Month: October 2009

Pio Pico Panther Power!

Below are pictures from GEAR UP School Pio Pico Span School in Los Angeles. They recently shared with us some great college-going events taking place at their school.  Special thanks to Mr. Garcia at Pio Pico for sharing with us. You will see pictures from our “College Awareness” Door decorating contest, Parent field trip to USC, “I’m Going to College UCLA game”, and the “It’s never to early to think about college” campaign. These pictures capture the spirit of the Pio Pico Panthers.

Continuing Sustainability Project Insititutes

California GEAR UP completed the last institute of the fall in Walnut Creek this week when it worked with CSP schools on their sustainability and capacity building efforts. Many of the schools have been with GEAR UP for 4-5 years and are now working on fulfilling all 6 sustainability conditions. Here are some of the photos from another successful institute.

Congressman Fattah Thanks CA GEAR UP

The congressman responsible for authoring the GEAR UP legislation, Chaka Fattah, sends sincere thanks to all California GEAR UP schools and partnerships for 10 years of GEAR UP and participating in National GEAR UP Day activities.

Principal and Leadership Team Institutes: Glendale

A marvelous time was had by all this week in Glendale as many of our CA GEAR UP Leadership Teams worked on developing a college going culture at their schools through their Professional Development Action Plans and School Self Assessment Rubrics. Presenters included PIQE, Math Diagnostic Testing Project, Taking Center Stage Act II, and California Here are the schools hard at work:

Taking Center Stage Act II launches new website

Taking Center Stage—Act II (TCSII): Ensuring Success and Closing the Achievement Gap for All of California’s Middle Grades Students promotes, illustrates, and supports the concepts embedded in the California Department of Education’s (CDE) 12 Recommendations for Middle Grades Success. Created specifically for middle grades educators, the Web portal delivers developmentally responsive and research-based practices through videos, professional learning activities, and best practice vignettes focused on the young adolescent. TCSII fits into the 6 conditions of California GEAR UP and is an excellent resource for middle grades in addressing the Achievement Gap. Visit the site and explore: Be sure to …

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California joins race for school stimulus funds

From the October 15, 2009 SacBee: California is back in the race. Sunday afternoon Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill that took away the biggest obstacle to the state winning a share of $4.35 billion in federal Race to the Top funds for education. Senate Bill 19, authored by Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, eliminates a statewide ban against tying student test scores to teacher evaluations. President Barack Obama and U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan had warned California leaders in recent weeks that the state would not see any of the Race to the Top stimulus funds if they didn’t change the law. …

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Hoover Middle School in Merced Has College Power

Special thanks to Terry Ross, counselor at Hoover Middle School in Merced, CA. Students show off their school pride and college going spirit with T-shirts and participating in a college dreams bulletin board on prominent display in the school. Students are working on a plan to make being a ‘school girl’ and ‘school boy’ cool by advertising their willingness to do well in school. Hoover is one of three California GEAR UP schools in Merced, CA.