In fall 2007, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) began design work for what is known as the Next Generation of GEAR UP Evaluations. In the summer of 2009, RTI issued a call for statements of interests from grantees on behalf of the department of ED for planning awards to develop proposals to evaluate short‐term outcomes of an innovative or promising practice in one of three priority areas:
1. services to support the transition of 8th-grade GEAR UP cohort members into high school and support for achieving 9th-grade success, such as a summer bridge program and/or intrusive 9th-grade support;
2. services to support the achievement of successful completion of grade- appropriate math, such as completion of Algebra I by the 9th grade or earlier by GEAR UP cohort members; and
3. services to support GEAR UP cohorts in high school, such as keeping them on track to graduate, supporting rigorous and advanced coursetaking, offering strategies for college matching, and providing financial aid counseling for students and families.
This initiative is to help build capacity among the grantees to engage in rigorous studies focused on program improvement. In March 2010, a total of 43 grantees submitted their full proposals. An external expert review panel reviewed them and recommended making 12 awards. ED approved these recommendations.
Here is a list of awardess:
-Northeastern Illinois University Chicago Teachers’ Center
Contact: Ms. Wendy M. Stack, w‐email@example.com
-Western Michigan University.
Contacts: Dr. Nancy Van Kannel‐Ray, Nancy.VanKannel‐Ray@wmich.edu
-American Samoa Community College.
Contact: Mr. Roy Fua, firstname.lastname@example.org
-Northern Arizona University.
Contact: Dr. Daniel Kain, email@example.com
-Saturday Academy of Mathematics/Santa Ana College.
Contact: Dr. Lilia Tanakeyowma, Tanakeyowma_lilia@rsccd.org
-Florida International University/South Dade Empowerment Zone.
Contact: Dr. Berrin Tansel, firstname.lastname@example.org
-Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).
Contact: Dr. Robert E. Feir, email@example.com
-GEAR UP Richland School District 2/North Carolina/South Carolina Consortium Math Mastery Project (C2M2P).
Contact: Ms. Kristin Seay, firstname.lastname@example.org
-Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.
Contact: Mr. Robert Dais, email@example.com
-Claflin University/21st Century Mathematics Acceleration Project.
Contact: Ms. Wilda J. Robinson, firstname.lastname@example.org
-Memphis City Schools/BRIDGE Language Project.
Contact: Ms. Gwen Crawford‐Hayes, email@example.com
-Houston Independent School District College Success for All.
Contact: Dr. Laurie Ballering, firstname.lastname@example.org
For the full descriptions of each program, please visit the RTI site here. Congratulations to each of these amazing GEAR UP organizations for their continued dedication to student achievement and academic excellence.