Month: May 2013

Save the Date: 2013 National GEAR UP Week Sept 23-27

Join thousands of students, parents, teachers, partners and college access professionals from across the nation to celebrate GEAR UP and the successes of your hard work and dedication! National GEAR UP Week is an opportunity for you to raise awareness in your community about the positive impact GEAR UP is having locally.  It’s a time to engage all your stakeholders – local, state and federal elected officials, funders, partners, as well as local, state and regional media – to share your program’s accomplishments and to get them more involved with your services to students and families. Don’t miss this opportunity …

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SAVE THE DATE: Principal and Leadership Team Institutes.

Hello Principals and Leadership Teams! The California GEAR UP program is pleased to invite you to the 2013 California GEAR UP Principal & Leadership Team Institute. Save the following dates & registration deadlines to your calendar.   Wednesday & Thursday September 18 & 19, 2013 Greater Los Angeles Area  Registration Deadline September 5, 2013 Wednesday & Thursday October 2 & 3, 2013 Northern CA Registration Deadline September 16, 2013 Wednesday & Thursday October 9 & 10, 2013 Orange County Registration Deadline September 23, 2013   The two-day Institute uses the SSAR (school self assessment rubric) to look at school-wide perceptions  and offers strategies …

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Early Look At Smarter Balanced Assessments Now Online

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson encouraged students, educators, and parents to try out the Smarter Balanced Practice Tests launched today to familiarize themselves and the public with the new generation of computer-based assessments students will take starting in the 2014-15 school year. Just approved today, Assembly Bill 484 would limit the use of outdated Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) system tests for the 2013-14 school year and begin statewide use of new assessments aligned to California’s Common Core State Standards in 2014-15. The bill is based on recommendations for transitioning California to a future assessment system. “These practice tests give …

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Sec of Education Honors Everett Middle School With Visit

  SAN FRANCISCO — U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee visited a middle school in the Mission District this morning to call attention to the improvements made in the wake of federal funding to the city’s school district. Duncan, Lee and other top school officials held a roundtable discussion during a visit to Everett Middle School, one of nine schools in San Francisco that was awarded federal School Improvement Grants in 2011 and current California GEAR UP School. The historically low-performing schools in the city’s Mission and Bayview districts were given $45 million over a …

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Climate for Academic Success: Sparks Middle School

We are pleased to share a recent success of one of our star schools, Sparks Middle School in Industry, CA was identified as “Beating the Odds” by a new report from WestEd. A growing body of research suggests that school climate may be an important variable in explaining why some schools are more successful than others. This report, written by WestEd’s Adam Voight, Gregory Austin, and Thomas Hanson, contributes to this research by exploring the climate of a handful of secondary schools with extraordinary success compared to that of other schools, including those that consistently underperform. School success is often defined in absolute …

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