Month: May 2014

Interview: California Teacher of the Year Ang Bracco

Angelo Bracco was recently selected as one of five California Teachers of the Year and is a special education teacher at Solano Middle School in Vallejo, CA, a California GEAR UP School. We are proud Ang is on the GEAR UP leadership team at Solano and was gracious enough to take the time to participate in an interview. Please tell us about your award and what it means to you I was recently selected as one of five teacher of the year for the State of California. This was quite an honor since California has over 400,000 teachers. The award …

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New Ed-Trust Study on Promising Teacher Evaluation

  OAKLAND, CA (May 22, 2014) – The Education Trust—West releases initial findings from a two-year study examining innovative teacher evaluation systems in a new report titled, Beyond Satisfactory: Redefining Teacher Support and Evaluation to Improve Teaching and Learning. The report reveals that teachers and administrators generally experience the evaluation process as an objective and constructive opportunity to reflect on and improve their instruction in order to best serve all students. These systems offer teachers support in ways that are connected with teachers’ deep desires to ensure their students will achieve at high levels. The report also highlights promising practices, and it …

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Secrets to Creating a Positive School Culture

As part of our guest blogger series, our very own Whole School Services Coach Michele Molitor provided her recent experience interviewing Karen Webber-Ndour, Executive Director of the Office for Student Support and Safety for the Baltimore City Schools. #### What do you get when you combine passion, listening and fierce compassion for others? You get a woman who’s soul purpose is to help students get the education they need to thrive in the challenging community of Baltimore City, MD. I’m speaking about Karen Webber-Ndour, Executive Director of the Office for Student Support and Safety for the Baltimore City Schools. I recently …

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Save the Date: National GEAR UP Week 2014 Sept 22-26

During the week of September 22-26, 2014 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 …

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