Month: September 2015

California Helps Low-Income Students Succeed In College

(repost from Huffington Post) When it comes to recruiting and retaining an economically diverse student population, many colleges and universities in the US continue to fall short. But some schools appear to be doing better than others. Many of them, as it turns out, are located in the same state: California. In a story published last week in The New York Times’ The Upshot section, David Leonhardt points out that six of the top seven schools ranked in the paper’s second annual College Access Index are University of California campuses. The rankings are based on three key factors — share of students receiving …

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California GEAR UP Announces Partnership Initiative

The California Partnership Initiative (CPI) is a project of the California State GEAR UP Program. Since 1999, the California State program has enjoyed working in collaboration with GEAR UP partnership projects to reach our mutual goals:  increasing college and career readiness for low income students and improving the college going culture in schools. CPI was formalized at the National GEAR UP conference in Washington, DC in July 2014. This initiative brings together the 20 active partnership projects and the state grant to strengthen our efforts for ALL students throughout California. The target audience is all GEAR UP Staff in California. Project Goals: …

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National GEAR UP Week 2015

As we approach the end of National GEAR UP Week for 2015, we’re thrilled with the outcome of your efforts to showcase the people, strategies, and impact of GEAR UP on diverse communities in nearly every corner of the country. We’ve certainly had a blast seeing the joyful faces of GEAR UP, witnessing school-based events in action, and sharing the resounding message that GEAR UP truly works. We are amazed by your creativity and we’re certain that your hard work has paid off. The stories are still coming in and we plan to showcase them here and on Facebook. Jones Junior High …

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California GEAR UP Announces 2015 Fall Events

  Whole School Services Regional Events Professional Development for GEAR UP Middle Schools throughout California PURPOSE:  To develop regional support networks to provide opportunities for GEAR UP schools to learn from each other and problem solve together about common concerns and issues.  These events will be facilitated by Whole School Services Coaches with content based on advice from School Leadership Team members.  Events are customized to meet the needs of participating schools within each region and in alignment with target areas of growth identified in the GEAR UP School Self Assessment Rubric. September 30, 2015 Southern California Fall Regional Institute Downey, …

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Becoming a Transformational School Leader

  (This repost is courtesy of The Edvocate) Though community-building takes time, its impact is long-lasting. In order to implement change in a school environment, creating a common vision is paramount. The biggest challenge for school leadership is handling different kinds of people, with various goals and interests. A school leader has to ensure that students are following curricula, excelling academically, and becoming outstanding members of society. In comparison, teachers’ are focused on meeting curricula deadlines and ensuring that students keep up with class work. The leader must confront student deviance , as well as teachers’ possible cynicism and lack …

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Scholarshare is Celebrating National College Savings Month

ScholarShare, California’s 529 college savings plan, is celebrating National College Savings Month this September with a College Savings Pledge. Starting Tuesday, Sept. 1 through Friday, Sept. 25, Californians who take the pledge will be entered for the chance to win one of 20 ScholarShare 529 accounts, each in the amount of $500, for their child as well as a matching $500 prize for their child’s classroom. The pledge is aimed at encouraging young children to aspire to go to college. For more details about this special promotion, including the Official Rules, visitwww.CollegeSavingsPledge.com. Recently ranked second among all direct-sold 529 plans for three-year performance …

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California Braces For Lower Student Test Results

Repost from LA Times Education columnist @Howard Blume. Even before new state test scores are released this week, one thing is already clear: Results will be lower than in years past. Probably much lower. In other words, a much smaller percentage of students will be regarded as academically proficient for their grade level. California on Wednesday rejoins the national debate over standardized testing, including what students should learn and how teachers and schools should be held accountable. State by state, the results of these tests, or similar ones, have shown a clear, downward pattern. Previous standardized tests were based on …

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