Partnerships

GEAR UP Partner Spotlight: Scholarshare

May and June is Education Trust Awards season for California GEAR UP schools, so we thought we would share some information on our partner, ScholarShare. ScholarShare is California’s official 529 College Savings Plan. 529 plans are tax advantaged savings vehicles named for the section of Internal Revenue Code under which they were created. Earnings on 529 investments grow tax-deferred, and disbursements, when used for qualified higher education expenses, are federal and state tax-free. ScholarShare is a great way to start saving for college for the following reasons: Accounts may be opened online with as little as $50, or $15 with automatic …

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Santa Ana GEAR UP Partnership Celebrates Trust Awards

The GEAR UP Santa Ana College GEAR UP Partnership is proud of the two intermediate school students, participants in Santa Ana College’s very successful Talent Search/TRIO program, who recently received State GEAR UP Educational Trust Awards. Santa Ana College recognized our two local recipients, Manuel Velasquez from Willard Intermediate, and Ricardo Franco from McFadden Intermediate, at their annual Santa Ana 2000 High School Scholarship Awards Ceremony on June 2nd. “Although these students are not yet in high school, including them in this ceremony with high school graduates and at the college, communicates to them and their families that these youngsters are …

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Strategies For Funding College: Live Video-Streamed Meeting

Friday Online Fair On April 16th our friends at Green College Tours hosted over 700 chat sessions between high school students in Chicago, IL, El Paso, TX, Gilroy, Colton, Bakersfield, Anza, Riverside, Chino Hills, Bloomington, Cathedral City, Beaumont, San Jose, CA and colleges from across the country.  No travel required. Live Video Presentations – DePaul University, The Art Institutes and Get College Funding.org delivered live video presentations to freshman and sophomore high school classes.  Green College Tours will continue to expand this model network to provide high schools with an online window into colleges, campus life, college prep services and …

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Ed-Trust West Launches Blog: EdVocate West

Education Trust-West, often considered the most important truth teller in American education, announced this week the launch of their new blog, EdVocate West. The Education Trust-West is thrilled to announce the launch of our new blog: The Edvocate West.  Authored by Executive Director, Arun Ramanathan, The Edvocate West will explore and critique California’s most pressing education reform issues.  Specifically, we will examine those issues impacting low-income students and students of color and utilize our voice to advocate for an equitable and excellent education for those students most often left behind. Check out the blog and let us know what you …

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Green College Tours offers Virtual Online College Fair

Our friends at Green College Tours have invited our middle grades students to participate in a pilot online college fair broadcast with DePaul University on Friday, April 16. Armed with one computer, projector and speakers, classrooms will receive a live streamed video presentation. Students can interact by submitting questions via chat. If you are interested in participating, follow these steps: 1. Test Your Video Access – Go to: <http://www.greencollegetour.com/category_s/11.htm>  In the Recorded Live Meeting box. Choose: DePaul University Presentation. When the broadcast window opens, play video in the top left corner. If the video plays you have access. 2. Register: …

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Einstein Middle School and Cornell Collaborate on Bird Count

Albert Einstein Middle School in Sacramento shared this great activity with us today. Another great example of building a college going culture through instructional activities. Every year our school participates in the National Great Backyard Bird Count…which is held every President’s Day Holiday in February across the nation.  On February 12, 2010 ten of our students counted and tallied local bird species.  This recorded information is sent back to Cornell University for analysis.  I use the data in my classroom to have the students create graphs and analyze yearly patterns in our area.  We’ve been able to discuss hypotheses as …

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“I’m One in a Million” Scholarship Contest

As we posted here, California needs 1,000,000 additional college graduates by the year 2025 in order to meet our state’s workforce needs. Each student who successfully completes college is “one in a million.” Sponsored by the Campaign for College Opportunity, the contest is for all currently enrolled college students. Here is how you can go for it: Tell California leaders why you and your peers are one in a million and why they should support college opportunity to help you reach your college dream. A minimum of 20 scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 will be awarded throughout California. Contest Deadline: …

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PIQE makes the grade in Sacramento

California GEAR UP and partner, Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) was featured in the local nightly news in Sacramento this week. PIQE conducts a nine-week seminar series for families at every GEAR UP school, culminating in a graduation ceremony. Their services are adapted to the needs of the school community and provided in the language of the parents. Their facilitators recruit families and lead these dialogue-based family sessions at the school site. PIQE is one of the mostly widely recognized and successful family engagement programs in the country and has graduated more than 375,000 parents from the basic nine-week program. …

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