for all Californians looking to save for college.

The holiday season is nearly upon us, and with it, the quest for a perfect gift. Your holiday shopping list may be full of the latest toys and gadgets. But remember, you can’t beat a gift that could mean a brighter future for your child. So make a gift contribution or open a new ScholarShare 529 College Savings account for that special child in your life. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, even friends of the family can also open an account or contribute to that special holiday gift that keeps on giving.

ScholarShare is proud to partner with GEAR-UP to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in college.

According to a 2012 survey by Hart Research Associates, 84 percent of parents consider it “very important” that their children attend college, but not many have started saving. ScholarShare, named one of the nine best 529 plans in the nation by Morningstar, a prominent ratings agency, is administered by the State of California and managed by TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. Named for the section of the Internal Revenue Code under which they were created, 529 plans offer families a tax-advantaged way to save for college.

Some of the benefits of the ScholarShare plan include:

  • Accounts can be opened with as little as $25.
  • A wide variety of low-cost investment options are offered.
  • There are no annual account maintenance fees.
  • Potential earnings are tax-free if used for qualified higher education expenses such as tuition and fees, books and supplies, and certain room and board costs.
  • Funds may be used at eligible educational institutions nationwide, and some abroad.
  • Anyone can contribute to the account, making it a great gift idea for family and friends.

To learn more or to open an account, visit www.scholarshare.com or call 1-800-544-5248. Like ScholarShare on Facebook at www.facebook.com/scholarshare529 and follow us on Twitter at @ScholarShare529.

Preparing for college academically and financially can help keep students on the path toward success.

Consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses before investing in the ScholarShare 529 College Savings Plan. Please visit www.scholarshare.com for a Program Disclosure Booklet containing this and other information. Read it carefully.

Before investing in a 529 plan, you should consider whether the state you or your Beneficiary reside in or have taxable income in has a 529 plan that offers favorable state income tax or other benefits that are only available if you invest in that state’s 529 plan.

The tax information contained herein is not intended to be used, and cannot be used, by any taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding tax penalties. Taxpayers should seek advice based on their own particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor. Non-qualified withdrawals may be subject to federal and state taxes and the additional federal 10% tax. Non-qualified withdrawals may also be subject to an additional 2.5% California tax on earnings.

Investments in the Program are neither insured nor guaranteed and there is the risk of investment loss.

 The ScholarShare 529 College Savings Plan Twitter and Facebook pages are managed by the State of California.

 TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc., Plan Manager

SoCal Regional Event EdCamp Schedule and Materials

September 30-October 1, 2014 Downey, CA

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An edcamp is a user-generated conference – commonly referred to as an “unconference” that relies on open space organizational technology to drive engagement at professional development activities. Edcamps are designed to provide participant-driven professional development for K-12 educators. Unlike traditional conferences, sessions are not planned or scheduled until the morning of the event using a scheduling board on which attendees can place an index card or post it notes with their potential topic session on it. This type of event:

  • is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment
  • is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from participants who are the main actors of the event

This GEAR UP version of an edcamp is takes place with California GEAR UP schools from all across southern California and will focus on academic topics to support a the creation of a college going culture.

The purpose of California GEAR UP is to develop and sustain the organizational capacity of middle schools to prepare all students for high school and higher education through a statewide network of support for adults who influence middle school students, specifically their counselors, faculty, school leaders and families. As a result of this expanded capacity, a higher proportion of students, particularly from backgrounds and communities that have not historically pursued a college education, will enroll and succeed in higher education.

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Robert’s presentation focused on taking an objective look at Depth of Knowledge in math assessments.

Robert Kaplinsky-Featured Speaker

Robert Kaplinsky has worked in education for over ten years as a classroom teacher, district math teacher specialist, and University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) instructor.  He graduated from UCLA with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics / Applied Science (Computer Science) in 2000 and earned his Masters of Education in 2005.

He has presented and done professional development at many schools and universities across the United States.  Robert has been published by Education Weekand the American Educational Research Association (AERA).  He has consulted for major publishers including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Pearson.  Robert is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), California Mathematics Council, Orange County Math Council (OCMC), and Greater Los Angeles Mathematics Council (GLAMC).  He also co-founded the Southern California Math Teacher Specialist Network, a group that includes over 75 math teacher specialists from more than 5 counties.

Here are the materials from his presentation, which can also be found on his extremely useful website.


Problem-Based Lessons Used

Common Core State Standards Resources



MDTP presented on Day 2. MDTP primarily serves schools, colleges, and public universities in California. Please use the navigation bar on the left for more information about the project and what materials and services are available.

