NCCEP and GEAR UP for Excellence
2011 Youth Leadership Summit
July 17-20, 2011 | San Francisco, California
Watch the entire introduction and Susan Collin's acceptance speech for the Champion of Student Success Award at the 2011 NCCEP Conference
GEAR UP Student Rodney Banks facilitates a youth panel at the conference on "Ways to unlock potential and develop individual determination."
GEAR UP student Rodney Banks Gets Mentioned in Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)
Champion of Student Success Award Acceptance Speech the at the conference.
Senator Susan Collins receives the Champion of Student Success award at the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) conference that took place July 17-20, 2011 in San Francisco, California. In her acceptance speech, Collins talks about the importance of supporting programs such as GEAR UP, as well as mentioning a quotation from Maine's Lee Academy senior and GEAR UP student Rodney Banks.
National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) Capacity-Building Workshop 2011
February 13-16, 2011 | Orlando, FL
Maine State GEAR UP Presentation:
Bridging the Gap: Ensuring College Success for Maine GEAR UP Graduates
Design Team Presenters: Wendy Allen, Pam Flood, Debbie Gilmer, Beth Lambert, Kathryn Markovchick & Rick Wilson
Maine State GEAR UP Workshop: College for ALL, Really! Opportunities and Implications of the New HEOA for GEAR UP Programs
Presented by: Debbie Gilmer with Meg Grigal of Transcen, Inc. and Think College
July 20, 2010
This session will address new, emerging policy and practice that should be of great interest to the GEAR UP community. As we know, GEAR UP is designed to increase the number of low-income students prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Now, for the first time, students with intellectual disabilities have access to higher education including Pell Grants and work study. Learn strategies and supports GEAR UP can provide ALL students in our cohorts to aspire to and succeed in college. This engaging presentation will share emerging practices from around the country including implications for our GEAR UP programs.
Maine State GEAR UP Workshop: Personalized Learning: Engaging, Preparing and Inspiring Students
Presented by: Beth Lambert and Rick Wilson
July 21, 2010
The need to keep low-income students engaged in their education and to ensure they graduate from high school has become increasingly critical during the past decade. It is equally important to ensure that once these students graduate, they aspire to, are prepared for, and can secure the financial and social supports necessary for success. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about three research-based strategies that have a far-reaching impact on the involvement of families, educators, students and community in youth education: personal learning plans, student-led conferences and student portfolios. These strategies promote understanding of students’ strengths and aspirations; engage families in educational planning and increase aspirations for their children; and develop students’ goal-setting, resource-acquisition and problem-solving skills. Participants will explore different ways in which these strategies can be implemented in their own work with students and families.
Personalized Learning power point presentation (ppt)
Union Pacific Research Brief - Personalized Learning Plans (pdf)
Union Pacific Research Brief - Student Led Conferences (pdf)
New England Educational Opportunity Association (NEOA)
33rd Annual Conference - April 2009
"Personal Learning Plans: The Journey of Three Maine GEAR UP Schools in Developing and Implementing PLPs"
Personal Learning Plans (PLP) draw upon students’ individual strengths and actively engage them in learning. GEAR UP staff led a workshop at the NEOA conference this year to explore stellar examples of PLPs with session participants. Staff from three Maine GEAR UP schools shared their successes and challenges with implementing PLPs, and answered questions from the group about implementation strategies. Below are the handouts from that workshop, including examples of stellar PLPs from a few Maine schools.
New England GEAR UP Conference
Raising Aspirations - New England GEARs UP for College
Samoset Resort, Rockport, Maine
Monday, October 29 - Tuesday, October 30, 2007
New England state and partnership GEAR UP programs joined us during a two-day conference at the Samoset Resort in the beautiful coastal town of Rockport, Maine. Speaking at the conference were Maine Department of Education Commissioner, Susan Gendron, as well as featured speakers Dr. Russell J. Quaglia, President and Founder of the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations, and Douglas E. Luffborough III, Executive Director of Turning the Hearts Center.
All workshops were interactive and had built-in time for Q&A. Workshops included curriculum development, parent involvement, leveraging and aligning resources within a school, building alliances in your schools, and serving students with disabilities, as well as workshops targeted for program directors and another strand for program coordinators. There was also a successful call-in for principals to share strategies used at their schools to raise aspirations and promote a college-going culture.