Celebrate National GEAR UP Week 2016!!!

2016 National GEAR UP Week – September 19-23!

Join thousands of students, parents, teachers, partners and college access professionals from across the nation to celebrate GEAR UP and the successes of your hard work and dedication!

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National GEAR UP Week is an opportunity for you to raise awareness in your community about the positive impact GEAR UP is having locally.  It’s a time to engage all your stakeholders – local, state and federal elected officials, funders, partners, as well as local, state and regional media – to share your program’s accomplishments and to get them more involved with your services to students and families. Let’s  commemorate your hard work and the progress our students are making towards achieving their life-long dream of going to college!

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2016 National GEAR UP Week – September 19-23!

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Join thousands of students, parents, teachers, partners and college access professionals from across the nation to celebrate GEAR UP and the successes of your hard work and dedication!

National GEAR UP Week is an opportunity for you to raise awareness in your community about the positive impact GEAR UP is having locally.  It’s a time to engage all your stakeholders – local, state and federal elected officials, funders, partners, as well as local, state and regional media – to share your program’s accomplishments and to get them more involved with your services to students and families. Let’s  commemorate your hard work and the progress our students are making towards achieving their life-long dream of going to college!

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2016 National GEAR UP Week – September 19-23!

We encourage you to use the resources below to plan and prepare for 2016 National GEAR UP Week.

Inspiration & Planning:

Resources:

  • Download the National GEAR UP Week logo
  • Download the “One in a Million” sign
  • Download the #I<3GEARUP / #IheartGEARUP sign
  • Download the 2014 GEAR UP by the Numbers infographic
  • Proclamation request template – Use this letter template to request a proclamation for National GEAR UP Week from your Senators, Representatives, Governor, Mayor, Councilmembers, etc.
  • Proclamation template – Attach this proclamation template to your proclamation request to save you time!
  • Student letter to Member of Congress – Use this letter template as a guide to encourage your students to share their GEAR UP successes with their Members of Congress!

Press & Media:

  • Media Advisory – This template is to notify media outlets in your area to cover the event you are hosting.  Media advisories are distributed ahead of the event so that outlets can schedule and plan to cover your event.
  • Press Release – This template will help you create some “buzz” about your event.  You can send it out before or after the event takes place, just make sure you edit it accordingly!
  • Op-Ed: Guidelines & Talking Points – Op-eds are a great way to raise awareness about GEAR UP at the local and regional level.  Follow the tips and use the template in this resource to submit your op-ed to your news outlet.

National GEAR UP Week 2014 Open Thread

Monday September 22, 2014

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Join educators and policymakers all over the nation in celebrating the GEAR UP students, families, educators, and our many partners that work tirelessly to make higher education possible for so many. Join the campaign by:

  • Share the Congressman Fattah’s Video and Secretary Duncan’s Letter locally. Link to the Congressman’s Youtube video and download Secretary Duncan’s letter (see below) for use in your local campaign–let’s get the word out at all levels!

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  • Getting social on Twitter and Facebook. Ask your students, teammates, and partners to let the world know what GEAR UP means to them on social media. We’ll be sharing why we love GEAR UP every day and want to hear from you too! Be sure to use the hashtags #iheartGEARUP and #GEARUPworks and follow us at @CAGEARUP and @edpartnerships and on Facebook.

 Updated 9:16pm

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Richfield Elementary School coordinated the celebration of its 100th anniversary with students, staff, and community for National GEAR UP week.  In the spirit of academic excellence, Mrs. Spannaus was awarded her plaque for 2013/2014 teacher of the year.  Later that evening, students were challenged to GEAR UP for the school’s 100th annual spelling bee.

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 9.25.27 PMElk Grove Unified School District Resolution Supporting National GEAR UP Week in California and in Elk Grove. Elk Grove Unified and California GEAR UP has one of the longest and most successful partnerships in the history of GEAR UP going back nearly 15 years.

Updated September 23, 2014

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Tincher Preparatory in Long Beach celebrated NGUW with a college door decorating contest, spirit day, and  college vocabulary and college goal setting activities.

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Hudson Middle School enjoyed some ‘March Madness’ fun for NGUW as well as door decorating contests and DREAM Wall activities.

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The Accelerated School had a blast preparing a DREAM Wall banner.

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Jones Junior High in Baldwin, Park has activities scheduled for EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK!