All CSU/UC MDTP tests are copyrighted, their content may not be used in other test forms. MDTP materials are provided to schools with the understanding that the tests will be kept secure and all test administrations will be scored by MDTP regional offices or MDTP licensed vendors (Datawise, Edusoft, Daskala). All licensed vendors are required to submit scoring data to MDTP to enable the project to send printed reports directly to students’ teachers.

MDTP regional offices (sites) are located on CSU and UC campuses and are supported by their campus and a grant from the California Academic Partnership Program (CAPP).

You can download the PDF of the MDTP presentation GEAR UP Institute (Writing in Math) (2b).


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Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, the question of how far we’ve come in eliminating segregated education is not a simple one. Gwen Ifill leads a discussion with Cheryl Brown Henderson of the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research, Sheryll Cashin of Georgetown University, Catherine Lhamon of the Department of Education and Ron Brownstein of Atlantic Media.

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At lunch on the second day we viewed our new ‘Vista Prep’ video shot over the course of three years and with the leadership of a group of committed adults, GEAR UP, and community partnerships, Vista Middle School transformed from a failing middle school into a thriving Preparatory Academy. The focus of the transformation: creating a school culture centered around student success as the highest priority.

New GEAR UP Awards Announced will help 116,000 Students


U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the award of $82 million for 41 grants under Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) that will help 116,000 at-risk students to prepare for college and receive the support they need to achieve success in postsecondary education.

Secretary Duncan announced the grantees in New York City at the launch of American Graduate Day, a public awareness and community engagement program to celebrate the work of individuals and groups across the country who are helping students stay on track to college and career successes.

“GEAR UP partnerships and state grants are inspiring examples of communities taking a stand for excellence and equity in education, investing in student success, and creating a culture that helps all young people achieve,” Secretary Duncan said. “I commend all the recipients for their relentless efforts to help students realize their potential through college readiness, access and completion.”

Two types of grants are being awarded: $51,420,120 for 31 partnership grants in 19 states, and $31,264,008 for 10 state grants to Alabama, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Both state and partnership awards are competitive, six or seven-year matching grant programs that target entire grades of students, partner with local organizations and businesses, and include matching local contributions and in-kind services. Grantees serve an entire group of students, usually beginning no later than seventh-grade, and follow them throughout high school.

This year, applicants were encouraged to address how they plan to increase postsecondary success, implement college- and career-ready standards, and work in conjunction with Promise Zones – places where the federal government has partnered with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, improve educational opportunities, and reduce violent crime.

State grants include both a required activities component and a scholarship component. The required activities component  seeks to increase college attendance and completion by raising low-income students’ awareness of college and financial aid options, increasing their participation in academically challenging courses, and supporting them through the college admissions process. The scholarship component requires the state to maintain a financial assistance program for GEAR UP students to attend institutions of higher education.

Partnership projects must include at least one low-income middle school, one college or university, and two community or business organizations. Partners work together to provide students and their families with a range of support services needed to prepare for college, including mentoring, counseling, tutoring, and summer programs to succeed in higher level math and other gateway college preparatory courses, as well as information about college and financial aid options.

Examples of this year’s grants include:

  • Berea College in Kentucky, which is already a recipient of our Investing in Innovation and Promise Neighborhood grants and is part of one of the five Promise Zones, is receiving about $5.5 million to partner a range of postsecondary institutions and key organizations with high-poverty school districts. They will serve almost 7,000 students in 37 schools by providing a comprehensive set of services–to parents, students and schools–that support a sustainable college-going culture.

  • Northeastern Illinois University and Chicago Public Schools District 299 will use its $5.78 million grant to transform the way schools prepare some 7,229 disadvantaged students for high school and success in college.; Beginning in 36 elementary and middle schools that feed into 14 high-needs Chicago public high schools, and partnering with eleven colleges and community based organizations, the project has three objectives: to increase academic preparation and performance of GEAR UP students in higher level math, English and science courses; increase high school graduation and college-going rate; and increase students’ own educational expectations by deepening their knowledge about the benefits of postsecondary education and the availability of student aid.

  • St. Johns University in New York City, N.Y., will use its grant of nearly $450,000 to improve the educational outcomes for 650 low-income, predominantly Hispanic and African-American students. Fourteen additional partners are collaborating on the project: two local education agencies, seven community-based organizations, one state agency, one college program, and three businesses – matching the federal grant dollar for dollar – to provide comprehensive mentoring, enriched technology, college awareness workshops, residential summer programs and a dual enrollment program. The goal is to increase high school graduation and postsecondary enrollment and decrease the need for remediation once students are in college.

  • The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is receiving $3.4 million to use a collective-impact model that will partner colleges, businesses and non-profits, among others, with three urban school districts. The goal is to increase student achievement for nearly 3,000 students through data-driven decisions, develop a sustainable college-going culture, and establish a shared community vision for equitable college access and success.

