Month: October 2013

California GEAR UP Wraps Principal and Leadership Institutes

  After two months of hard work 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. Some of the highlights of the institutes were the Common Core State Standards demonstration lesson from the College Board and the premier of our Ideas in Action rotation that included presentations from our school leadership teams. Ideas in Action looked everything from technology in the …

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National GEAR UP Week 2013 Round Up

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! GEAR UP programs across the country celebrated many different ways, including videos, proclamationa, letters of support, student photo booths, Governor support, field trips, and of course many many dream walls. National GEAR UP Week is an opportunity for to raise awareness in our 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 …

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California GEAR UP Welcomes New UC President Janet Napolitano

September 30, 2013 UC COMMUNITY OF LEARNING Dear Friends: It is a privilege and an honor to write to you today, my first day as the twentieth President of the University of California. I am both excited and humbled by the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.  I look forward to working with you. I bring many things with me to California, beginning with an unshakeable belief in the transformative power of education. I also bring a deep appreciation for the greatness of this university, and for what that has meant, and will mean, for the past, present, and future …

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State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Comments on Federal Shutdown

SACRAMENTO—Warning that poor children are among those most likely to be hurt by a federal government shutdown, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson urged the House of Representatives to approve a measure already approved by the Senate to keep the government operating. “The American people know a partisan stunt when they see one, and that’s what a shutdown of the federal government is,” Torlakson said. “Sadly, the first people affected will likely be some of the people who can least afford it—young children, students, and low-income families.” Because many federally funded programs have already received this year’s appropriation (such as …

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