Month: June 2013

California GEAR UP Celebrates Graduates

California GEAR  UP is proud to share graduations from our team, which include matriculation from staff, members of our family, and those closest to us. We celebrate all levels of graduates as an extension of our belief that academic excellence and college readiness starts at any age, and that it is up to us to establish a college going culture early and often. One of the best ways to do that is to celebrate! We are so proud of the educational accomplishments of our GEAR UP family in pursuing their dreams. We strive to set expectations high for all schools, …

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Jackman Middle School Culminates with GEAR UP Bridge Project

 (Education Trust Award Ceremony) This year marked the celebration of 480 eight graders completing their final year at Jackman middle school and California GEAR UP Bridge Model cohort. The California GEAR UP  Bridge Model is characterized by collaboration, student progress tracking, and data sharing among a family of schools across educational levels for the purpose of preparing all students in the cohort for college. Data is  collected to measure the impact on student achievement and retention and provide valuable information as to the importance of aligning curriculum, increased communication across educational levels.  California GEAR UP supports the entire school community in …

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Teacher Trainings Kick Off California’s Common Core Summer

SACRAMENTO—With the state budget setting aside $1.25 billion to implement new standards in California’s public schools, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson kicked off California’s Common Core Summer with a daylong seminar to help teachers instill deeper learning of mathematics in their students. “For teachers, this is California’s Common Core Summer. They’ve just finished their own school year, but they’re already back in class—because they see the opportunity Common Core presents to prepare students for a successful future,” Torlakson said. “They’re setting aside the one-size-fits all curriculum, recycling the `drill and kill’ worksheets, and dumping the multiple choice `bubble …

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Kid President Has a Plan to Fix U.S. Education

(from Colorlines.com) Everyone’s favorite future president has a message for the country. There’s no way he’ll get to the Oval Office unless he gets through school first. And what he, and schoolchildren around the country need are simple: access to healthy food, early education and an engaging, vibrant classroom experience. That’s the message he and a cast of other irresistibly cute kids are sharing as part of a new video produced by SoulPancake for the Schott Foundation’s Opportunity to Learn Campaign. The three asks are seemingly simple enough. But far too many kids go to school in the U.S. without …

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