Month: October 2010

California GEAR UP Completes Statewide Events

It was a busy month for California GEAR UP. Throughout the state, participating GEAR UP middle schools attended strategic planning sessions that are the core of the professional development services. Institutes and Forums involving all School Leadership Team members, Regional Coordinators, GEAR UP staff, and partners. The two-day Institutes use the SSAR and offers strategies and techniques for focusing on the school-determined needs. It provides opportunities to learn about successes and challenges from other school teams. This year selected GEAR UP schools making strides to implement college-going culture in their schools were chosen to be ‘Schools on the Move’. The …

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Principal and Leadership Institutes in Full Swing

Throughout the month of October, Cohort B California GEAR UP schools will be attending Principal and Leadership Team Institutes across the state.  This cohort of schools is entering the third and final year of GEAR UP and will be continuing to build on the progress of the previous two years of services. Institutes will be held in Southern California in Costa Mesa on October 12-13 and Glendale on October 19-20. The northern Institute will be in North Emeryville on October 26-27. The institutes will be focusing on creating a college-going culture throughout the school by looking at aspects of leadership, student …

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Education News Roundup

Photo credit: Good Education Change Agents (click image to read) Within the small but mighty ranks of California GEAR UP, we often share articles of interest that sometimes become the focus of a blog post or shared on our Facebook and Twitter profile. We decided we would share with you some of the education websites we enjoy and in turn hear from you as to where you like to get your education news. Below is a list of websites and resources which is by no means comprehensive. L.A. Times Education: A news blog operated by the LA Times that features …

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“Skills for America’s Future” has Community College Focus

President Obama announced this week at his Economic Advisory Board meeting the launch of a new plan to promote better job training at community colleges. The “Skills for America’s Future” initiative aims at connecting private sector businesses with community colleges with a view to boosting job skills in the U.S. This initiative was in conjunction with the Community College Summit also this week. “The idea here is simple,” the president told the Advisory Board. “We want to make easier to connect students looking for jobs, with businesses looking to hire.” Community colleges had a rare moment, as the were heralded …

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Support College Access in Middle School with Donors Choose

Most people think that high school is where students should start thinking about preparing for college, but California GEAR UP, KnowHow2GO and the Lumina Foundation for Education know that real success starts in middle school – where students first begin more rigorous coursework.  That’s why they are working together to half-fund middle school college readiness projects across 16 states. KnowHow2GO is an effort initially funded in 2007 by the Lumina Foundation and now works through Donors Choose to match individual donors with teachers. Attention middle school teachers! If you’re interested in KnowHow2GO funding consider submitting projects that include: College guides, Financial Aid …

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California GEAR UP Hosts Sustainable Schools Events

California GEAR UP hosted their northern Continuing Sustainability Schools in Berkeley today as part of the fall school based services event schedule that will run until the end of October. Participating GEAR UP Schools, many of which have been in the program for more than 5 years, 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 …

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