We are a collective of people who are leaders of social justice that work to ensure ALL students have equitable access to a quality education.

The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federally funded initiative administered by the United States Department of Education.  Since 1999, the California GEAR UP Program has been administered by the University of California with a charge to lead systemic reform through a programmatic focus on enhancing the organizational capacity of middle schools to prepare ALL students for success after high school.  The California GEAR UP Program serves primarily the adults who impact secondary school students: faculty, counselors, administrators, and families.

Our Staff

Penny Edgert


p. 510-587-6139

Crystal Robinson

Interim Assistant Director

Luz Elena Hernandez-Cortez

School Services Program Support

Jerist Roberts

Bridge Manager

Hue Nguyen


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f. (510) 587-6354

Program Consultants

Lynn Dodd

Instructional Services Coordinator

Ron Ri’chard

Bridge Project Consultant

Chere Guerrero

Bridge Project Consultant

Tony Tran

Bridge Project Consultant

Oakland Office

1111 Franklin Street, Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 987-9137 | (510) 587-6354 Fax

Service Providers

California Reading and Literature Project (CRLP)

CRLP offers professional learning (PL) in literacy, disciplinary literacy, and academic language development. CRLP also offers technical assistance to schools and districts via a capacity-building approach with the goal of increasing teacher implementation of instructional practices learned in CRLP PL.

Applying College and Career Equity-based STEM Strategies - ACCESS

ACCESS is a comprehensive professional development strategy that assists teachers with Applying College and Career Equity-based STEM Strategies to enhance K-12 mathematics teaching and learning. ACCESS provides sites an individualized approach to building an equity-based comprehensive mathematics program to meet the needs of all learners.

California Mathematics Project (CMP)

The California Mathematics Project provides professional and leadership development for K-12 teachers of mathematics. Our sites are housed on university campuses. We bring together mathematicians, mathematics educators, and classroom teacher leaders and partner with schools and districts to improve mathematics teaching and learning.

RT Fisher Educational Enterprises, Inc. (RTF) – C3R Intervention Services

Culturally Relevant and Rigorous Remediation (C3R) Intervention Services is an integrated sequence of strategic actions, instructional strategies and tools, and professional development methodology deployed to assess and recommend appropriate differentiated, tiered approaches based on school data needs.

Coalition for Educational Partnerships (CEP)

Coalition for Educational Partnership’s (CEP) parent, family and community engagement model fosters interactive learning experiences that provide a deeper understanding of the relationship between academic content, and college and career readiness.

Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE)

The Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE)’s mission is to provide families with the knowledge and skills they need to partner with schools and communities to ensure their children achieve their full potential. PIQE also offers professional development for educators providing them with the most effective strategies to engage families in meaningful ways in the education of their students

The California Academic Partnership Program (CAPP)

The California Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) focuses on schools with low numbers of students entering college and supports partnerships that improve the academic preparation and college readiness of California students. Equity and access are central to the work of CAPP.