SUNDAY, JUNE 10
Consistent with Project GEAR UP's goal of preparing students for college beginning with middle school, the inaugural summer session will be a four-week language arts intensive providing a high quality, developmentally appropriate program for students, focusing on:
Project GEAR UP works to develop systemic change through local schools and families by providing academic, parental, and community support in an effort to increase educational opportunities for students and families in East Los Angeles.
Every student will take part in an individual advisement session with an academic advisor who will give an overview on the different systems of higher education, explain the A-G requirements and develop an individual academic plan for the student to follow. Follow up sessions will occur periodically throughout the school year.
Project GEAR UP will work to develop professional development support for teachers at the middle and high school levels and to encourage an environment of learning on all levels so that students ultimately benefit from best practices.
Through a collaborative agreement with Project Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), California State University, Los Angeles is working to provide academic support and advisement for students and parents in an effort to increase the college going rate among families from the East Los Angeles community. As part of this effort Project GEAR UP offers and provides in class tutors for 7th grade teachers in language arts and mathematics. These tutors assist students with the daily lessons in classroom in an effort to assist with any learning difficulties as they occur. The aim is to assist students in feeling competent and successful in their classroom approach to studying.
The project offers parent workshops through the Parent Institute for Quality Education. Through these workshops 7th grade families attend a six-week seminar in parenting, accessing school resources and advocating on behalf of their child's success. Each parent receives a certificate of completion at the end of the session, at a culmination ceremony at the middle school.
Professional development of school staff is a vital component for the program and a steering committee of faculty is currently in place to provide input as to the areas of development most needed at the school. Professional development seminars are offered at neighboring universities through a state-sponsored initiative.
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