School-Based Services Expanded – Planning Phase Added

Fall 2005 | | November 21, 2005 at 2:18 pm

“We really value all the services of GEAR UP – but we need more time to plan so that we can take full advantage of what the program offers.”

In response to this statement from middle school administrators, California GEAR UP has expanded the two-year model of school-based services. Beginning in spring 2006, schools will now begin with a planning phase for one semester prior to the two years of intensive services. Activities during this phase will prepare middle school staff to take full advantage of two-years of services right from the beginning of the 2006 school year. New middle schools applicants for the 2006-08 program services were notified of acceptance on December 1, 2005.

The planning phase will consist of the following activities:

  • A n initial orientation session at the school site for Principal and School Leadership Team between January and March 2006.
  • Attendance at a Community Conference in March in Burbank or Berkeley, California. The event showcases GEAR UP schools, students, families, community and business partners, college representatives, and others from the education community.
  • A Leadership Team-Building session at the school site during March or April to assess staff perceptions regarding a college-going culture on their campus.
  • Training for staff on their campus during April or May demonstrating the utility of the Resources & Materials Clearinghouse and website.
  • Counseling Institutes offered at various regional workshops in the spring for counselors and others who provide counseling. The institute will share strategies and information to encourage counselors in their role as college advocates and strengthening awareness about the importance of academic planning for all students and families.
  • Leadership Training Institute for Principals, focused on broadening the principals’ awareness of the kinds of professional development opportunities available for their teaching staff, resource identification and building a team to create a college-going culture at the school.

Based on input from school principals, teachers, families and GEAR UP staff, these changes were recommended so that more schools would take advantage of program resources.

School-Based services for the two-year
implementation phase beginning in Fall 2006 will include:

  • GEAR UP two-day Institutes for Principal and School Leadership Team
  • Professional Development Action Plan (PDAP) – $7,500 with matching funds
  • Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) family sessions (9 weeks) for all schools and Family Initiative Program (FIP) family sessions (5 weeks) for selected schools
  • College Board Pre-AP two-day workshops: “Interdisciplinary Strategies for English and
    Social Studies” teachers
  • AVID “Write Path” two-day workshops for
    mathematics teachers
  • College: Making It Happen folders (English or Spanish version) for each student enrolled
  • GEAR UP Forums for Principal and School Leadership Team
  • Educational Trust Awards for students in the amount of $2,000 for college
  • Facilitation for the School Leadership Team and other staff

For more information contact Vance Mills at

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