  • State Council of Higher Education for Virginia will use its $3.4 million grant to help nearly 6,000 middle school students attending some 29 middle schools, including 300 homeless students.Through its partnership with school districts, colleges, non-profits, and business, the project will provide a comprehensive set of services to improve college readiness and increase college enrollment. The project will also follow students through their first year of college by providing mentoring and tutoring to ease their transition to postsecondary education.

In addition to the 41 new grants announced today, GEAR UP is funding 87 continuation projects begun in the last five years that are providing these comprehensive support services to approximately 450,000 middle and high school students.


Note to Editors: Attached are the GEAR UP grant awards, alphabetical by state, with contact information and award amount. State grants are marked with a double asterisk **.

FY 2014 Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)

Alabama Birmingham City Schools, Birmingham — $2,919,674 Spencer Horn, shorn@bhm.k12.al.us, (205) 231-4674

The University of Alabama at Birmingham, — $3,500,000** Lawrence Tyson, ltyson@uab.edu, (205) 975-2491

Arizona Graham County Community College, Thatcher — $1,113,600 Carter McEuen, cartermceuen@eac.edu, (928)428-8275

California YPI Charter Schools, Arleta —$2,316,000 Jesse Noonan, jnoonan@ypiusa.org, (213)688-2802

Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation, Arcata —$443,614 Vikash Lakahni, vikash.lakahni@humboldt.edu, (707)826-5381

Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles — $1,911,200 Micaela Vazques Hahn, mjv1705@lausd.net, (213)241-0145

University Corporation at Monterey Bay —$900,795 Joy Brittain, jbrittain@csumb.edu, (831) 582-3960

University Corporation at Monterey Bay —$1,209,199 Joy Brittain, jbrittain@csumb.edu, (831) 582-3960

University Enterprises Corporation at Cal State San Bernardino —$2,406,741 Stephen Villa Senor, Stephen@csusb.edu, (909)537-3200

The Regents of the University of California, Santa Cruz —$467,860 Yesenia Cervantes, yesenic@ucsc.edu, (831)459-1831

Colorado Weld County School District, Greeley —$714,859 David Reyes, dreyes@greeleyschools.org, (970) 348-6040

Florida Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa —$534,400 Lenegar Jazheel, jazheel.lenegar@sdhc.k12.fl.us, (813)272-4828

Hawaii University of Hawaii, Honolulu —$480,300 Amy Agbayani, Agbayani@hawaii.edu, (808)956-4567

Illinois Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago —$5,783,200 Wendy Stack, w-stack@neiu.edu, (312) 563-7232

East St. Louis School District #189, East St. Louis —$747,135 Demean Vaughn, demean.vaughn@estl189.com, (618) 646-3056

Iowa Iowa College Student Aid Commission, Des Moines —$3,206,922** Christina Sibouih, Christina.sibouih@iowa.gov, (515) 725-3101

Kansas University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc., Lawrence —$320,000 Ngondi Kamatuka, Kamatuka@ku.edu, (785)864-3401

Wichita State University, Wichita —$740,000 Riccardo Harris, Riccardo.harris.wichita.edu, (316) 978-7810

Wichita State University, Wichita —$740,000 Victor Chavez, vic.chavez@wichita.edu, (316) 978-7800

Kentucky Berea College, Berea —$5,513,600 Dreama Gentry, dreama_gentry@berea.edu, (859) 985-3853

Louisiana Lafayette Parish School System, Lafayette —$1,888,723 Traci Aucoin, traci@louisiana.edu, (337) 521-7165

Maine University of Maine, Farmington —$2,970,042** Kathryn Markovchick, Kathryn@syntiro.org, (207) 685-3171

Maryland Maryland State Department of Education, Baltimore —$2,176,389** Mary Howlett-Brandon, mahbrandon@msde.state.md.us, (410) 767-0367

Minnesota Special School District No. 1, Minneapolis —$2,048,000 Eric Molho, eric.molho@mpls.k12.mn.us, (612) 668-0549

New York Higher Education Services Corporation, Albany —$3,500,000** Jennifer Dwire, Jennifer.dwire@hesc.ny.gov, (518) 474-4060

St. John’s University, Queens —$442,729 Yvette Morgan, morgany@stjohns.edu, (718) 990-2532

North Carolina Appalachian State University Boone —$2,748,792 Jennifer Wilson-Kearse, wilsonkearsejj@appstate.edu, (828) 262-8016

Appalachian State University Boone —$1,436,840 Jennifer Wilson-Kearse, wilsonkearsejj@appstate.edu, (828) 262-8016

Ohio Ohio Board of Regents, Columbus —$3,500,000** Rebecca Watts, rwatts@regents.state.oh.us, (614) 466-0884

Oklahoma University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond —$719,200 Myron Pope, mpope5@uco.edu, (405) 974-5370

