NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2003 This national convening of GEAR UP projeCtdirectors.

business and community partners is coordinated by the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships(NCCEP) and planned in conjunction with the U.S. Depanment of Education. The purposeof this conferenceis to highlight the importance of K-16 education/community partnershipsand the accomplishmentsof the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness UndergraduatePrograms(GEAR UP). The conferencealso serves f.tcilitate the forging of for to new alliancesamong K-16 faculty, to learn about other federaland foundation-sponsoredcollegeawareness efforts. to learn about other academicand student support programs.and to find new ways to engage local communities. businesses professionalassociations the work of GEAR UP pannerships.The conference and in is especiallyrelevantto education practitioners, business leadersand policymakerswho wish to learn more about creating and sustainingK-16 education collaborativesthat can help improve public education and promote student'sacademicachievement. The national meetingwill be organizedaround six conferencetracks and will useseveral teachingand learning formats including: concurrent sessions, conferenceworkshops,and strategysessions "Session (see Formatsand Learning Strategies" descriptions. page4). Individual sessions focus on a wide variety for wiU of topics related to the work of promoting student achievementand increased access higher education for to low-income students.For example,somesessions focus on institutional. state.and federalpolicies related will to improving K-16 education and school reform. Others will taker a closerlook at reseafch basedmodels and theoretical frameworksthat help practitioners improve student achievementand student success in poStsecOndary education. Panicular emphasiswill be placedon research-based models that examinethe benefitsofK-16 partnershipsfor creating system(s)changeand school reform. Drawing upon proven prac~ tices that work with low-income studentsand their families, there will also be sessions featUringmodelsand strategies that effectivelyengage business and industry leadersin K-16/community partnerships.In other words, this conferencewill highlight "what works" and effectivestrategies createeffectiveeducation! to community partnerships.Given that the education/community pannershipsmodel GEAR UP is the most promising method for improving student achievementand creating educational reforms, congressional staffersand other federaldecision makerswiU be invited to come view and learn how GEAR UP and other K-16 pannershipswork. In addition to providing a variety of venuesfor presentingresearch and effeCtivepractices.the conferencestrivesto provide opportunities for GEAR UP directors and their partners to learn from and netWork with eachother. Each project director is encouragedto designand set up a project demonstration table at the conferenceto highlight his or her achicvcmentsand best practices.Oesignatcdin the program asthe Gallery Walk, time will be scheduledinto the conferencefor viewing GEAR UP project exhibitS.Conference participants consistentlyevaluatcthe Gallcry Walk asone of their most significant and memorableconference experiences. This year.with more than 323 GEAR UP partnershipsfunded acrossthe nation, the GEAR UP Gallery Walk is an event that cannot be missed.
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PURPOSE OF THE CONFERENCE

. To conveneGEAR UP project directors and business/community partnershipsfor the purposeof .
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sharing lessons learned. developing more effective programsand policy strategies.and providing professionaland team development. To identify and highlight innovative strategies and programs that improves access postsecondary to education and increasethe academicachievementof low-income students. To explore strategies that promotes systemicchangewithin schools.colleges.universities.and communities.

. To help businessleadersand foundation staff to identify roles. trends. programs and effective methods . To encouragegreatercollaboration among higher education. the K-12 . To hdp
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for linking education with business priorities. sector.community-based organizations.business. and other sectorsfor the purposeof improving public education. collegesand universities identify and better articulate the benefits of building K-16/community partnershipsthat promote access higher education for low-income and minority students. to To createa forum for establishingsharedresponsibility and accountability among and betWeen K-16 institutions. PRESENTATION GUIDELINES Ow goal is to acceptproposalsthat address most current and pressingeducation-relatedissues, the highlight effectiveeducationalpracticesin K-16 education; promote effectivecollegeaccess programsand explorewhat business wants from education and K-16/community pannerships.This national meeting hasbeendesigned asa working conferenceand we will encourage highly interactivesessions. Also, we will highlight only those -locally effective- models and programsthat have the widest applicability and havebeen proven effective through rigorous evaluationsor documented aseffectivepractice in the research literatUre. CRITERIA CONSIDERED IN PROPOSAL REVIEWS . Reflectscurrent issuesof importance to GEAR UP directors, businesspartnerships,and other college

