GEAR UP SJSV 2020 Presentation

GEAR UP’s Model for Closing the Achievement Gap:
Listening to Students’ and Parents’ Perspectives on
Academic Success and College Readiness
Dolores D. Mena, Ph.D., Lorri Capizzi, M.A., & Xiaolu Hu, Ph.D.
San José State University
Dalia Borrego & Irma Jaramillo
GEAR UP Parents/Parent Liaisons
Yerba Buena & Mt. Pleasant High Schools
Alicia Gutierrez
Grader, Mt. Pleasant High School
Osmar Perez
Grader, San Jose High School
San Jose/Silicon Valley 2020 Symposium
Santa Clara County Office of Education
September 25, 2013
What is GEAR UP?
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate
Programs (GEAR UP):
 6-yr program funded through the U.S. Department of
 Purpose is to increase the number of low-income students who
are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.
 Provides services at high-poverty middle and high schools (at
least 50% eligible free & reduced lunch)
 Serves an entire cohort of students from 7th – 12th grades.
 SJSU Counselor Education Department GEAR UP grants:
1999-2005, 2000-2005, 2008-2014
Providing Coherent Pathways
to Impact the Global Economy
GEAR UP - Closing the achievement gap by:
 Increase GEAR UP students’ academic performance and preparation for
post-secondary education (e.g., Provide support through personal, academic,
and career counseling, after school tutoring, college fieldtrips, training in SAT
 Increase students’ high school graduation rate and post-secondary enrollment
(e.g., Provide Saturday academy and summer school)
Building social capital for students’ success by:
 Increase students’ and families’ knowledge of post-secondary education
options, preparation, & financing (e.g., Provide workshops and parent
 Provide academic, career, and social support (e.g., Provide mentoring, college
fieldtrips, individual meetings, and student case management)
Providing Pathways for Students
Regardless of Background and SES
 Cohort approach – serve all students within a grade level
 Follow cohort students from 7th – 12th grades
 Build college-going culture among the cohort students
 Intentionally hire counselors/coaches who are 1st generation
and bilingual/bi-cultural to relate to and connect with
students and parents
Providing Students with In-depth
Math and Science Content Knowledge
 Provide summer school and credit recovery classes to
ensure students achieve aligned math and science
 Provide engaging and experiential learning opportunities
(Short video – Chemistry water pollution documentary,
Summer 2012)
 Provide students learning experiences related to science
and technology (Short video - Geography project
documentary, Summer 2011)
Providing Weekend, Evening, and Summer
Support to Decrease the Learning Gap
 Provide summer school, credit recovery, Cyber High,
Saturday Academy, and CAHSEE prep classes
 Provide teacher training for SAT Prep
 Monitor student performance and use data to recruit
students to after school, summer, and Saturday programs
Implications for the Community,
School System, and Way of Life
 Work with community partners (e.g., AVID, Cal-SOAP,
California Youth Outreach, Catholic Charities, San
Jose/Evergreen Community College District) to expand the
program’s impact
 Work with SJSU teacher, counselor, and administrative
credential candidates to become change agents to close the
student achievement gap in Silicon Valley
 Work with school and district leaders to build college-going
Should the U.S. incorporate values and nonacademic skills back into the curriculum to build
character and morally conscious citizens?
 YES!
Addresses students’ academic, career, and social/personal
Focuses on developing students’ critical thinking skills related to
issues that impact their local communities and the larger society
(e.g., Geography documentary project)
Guides and supports students in become contributing members
of society