California GEAR UP Schools

Getting to Know Hudson Middle School

Interview with Hajra Saeed, GEAR UP Site Contact at Hudson Middle School By Mary Unverferth   What motivated you to volunteer to be the GEAR UP Site Contact at Hudson? I have always been interested in seeing students grow to their full potential, no matter what their circumstances.  Many middle school students at Hudson never visualized themselves as ever attending college, so when my principal, Cathleen Imbroane, told us about GEAR UP coming to our school, I was very excited.  She asked me if I would like to be the site contact and I accepted because I knew that the …

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GEAR UP Schools Participate in SpringBoard Development

SpringBoard by CollegeBoard and California GEAR UP Partnership SpringBoard® is the foundational component for the College Board’s College Readiness System, offering a proven Pre-AP program that increases participation and prepares a greater diversity of students for success in AP, college and beyond – without remediation. Based on College Board Standards for College Success and aligned to the Common Core State Standards, SpringBoard offers the only integrated college readiness solution that includes a rigorous curriculum, formative assessments and sustainable professional development. SpringBoard workshops attended by ELA and Mathematics teachers from our pilot SpringBoard schools (King, Foothill, and Jones) last week as part of their …

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California GEAR UP Hosts Regional Leadership Events

CALIFORNIA GEAR UP “Round-Up” in Riverside, CA Developed to meet the diverse and complex needs of California GEAR UP middle schools, the 2014 Regional Leadership Events provided a forum for school teams to problem solve together and learn from each other about school practices, challenges and solutions.  The events were facilitated by Whole School Services Coaches with content designed to respond to the needs of each unique middle school community. Activities were customized to engage and support participating schools within each region aligned with target areas of growth identified in the School Self Assessment Rubric. Goals of the Regional Leadership …

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CaliforniaColleges.edu Launches Mobile App

CCGI’s mobile app, College Guide, is available on the Apple and Google Play App Stores. College Guide provides high school students (10th, 11th, and 12th), their parents, and their counselors with: A project management tool to navigate and track all the important goals related to college and financial aid planning. A thorough task list that users can mark as completed, add to their calendar, and share via social networks. Push notifications about key deadlines and important tips in the college planning and application process. Links to relevant web resources both on the CaliforniaColleges.edu portal and beyond. How students can use College Guide: Use “My …

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New Edendale Middle School College Bulletin Boards

College Bulletin Boards –Edendale Middle School The creation of our feeder collegiate bulletin board is a direct outgrowth of my attendance at the BARLI conference at Mills College, Oakland, CA. There was a board featuring a program at Mills College and I said why not have our own board featuring our feeder colleges and universities here in the Bay Area monthly? The names and cities where they are located are close and familiar to our students and their families already. Places they can actually visit and attend events to get familiar with the campuses and their staff. It also a …

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North State Regional Collaborative-Tehama County

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. NORTH STATE REGIONAL COLLABORATIVE – DRAFT AGENDA Tehama County Department of Education – …

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The California Central Valley GEAR UP GET DOWN

  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. The California Central Valley GEAR UP GET DOWN October 1, 2014  AGENDA …

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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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New Ed-Trust Study on Promising Teacher Evaluation

  OAKLAND, CA (May 22, 2014) – The Education Trust—West releases initial findings from a two-year study examining innovative teacher evaluation systems in a new report titled, Beyond Satisfactory: Redefining Teacher Support and Evaluation to Improve Teaching and Learning. The report reveals that teachers and administrators generally experience the evaluation process as an objective and constructive opportunity to reflect on and improve their instruction in order to best serve all students. These systems offer teachers support in ways that are connected with teachers’ deep desires to ensure their students will achieve at high levels. The report also highlights promising practices, and it …

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