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access professionals. Demonstratesrelevanceto improving public education and student academicoutcomes. Oeariy explainscontent and learning objectives. Rdates to student learning, education reform, business/communityengagement, and/or oating and sustaining effectiveeducation/business pannerships. Features creativeapproachto serving low-income stUdentsand their families. a Providespractical applications that will help sustainGEAR UP as an A+ program. Providesthe Perspectives multiple stakeholders/partners. of

ALL PROPOSALS MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: Proposal Coftr Sheet: Provideand submit the contact information requestedon the enclosedRFP submissionform. Presentation Swnmary: Submit via e-mail a brief (three-page maximum) descriptive summary of the presentation.Describeits purpose,content, method(s) for delivery,campus/ schoolapplication(s), and, where appropriate, policy implications. Indicate the target audience(i.eo,GEAR UP/Program directors, K-12 educators,business partners, evaluation specialists, policymakers)and the learning outcomesof the session. Also, describehow your presentationwill involve participants in active learning and how the proposed session relatesto the conferencetheme.
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We are particularly interestedin sessions focusedon the following: . Researdtfindings on stUdentachievementand their implications for improving institUtional programs. policies. and practices; . Curricular and pedagogicalinnovations that promote student achievementand access higher to

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education; Modds of good practice and "locally effective" programs.including descriptions of their devdopment. obstacles and setbacks.lessonslearned. outcomes, and usefulness other GEAR UP sites; for Resourcetools and strategies engagingbusinessand community-based organizations to help create for the public and political will to better educatelow income stUdents; Descriptions and analyses institutional, state, and federaleducation policy that impact low-income of studentsand their families. Preference will be given to sessions that are interactive, focus on the conferencetheme, and gearedtoward

creativeproblem solving. Curriculum Vitae: For eachof the proposedpresenters, include a 50-word biographical sketch deemed appropriate for introducing paneliststo a professionalaudience. Persons interestedin submitting a conferencepresentationproposalshould review the thematic parameters outlined in this call for presentationannouncementand submit the required documents via e-mail not later than Mard114, 2003. Incomplete proposals will not be accepted. REMUNERATION Given the large number of presenters being called upon to provide serviceand shareexpertise,the conference plannersare regrettablyunable to provide any monetary compensationfor individuals acceptedto serveas conferencepresenters. This includes compensationfor travel-relatedexpenses fee waiversfor conference and registration.GEAR UP directors are encouragedto usethe NCCEP conferenceto sharetheir "lessonslearned- and "most effectivepractices-with other colleagues a way to help make GEAR UP an A+ program. as FederalGEAR UP grant recipientsare strongly encouragedby the U.S. Department of Education to attend and suppon NCCEP-sponsoredGEAR UP conferenceaCtivities.Business leadersare also encouragedto share their educationalprogramsand community/school engagement strategies a way to demonstratetheir as private sector involvement in education. SESSION FORMATS AND LEARNING STRATEGIES

Following eachof the designatedconferencetracks.sampleconferencesession tides are listed asexamplesof topics that can be proposed.Respondentare encouragedto adopt thesesession tides or proposetheir own. Respondentshould carefully read the section describing the purposeand format of the various typesof conferencesessions included aspart of this conference.We welcome the submissionof other topics that fall within I thesethematic parametersbut that provide a different viewpoint.

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Concurrent sessions should strive to addressthose topics and issues that are critical to GEAR UP participants and other education/community partnerships.Topics that address programsand strategies-induding assessment strategies-that can help closethe education achievementgap betWeen low-income and more aflluent communities are especiallyrdevant. Topics may include but nor limited to:

1.Agreeing on What

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Matters Most: Using ResearchDriven Programs and I..oca11y FHectift Strategies to Improve Student Achievement . Math. Science.Technologyand Rcading: Academic Competenciesthat Improvc Student Achicvcment . K-I6 Curriculum Alignmcnt Strategies:How to Gct it Done . It's What PartnershipsDo To Promote StUdentAchicvemcnt that Matters Most Motivating Faculty to Connect with GFAR UP StUdents Effcctive Models for Higher Education'sInvolvement in GEAR UP Honoring Others: Parentand StUdentRecognition ProgramsThat Work Ethno-specrncSuccess Storic:s(targeting Hispanics, African Amcricans, Asian Amcricans, and Native Americans) The Effectiveness Summer and After-school Academic Enrichment Programs of Insuring that Education PoliciesRemain Relevant:Fedcral,State,and Local Responses to the LeaveNo Child Behind Act College Access Program Models: What Works and Which Don't Overcoming Challengesto StUdentTransitions BetWeen and 9th Grades 8th Partnerships

2.FJJectiveStrategies to Insure the Sustainability of EducatiooK:ommunity . Why BusinessPartnersAre Engagedin GEAR UP

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It TakesMoney to SustainEffective Partncrships Creating the Public Will to SuppOrtK-16 partnerships Principles for Effectively Managing Education/Community Collaboratives Maximizing Impact of Education/Community Partnershipsthrough Media Relations

3. Aligning Partnenhip Roles to Maximize Program Impact on Student Achievement Community AssetMapping: LeveragingCommunity Assets Strategies Sustaining Effective Education/BusinessPartnerships for Building Partnershipsin Smaller and Rural Communities Pannership and Team Development Strategies ProfessionalDevelopment (for High School Counselorsand Faculty) Working with Faith-basedInitiatives: Overcoming Controversies Defining Parentand Student Participation in GEAR UP Programs Involving Local Government Agenciesin Education/Community College AccessPrograms

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CALL FOR CONFERENa

PRESENTATION PROPOSALS.

SUBMIT BY MARCH 14,2003

NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR COMMUNITY AND EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS
The mission of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP)is to develop and strengthenbroad-basedpartnerships throughout the education continuum, from early childhood through postsecondaryeducation. By creating education/community partnerships,linking schoolsand communities, developing new initiatives, supporting proven programs,and using research findings to create successfulframeworks for action, NCCEPaims to invigorate the principle of equal educational opportunity for all, and in the process,to help improve K16 education in the United States. Specifically, NCCEPseeksto expand accessand opportunity in higher education for low-income studentsand their families and to ensure that anyone who wants to be the first in his or her family to attend college can have an equal chance at fulfilling that dream.To accomplish this goal, NCCEPbrings together colleges and universitieswith local K-12 schools,parent groups, businessleaders,government agencies,foundations, corporations, and community-basedorganizations in collaborative efforts to improve education at all levels, to expand opportunities, and to assiststudents in becoming college eligible and academically successfulin higher education.

4. Aligning Academic Programs and Student Servicesto Promote Student Successand Academic Achievement . Service-learningProgramsthat Help Develop LeadershipSkills

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and Improve Academic Achievement Making Career Exploration Programsfor Youth Meaningful Keeping Our Eyeson the Prize: Studentsand their Academic

Achievement After-school Programsand Co-curricular Activities Effective High School Student Mentoring Programs Utilizing Interactive Electronic Outreach Methods to Enhance Student Success The Impact of Media: TV, Film On Youth Using Scholarshipsas Incentives for Becoming College-ready Immigration Statusand its Impact on Accessto Postsecondary

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5. EffectiveEvaluationStrategies Accountability Measures and Accountability: Who Cares Why? and Documenting Student Achievement Success and . UsingTechnology GEARUP Classrooms for Evaluation in and Purposes . A Review of the Ever-expandingResearchBaseof College

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Education Creating Learning Centers in Public Housing: How To Do It? Academic Counseling in High Schools:Is It Happening?

AccessProgranls How to Keep EvaluatorsEngagedand Evaluating the Right Things Overcoming the Tendencyto De-emphasize Evaluation Practices CausalRelationshipsand Program Impact: How Does GEAR UP MeasureUp? If It's About Student Achievement,Why Are We Documenting Non-academic Outcomes?

