GEAR UP: 10 Years of Making a Difference

California GEAR UP Celebrates 10 Years of creating college-going culture across the state of California. Our partner organization, National Council for Community and Education Partnerships, produced a great video highlighting the success of the last 10 years and laying out GEAR UP plan for the future. Watch the video here: NCCEP 10 YEARS VIDEO

Tincher GEAR UP Has High Expectations

California GEAR UP school Tincher Preparatory recently completed their Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) family program. California GEAR UP provides PIQE to all of their schools to engage families in the college access initiatives already going on as part of being a GEAR UP school. PIQE provides a nine week coursework that teaches families about college, financial aid, student advocacy, and positive education community activism. Upon completion of the coursework, families celebrate with an awards dinner where certificates are presented to families that guarantee a place in a CSU school as long as they meet the schools admission requirements. …

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California GEAR UP announces ‘Building Bridges’ Event

California GEAR UP presents ‘Building Bridges’, a partnership with local school districts and Sacramento State University to bring Valley High Students together with Oakridge Elementary school students to Sac State for a unique and engaging day of activities. This event is part of a shadowing program in which the elementary students shadow the high school students to increase their awareness for both high school and college. MEDIA ADVISORY California GEAR UP presents “Building Bridges” event with Valley High School, Oakridge Elementary, and Sacramento State University December 4, 2009 WHO: California GEAR UP, Elk Grove Unified School District, Sacramento City School …

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Valley High GEAR UP collaborates with

California GEAR UP Valley High School collaboration participated in a week long training on the interactive college prep website On the site students create a profile that allows them to track their progress towards college, including A-G requirements, career and interest assessments, grades tracking, and the ability to begin, finish, and submit their college applications directly to their chosen schools. Christian Smith is tasked with training all the Valley students in their English classes is supported throughout the state by its administrator, Michael Burton (pictured). Thanks Michael and Christian!

Taking Center Stage Act II launches new website

Taking Center Stage—Act II (TCSII): Ensuring Success and Closing the Achievement Gap for All of California’s Middle Grades Students promotes, illustrates, and supports the concepts embedded in the California Department of Education’s (CDE) 12 Recommendations for Middle Grades Success. Created specifically for middle grades educators, the Web portal delivers developmentally responsive and research-based practices through videos, professional learning activities, and best practice vignettes focused on the young adolescent. TCSII fits into the 6 conditions of California GEAR UP and is an excellent resource for middle grades in addressing the Achievement Gap. Visit the site and explore: Be sure to …

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California Department of Education Announces Online Resource Kit for School Partnerships

State Schools Chief Jack O’Connell Offers Education Agencies a New Tool to Combat the Achievement Gap SACRAMENTO – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell today announced that a key recommendation by his California P-16 Council is being implemented with the release of a new online tool called the Resource Kit for Developing Partnerships to Close the Achievement Gap (Resource Kit). “Family and community partners are powerful and critical allies for schools working to improve student success and close the achievement gap,” said O’Connell. “The success of our students is directly connected to the success of our state and national …

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California GEAR UP in the news

In a letter of support for Sacramento police chief Rick Braziel’s take on high school drop outs, California Assemblywomen Alyson Huber touts the California GEAR UP model at Valley High School: Bravo, Braziel,dropout piece Re “The time to act is before the dropout gets arrested” (Viewpoints, Sept. 20): I want to thank The Bee for printing Sacramento Police Chief Rick Braziel’s perspective on the dropout crisis. His testimony before the Select Committee on Lowering California’s High School Dropout Rate was very insightful and I appreciate his dedication to raising awareness about the issue and offering solutions. The dropout issue is especially …

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ACT Sponsors National GEAR UP Day Event

ACT and California GEAR UP partner together for National GEAR UP Day at Valley High School in Sacramento. The event “Valley High School: Beating the Odds” will take place on Friday, September 18th at the high school located in the Elk Grove Unified School District of Sacramento. Press conference at 8:00 will feature California Superintendent of Public instruction Jack O’Connell as well as family and student speakers from Valley High School.