Updated 9/24/14

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In collaboration with local leadership from the Walmart Mi Futuro program, Vista Preparatory Academy is celebrating National GEAR UP Week with a guest presentation from Officer Macintosh of the California Highway Patrol.  Officer Macintosh covered a range of topics including the postsecondary education and training required to serve in local, state, and federal law enforcement.  Vista students left with a better understanding of criminal justice administration and Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST), and the local colleges and universities that offer such career pathways.

Updated 9/24/14 3:53pm

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We received a letter of recognition from Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today! “Superintendent Torlakson continues to be a champion of education in California. The California State GEAR UP program extends appreciation for the letter of recognition for National GEAR UP Week from the Superintendent.” ~Shelley Davis, Director

Updated 9/25/14 11:24pm

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The 8th grade class at Shasta Lake School spent National GEAR UP Week at Shasta College exploring technical career pathways.  Students received college and career presentations from law enforcement, truckers, technology support, state, and local government officials.

Updated Updated 9/26/14

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Valley High School GEAR UP staff honored NGUW 2014 and the 10th Grade GEAR UP cohort by playing the girls basketball team….and won!

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Hudson Middle School in Long Beach hosted an A-G relay race and “I Love GEAR UP” photo contest!
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“Many thanks to California Assemblyman Roger Dickinson for the resolution recognizing National GEAR UP Week in California.  We appreciate his leadership in the State Assembly, for our program and his efforts for educators, students and families across California.”  ~Shelley Davis, Director

National GEAR UP Week 2013 Round Up

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Join thousands of students, parents, teachers, partners and college access professionals from across the nation to celebrate GEAR UP and the successes of your hard work and dedication! GEAR UP programs across the country celebrated many different ways, including videos, proclamationa, letters of support, student photo booths, Governor support, field trips, and of course many many dream walls.

National GEAR UP Week is an opportunity for to raise awareness in our community about the positive impact GEAR UP is having locally.  It’s a time to engage all your stakeholders – local, state and federal elected officials, funders, partners, as well as local, state and regional media – to share your program’s accomplishments and to get them more involved with your services to students and families.

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Congressman Fattah, the architect of the successful national college readiness and access program GEAR UP celebrates GEAR UP Week and thanks students, program staff, families and partner organizations for their hard work! Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02) as he kicked off this national celebration to raise awareness about GEAR UP in our communities.

Dr. Ladd Letter

California GEAR UP received a letter of support from Elk Grove Superintendent Ladd. Since 1999 GEAR UP and Elk Grove have collaborated on student success and creating college-going culture. Thank you, Dr. Ladd for helping us celebrate National GEAR UP Week.

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Secretary of Education Arne Duncan honored GEAR UP with a letter of recognition for all the hard work of GEAR UP programs across the country.

I heart GU Campaign

In addition, we successfully launched our ‘I HEART GU’ campaign during NGUW in order to let supporters know how they feel simply by sharing a photo. Download the pdf file I love GEAR UP and you can participate just by Tweeting us or posting a photo of anyone holding the ‘I HEART GU’ on our Facebook page.. #GEARUPworks. More photos on our Facebook page.

California GEAR UP schools across the state celebrated in a number of ways, including Shasta Lake School  who did an activity at lunch with K-8th grade student with the event/activity consisting of the banners being made out of post-it notes and the students were to write there name, dream, goal, college or what they wanted to be when they graduate on one of the post it notes. This activity will continue in classrooms to make sure that at least all 6-8th grade students get to write something. Then the banners will be laminated and hung in the cafeteria as daily reminders for the students.

Frisbee Middle School in Rialto, CA had all grades participate in creating a DREAM WALL and it was great to see students really start thinking about their dreams and routes to get there. Many went from “I want to have money” to “I want to be a vet”. They started connecting totheir intrinsic side, which is always fun to see.

The California GEAR UP Bridge Project celebrated during their homecoming parade by chanting “A through G, I can see me with a college degree.”  The excitement and engagement is evident with their GEAR UP flags and energy. Students also celebrated all across the Valley High School campus with the ‘I HEART GU’ campaign.

How did you celebrate National GEAR UP Week?

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Elk Grove Unified School District Honors GEAR UP Week


Dr. Ladd Letter

We are proud to share a letter of recognition of the partnership between Elk Grove School District and California GEAR UP from Superintendent Ladd. Since 1999 GEAR UP and Elk Grove have collaborated on student success and creating college-going culture. Thank you, Dr. Ladd for helping us celebrate National GEAR UP Week.

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Congressman Fattah Kicks Off National GEAR UP Week

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Happy National GEAR UP Week!

