Month: April 2012

Tax Dollars Invested In Higher Ed Pay Off In Billions in Revenue

  California’s Economic Payoff: Investing in College Access & Completion is new statewide report conducted by researchers at the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues at the University of California, Berkeley. It was commissioned by The Campaign for College Opportunity and co-released with the California Civil Rights Coalition and the California Chamber of Commerce. The report answers two questions: What are the benefits of investing in higher education? And, is it worth it for Californians? This study concludes that the benefits of higher education extend well beyond the direct payoff for students and include substantial gains to the state, and …

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Congratulations to California Green Ribbon Awards Schools

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today congratulated four California schools that were among the first 78 nationwide to earn U.S. Department of Education “Green Ribbon Schools” titles for exemplary environmental programs and practices. “California’s schools are leading the way into a cleaner, more energy-efficient future, and it’s wonderful to see that work recognized with some of the very first national Green Ribbon Schools awards,” Torlakson said. Twenty-nine states, the District of Columbia, and the Bureau of Indian Education nominated nearly 100 schools, of which 66 per public, including eight charters, and 12 were private. California nominated four schools (the maximum …

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Torlakson Announces New Family Engagement Framework

  SACRAMENTO—Sharing the vision of California GEAR UP in the vital importance of parent involvement in the success of students, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today released a new, free publication, Family Engagement Framework, a Tool for California School Districts, to help school districts engage families in their children’s education. “Parents are every child’s first teachers,” Torlakson said. “The good news is you don’t need an advanced degree to help your child succeed at school. It’s the little things that make a big difference—reading at home, talking with your child about school, and setting high expectations. Our Family Engagement Framework provides practical …

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Bridge Project Paves The Path Towards College

students celebrate completion of ‘Core Values’ program at Reith Elementary ## ## The California GEAR UP Bridge Project is well underway in Elk Grove, CA. As the direct student services component of California GEAR UP, the Bridge project continues to build on the philosophy that middle school success is a strong predictor of high school completion and college attendance.A Bridge for Students Model:  Approximately 458 seventh graders from five elementary schools in the Elk Grove Unified School District will be the cohort of students who will receive direct services until they graduate from high school in 2017.  One of the …

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California GEAR UP Completes Site Visits and Statewide Events

  As part of the extensive six-month planning phase, California GEAR UP has completed 51 school site visits and three statewide events in Glendale, Berkeley, and Costa Mesa. Participating in the planning phase of the California GEAR UP program, schools will complete the following activities: • Host a School-Site Visit for GEAR UP Orientation (2 hours maximum) with key leaders (potential GEAR UP Leadership Team) to be scheduled between January 27 and February 29, 2012. • Participate in a Planning Session for GEAR UP: A full-day session, 8 am – 4 pm, for the school leadership team. • Complete Perceptions …

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