Oregon Oregon State University, Corvallis —$2,600,000** Stephanie Carnahan, carnahst@onid.oregonstate.edu, (541) 346-5761

School District 1J Multnomah County, Portland —$1,207,200 Angela Nusom, anusom@pps.net, (503) 916-5404

Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Harrisburg —$3,400,000** Sandi Sheppeard, ssheppeard@passhe.edu, (717) 703-7238

School District of Philadelphia —$4,370,400 Alexandre Robinson-Rogers, arobinsonrogers@philasd.org, (215) 400-6850

South Carolina Richland School District Two, Columbia —$1,377,206 Arlene Bakutes, abakutes@richland2.org, (803) 738-3316

Texas Desoto Independent School District, Desoto —$1,125,557 Debbye Garner, debbye.garner@desotoisd.org, (972) 274-8212

Texas A&M University-Kingsville —$1,043,996 Mary Gonzalez, kamlp00@tamuk.edu, (361) 593-2129

Virginia State Council of Higher Education, Richmond —$3,410,360)** Paula Fisher, paulafisher@schev.edu, (804) 225-2612

Washington Highline Public School, Burien —$1,156,000 (206) 631-3045

Central Washington University, Ellensburg —$2,593,600 Julie Guggino, gugginoj@cwu.edu, (509) 963-2640

West Virginia West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, Charleston —$3,000,000** Adam Green, green@hepc.wvnet.edu, (304) 558-0655

National GEAR UP Week 2014 Open Thread

Monday September 22, 2014

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Join educators and policymakers all over the nation in celebrating the GEAR UP students, families, educators, and our many partners that work tirelessly to make higher education possible for so many. Join the campaign by:

  • Share the Congressman Fattah’s Video and Secretary Duncan’s Letter locally. Link to the Congressman’s Youtube video and download Secretary Duncan’s letter (see below) for use in your local campaign–let’s get the word out at all levels!

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  • Getting social on Twitter and Facebook. Ask your students, teammates, and partners to let the world know what GEAR UP means to them on social media. We’ll be sharing why we love GEAR UP every day and want to hear from you too! Be sure to use the hashtags #iheartGEARUP and #GEARUPworks and follow us at @CAGEARUP and @edpartnerships and on Facebook.

 Updated 9:16pm


Richfield Elementary School coordinated the celebration of its 100th anniversary with students, staff, and community for National GEAR UP week.  In the spirit of academic excellence, Mrs. Spannaus was awarded her plaque for 2013/2014 teacher of the year.  Later that evening, students were challenged to GEAR UP for the school’s 100th annual spelling bee.

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 9.25.27 PMElk Grove Unified School District Resolution Supporting National GEAR UP Week in California and in Elk Grove. Elk Grove Unified and California GEAR UP has one of the longest and most successful partnerships in the history of GEAR UP going back nearly 15 years.

Updated September 23, 2014


Tincher Preparatory in Long Beach celebrated NGUW with a college door decorating contest, spirit day, and  college vocabulary and college goal setting activities.

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Hudson Middle School enjoyed some ‘March Madness’ fun for NGUW as well as door decorating contests and DREAM Wall activities.


The Accelerated School had a blast preparing a DREAM Wall banner.

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Jones Junior High in Baldwin, Park has activities scheduled for EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK!

Updated 9/24/14


In collaboration with local leadership from the Walmart Mi Futuro program, Vista Preparatory Academy is celebrating National GEAR UP Week with a guest presentation from Officer Macintosh of the California Highway Patrol.  Officer Macintosh covered a range of topics including the postsecondary education and training required to serve in local, state, and federal law enforcement.  Vista students left with a better understanding of criminal justice administration and Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST), and the local colleges and universities that offer such career pathways.

Updated 9/24/14 3:53pm

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We received a letter of recognition from Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today! “Superintendent Torlakson continues to be a champion of education in California. The California State GEAR UP program extends appreciation for the letter of recognition for National GEAR UP Week from the Superintendent.” ~Shelley Davis, Director

Updated 9/25/14 11:24pm

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The 8th grade class at Shasta Lake School spent National GEAR UP Week at Shasta College exploring technical career pathways.  Students received college and career presentations from law enforcement, truckers, technology support, state, and local government officials.

Updated Updated 9/26/14

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Valley High School GEAR UP staff honored NGUW 2014 and the 10th Grade GEAR UP cohort by playing the girls basketball team….and won!

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Hudson Middle School in Long Beach hosted an A-G relay race and “I Love GEAR UP” photo contest!
“Many thanks to California Assemblyman Roger Dickinson for the resolution recognizing National GEAR UP Week in California.  We appreciate his leadership in the State Assembly, for our program and his efforts for educators, students and families across California.”  ~Shelley Davis, Director