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6. Business/Education Linkages: Forming Mutually Beneficial Business-Education Partnerships . Practical Strategiesfor Community and BusinessEngagement . What Does BusinessKnow About Failing Schools? BusinessCore CompetenciesAbout PartnershipActivities . Linking Academic Achievement, Skills Development and

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Employability The Role of Businessin Shaping Education Initiatives and Public Policy

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CONCURRENT

SESSIONS

The conferenceprogram will include sessions gearedtoward impacting middle-to-high school students and their families, K-16 faculty and administrators, student services and collegeaccess professionals, program evaluators,parent involvement coordinators, business and community partners, and education policy makers.Concurrent sessions may include panelsof experts,researchers practitioners, "how-to" presentations,research and presentations, descriptionsof best prac[ices.Thesesessions or may represen[modds that work, works in progress,research-driven practicesor approaches solveproblems or to issues pertaining to educating low-income students. SPECIAL TOPIC WORKSHOPS Theseworkshops are designedto provide in-depth opportunities for learning, to facilitate team development, and to foster greaterprogram impact and more collaboration among conferees. The specialized sessions will focuson specific problem-areas, capacity-building needs,specialized training that may provide helpful suggestions to collegeaccess program practitioners. Participantswill work through a seriesof partnership building exercises, develop businessplans and programsmodels. and/or pilot-test new products and services aimed at improving student achievement. STRATEGY SESSIONS Strategysessions informal dialoguesand are intended ro promote lively conversationon specific relevant are topics. They are designedto identify problematic issues, collectively sharewhat we know about theseproblems, and discoversolutions to ameliorateor eradicatethe problems.A facilitator leadseachstrategysession and proceedingsare documented.As a result of participating in strategysessions, participants should better understandand be preparedto address problem areas affecting education/community collaboratives,and GEAR UP pannerships.

PLENARY SESSIONS
Plenaryspeakers invited by NCCEP and the u.s. Department of Education. Nevertbdess.GEAR UP are and other constituent groups are encouragedto nominate keynote speakers and to submit topic suggestions for plenary sessions. This can be done using the e-mail address noted below. Submit Proposalsvia e-mail by March 14, 2003 to: Susan_Shimko@edpartnerships.org Addressall communications regarding proposal submissions to: SusanShimko, Corporate and Community Relations Division National Council for Community and Education Partnerships 1400 20th Street,NW, Suite G 1 . Washington, DC 20036

tel: (202) 530-1135. fax: (202)530-0809
Susan-Shimko@edpartnerships.rg 0

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GEAR UP Partnerships...

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provide equalaccess educationandeducational to excellencefor all students participating in GEAR UP schoolsthrough coordinated partnership efforts on behalf of low-income students. help ensurethat all studentshaveaccess rigorous academiccoursesthat preparethem for to college. developa solid academic foundation(for students) the schoolsby aligning curricula with in relevantacademicenrichmentstudentsupportservices
ensure that well-prepared teachers use modern teaching tools and that the teaching and learning functions remain interesting and relevant to facilitate college enrollment. provide infonnation early to students and parents about college options. required courses. and financial aid. including providing studentswith recognition and incentives to keep their college aspirations high.

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supportthat helpsstudents achieveacademically 6. provideintensive.individualized.andcoordinated and increasetheir chances succeed postsecondary to in education.Suchsupportmay include mentoring.standardized preparation. test after-schooltutorials,counseling. careeradvising. and

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establishstrongpartnerships that involve a long-termcommitmentanda meaningfulrole for each partnerin improving students'preparation college. for andlearningmethods.

in 8. promote,asneeded,reforms andimprovements the schoolcurriculum aswell asin teaching
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promotestrategies activities for increased and parentinvolvementin preparingstudentsfor college. their expectations all students. of encourage local and stateinvestments sustainGEAR UP activities and servicesbeyond the to federalgrant period.

development opportunities helpteachers to raise 10. provideongoingstaff training andprofessional

research-based projectson effective practicesthat include careful 12. designcomprehensive evaluations enablecontinuousimprovement to guideprojectreplication. to and
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ConceptualFrameworkfor Developing and Sustaining GEAR UP Partnerships & Keeping them Relevant to the No Child Left Behind Act NAllONAL COUNCIL FOR COMMUNITY AND EDUCAll0N PARTNERSHIPS

