Systems thinking becomes part of organizational and classroom culture and practice
The programmatic focus of the California GEAR UP Program is to develop and sustain the capacity of feeder sets of middle and high schools to prepare all students for higher education through a systemic network of support for the adults who influence secondary school students. By expanding the capacity of the adults, the expected result will be a greater proportion of students will graduate from high school and be able to access a greater array of postsecondary options without the need for remediation.
To increase the number of students at sets of participating middle and high schools who met or exceeded standards on grade-appropriate statewide assessments in English/Language Arts and Math by 10 percent as compared to the performance of students in the same grade at these schools in the 2016-17 school year.
The California GEAR UP Program is guided by the following philosophy:
Program Services and Partnerships
Support services are determined in collaboration with school site leadership and the GEAR UP Program Leadership. The principal services include, but are not limited to:
Diagnostic Assessments and Evaluation of Student Achievement
Site Leadership Professional Development.
Teacher Professional Development
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.