About GEAR UP for SUCCESS
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.
One goal of the GEAR UP grant is to increase students' and families' knowledge of postsecondary preparation and options. One way to support this opportunity is to visit college campuses. Through a variety of activities both during the school year and the summer provided by grant funding, students and their families are exposed to college life and culture. Various activities and experiences on the college campuses allows students to feel more comfortable and gain understanding of campus resources. Click to view a video from a campus visit.
Research shows parents are the most significant influence in students' decisions to continue post-secondary education. 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 between 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. Parents are provided opportunities to attend college visits, campus forums, and parent night events with their students.
College Information Nights are held twice a year at each GEAR UP school to provide information for academic and financial planning for college. These events are planned collaboratively between GEAR UP staff, school leaders and community partners.
GEAR UP for SUCCESS teachers are supported through professional learning opportunities including whole school and content specific experiences. Learning opportunities are structured to support GEAR UP for SUCCESS teachers in creating technology rich learning environments designed to enhance student success.Technology field specialists and content coordinators collaborate with teachers throughout the learning process.
The first initiative in the K20 Center's model for whole school, or systemic, change is OK-ACTS Leadership. Each of the principals of our 32 GEAR UP for SUCCESS schools participates in a year long program with professional development in which they receive a laptop and begin integrating technology into the learning process.
Principals form a site learning team that examines site specific data and current research to write an action plan. This plan addresses a best practice for school improvement, GEAR UP goals, and the integration of technology. Leaders continue to network with each other as they implement their action plans with the continued support of the K20 Center.
Upon completion of OK-ACTS Leadership, administrators attend Return to Leadership. Data to drive professional development is the focus of this two-day academy.
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