Cesar Chavez MS Displays GEAR UP Pride on Homepage

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Cesar Chavez Middle School in Lynwood, CA effectively uses their schools home page to share with the school community their Education Trust Awards nominees and information about the awards process. Here is an excerpt from the page:

CCMS Is A College Going Culture School!

The California State Gear Up will award these students a $2,000 scholar share account.  The winners of this scholarship will be able to use their money as soon as they graduate from high school and enroll in a university, college, or vocational/trade school.  The alternates have an 80% chance of receiving the $2,000.

Winners were selected based on a 500 word essay stating, Why they felt they deserved the scholarship? and by an interview conducted by three CCMS staff members.  All students will have an opportunity to apply for this scholarship again next year.  For more information, contact Ms. Castro 310 886-7312.

We would love to see how you are celebrating your college-going culture at your school. Submit information to sean.brennan@ucop.edu and we will share on the blog.

Great job Cesar Chavez Middle School!

Ed-Trust West Launches Blog: EdVocate West


Education Trust-West, often considered the most important truth teller in American education, announced this week the launch of their new blog, EdVocate West.

The Education Trust-West is thrilled to announce the launch of our new blog: The Edvocate West.  Authored by Executive Director, Arun Ramanathan, The Edvocate West will explore and critique California’s most pressing education reform issues.  Specifically, we will examine those issues impacting low-income students and students of color and utilize our voice to advocate for an equitable and excellent education for those students most often left behind.

Check out the blog and let us know what you think.

Harris Middle School Hosts Family University

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The Family Initiatives Project is designed to encourage a partnership between families, schools, and communities in the educational process, especially but not exclusively for African-American families. Five-week sessions or one Saturday Family University offer college and career information and connect families to local community and social services. Through interactive sessions that increase understanding of the school system, family members enhance their knowledge of the middle school years, the “road to college”, and their critical role as support for their children. This greater knowledge and understanding is expected to enhance their ability to be effective advocates for their children in the school system.

FIP brings together families, schools and communities as partners in the education process. FIP services are based on recommendations from the GEAR UP school leadership team and the unique contributions of each school community.

Here are some comments from families who attended this weeks Family University at Harris Middle School in Sacramento:

Keep up the great information – parent from Harris.

Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge, the information was very helpful. – Parent.

Excellent program, good information great opportunity to network with other parents and good resources – Parent.

Share with us what you are doing at your school to engage families by commenting on this post or contacting us here.

For mor information on FIP. please read our FIP policy brief on our website.

Robertson Intermediate Families Have a Blast at PIQE Graduation

Robertson Intermediate recently celebrated their PIQE graduation with an awards ceremony and reception attended by families, students, community members, and school staff.

California GEAR UP provides PIQE to all of their schools to engage families in the college access initiatives already going on as part of being a GEAR UP school. PIQE provides a nine week coursework that teaches families about college, financial aid, student advocacy, and positive education community activism. Upon completion of the coursework, families celebrate with an awards dinner where certificates are presented to families that guarantee a place in a CSU school as long as they meet the schools admission requirements.

Robertson is another great example of a school with the California GEAR UP commitment to academic excellence and college access for ALL students. Special thanks to the GEAR UP team at Robertson for their hard work and dedication to their students.

Henry Middle School Has College Going Culture

Patrick Henry Middle School is having a college culture focused month. With the completion of California GEAR UP partner services such as  PIQE (Parent Institute for Quality Education) and preparing for the Education Trust Awards selection and awards ceremony, they have been very busy this spring!

Henry MS shared with us their ETA selection process a here, which many schools have found useful in developing their own awards.

As a cohort B school, Henry is in the second year of the implementation phase of our school based services. Being a California GEAR UP School, Henry has made a commitment to academic excellence and college access for all their students.

Share with us your GEAR UP activities and we will post them on our blog!

Green College Tours offers Virtual Online College Fair

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Our friends at Green College Tours have invited our middle grades students to participate in a pilot online college fair broadcast with DePaul University on Friday, April 16.

Armed with one computer, projector and speakers, classrooms will receive a live streamed video presentation. Students can interact by submitting questions via chat. If you are interested in participating, follow these steps:

1. Test Your Video Access – Go to: <http://www.greencollegetour.com/category_s/11.htm>  In the Recorded Live Meeting box. Choose: DePaul University Presentation. When the broadcast window opens, play video in the top left corner. If the video plays you have access.

2. Register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FB2BRJ9

3. Test Live Broadcast: When you register I will contact you to conduct a one-time 10-minute setup.

Event: Friday Online Fair

When: Friday April 16, 2010

Time: 6AM – 3PM Pacific Time

Where: www.greencollegetour.com <http://www.greencollegetour.com>

GCT Meeting Network Presentation Schedule for April 16th:

Pacific Time_____ Central Time______Presentations__________________________________

08:10 – 08:40 AM___________________DePaul University 15 min. presentation – 15 min. Q&A
09:15 – 09:45 AM___________________DePaul University 15 min. presentation – 15 min. Q&A
08:00 – 08:30 AM__10:00 – 10:30 AM___DePaul University 15 min. presentation – 15 min. Q&A
08:45 – 09:15 AM__10:45 – 11:15 AM___The Art Institute – 15 min. presentation – 15 min. Q&A
09:35 – 10:05 AM__11:35 – 12:05 PM___The Art Institute – 15 min. presentation – 15 min. Q&A
10:20 – 10:50 AM__12:20 – 12:50 PM___The Art Institute – 15 min. presentation – 15 min. Q&A
11:05 – 11:35 PM__01:05 – 01:35 PM___Get College Funding – 15 min. presentation – 15 min. Q&A
11:55 – 12:25 PM__01:55 – 02:25 PM___Get College Funding – 15 min. presentation – 15 min. Q&A

Please let us know if you participate in this event!!

Edendale Middle School Visits UC Berkeley

On March 12, students from Edendale Middle School in San Lorenzo, CA visited UC Berkeley with typical California GEAR UP enthusiasm.  Here is a snippet from the email they submitted to us:

On March 12, Edendale Middle School took 58 seventh graders to tour the University of California Berkeley campus.  I spearheaded the trip as a GEAR UP team member.  I have some truly fabulous photos from a photo scavenger hunt we completed on campus (see above).

One memorable quote from a student on the trip was, “I can’t wait to go to college.”

Another great quote I overheard was,”This was the best field trip of the year.”

It rained the entire day we were at UC Berkeley, but I did not hear complaining.  Instead, the students enthusiastically rolled down “4.0 Hill” in the mud, getting soaking wet.  We met students and asked them about their majors.  We took the elevator to the top of the Campanile and enjoyed the view.  This trip was a great success and I would like to take you up on your offer to promote Edendale through the GEAR UP website.

Thanks, Teacher,  Edendale Middle School, San Lorenzo Unified

Another wonderful story of a middle schools promoting a college going culture throughout their school.

Special thanks to Ms. Kurtz!!