To support the school-based initiatives that provide direct services to a limited number of schools each year, additional resources are available through the California GEAR UP Program for middle school administrators, counselors, teachers, and families throughout the state:
College: Making It Happen for Middle School Educators Sponsored in collaboration with the California Education Round Table, regional workshops provide information and strategies for educators to support ALL students mastering State Board of Education standards and preparing for college.
College: Making It Happen for Middle School Educators Sponsored in collaboration with the California Education Round Table, regional workshops provide information and strategies for educators to support ALL students mastering State Board of Education standards and preparing for college. You can also watch the College: Making it Happen video in English and in Spanish. One of the most popular resources in this guide is the 'Save Me a Spot in College Pledge', which you can download in English and Spanish.
CaliforniaColleges.edu is the state's official website that provides information about higher education in California for students, counselors, and parents. It was established to reduce the duplication and complexity of information about college in California. Some of the resources include career exploration, college campuses, admission requirements, financial aid, lesson plans and curriculum for school staff. It has been developed in collaboration with the California State University (CSU), University of California (UC), California Community Colleges (CCC), Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), and the California Department of Education. Click here to go to californiacolleges.edu.
California GEAR UP Resources and Materials Clearinghouse The Clearinghouse provides a single source of information, materials, and resources to support middle school educators, families, and students in preparing for college. The Clearinghouse is provided in three formats: a website, a convenient Educators Kit, and an interactive, mobile "College Corner" kiosk that is available at several middle school and community sites throughout the state.
California GEAR UP Video Kids on Campus: A Journey That Changes Lives is a half-hour "virtual tour" featuring campuses from the California Community Colleges, California State University, University of California and independent colleges and universities. The video offers an exciting introduction to college as experienced by middle school students and families. Over 3,000 copies have been distributed to the middle school community and GEAR UP supporters. The video is available in both English and Spanish.
California Colleges Pocket Guide The Complete Pocket Guide of California Colleges and Universities provides an easily accessible inventory of all the higher educational institutions in the state.
California GEAR UP website A website at www.castategearup.org is maintained that provides current information and facilitates communication among all participating schools, partners, and Partnership projects.