Month: September 2014

SoCal Regional Event EdCamp Schedule and Materials

September 30-October 1, 2014 Downey, CA   An edcamp is a user-generated conference – commonly referred to as an “unconference” that relies on open space organizational technology to drive engagement at professional development activities. Edcamps are designed to provide participant-driven professional development for K-12 educators. Unlike traditional conferences, sessions are not planned or scheduled until the morning of the event using a scheduling board on which attendees can place an index card or post it notes with their potential topic session on it. This type of event: is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn …

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New GEAR UP Awards Announced will help 116,000 Students

U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the award of $82 million for 41 grants under Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) that will help 116,000 at-risk students to prepare for college and receive the support they need to achieve success in postsecondary education. Secretary Duncan announced the grantees in New York City at the launch of American Graduate Day, a public awareness and community engagement program to celebrate the work of individuals and groups across the country who are helping students stay on track to college and career successes. “GEAR UP partnerships and state grants are …

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National GEAR UP Week 2014 Open Thread

Monday September 22, 2014     Join educators and policymakers all over the nation in celebrating the GEAR UP students, families, educators, and our many partners that work tirelessly to make higher education possible for so many. Join the campaign by: Share the Congressman Fattah’s Video and Secretary Duncan’s Letter locally. Link to the Congressman’s Youtube video and download Secretary Duncan’s letter (see below) for use in your local campaign–let’s get the word out at all levels! Getting social on Twitter and Facebook. Ask your students, teammates, and partners to let the world know what GEAR UP means to them on social media. We’ll be sharing …

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Official National GEAR UP Week Selfie Material

    Not sure what to do for your National GEAR UP Week event Sept 22-26. 2014? Print this image and have a ‘I HEART GU’ selfie contest on social media! Tweet us! @CAGEARUP Facebook us! https://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaGEARUP ####

Video: The Power of Relationships for Student Success

Over the course of three years and with the leadership of a group of committed teachers, administrators, teachers, students, GEAR UP, and community partnerships, Vista Middle School transformed from a failing middle school into a thriving Preparatory Academy. The focus of the transformation: creating a school culture centered around student success as the highest priority. Their story is in progress but the results are already telling. Let the video tell the story.  Shot over three days on location in Red Bluff, CA by Emmy nominated videographer Andy Schlactenhaufen for California GEAR UP. Special thanks to the Vista Preparatory Academy teachers and …

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State Board Commends Higher Ed Common Core Approach

In an unprecedented action, the four systems of higher education announced their endorsement of Common Core standards and have engaged in a comprehensive, coordinated approach for implementation that links the K-12 system with higher education on standards, assessments and teacher training. The leaders of the University of California, California State University, California Community Colleges, and Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities outlined their endorsement of Common Core standards in a letter to the State Board of Education. The announcement is part of the California State Board of Education’s National Governors Association grant for K-12/higher education collaboration. “This endorsement reinforces …

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