Month: July 2010

Study: Effective Principals Embrace Collective Leadership

In the world of education, prevailing theories and modes of reform are usually a long time coming. In the last decade a body of research emerged and supported the connection between collective leadership in successful schools and is a key philosophy in the work we do at California GEAR UP. A new and expansive study recently released further supports collective leadership and the role principals have in successfully implementing shared power at the school site. Effective principals encourage others to join in the decision-making process in their schools, said the study, which was commissioned by the New York-based Wallace Foundation …

Study: Effective Principals Embrace Collective LeadershipRead More »

Arne Duncan’s Live Radio Town Hall with Nation’s Teachers

On Thursday, July 29, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will take part in a live town hall meeting with the nation’s teachers on Sirius/XMs Satellite Radio’s POTUS public affairs channel. The program will air from 11:00 AM EDT-12:00 PM EDT and will feature a studio audience of teachers from a cross-section of public schools, drawing from a variety of districts, grade levels, and disciplines. Tim Farley, host of POTUS’s “The Morning Briefing,” will moderate the event. Since his appointment in 2009, Secretary Duncan has spoken with thousands of teachers from around the United States together input on the Obama …

Arne Duncan’s Live Radio Town Hall with Nation’s TeachersRead More »

GEAR UP Student Wins Insider of the Year Scholarship

At this years NCCEP/GEAR UP National Conference, University of Texas Pan American GEAR UP student Lazaro Leal was presented a $1,000 scholarship from Texas Instruments to the higher education institution of his choice. As you might be able to tell from the photos, he wasn’t aware he was getting the award and was extremely surprised. The TI Insider program is a secure online community where students provide feedback to TI Education Technology about products, programs, etc.  The students who participate are nominated by their teachers and must complete an application process.  This online community currently had approximately 300 members. Yet …

GEAR UP Student Wins Insider of the Year ScholarshipRead More »

Day 3: LiveBlog 2010 National GEAR UP Conference

Chad Foster, best selling author and nationally acclaimed speaker addressed the crowd on our last day of this years national conference. He shared with the crowd the importance of imparting students with 21st Century Skills. Other key thoughts: Students must understand the connection what they are being asked to learn and how that content will apply to their workplace journeys later in life. If education is about knowledge, then preparation must be all about skills. It is essential that all students be exposed to the essential 21st century skills they will need to succeed. It is equally important that these …

Day 3: LiveBlog 2010 National GEAR UP ConferenceRead More »

Youth Leadership Summit Blows the Crowd Away

The flagship program in NCCEP’s Youth Services programming is the Youth Leadership Summit. In an effort to include student perspectives and the opinions of young people, NCCEP created national opportunities for youth to participate in the NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference. More than 200 GEAR UP high school students have participated in the Youth Leadership Summit since the inception of the program in 2003. NCCEP has been partnering with GEAR UP for Excellence to present the Summit since 2005. Blending leadership development with the experience of participating in a professional conference, the Summit teaches participants how to be advocates for their …

Youth Leadership Summit Blows the Crowd AwayRead More »

NCCEP Announces International Fellowship Program

The National Council for Community and Education Partnerships has established the Dr. Peter A. Dual International Fellowship Program in honor of NCCEP founding board member and chairman, who was a champion of providing students and young professionals the experience of global education. The program was created to develop research projects and education initiatives that will better prepare students to operate in a global society. As part of the NCCEP mission, this project seeks to expand education opportunities for low income students and their families in the US and Mexico, as well as other countries. The fellowship will be awarded to …

NCCEP Announces International Fellowship ProgramRead More »

Day 2: LiveBlog 2010 National GEAR UP Conference

Long time GEAR UP champion Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island received an award for Educational Achievement this morning and spoke about education reform efforts in his home state, including investment in community colleges and technical schools. The key note speaker was Ruby Payne, best selling author of “A Framework for Understanding Poverty”. She shared her insights on the “hidden rules of poverty” as well as: The knowledge that is taken for granted are the hidden rules of that socioeconomic class. Characteristics that make generational poverty different from situational poverty. Support systems that can be used in schools to help …

Day 2: LiveBlog 2010 National GEAR UP ConferenceRead More »

Day 1: LiveBlog 2010 National GEAR UP Conference *UPDATE*

Today kicked off the first day of one of the largest conferences of college access and education professionals in the entire country.  Among many highlights of the opening session, Congressman Chaka Fattah, the author of the original GEAR UP legislation, spoke about the importance of “Investing in smart kids, not just smart bombs.” See the video interview of the congressman on our Twitter feed: http://yfrog.com/n6w81z The Honorable Martha Kanter, Under Secretary, US Department of Education added further support for GEAR UP and similar innovative programs across the country. Highlights of her speech include: “GEAR UP supports the President’s vision of having …

Day 1: LiveBlog 2010 National GEAR UP Conference *UPDATE*Read More »

California GEAR UP to Blog Live from 2010 National Conference

We will be collaborating with National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) at this year’s GEAR UP National Conference in Washington D.C. July 18-21. In order to provide vital information to families, GEAR UP program staff, and college-going students across the country, California GEAR UP will be ‘live-blogging’ the entire conference and providing timely updates on Twitter and Facebook. This years conference is titled: GEARing UP For Excellence: Linking Programs, Practice and Policy. This conference will convene GEAR UP and other college access professionals, as well as their partners for informative concurrent sessions, exciting speakers, and valuable networking opportunities. Starting July 18, …

California GEAR UP to Blog Live from 2010 National ConferenceRead More »

Mesa Intermediate is Proud of Their Awardees

2010 Education Trust Award Recipients As part of the California GEAR UP cohort of schools, Mesa Intermediate in Palmdale, CA has worked hard the past two years to create a college-going culture on campus. The principal and members of the school GEAR UP team lead the effort to realize their school vision of academic excellence and college access. The team includes A GEAR UP staff person provides on-site guidance and support to schools and serves as liaison with GEAR UP partners, such as AVID, PIQE, and College Board. The Regional Coordinator helps to clarify expectations and monitor school progress. In …

Mesa Intermediate is Proud of Their AwardeesRead More »