MLK Technology Academy Announces Family University

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THIS weekend MLK Jr Technology Academy proudly hosts Family Initiatives Project Family University, a California GEAR UP family engagement  program.

If you would like to attend or have questions regarding MLK Jr GEAR UP, please contact Ms. Adebanji: 916-286-4713

Special thanks to Ms. Adebanji, whose GEAR UP page is amazing!

Schools Collaborate at Berkeley Leadership Institutes

California GEAR UP continues its Principal and Leadership Team forums in Berkeley this week. Outcomes for the event include:

  • Engage in a professional readings and dialogue
  • Have a clear understanding of Outcomes and Expectations for California GEAR UP
  • Revisit the Professional Development Action Plan (PDAP) and assess next steps in using GEAR UP services
  • Share best strategies as Schools on the Move: Timing Interventions and Support for Struggling Students
  • Determine communication steps to move the GEAR UP message forward with school staff and community

The goal of the California GEAR UP state program is to develop and sustain the organizational capacity of middle schools to prepare ALL students for high school and postsecondary education through the establishment of a statewide network of support. Since 1999, California GEAR UP and the 68 partnership projects have impacted over 1/3 of the 1200 middle schools in California, with the State grant serving over 236,000 students in 260 schools in 106 school districts in 25 counties. The state model is designed to create a self-sustaining college-going culture by working with whole schools through the adults that have the greatest impact in student life and experience: the principals, teachers, counselors, families and community leaders. The state model includes one school collaboration, GEAR UP/Valley High Collaboration, where a cohort of students is being followed from middle school through high school graduation.  By increasing the academic capacity of California middle schools, GEAR UP helps students meet the State Board of Education standards and advance toward successful high school completion and college participation.

If you attended todays event please let us know how we are doing! You can leave comments by click on the comments link above this post.

~We want to hear from you!~

Hoover Middle School students embark on UC Merced Trip

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180 sixth graders from Hoover Middle School in Merced visited UC Merced recently in fulfilling their goal of getting all students to visit college before they graduate.

Activities included specially designed panel discussions, tours of of the departments, and a university style lunch on the campus.

UC Merced is the newest and 10th campus of the University of California system, and is the first new American research university in the 21st century, with a mission of research, teaching and service. UC Merced also hosted the First Lady Michelle Obama as their commencement speaker the 2009 graduation ceremony.

Another great step in creating a college going culture at Hoover!

Let us know what you are doing at your school, we want to hear from you!

New Sample Education Trust Awards Process

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Here is another sample ETA criteria for your school to consider as you devise your awards process. This criteria was developed by one of our amazing cohort B schools in Granada Hills.

Categories:

Academic (20 points)

Based on student’s cumulative GPA.

  • Multiply GPA by 5 to determine point total

Family Background (20 points) based on two parts:

  • First in Family attending college (10 points)
  • Title I (10 points)

Service Club Participation (20 points) in one or more clubs listed below:

  • College/ Career club members (10 points)
  • HEART members (5 points)
  • Anti-bullying members (5 points)
  • Leadership members (5 points)
  • Peer tutors      (5 points)
  • United Nations team members (5 points)

Persuasive Essay (15 points):

  • Topic: How would going to college make a difference in my life?
  • Requirements :
  • Two pages typed (500 – 800 words)
  • Double spaced, black 12-point Times Roman font

Interview (20 points):

  • Selected students chosen from application process will be interviewed by members of the Leadership Team

Withhold 5 points for possible staff input.

Our Timeline

1)  Criteria determined at GEAR UP Team meeting – 2/9/10

2)  Finalize Criteria – 2/10/10

3)  Introduce Ed Trust Awards to students – 2/11/10 & 2/12/10

4)  Distribute Application to students – 2/17/10

— Kick off day event

5)  Due Date for application – 2/26/10

6)  Student Interviews begin 3/8/10

7)  Deadline to submit award recipients/ alternates on 3/19/10

This school decided to use straight GPA rather than academic growth. It is up to your Leadership Team to determine how to value each criterion. The only requirements for your process are: 1) Submission of process to your regional coordinator 2) An awards ceremony 3) All recipients have a valid Social Security number.

For more information on California GEAR UP Education Trust Awards, please go here and here.

