CA GEAR UP Events and Institutes

GEAR UP Fall Round-up in Riverside

PURPOSE:  The purpose of the California GEAR UP 2014 Regional Events is to develop regional support networks that provide opportunities for 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.  The 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. GEAR UP Fall Round-up in Riverside Regional Institute September 30, 2014 AGENDA Outcomes: Reflect …

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Bay Area Regional Leadership Institute Oct 7-8, 2014

The intention of this event is to bring Bay Area GEARUP schools together for two days of professional development, learning and exchange of ideas to build greater communication, collaboration and success towards building a College Going Culture at each of your schools this year. Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, October 7th & 8th 7:30am – 4:00pm Location: Mills College – Carnegie Hall, Oakland  Theme: “Achieving Social Justice and Equity through Common Core strategies to Ignite Student Success” Outcomes: Deepening our understanding and facilitation of Common Core Strategies Enhancing communications between Gear Up Schools, Partners and Community Based Organizations Best practices and learning …

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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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Access, Equity, and Common Core: GEAR UP Forums

California GEAR UP concluded their 2014 state-wide Leadership Forums with the theme “Social Justice and Equity: Common Core State Standards”.  Jorge Aguilar (pictured above) Associate Vice Chancellor for Educational and Community Partnerships at the University of California, Merced was the keynote speaker. His lecture was focused on ‘Advancing the Golden Rule Through Common Core State Standards’, which looked at the opportunity and obligation provided  by the common core state standards centered around  the notion that we will be able to measure  “college and career” readiness  through grade level assessments. His key question was: “How do we measure  whether ALL  students benefit from this …

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Targeting Improvement: Instructional Rounds

    Superintendent/Principal of Pleasant View Elementary School Dist Presents Instructional Rounds at California GEAR UP Leadership Institute (Repost from AASA School Administrator Journal.) Similar to physician training, this new model emphasizes collegial classroom observations, diagnosis and a plan of action BY COLLEEN GILLARD When Mark Odsather moved into the superintendency of the Pleasant View Elementary School District in California’s San Joaquin Valley four years ago with a mission to turn around one of the state’s most impoverished and low-achieving districts, his first visit was to the lower school’s kindergarten. Watching the young pupils answer yes/no questions to the story the …

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College Board Partners Wow the Crowd at Leadership Events

 College Board presenters Douglas Waugh, David Jones, and Ana Galindo Shapiro. This fall we were honored to have College Board, a California GEAR UP strategic partner, provide demonstration lessons at all of our Principal and Leadership Team events that took place across the state. These events focus on the use of our SSAR (school self assessment rubric) to look at school-wide perceptions and provides opportunities to learn about successes and challenges from other school teams. With the looming implementation of Common Core State Standards, schools have requested additional information and support, to which we responded with the College Board CCSS Demonstration Lesson. One …

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California GEAR UP Wraps Principal and Leadership Institutes

  After two months of hard work we are excited to announce all 48 California GEAR UP Middle Schools completed two day institutes across the state. These facilitated strategic planning sessions are the core of California GEAR UP work, involving all School Leadership Team members, Whole School Services Coaches, GEAR UP staff, and our statewide partnership organizations. Some of the highlights of the institutes were the Common Core State Standards demonstration lesson from the College Board and the premier of our Ideas in Action rotation that included presentations from our school leadership teams. Ideas in Action looked everything from technology in the …

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GEAR UP/NCCEP 2013 National Conference

The 2013 GEAR UP National Conference was held in San Francisco this year, and we were excited to participate and have a prominent roll. This national convening of GEAR UP professionals, parents, students, policymakers, and community partners is coordinated by the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships(NCCEP) and planned in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of this conference is to highlight the importance of education/community partnerships and the accomplishments of the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP). This conference also serves to facilitate the forging of new alliances among faculty, to help attendees …

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SAVE THE DATE: Principal and Leadership Team Institutes.

Hello Principals and Leadership Teams! The California GEAR UP program is pleased to invite you to the 2013 California GEAR UP Principal & Leadership Team Institute. Save the following dates & registration deadlines to your calendar.   Wednesday & Thursday September 18 & 19, 2013 Greater Los Angeles Area  Registration Deadline September 5, 2013 Wednesday & Thursday October 2 & 3, 2013 Northern CA Registration Deadline September 16, 2013 Wednesday & Thursday October 9 & 10, 2013 Orange County Registration Deadline September 23, 2013   The two-day Institute uses the SSAR (school self assessment rubric) to look at school-wide perceptions  and offers strategies …

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