Key Questionsto CoMider:

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GEAR UP is about providing lo\v-incomestudentswith greater access postsecondary to education.
Using a collaborative K-16 partnership approach, GEAR UP programs seek to: 1. Servewhole grade-level cohorts in order to raiseexpectationsfor all students. 2. Provide comprehensiveacademicand studentsupport servicesto studentsin 6mor 1mgrade throughhigh schoolgraduation.
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Focuson key transition points andfacilitate studentttansitions betweengradeand schoollevels. Infonn studentsand parentsaboutcollegeoptionsand financial aid earlier in the educationprocess. Promotevigorous academiccourseworkbasedon college entrancerequirements. Build thefoundationfor enduringinstitutionalchangethat will resultin ongoingsupportfor all studentsto enter college.

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programthat awardsscholarships eligible students to .7. Establishor maintain a financial assistance sothey may attendan institution of higher education. Through GEAR UP partnerships, local schools,community-basedorganizations, businesses, and institutions of higher education work togetherto help parentsgain the knowledge to encourageand guide their children to attendcollege andto strengthen academicprogramsand studentservicesin the schoolsso that studentsare preparedacademicallyandfinancially to enter and succeed college. in
Through GEAR UP state grants, states provide to students early college awareness activities, improved academic support. and infonnation on paying for college and scholarships, with priority given to low-income students. These efforts must be coordinated with those of schools, local community organizations, and colleges and universities.

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GEAR UP: Unique among Federal Programs

. This year, GEAR UP is building pathways to college for more than 1.2 million
disadvantaged youths. GEAR UP supports partnershipsof schools,collegesanduniversities,and community organizationsto strengthen academicsandtutoring, raiseexpectations, plan collegevisits and counseling,andprovide college scholarships.It alsofunds stateefforts to promote college awarenessand to provide scholarshipsfor needy students. More than 1,000organizations are GEAR UP partners,including collegesanduniversities,libraries,artsorganizations,and chambersof commerce.GEAR UP is inspired by businessman EugeneLang's I Have a Dream Foundation andis modeled on Project GRAD.

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GEAR UP Complements Other Federal Programs by: Starting earlier. GEAR UP partnershipsstart no later than the 7thgrade. Researchshows that middle schoolstudents who takechallengingcoursework,including algebra,arefar more likely to succeed high schooland college. in

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Staying with children through high school graduation. GEAR UP intervenesin youths' lives over a period of six or more years,helping them stayon track for college and often providing scholarshipsoncethey reach college. Transfonning schools. GEAR UP partnershipswork with entire gradesof studentsto transfoInl their schools.Servicesinclude mentoring,tutoring, strengthening curricula, teacherprofessional development,summerand after-schoolacademicandenrichmentprograms,and college visits. Supporting college scholarships. SomeGEAR UP partnershipsprovide college scholarships, which research showsto be particularly importantin preventinglow-income studentsfrom dropping out Leveraging local resources. GEAR UP encourages collegesand other community organizationsto partnerwith low-income middle schoolsandleveragesnon-federalresourceswith a one-for-onematchrequirement Bolstering state efforts. GEAR UP supportsstateearly college preparation and scholarship efforts.

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For manyAmerican children,the likelihood of attendingand succeeding collegeis small. Too many in low-income students faceseeminglyinsuffi1ountable baniers,including low expectations, inadequate academicpreparation,and a lack of infoffi1ationabouteducationoptions andopportunities.Although theseproblems cut acrossall income levels,they areparticularly acutefor the nation's poor. Gaining Early Awarenessand Readiness Undergraduate for Programs(GEAR UP) helpspreparelow-income studentsto attendand succeedin college. GEAR UP is a federal program createdin 1999to addresstheseeducationchallengesby working to significantly increasethe number of low-income students who attendand succeed college.GEAR UP in provides seedfunding to stateand community partnerships high-poverty middle schools,colleges, of community organizations,andbusinesses. GEAR UP projectsprovide entiregradelevels of students with tutoring, mentoring, information on collegepreparationandfinancial aid, core academicpreparation, andcollege scholarships. Low-Income Students are Far Less Likely to Enroll in and Complete College