Today we kick off a week-long celebration of GEAR UP’s successes.  You work hard every day to make sure low-income, minority and first-generation students (and their families) get an equal opportunity to enter and succeed in postsecondary education and beyond.  Now, it’s time to celebrate your accomplishments and be recognized for the progress that we’ve made together because #GEARUPworks!

Join Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02) as he kicks off this national celebration to raise awareness about GEAR UP in our communities, and stay tuned for updates from GEAR UP sites across the country!

We will keep you updated here on the blog as well as on Twitter and Facebook. Please feel free to post pictures and Tweet updates to us all week long! Use #GEARUPworks when posting.

I heart GU Campaign

In addition, we launched our ‘I HEART GU’ campaign last week in order to let supports know how they feel simply by sharing a photo. Download the pdf file I love GEAR UP and you can participate just by Tweeting us or posting a photo of anyone holding the ‘I HEART GU’ on our Facebook page.. #GEARUPworks

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National GEAR UP Week is Coming: Sept 23-27

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Join thousands of students, parents, teachers, partners and college access professionals from across the nation to celebrate GEAR UP and the successes of your hard work and dedication!

National GEAR UP Week is an opportunity for you to raise awareness in your community about the positive impact GEAR UP is having locally.  It’s a time to engage all your stakeholders – local, state and federal elected officials, funders, partners, as well as local, state and regional media – to share your program’s accomplishments and to get them more involved with your services to students and families.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02), GEAR UP’s Architect and Champion, as well as U.S. Department of Education officials, to commemorate your hard work and the progress our students are making towards achieving their life-long dream of going to college!

Follow all the activities here:

http://www.castategearup.org/blog/category/national-gear-up-day/

https://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaGEARUP

https://twitter.com/CAGEARUP


2013 National GEAR UP Week – September 23-27!

Plan now for success in September!

We encourage you to use the resources below to start planning and preparing for 2013 National GEAR UP Week.

Please share your plans, ideas, and materials with us so we can all benefit from your creativity and energy.  Let us know if you have any questions or comments about National GEAR UP Week and check back often for additional/updated resources.

Here is the California GEAR UP Dream Wall Activity: Dream Wall Activity

Inspiration & Resources:

Press & Media

  • Download the National GEAR UP Week logo
  • Media Advisory – This template is to notify media outlets in your area to cover the event you are hosting.  Media advisories are distributed ahead of the event so that outlets can schedule and plan to cover your event.
  • Press Release – This template will help you create some “buzz” about your event.  You can send it out before or after the event takes place, just make sure you edit it accordingly!
  • Op-Ed: Guidelines & Talking Points – Op-eds are a great way to raise awareness about GEAR UP at the local and regional level.  Follow the tips and use the template in this resource to submit your op-ed to your news outlet.

Let us know how you plan to celebrate in the comments section below!

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Save the Date: 2013 National GEAR UP Week Sept 23-27

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Join thousands of students, parents, teachers, partners and college access professionals from across the nation to celebrate GEAR UP and the successes of your hard work and dedication!

National GEAR UP Week is an opportunity for you to raise awareness in your community about the positive impact GEAR UP is having locally.  It’s a time to engage all your stakeholders – local, state and federal elected officials, funders, partners, as well as local, state and regional media – to share your program’s accomplishments and to get them more involved with your services to students and families.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02), GEAR UP’s Architect and Champion, as well as U.S. Department of Education officials, to commemorate your hard work and the progress our students are making towards achieving their life-long dream of going to college!


2013 National GEAR UP Week – September 23-27!

Plan now for success in September!

We encourage you to use the resources below to start planning and preparing for 2013 National GEAR UP Week.

Please share your plans, ideas, and materials with us so we can all benefit from your creativity and energy.  Let us know if you have any questions or comments about National GEAR UP Week and check back often for additional/updated resources.

Inspiration & Resources:

Press & Media

  • Download the National GEAR UP Week logo
  • Media Advisory – This template is to notify media outlets in your area to cover the event you are hosting.  Media advisories are distributed ahead of the event so that outlets can schedule and plan to cover your event.
  • Press Release – This template will help you create some “buzz” about your event.  You can send it out before or after the event takes place, just make sure you edit it accordingly!
  • Op-Ed: Guidelines & Talking Points – Op-eds are a great way to raise awareness about GEAR UP at the local and regional level.  Follow the tips and use the template in this resource to submit your op-ed to your news outlet.

Let us know how you plan to celebrate in the comments section below!

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