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1 2013 GEAR UP TN KICKOFF MEETING AUGUST 26, 2013 NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

2 TROY GRANT DIRECTOR OF COLLEGE ACCESS INITIATIVES VISION FOR THE GEAR UP TN KICKOFF ENHANCE OUR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE GEAR UP TN PROGRAM BY: 1. EXPLORING NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR INNOVATION AND CAPACITY BUILDING 2. GAINING A THOROUGH UNDERSTANDING OF GEAR UP TN POLICIES AND PROCEDURES 3. BUILDING A NETWORK OF PEERS Welcome

3 Objectives and Agenda Objective Explore new opportunities for innovation and capacity building Agenda Welcome Early College Opportunities Common Core and PARCC Status Update Core to College Curriculum Councils Exploring Curriculum Pathways ACT Engage

4 GEAR UP TN State Office Staff Who & HowContact Me For: Troy Grant Director  Program Oversight  Legislative issues Leigh Ann Bodie Assistant Director  Program Evaluation  Annual performance reporting  Data collection plan & local requirements Kate Derrick Communications Director  Logos and promotional items  Communications guidelines  Publications and quotes  Newsletter approvals Matt Freeman Program Analyst  GEAR UP TN data system  Annual US Department of Education Surveys  Survey or sign-in sheet customization Doug Cullum Fiscal Manager  Fiscal site visits and compliance monitoring  Invoice and reimbursement status

5 GEAR UP TN State Office Staff Who & HowContact Me For: Melinda Dunn Administrative Assistant  Reimbursement submission  Match documentation  General questions Shayla Guy Regional Coordinator – West TN  West TN Collaborative’s first point of contact for day-to-day program implementation, such as:  Expenditure allowability  In-kind match guidelines and documentation  Annual work plan and budget  Monthly Activity Plans and Completed Activity Reports Duane Gregg Regional Coordinator – East TN  East TN Collaborative’s first point of contact for day-to-day program implementation, such as:  Expenditure allowability  In-kind match guidelines and documentation  Annual work plan and budget  Monthly Activity Plans and Completed Activity Reports

6 GEAR UP TN State Office Staff Who & HowContact Me For: Gray Flora Outreach Specialist – CollegeforTN.org  Point of contact for East TN  CollegeforTN.org training and implementation planning  Technical assistance in using CollegeforTN.org resources Kate Watts Outreach Specialist – CollegeforTN.org  Point of contact for West TN  CollegeforTN.org training and implementation planning  Technical assistance in using CollegeforTN.org resources

7 GEAR UP Overview GEAR UP began in Initial federal funding level was $120 million. Current funding for GEAR UP is $303 million. GEAR UP stands for: Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs

8 GEAR UP Services Student Services Tutoring/Homework Assistance Rigorous Academic Curricula Comprehensive Mentoring Financial Aid Counseling/Advising Counseling/Advising/Academic Planning/Career Counseling College Campus Visits/College Student Shadowing Job Site Visit/Job Shadowing Summer Programs Educational Field Trips Workshops supporting any of the GEAR UP objectives

9 GEAR UP Services Family Services Workshops on college preparation/financial aid Counseling/advising College visits Family events Professional Development for Educators Conferences Trainings

10 GEAR UP TN $4.2 million in federal funding for 7 years, $29.5 million total. Provides direct services to “the cohort” and seniors at participating schools. Cohort: Class of 2018, beginning in the 7th grade  1st year in postsecondary education. Over the next 7 years, GEAR UP TN will provide services to over 37,500 students.

11 GEAR UP TN Tennessee has received two state GEAR UP grants from the U.S. Department of Education For each state grant project, the Governor has appointed the Tennessee Higher Education Commission as the fiscal agent Grant 1Grant 2 Year Funded Number of School Districts Served915 Number of Schools Served4787 Number of Students Served6,16437,500 Funding Level$21 M$29.5 M

12 GEAR UP TN Regions Hardeman County Haywood County Henderson County McNairy County Metro Nashville Robertson County Shelby County Wayne County Anderson County Bradley County Campbell County Claiborne County Grainger County Johnson County Union County West East

13 Students Served

14 GEAR UP TN Goals 1.Increase the academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education for GEAR UP students. 2.Increase the rates of high school graduation and enrollment in postsecondary education for GEAR UP students. 3.Increase GEAR UP students’ and their families’ knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation, and financing.

