GEAR UP schools

An Interview With GEAR UP Principal Esperanza Arce

Esperanza Arce is the Principal of the Vista Verde Middle School Cougars in Moreno Valley, CA. Vista Verde has been a California GEAR UP school for 3 years. #### Please tell us about how Vista Verde became STW-TCS redesigned model middle school and as an AVID demonstration school and what it means to you. Vista Verde became STW-TCS  (California Schools to Watch™-Taking Center Stage) redesigned model middle school and an AVID demonstration school because of all the hard work and countless hours our teachers, staff, students, and community have dedicated.  Our teachers have common prep periods daily, so they have many …

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1,614 Schools on California Business Community Honor Role

RECORD 1,614 SCHOOLS RECOGNIZED BY CALIFORNIA BUSINESS COMMUNITY FOR HIGH STUDENT ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AND CLOSING ACHIEVEMENT GAPS  Schools Selected by California Business for Education Excellence for Prestigious Honor Roll   May 15, 2012 (Sacramento, CA) – California GEAR UP is pleased to share today that a record 1,614 schools have been selected by California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE)  as schools in California to receive the title of 2011 Honor Roll school. Included on the list are many current and former California GEAR UP Schools. Schools receiving this distinction from the California business community have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement …

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California GEAR UP Completes Site Visits and Statewide Events

  As part of the extensive six-month planning phase, California GEAR UP has completed 51 school site visits and three statewide events in Glendale, Berkeley, and Costa Mesa. Participating in the planning phase of the California GEAR UP program, schools will complete the following activities: • Host a School-Site Visit for GEAR UP Orientation (2 hours maximum) with key leaders (potential GEAR UP Leadership Team) to be scheduled between January 27 and February 29, 2012. • Participate in a Planning Session for GEAR UP: A full-day session, 8 am – 4 pm, for the school leadership team. • Complete Perceptions …

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Planning Phase Schools Collaborate In Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa, CA–California GEAR UP Leadership Team gathered in Costa Mesa, CA today to kick off the planning phase of a 6 year plan to create a college going culture at their school. Teams will learn more about tools and resources provided by California GEAR UP and collaborate with each other on successful strategies to introduce GEAR UP information into the school wide community. California GEAR UP schools commit to strong academic programming and a cohesive college and career readiness curriculum, beginning at the middle school and connecting with area high schools and local postsecondary institutions. GEAR UP provides a …

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Planning Phase Workshops Get Underway in Berkeley

  California GEAR UP Leadership Team gathered in Berkeley today to kick off the planning phase of a 6 year plan to create a college going culture at their school. Teams will learn more about tools and resources provided by California GEAR UP and collaborate with each other on successful strategies to introduce GEAR UP information into the school wide community. California GEAR UP schools commit to strong academic programming and a cohesive college and career readiness curriculum, beginning at the middle school and connecting with area high schools and local postsecondary institutions. GEAR UP provides a network of support …

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California GEAR UP Announces Cohort of New Schools

  Monday, January 16, 2012–We are excited and pleased to announce the planning phase for the new cohort of California GEAR UP middle schools! On behalf of Governor Jerry Brown and the California Education Round Table, the State of California proposes to conduct a State GEAR UP grant to be administered by the University of California.  The goal of this grant is to: 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, …

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Apply Now: Become a California GEAR UP School

The time has finally come to apply to become a member of an elite group: A California GEAR UP Middle School. California GEAR UP supports middle schools in developing a self-sustaining college-going culture for ALL students. The program serves whole schools through the adults that have the greatest impact on student life and experience: the principals, teachers, counselors, families and community leaders. GEAR UP resources, strategies and interventions are implemented by School Leadership Teams and guided by a school-based, six-year plan. Selected California GEAR UP school teams commit to strong academic programming and a cohesive college and career readiness curriculum, beginning at …

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Principal and Leadership Institutes in Full Swing

Throughout the month of October, Cohort B California GEAR UP schools will be attending Principal and Leadership Team Institutes across the state.  This cohort of schools is entering the third and final year of GEAR UP and will be continuing to build on the progress of the previous two years of services. Institutes will be held in Southern California in Costa Mesa on October 12-13 and Glendale on October 19-20. The northern Institute will be in North Emeryville on October 26-27. The institutes will be focusing on creating a college-going culture throughout the school by looking at aspects of leadership, student …

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Cesar Chavez MS Displays GEAR UP Pride on Homepage

Cesar Chavez Middle School in Lynwood, CA effectively uses their schools home page to share with the school community their Education Trust Awards nominees and information about the awards process. Here is an excerpt from the page: CCMS Is A College Going Culture School! The California State Gear Up will award these students a $2,000 scholar share account.  The winners of this scholarship will be able to use their money as soon as they graduate from high school and enroll in a university, college, or vocational/trade school.  The alternates have an 80% chance of receiving the $2,000. Winners were selected based …

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National GEAR UP Day: 15 ways to celebrate

1.Hold an event celebrating your GEAR UP program! Invite local media, elected officials, school administrators, parents, teachers, and students. 2. Host a Potluck BBQ as a thank you for dedicated GEAR UP volunteers. 3. Create a “See How Much We’ve Grown” Chart indicating the increases in federal funding for GEAR UP over the last 10 years. Turn this into an opportunity to highlight the success of your GEAR UP program. 4. Invite your local elected officials (mayor, city council) to attend a College Access Roundtable with your GEAR UP staff and students. This would be a great time for students …

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