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Eleven members of EOSC GEAR UP delegation attend NCCEP/GEAR UP annual conference in San Francisco

7/22/2013

WILBURTON, OK (July 22, 2013) – Eleven GEAR UP team members and guests represented Eastern Oklahoma State College at the 13th Annual National Council for Community and Education Partnerships/ Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (NCCEP/GEAR UP) Annual Conference in San Francisco, Calif.

GEAR UP practitioners had the opportunity to learn from the U.S. Department of Education, NCCEP staff, foundation and corporate partners, and each other. The majority of concurrent sessions were led directly by GEAR UP professionals sharing their strongest programs, most successful partnerships, and best institutional practices. The event also serves as an important gathering for all college access professionals—particularly those who coordinate their efforts with GEAR UP programs; and local, state, and federal policy makers who want to learn more about creating and sustaining K–16 education/community collaboratives designed to improve public education and promote student success.

The annual event provides participants with an opportunity to look to the future by assessing the program’s performance, refining strategies, and infusing new practices to improve services. This is the twelfth year in which NCCEP has convened the GEAR UP community.

The delegation participated in a Leadership Summit sponsored by Texas Instruments.

Members of the Eastern delegation were selected to present several workshops. Linda Morgan and Johnna Smith presented “Don’t Recreate the Wheel—Beg, Borrow, Steal from your Colleagues.” Helen Scott and Melissa Juarez presented “Field Trips: Places to Go, People to See. . .” Atoka Science teacher Chris Wingo participated in a panel discussion “TI in the Math and Science Classroom: What are the Options?” Michelle Cardell, Kamy Patterson, Dara Ward and LaDonna Baldwin presented “Get Motivated, Get Prepared.” Morgan also participated in a Texas Instruments panel discussion “Transitioning to the Common Core State Standards: The Impact of Technology.” Team members attended over 20 workshops during the conference.

Irish Tenor Paul Byrom, formerly a soloist with Celtic Thunder, sang the national anthem during the opening ceremony. Plenary speakers included Nathan Monell, President and CEO of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP); The Honorable Chaka Fattah, the author of GEAR UP; Anthony P. Carnevale, Director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce; James Davis, Director of GEAR UP, TRIO Talent Search and Challenge Grants Division in the Office of Postsecondary Education at the US Department of Education; Darrell “Coach “D” Andrews; and Actress, Neuroscientist, Teacher and Texas Instruments Spokesperson Mayim Bialik.

The highlight of the conference was the presentation by the NCCEP Youth Leadership Congress participants. Students performed skits and talked about how GEAR UP has affected their lives. GEAR UP is a federal initiative to increase the number of low-income students who enter and successfully transition into postsecondary education. Eastern will receive $12,625,000 over seven years to serve current eighth and ninth grade students throughout high school graduation and college admission.


Representing Eastern Oklahoma State College at the 2013 NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference in San Francisco were (front row, l to r) GEAR UP Project Director Linda Morgan, GEAR UP Assistant Professional Development Coordinator Johnna Smith; GEAR UP Project Office Manager Helen Scott; GEAR UP Education Coordinator LaDonna Baldwin; (back row, l to r) GEAR UP Web/Computer Tech Specialist George Larson; Atoka Science Teacher Chris Wingo; GEAR UP Education Coordinator Kamy Patterson; GEAR UP Education Coordinator Dara Ward; Eastern Oklahoma State College Vice President for Business Affairs LaDonna Howell; GEAR UP Education Coordinator Melissa Juarez; and GEAR UP Education Coordinator Michelle Cardell.


Atoka Science Teacher Chris Wingo participated on a panel “TI in the Math and Science Classroom: What Are the Options?” at the 2013 NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference. He joined Vickie Evans, GEAR UP Coordinator at Lufkin Independent School District and Jaime R. Huerta, Regional Program Director of GEAR UP IV in Laredo, TX. The panel provided insight about the many approaches used to address the needs of students in various settings: large and small districts, rural and inner–city campuses, and all districts with a challenging student achievement level in Math and Science.


GEAR UP Education Coordinator Dara Ward explains how she implemented a portfolio project. Ward co–presented the “Get Motivated, Get Prepared” workshop at the 2013 NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference. The interactive session was designed for K–12 educators. Session attendees walked away with fun and educational activities that can be used in educating and preparing students for life after high school.


GEAR UP Project Office Manager Helen Scott presented the “Field Trips—Places to Go, People to See. . .” workshop at the 2013 NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference. Participates received information on planning one–day educational and cultural field trips as well as campus tours.


GEAR UP Education Coordinator Kamy Patterson explains the “Building a Community” project implemented during GEAR UP summer camps. Participants were encouraged to use this activity at the beginning of the year to help break down barriers with students. Patterson co–presented the “Get Motivated, Get Prepared” workshop at the 2013 NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference. The interactive session was designed for K–12 educators. Session attendees walked away with fun and educational activities that can be used in educating and preparing students for life after high school.


GEAR UP Education Coordinator LaDonna Baldwin shares topics from “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens,” a curriculum implemented by the Eastern GEAR UP team. Baldwin co–presented the “Get Motivated, Get Prepared” workshop at the 2013 NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference. The interactive session was designed for K–12 educators. Session attendees walked away with fun and educational activities that can be used in educating and preparing students for life after high school.


GEAR UP Project Director Linda Morgan presents “Don’t Recreate the Wheel—Beg, Borrow, and Steal” workshop at the 2013 NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference. Morgan offered “lessons learned” and easy “how tos” to the attendees. She encouraged attendees to borrow ideas from colleagues, tweak to meet their needs, and make documenting activities easier.


GEAR UP Education Coordinator Michelle Cardell demonstrates one of the methods to help students conduct career exploration. Cardell co–presented the “Get Motivated, Get Prepared” workshop at the 2013 NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference. The interactive session was designed for K–12 educators. Session attendees walked away with fun and educational activities that can be used in educating and preparing students for life after high school.

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