Month: August 2016

California GEAR UP 2016 Fall Events

Please check our website and with your Whole School Services Coach for additional information regarding attendance with your school leadership team. www.castategearup.org

No narrowing of achievement gaps in California

From EdSource Smarter Balanced test scores for all California student subgroups nudged upward this year, in tandem with average statewide gains in math and English language arts. But parallel progress won’t narrow the wide disparities in achievement between low-income and Hispanic students and their white, Asian and wealthier classmates. And for African-American students and for English learners, the achievement gap slightly widened, according to results that the Department of Education released on Wednesday. “One year does not make a trend but some student groups with slowest progress are the ones needing to make the most progress,” said Carrie Hahnel, deputy director of …

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Homeless and Hungry in College

Homeless and hungry in college: Not just a ‘ramen-noodle’ problem From Mercury News LooLoo Amante had nowhere to live after her freshman year of college, so she bought a Scion with tinted windows and, at just 19 years old, slept in the driver’s seat. She had little money for food, let alone a costly meal plan, so she sometimes asked friends to grab her a banana or apple from the dining hall. Even some of her closest friends had no idea that homelessness was part of the college experience for Amante, an advertising major who ran on the cross-country team …

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Earlier Date for Filing Fafsa Form for College Aid

From NYTimes. As college-bound students prepare for a new school year, they should be aware of a new date that’s important for future financial aid: Oct. 1. That’s the new, earlier date after which students can file the Fafsa, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The infamous form is used to calculate how much students and their families must contribute to the cost of college, and how much help they will get in the form of grants, scholarships and loans. Students seeking financial aid must file the form, used by most states and colleges as the gateway to financial …

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2016 National GEAR UP Week – September 19-23!

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 students and families. Let’s  commemorate your hard …

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