Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federal grant program designed to increase the number of cohort students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. The K20 Center’s GEAR UP grant is a partnership project that requires public schools, higher education, communities and business organizations to work together to provide students and their families a range of support services needed to prepare for college. It is truly a collaborative effort to provide a solid framework for students from 32 Oklahoma schools to succeed in school and life. GEAR UP staff work with the cohort students beginning in seventh grade and progress with them as they move through middle school, high school and the requirements for postsecondary education. The K20 Center GEAR UP staff provides professional development and technology through its innovative education model, working in depth with school leaders, teachers, parents and students.
School leaders and teachers participate in research-based professional development experiences designed to strengthen educational programs for all students. Efforts are focused on increasing and sustaining the educational organization's capacity to provide authentic learning experiences for students within a technology-rich environment.