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CollegeEnrollment Gap- Seventy-six percent high-income school (76) of high graduates
enroll in college or trade school immediately whereasonly 49 percentof low-income graduates, 42 percent of Hispanic graduates,and 59 percentof black high school graduatesdo so (National Centerfor Education Statistics,Condition of Education,2001). College Completion Gap Although 33 percentof all high school graduatesearna four-year college degreebefore they turn 30, only 15percentof Hispanic graduatesand 21 percent of black graduatesdo (National Centerfor EducationStatistics,Condition of Education, 2001).
The gaps are evident even among qualified students. High academic achievers from lowincome families are only one-fifth as likely to enroll in college as high achievers from high-income families (U.S. Department of Education).

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GEAR UP Places College within Reach of More than One Million Low-Income Students . GEAR UP provides federalfunding for 323 stateandcommunity partnershipsservingmore than 1.2million low-income studentsin 47 states, District of Columbia, Guam,Micronesia. and the PuertoRico.

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More than 2,000community colleges,universities,businesses, civic andeducation and organizations participatein GEAR UP partnerships nationwide. GEAR UP serveslow-income studentsof everyraceand ethnicity: American Indian - 3.9%; Asian-Arnerican- 3.2%; black or African American - 31.1%; Hispanicor Latino- 34.0%; white- 26.8%;

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GEAR UP Is Modeled on Programs That Work The success early interventionprogramssponsored philanthropists.colleges.universities.and of by foundationsproves that we canovercomethe college opportunity gap. GEAR UP is modeled after provenprograms.including:

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I Have a Dream (llIAD).1n 1982.Harlem businessman EugeneLang promised college scholarshipsto any sixth gradersattendinghis fonner elementaryschool who went on to graduatefrom high school.The promise of thosescholarships-as well asa sustained program of mentoring. tutoring. and community service-helped 90 percentof thesestudentsgraduatewhen only 25 percent were expected to do so. Over the past two decades.IlIAD has grown to more than 175 projectsin 58 cities (llIAD Foundation).In a controlled experimentin Chicago.ll:IAD students were twice aslikely astheir peersto graduatefrom high school (Kahne and Bailey. Educational Evaluation andPolicy Analysis, Fa1l1999). Project GRAD. Foundedin 1988in Houston, Texas,by JamesL. Ketelsen, fonner chaiI1I1an of Tenneco,Project GRAD works to improve studentacademicperfonnaoce and increasegraduation rates.Project GRAD includesresearch-based cUITicula instruction in reading and math, a for research-based program for classroom/schoolmanagement, establishedsocial serviceand an ~t/community involvementprogram,anda collegescholarship program for high school graduates. The percentageof Project GRAD middle school studentspassinga statewidemath test tripled from 21 percent in 1995to 63 percentin 1998.The number of studentsgraduatingfrom one Project GRAD high school increased64 percentbetween 1988and 1998,during which time the number district wide decreased percent.Five times asmany studentsare going to college. 7

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GEAR UP Provides Local Flexibility and Leverages Local Resources GEAR UP is a cost-effective federal program because provides seedmonies for colleges, it low-income schools,and states establishearly intervention programs.GEAR UP: to Is a One- Time Intervention - GEAR UP provides one-time, five-year grants as seedfunding to begin early intervention programsand strengthenschools. Applicants arerequiredto demonstrate that they have a plan to sustainthe project after federal funding ends. Allows Local flexibility - GEAR UP projects establishtheir own objectives, develop strategies to achievethem, and then measuretheir success. The Departmentof Education funds only the best applicants. Requires a Dollar-for-Dollar Match - GEAR UP requires granteesto meet the dollar-for-

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dollar matchrequirement It hasalreadymobilized more than $500million in private and statefunds for early interventionandcollegescholarships. This matchingrequirementmakesGEAR UP highly cost-effective.

Encourages StateEfforts - GEAR UPis theonly federalprogram encourages that states to establish college outreach earlyintervention and initiatives.

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