School Sustainability

Fewer California Students Pass University Requirements

  (repost from Daily News) Fewer than 4 in 10 California high school students are completing the requirements to be eligible for the state’s public universities, fueling worries of a shortage of college-educated workers when the value of a bachelor’s degree has never been higher.To meet entrance requirements, high school students must complete 15 classes with a grade of C or better, including foreign language, lab science, intermediate algebra, and visual or performing arts. At the current rate, educators and policy experts say, far too few students are finishing high school with the minimum coursework needed even to apply to …

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Report Card on Outcomes for Low Income Students Released

  Ed Trust–West Releases Third Annual Report Cards Grading the 148 Largest Unified Districts on Outcomes for Latino, African-American, and Low-income Students OAKLAND, CA (April 3, 2013) – Today, The Education Trust–West (ETW) releases its third annual District Report Cards, grading and ranking California’s largest unified districts on outcomes for Latino, African-American, and low-income students. Once again, this year’s report cards reveal higher poverty districts that are consistently achieving strong academic results, and graduating high numbers of college-eligible Latino, African-American, and low-income students. “Just as students receive report cards that measure their performance and progress in school, ETW develops annual report …

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Promising Practices for Success in Linked Learning Schools

For Immediate Release  March 21, 2013 Contact: Eric Wagner (510) 465-6444, ext 318 Email: ewagner@edtrustwest.org New Ed Trust–West Study Finds Promising Practices for Student Success in Linked Learning Schools; Reveals Implications for District-Level Implementation throughout California OAKLAND, CA (March 21, 2013) – As the Linked Learning high school reform initiative expands across California, the results of a two-year study by the Education Trust–West identifies promising practices in Linked Learning schools and districts. However, the study also notes variation in districtwide implementation of these best practices. The results of the study can be found in the new report released today titled, Expanding Access, Creating Options: …

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2013 “Schools to Watch™” Model Middle Schools Announced

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Congratulates California’s 2013 “Schools to Watch™–Taking Center Stage” Model Middle Schools   SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that 12 high-performing California middle schools have been newly designated as model middle grades schools in the Schools to Watch™−Taking Center Stage (STW−TCS) program. Another nine high-performing California schools will also retain their model middle grades schools status under the same program. “My congratulations and admiration go out to these schools for continually striving to improve student performance,” Torlakson said. “Their success is the result of effective and innovative practices that motivate their students …

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Statewide Higher Education Tools Conference Announced

(click to enlarge)   California GEAR UP is pleased to invite you to attend ‘Effective Tools for Preparing Students for Access and Success in Higher Education.’ Presented by a statewide network of higher education organizations, the purpose of this conference is to begin the scalability process with respect to these resource tools and strategies with the following objectives in mind: More secondary school and higher educational staff will be aware and knowledgeable of these resource tools Secondary schools, Academic Preparation Program staff, and community organizations will adopt and adapt these tools to expand the efficacy and effectiveness of their college …

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Support College Access in Middle School with Donors Choose

Most people think that high school is where students should start thinking about preparing for college, but California GEAR UP, KnowHow2GO and the Lumina Foundation for Education know that real success starts in middle school – where students first begin more rigorous coursework.  That’s why they are working together to half-fund middle school college readiness projects across 16 states. KnowHow2GO is an effort initially funded in 2007 by the Lumina Foundation and now works through Donors Choose to match individual donors with teachers. Attention middle school teachers! If you’re interested in KnowHow2GO funding consider submitting projects that include: College guides, Financial Aid …

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Gaining Ground in Middle Grades: Why Some Schools Do Better

A new middle grades report from EdSource provided further affirmation of the capacity building efforts of California GEAR UP. What is particularly interesting for GEAR UP schools is the findings suggest schools who have high functioning Leadership Teams that focus the school community on a shared “future oriented” mission are far better off. Gaining Ground in the Middle Grades: Why Some Schools Do Better, is based on surveys from 303 principals, 3,752 English language arts (ELA) and math teachers in grades 6-8, and 157 superintendents in California. Educator responses were analyzed against spring 2009 scores on California’s standards-based tests in …

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Northern Sustainability Schools Collaborate at Forum

(Shelley Davis pictured above welcoming the schools) California GEAR UP Northern California Sustainability (CSP) schools met a the Berkeley Marina DoubleTree to work on the following outcomes: Leadership Teams will: Engage in a Professional Learning Community by participating in professional readings and dialogue Debrief School-wide SSAR conversations, pre-survey and facilitation Revisit Sustainability & determine next implementation steps Identify the evidence of growth in the SSAR Conditions Sharing Best Strategies: Successful Intervention Strategies & Support for Struggling Students The Continuing Sustainability Project develops and implements long-term strategies to maintain the active participation of middle schools with California GEAR UP and to chart …

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College Culture Sustainability: Maywood Middle School

Maywood Middle School showed off why they are one of our Continuing Sustainability Schools during a visit last week. They held a College and Career Fair door decorating contest that included: career field occupations (minimum of 4) names of colleges, universities, technical training schools programs offered by school for each occupation Students also participated in a Tri-Fold Poster contest that displayed the following: Left Side of tri-fold: Training Colleges Prgrams Center of tri-fold: Occupation What it is? What you do? Type of postions Where you work? Right Side of tri-fold: Forcast of jobs in the future Salaries Sites that might …

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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: http://pubs.cde.ca.gov/TCSII/recsforsuccess/recsforsuccessindx.aspx Be sure to …

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