15 GEAR UP TN Objectives 1.Increase student academic achievement and course completion. 2.Increase student performance on college entrance exams. 3.Increase student high school graduation. 4.Increase student postsecondary participation and success. 5.Increase student and family educational expectations. 6.Increase student and family knowledge of and access to financial assistance for postsecondary education. 7.Increase parent and community engagement in activities associated with student preparation for college. 8.Increase educator content-area knowledge and understanding.

16 GEAR UP TN Collaboratives Anderson County Bradley County Campbell County Claiborne County Davidson County/Metro Nashville Public Schools Grainger County Hardeman County Haywood County Henderson County Johnson County McNairy County Robertson County Shelby County Union County Wayne County

17 How Far We Have Come THEC released a Call for Proposals to select GEAR UP TN direct-service Collaboratives on June 15, Letters of intent from applicants were due to THEC on July 18, 2012 and original signed copies of proposals were due on August 17, THEC approved award recommendations from a panel of external reviewers on September 21, Subcontract recipients were notified of their selection or denial. THEC central office staff held a kick-off meeting for Collaborative project directors and site coordinators on November 28, Central office staff developed formal policies, data reporting forms and procedures, presentations, handouts, and publications, including a year one implementation guide. Collaboratives began delivery of direct-services to GEAR UP TN students, parents and educators on January 1, Each Collaborative held a local kick-off for cohort and priority students. Local and state personnel participated in two NCCEP conferences held in Las Vegas, NV and San Francisco, CA Collaboratives develop work plans for Year 2 of GEAR UP TN Implementation. Nearly 250 students and chaperones participate in the GEAR UP TN Youth Summit on the campus of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN.

18 Direct Services 12,122 Students 55,659 services for a total of hours for an average of 11.4 hours per student 3,112 Parents 5,118 services for a total of 5, hours for an average of 1.6 hours per parent 688 Educators 998 services for a total of 1, hours for an average of 2.5 hours per educator

19 What We Do We promote equal access to education and educational excellence through concerted partnership efforts on behalf of low-income students. We encourage student enrollment in rigorous and challenging curricula and coursework, in order to reduce the need for remedial coursework at the postsecondary level. We improve the number of participating students who obtain a secondary school diploma and enter postsecondary education. We provide information about financial aid and the postsecondary admission process education to students and their families. We build local and state efforts to encourage local and state investment that will sustain GEAR UP activities and services beyond the federal grant period. -GEAR UP Washington Infographic

20 Where We Are Going Build aspiration among GEAR UP TN cohort students and families Focus on data-driven decision making Expansion of local and state level partnerships Expansion of high impact interventions and best practices Expansion of our capacity to build a college-going culture

21 How Today Will Work Opportunity presentations GEAR UP TN site interest worksheet Regional work session tomorrow – turn in final interest worksheet

22 Objectives and Agenda Objective Explore new opportunities for innovation and capacity building Agenda Welcome Early College Opportunities Common Core and PARCC Status Update Core to College Curriculum Councils Exploring Curriculum Pathways ACT Engage

23 Work Plan Approvals The GEAR UP TN central office has reviewed and approved work plans that have received regional coordinator approval. Collaboratives with approved work plans will receive an approval letter this week.

24 Financial Literacy Professional Development Through a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Treasury and GEAR UP TN, the Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission is offering professional development to middle school educators focused on integrating financial literacy into the curriculum. Each cohort-serving school has planned to send four educators to participate in the professional development

25 Financial Literacy Professional Development The first 100 teachers to register for each event will receive a $50 Amazon gift card upon completion of a post summit survey. Educators will receive a financial literacy curriculum and will receive teacher and student workbooks. Certificate of completion Many school districts approve this training for continuing education credits

26 Financial Literacy Professional Development September 21, 2013 Austin Peay State University Clarksville, TN October 5, 2013 Jackson State Community College Savannah Campus Savannah, TN October 12, 2013 Roane State Community College Oak Ridge, TN October 19, 2013 Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN November 2, 2013 Dyersburg State Community College Dyersburg, TN December 7, 2013 UT Martin Parsons Campus Parsons, TN GEAR UP TN Site Coordinators will receive an later this week with dates and registration links.

27 Save the Date NCCEP Capacity Building Workshop February 2 – 5, 2014 Orlando, Florida

28 ACT Engage Statewide testing window:  September 23 – December 13 Sites will choose a two week testing window for each of their schools.  Deadline: September 13 Site coordinators and testing coordinators will have access to Engage reports


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