Month: February 2015

California GEAR UP: Partnering for Student Success

By Christian Smith – CA GEAR UP Project Coordinator California GEAR UP: Partnering for Student Success The CA GEAR UP partnership with the California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI) has had great results during the 2014-2015 school year. By working in collaboration with PIQE (Parent Institute for Quality Education) we now offer GEAR UP middle schools and their feeder high schools on-site training, utilizing Californiacolleges.edu as a tool to engage students and families and help promote a college going culture on campus.  Students will receive a systematic baseline of guidance and support through this technological tool for the college and career planning and preparation …

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Latino population grows, so does push for place at universities

(original article found on SacBee website) When the University of California, Santa Barbara, announced last month that it had been named a Hispanic-Serving Institution, it made a small bit of history. After a decades-long effort to boost enrollment from underserved communities, the Isla Vista campus became the first member of the elite Association of American Universities, an organization of 62 leading research universities, to reach the HSI designation. Awarded by the federal government, the status signifies that at least 25 percent of the school’s student body is Latino, making it eligible for new programs and millions of dollars in targeted …

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Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

This is a repost from New York Times Article located here. Occasionally we post interesting articles that pertain to our work in GEAR UP and this one on what makes a successful team is particularly valid for us as we work across the state in our 48 middle schools using the leadership team model. Let us know what you think in the comments section! ENDLESS meetings that do little but waste everyone’s time. Dysfunctional committees that take two steps back for every one forward. Project teams that engage in wishful groupthinking rather than honest analysis. Everyone who is part of …

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Sunnymead Middle School Hosts GPA Reward BBQ

For the second consecutive year, California GEAR UP middle school Sunnymead hosted a GPA rewards BBQ for students who earned a 3.0 or higher. We had 612 students with 3.0 and above for first trimester attend the BBQ! This is the second year the event was held and the students were very excited and motivated. They enjoyed the food, music, and games played with friends and the DJ.   This event highlighted college preparedness starts in middle school and our students are aware of the A-g requirements. They need to have the grades for high school graduation and acceptance to college. This is why we do such …

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32 Reasons to Find Your GEAR UP ‘Why’

32 Reasons to Operate From Your Compelling WHY By Michele Molitor, California GEAR UP Whole School Services Coach, PCC What gets you out of bed in the morning? What motivates you to go to work every day – despite the challenges, despite the stress, despite all the other factors that come with being a teacher? There might be lots of reasons why you Wouldn’t want to be a teacher… Long hours Low pay Screaming kids Difficult parents Just to name a few… but you do get out of bed and you do go to work every day to be of …

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The College Board releases annual report on college prices.

  (From The Chronicle of Higher Education) Rising tuition will be in the news this week with the College Board’s release on Thursday of its two signature reports. “Trends in College Pricing” and “Trends in Student Aid” are packed with numbers, but if history is any guide, the one thing people will want to know is how much tuition and fees went up this year. All right, all right, I’ll tell you. Average published tuition and fees rose 2.9 percent for in-state students at public four-year colleges, and 3.7 percent at private nonprofit four-years institutions. You can read the full …

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