California GEAR UP: Local, Statewide and Federal Engagement

Spring 2009 | | May 19, 2009 at 12:38 pm

California GEAR UP has been deliberate and instrumental in focusing attention on early intervention, middle grades reform, and strategic resources for the adult middle grades community. Moreover, the current state of education in California has appropriately focused on closing the achievement gap, providing many opportunities to share the lessons learned in our work with low performing schools throughout the State.  GEAR UP information and resources for students, teachers, principals, counselors and families have all been developed in collaboration with program partners. These practical tools enjoy wide distribution and applicability for K-12 and higher education institutions and community organizations.

While functioning at the programmatic level, the California GEAR UP program recognizes the impact of the policies that are enacted at different levels on the potential for achieving its goals. As a consequence, the lessons that have been learned through this program are being communicated to inform the decisions of policy-makers at both the state and federal levels, especially within the California Education Round Table Intersegmental Coordinating Committee. The Program Director is a member of the Superintendent’s P-16 Council and the ACT Advisory Council, Chair of the California Middle Grades Alliance and at the federal level, a board member of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform and the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships Advisory Commission.  

For information about these organizations visit  or the program websites

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