Month: October 2012

Career Technical Education and the College Completion Agenda

The most secure route to a strong economy is to provide the state with a rich and diverse pool of talented, well-educated citizens.    Credential Crunch, California Competes California Community Colleges (CCCs) educate 70% of the state’s nurses and train 80% of our firefighters, law enforcement personnel, and emergency medical technicians.  Through their Career Technical Education (CTE) mission, they educate many students who go on to earn bachelors degrees in fields such as computer science and business.  CCCs are key to resolving the shortage of educated workers that is threatening the competitive position of the state’s economy, and tremendous potential …

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GEAR UP Student Ambassador: If You Believe, You Will Achieve

  We are pleased to share the second featured GEAR UP Student Ambassador, Rosemarie Correa, an extremely forward thinking and intelligent tenth grade student at Monterey Trail High School in Elk Grove, CA. We were lucky enough to meet Rosemarie at the National GEAR UP Week celebration in Elk Grove where she was a featured speaker. Rosemarie was a recipient of a California GEAR UP Education Trust Award while a student at Harris Middle School and has since been an advocate for early college readiness, steadfast academic pursuit, and believing in her dreams. Harris Middle School has been a California …

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GEAR UP West 2012: Rigor, Relationships, Readiness

  GEAR UP professionals, partners, teachers and collaborators convened in Seattle, WA this week to attend the 2012 GEAR UP West Conference. Across the western region and the entire country, GEAR UP has provided thousands of students and families with desperately needed academic and financial support necessary to succeed.  Thousands of schools, administrators, and educators have been equipped with the tools needed to prepare students for college success as a result of GEAR UP services. The conference is an opportunity for practitioners to come together and collaborate on successful strategies and encourage discussion around college access. William H . Gates Sr. …

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California GEAR UP Schools Complete Statewide Institutes

  It took six hard earned weeks, but we are excited to announce all 48 California GEAR UP Middle Schools completed two day institutes across the state. These facilitated strategic planning sessions are the core of California GEAR UP work, involving all School Leadership Team members, Whole School Services Coaches, GEAR UP staff, and our statewide partnership organizations. “The GEAR UP institutes provide out team the opportunity to further solidify our college going culture here at Samuel Jackman Middle School.  We are able to accomplish this through the team based guided discussions and common planning time that is available to …

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Dept of Ed Opens School Turnaround Resources to Public

  Washington, DC–Recently, the U.S. Department of Education opened the School Turnaround Learning Community (STLC)  to the public, offering a wealth of resources and networking opportunities to educators throughout the country. The STLC is a collaboration platform that enables educators to share success stories, learn from colleagues throughout the country, and inform the Department with their expertise. Currently, the STLC has 4300 subscribed members, provides approximately 500 turnaround school resources, facilitates eight discussion boards, and has hosted nearly 60 webinars on various topics including teacher and leader effectiveness,increased learning time, and community and parent engagement. According to the STLC site, “The goal of the STLC …

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Torlakson Leads ‘Strong Schools for a Strong Economy’ Tour

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson launched a month-long statewide tour today highlighting innovative career technical programs that help prepare students for jobs in the 21st-century economy. Partnering with California School Boards Association (CSBA) President Jill Wynns along with teachers, parents, administrators, and school employees, Torlakson said the “Strong Schools for a Strong Economy” effort would underscore the link between California’s education system and the future of its economy. “Despite cuts of more than $20 billion over the last few years, schools across California are doing more than ever to connect students to careers and the modern world of …

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