California GEAR UP

GEAR UP Regional Leadership Forums Make Strides

  Developed to meet the diverse and complex needs of California GEAR UP middle schools, the 2015 Spring Regional Leadership Events provide a forum for school teams to problem solve together and learn from each other about school practices, challenges and solutions.  The events were designed to build on the progress made at the Fall events and were facilitated by Whole School Services Coaches with content designed to respond to the needs of each unique middle school community in their region. Activities were customized to engage and support participating schools within each region aligned with target areas of growth identified in the School Self …

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2015 California GEAR UP Program Update

  The goal of the California GEAR UP Program is:  To develop and sustain the organizational capacity of middle schools to prepare all students for high school and higher education through a systemic network of support for adults who influence middle school students, specifically their counselors, faculty, school leaders and families. This expanded capacity is expected to result in a higher proportion of students, particularly from backgrounds and communities that have not historically pursued a college education, enrolling and succeeding in higher education. The ultimate outcome expected from this Program is that a higher proportion of students will be prepared …

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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 Celebrates Graduates

California GEAR  UP is proud to share graduations from our team, which include matriculation from staff, members of our family, and those closest to us. We celebrate all levels of graduates as an extension of our belief that academic excellence and college readiness starts at any age, and that it is up to us to establish a college going culture early and often. One of the best ways to do that is to celebrate! We are so proud of the educational accomplishments of our GEAR UP family in pursuing their dreams. We strive to set expectations high for all schools, …

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Jackman Middle School Culminates with GEAR UP Bridge Project

 (Education Trust Award Ceremony) This year marked the celebration of 480 eight graders completing their final year at Jackman middle school and California GEAR UP Bridge Model cohort. The California GEAR UP  Bridge Model is characterized by collaboration, student progress tracking, and data sharing among a family of schools across educational levels for the purpose of preparing all students in the cohort for college. Data is  collected to measure the impact on student achievement and retention and provide valuable information as to the importance of aligning curriculum, increased communication across educational levels.  California GEAR UP supports the entire school community in …

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Sec of Education Honors Everett Middle School With Visit

  SAN FRANCISCO — U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee visited a middle school in the Mission District this morning to call attention to the improvements made in the wake of federal funding to the city’s school district. Duncan, Lee and other top school officials held a roundtable discussion during a visit to Everett Middle School, one of nine schools in San Francisco that was awarded federal School Improvement Grants in 2011 and current California GEAR UP School. The historically low-performing schools in the city’s Mission and Bayview districts were given $45 million over a …

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California GEAR UP Schools Complete Statewide Institutes

  It took six hard earned weeks, but 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. “The GEAR UP institutes provide out team the opportunity to further solidify our college going culture here at Samuel Jackman Middle School.  We are able to accomplish this through the team based guided discussions and common planning time that is available to …

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National GEAR UP Week Celebration Announced in Elk Grove

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 7, 2012 CONTACT: Elizabeth Graswich EGUSD Director, Communications 916-686-7732 egraswic@egusd.net   California GEAR UP and the Elk Grove Unified School District will celebrate National GEAR UP Week from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, September 10, 2012 in the Board Room at the Robert L. Trigg Education Center (9510 Elk Grove-Florin Road, Elk Grove 95624). Greg Darnieder, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Education on College Access, will attend this celebration as a special guest. Event attendees will also include local and state education officials, teachers, students and family and community members. National GEAR UP …

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Preparing for National GEAR UP Week 2012: Sept 10-14

September 10-14, 2012  is  National GEAR UP Week, an event highlighting the positive impact that GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), has had on students, families, schools, and communities since Congress authorized the program thirteen years ago. GEAR UP provides six-year grants to states and partnerships to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP programs, schools, families, and partners across the country will celebrate throughout the week of September 10-14. How to Celebrate National GEAR UP Day: 1)  Create a “GEAR UP Dreams Wall” by covering the …

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California GEAR UP Announces Implementation Phase Schools

California GEAR UP Middle Schools Selected May 24, 2012 (Sacramento, CA) – California GEAR UP is pleased to announce the 48 schools selected to advance to the 2012-2017 California GEAR UP Implementation Phase.   Through a highly competitive process, these schools were chosen from 168 applicants to the program. The goal of California GEAR UP is to provide a network of support for schools towards implementing long-term, sustainable strategies to create a college-going culture.  We look forward to their growth and success as we collaborate to achieve this common purpose. The official start date of the Implementation Phase is September 1, 2012.  California …

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