Month: September 2010

Valley High School Celebrates National GEAR UP Day

The Valley High School-California GEAR UP Collaborative celebrated National GEAR UP Day today with a business and community leaders breakfast. Attendees listened to testimonials from students representing various organizations across the school, including the student body president, AVID students, athletes, and Leadership Skill Initiative students who are all college bound thanks in part to California GEAR UP. Students had this to share: “Benefits of hard work are evident and GEAR UP showed us that.” “GEAR UP and AVID helped us to become financially literate.” “GEAR UP Leadership Skills Initiative taught us how to go from teenagers trying to do to …

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Students to Celebrate National GEAR UP Day with Nick Cannon

Nick Cannon and NCredible Entertainment will kick off National GEAR UP Day at Santa Ana College (SAC) to promote the importance of college attendance and academic achievement among more than 400 intermediate and high school students from the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD).  SAC and SAUSD, in concert with the University of California at Irvine (UCI), Latino Health Access and the Delhi Community Center, form the Santa Ana GEAR UP Partnership, which has reached more than 20,000 students since 1999 at six intermediate and four high schools with critical messages and resources to urge academic scholarship, high school graduation …

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Valley High School Ready for National GEAR UP Day

Valley High School is finishing preparations for their second annual National GEAR UP Day celebration to be held on September 30. Activities include: Business and Community Leaders Breakfast starting at 8:00 am. Campus tours and classroom visits Lunch-time Student activities and performances An opportunity to network with business and community leaders, families, and educators. National GEAR UP Day is a celebration of transformative work of California GEAR UP – Valley High School Collaboration that includes dramatic gains in the statewide API, the opening of a Family Center, distribution of 100 Education Trust Awards, the implementation of a Leadership Skills Initiative, …

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Valley High Hosts Historically Black College Fair

On Saturday September 18 Valley High School hosted the 11th annual Historically Black College Fair.  Attending students were able to: On the spot admissions and Scholarships Application Fee Waived for Many Colleges Face to face contact with official college admission representatives Exposure to many Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) Assistance and information regarding SAT and ACT college admission tests The event was sponsored by Nehemiah Corporation of America and New Faze Development, Inc, California GEAR UP, Valley High School and in partnership with United Black Student Unions of California, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, The Alpha Academy, Greater Sacramento Urban …

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Waiting for Superman in Theaters this Weekend

Click here if you can’t see the imbedded trailer above. Some are calling Davis Guggenheim’s new film “Waiting for Superman” education’s “An Inconvenient Truth“. The new film is bound to be controversial as it is being characterized as supporting everything from ‘corporatizing education‘ to the argument that education failures perpetuate societal ills, from national security and crime to poverty, and that it’s essential to “change the odds” for families who can’t afford private educations. From the clips available online to those shared on Oprah this week, the documentary promises to be interesting, provocative and heart-wrenching, if a bit simplistic. It’s …

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National GEAR UP Day Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE California GEAR UP Celebrates National GEAR UP Day September 20, 2010 – California GEAR UP announced today the celebration of the Second Annual National GEAR UP Day, commemorating 11 years of success for the program on September 30, 2010.  GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) was enacted as part of the 1998 Higher Education Act to give more low-income students the skills, encouragement, and preparation to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. In the last ten years, GEAR UP distributed more than $3 billion to nearly 12 million students across the country. This …

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Congressman Chaka Fattah to speak at NCAN Conference

National College Access Network (NCAN) announced Congressman Fattah as the featured speaker for the Awards of Excellence Luncheon on Monday, October 11, 2010. Congressman Fattah, Representative for the 2nd District of Pennsylvania, is completing his 16th year in the U. S. House of Representatives.  He also serves as chair of the Congressional Urban Caucus and member of the House Appropriations Committee addressing the unique challenges of America’s urban communities and setting spending priorities of federal discretionary funds. An early advocate for college access, Congressman Fattah is the architect for GEAR UP.  In the last ten years, GEAR UP distributed more than $3 billion to nearly 12 million students across …

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Cal State Early Assessment Programs Shows Gains

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell today issued the following statement regarding the latest results of the voluntary Early Assessment Program (EAP) tests that were recently released by the California State University (CSU): “The CSU’s Early Assessment Program (EAP) test results show a five-percentage-point increase in the number of California students in grade eleven who demonstrated that they are on track to be college ready in English upon graduation from high school,” O’Connell said. “This is the first significant increase in this indicator in five years of testing.” A total of 378,870 students completed the 2010 EAP test in …

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U.S. Asks Educators to Reinvent Student Tests

In the NY Times this weekend was an interesting article on a national overhaul in standardized tests. Over the next four years, two groups of states, 44 in all including California, will get $330 million to work with hundreds of university professors and testing experts to design a series of new tests that officials say will look completely different from those in use today. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said the tests will look for higher order thinking skills and be computer based. “The use of smarter technology in assessments,” Mr. Duncan said, “makes it possible to assess students by …

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