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Shelley Davis Speaks at Capitol Hill GEAR UP Briefing

On Tuesday July 24, members of the GEAR UP community held a briefing on capitol hill entitled: GEAR UP: The College Access Program that Drives Education and Economic Success in Your Community. The briefing, hosted by NCCEP, was convened to share success stories and to learn why GEAR UP is widely viewed as the most effective solution for increasing academic achievement, high school graduation rates, college enrollment rates, and economic development in high poverty communities. Speakers: Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA‐2) Congressman Ruben Hinojosa (TX‐15) Lisa Brady Gill, Texas Instruments (invited) Shelley Davis, Director, California GEAR UP Hector Garza, Alumnus from Texas Region One ESC …

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GEAR UP National Conference 2012

—- Greetings from Washington, DC where we are attending the 2012 GEAR UP National Conference. This year the conference is packed with exciting sessions and will feature GEAR UP programs visiting with their local elected representatives on Tuesday afternoon. — At the conference, GEAR UP practitioners will have the opportunity to learn from the U.S. Department of Education, NCCEP staff, foundation and corporate partners, and each other. The majority of concurrent sessions are led directly by GEAR UP professionals sharing their strongest programs, most successful partnerships, and best institutional practices. The event also serves as an important gathering for all …

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Congressman Chaka Fattah to speak at NCAN Conference

National College Access Network (NCAN) announced Congressman Fattah as the featured speaker for the Awards of Excellence Luncheon on Monday, October 11, 2010. Congressman Fattah, Representative for the 2nd District of Pennsylvania, is completing his 16th year in the U. S. House of Representatives.  He also serves as chair of the Congressional Urban Caucus and member of the House Appropriations Committee addressing the unique challenges of America’s urban communities and setting spending priorities of federal discretionary funds. An early advocate for college access, Congressman Fattah is the architect for GEAR UP.  In the last ten years, GEAR UP distributed more than $3 billion to nearly 12 million students across …

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Day 1: LiveBlog 2010 National GEAR UP Conference *UPDATE*

Today kicked off the first day of one of the largest conferences of college access and education professionals in the entire country.  Among many highlights of the opening session, Congressman Chaka Fattah, the author of the original GEAR UP legislation, spoke about the importance of “Investing in smart kids, not just smart bombs.” See the video interview of the congressman on our Twitter feed: The Honorable Martha Kanter, Under Secretary, US Department of Education added further support for GEAR UP and similar innovative programs across the country. Highlights of her speech include: “GEAR UP supports the President’s vision of having …

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‘Save Me A Spot In College’ Winners Move The Crowd

Winners were announced for the annual ‘Save Me A Spot In College‘ contest sponsored by The Campaign for College Opportunity. 6th to 12th grade contestants can enter videos, essays, or posters in response to the following prompts: (1) Tell California leaders why you and your peers are One in a Million, and (2) Why should California leaders save you and your peers a spot in college? This year, California GEAR UP Director Shelley Davis was a  judge in the contest, and shared one of the essay entries that was particularly moving. Shelley believes all students deserve access to an excellent …

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Agenda for National GEAR UP Day Sacramento Announced

September 18, 2009  VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL BEATING THE ODDS A Collaborative Commitment to Close the Achievement Gap 8:00-8:10am   Morning Announcement: National GEAR UP Day 8:10-8:45am   Press Conference with Superintendent O’Connell Opening Welcome: Principal McDonald Recognize Special Guests Remarks: Superintendent Steven Ladd Remarks: Shelley Davis The Valley-GEAR UP Collaborative Presentation to Superintendent O’Connell REMARKS BY SUPERINTENDENT O’CONNELL Family Speaker:  A School Community in Action Student Speakers:  Beating the Odds at Valley 8:45-9:20 am  Campus Tour Valley/GEAR UP Family Center Valley Classroom Visitations 9:20-10:00am     Principal MacDonald Refreshments Student Achievement Gap Panel