Long Beach Principal and Leadership Forums

California GEAR UP continues its Principal and Leadership Team forums in Long Beach this week. Outcomes for the event include:

  • Engage in a professional readings and dialogue
  • Have a clear understanding of Outcomes and Expectations for California GEAR UP
  • Revisit the Professional Development Action Plan (PDAP) and assess next steps in using GEAR UP services
  • Share best strategies as Schools on the Move: Timing Interventions and Support for Struggling Students
  • Determine communication steps to move the GEAR UP message forward with school staff and community

The goal of the California GEAR UP state program is to develop and sustain the organizational capacity of middle schools to prepare ALL students for high school and postsecondary education through the establishment of a statewide network of support. Since 1999, California GEAR UP and the 68 partnership projects have impacted over 1/3 of the 1200 middle schools in California, with the State grant serving over 236,000 students in 260 schools in 106 school districts in 25 counties. The state model is designed to create a self-sustaining college-going culture by working with whole schools through the adults that have the greatest impact in student life and experience: the principals, teachers, counselors, families and community leaders. The state model includes one school collaboration, GEAR UP/Valley High Collaboration, where a cohort of students is being followed from middle school through high school graduation.  By increasing the academic capacity of California middle schools, GEAR UP helps students meet the State Board of Education standards and advance toward successful high school completion and college participation.

If you attended todays event please let us know how we are doing! You can leave comments by click on the comments link above this post.

~We want to hear from you!~

Continuing Sustainability Schools collaborate in Glendale

California GEAR UP Northern California Sustainability (CSP) schools met at the Hilton in Glendale  to work on the following outcomes:

Leadership Teams will:

  • Engage in a Professional Learning Community by participating in professional readings and dialogue
  • Debrief School-wide SSAR conversations, pre-survey and facilitation
  • Revisit Sustainability & determine next implementation steps
  • Identify the evidence of growth in the SSAR Conditions
  • Sharing Best Strategies: Successful Intervention Strategies & Support for Struggling Students

The Continuing Sustainability Project develops and implements long-term strategies to maintain the active participation of middle schools with California GEAR UP and to chart the sustainability of program initiatives towards the development of a college-going culture. Many of our CSP school have been with us for 5 years and are in the culminating stages of their sustainability plans.

Collaboration is key in creating a sustained college-going reform effort in your school. We applaud all of our schools for their continued effort in rethinking what schools can be!!

For more information on our sustainability program, please visit our website.

What do you think creates a sustainable culture of excellence at your school?

We want to hear from you!

Valley High GEAR UP to host Business and Community Breakfast

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Valley High School Collaborative is a California GEAR UP project that empasizes creating a college-going culture through whole school support.  For more information on this event or the new Valley High School Family Center, please contact Anita Royston: anitaroyston@gmail.com.

PIQE makes the grade in Sacramento

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California GEAR UP and partner, Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) was featured in the local nightly news in Sacramento this week. PIQE conducts a nine-week seminar series for families at every GEAR UP school, culminating in a graduation ceremony. Their services are adapted to the needs of the school community and provided in the language of the parents. Their facilitators recruit families and lead these dialogue-based family sessions at the school site.

PIQE is one of the mostly widely recognized and successful family engagement programs in the country and has graduated more than 375,000 parents from the basic nine-week program.

Watch the video here on CBS 13 in Sacramento for the full report.

More information on California GEAR UP family engagement services here.

California GEAR UP proudly hosts Principal and Leadership Team Institutes in Glendale, CA.

Our wonderful Cohort B schools met today in Glendale, CA to work with their Leadership Team on the following outcomes:

  • Engage in a professional readings and dialogue
  • Have a clear understanding of Outcomes and Expectations for California GEAR UP
  • Revisit the Professional Development Action Plan (PDAP) and assess next steps in using GEAR UP services
  • Share best strategies as Schools on the Move: Timing Interventions and Support for Struggling Students
  • Determine communication steps to move the GEAR UP message forward with school staff and community

The goal of the California GEAR UP state program is to develop and sustain the organizational capacity of middle schools to prepare ALL students for high school and postsecondary education through the establishment of a statewide network of support. Since 1999, California GEAR UP and the 68 partnership projects have impacted over 1/3 of the 1200 middle schools in California, with the State grant serving over 236,000 students in 260 schools in 106 school districts in 25 counties. The state model is designed to create a self-sustaining college-going culture by working with whole schools through the adults that have the greatest impact in student life and experience: the principals, teachers, counselors, families and community leaders. The state model includes one school collaboration, GEAR UP/Valley High Collaboration, where a cohort of students is being followed from middle school through high school graduation.  By increasing the academic capacity of California middle schools, GEAR UP helps students meet the State Board of Education standards and advance toward successful high school completion and college participation.

If you attended todays event please let us know how we are doing! You can leave comments by click on the comments link above this post.

~We want to hear from you!~