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 expectations, rigorous coursework, school partners and strategic thinking, and communication and data use. Teams will work together over two days to plan and identify next steps in using California GEAR UP professional development funds and tools as well as GEAR UP school based services.
GEAR UP schools who are designated as ‘Schools on the Move’ will present best practices on a variety of topics on day two that will include an open discussion about how schools can successfully implement GEAR UP tools and services.
One of the key ideas of the institutes this year is creating a common understanding of instructional rigor and looking at how GEAR UP resources and services can support school-wide professional development plans to support expectations and rigor.
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