In order to share best practices and foster community among GEAR UP schools, we occasionally organize school tours that allow educators to learn directly from their peers about a particular aspect or aspects of college and career readiness related to the 5 R's. School tours have covered academic interventions, behavioral support systems, teacher evaluation, student engagement, and successful college and career centers.

2019-20 School Tours

Hermiston High School - October 10, 2019, 7:45 am - 5:30 pm

Through presentation and tours, learn about:

  • Student-Run Businesses: Tour the coffee and printing student-run busineses. Learn how the initial investment from GEAR UP has grown their business programs.
  • CTE: Learn about their 10 programs: Accounting, Marketing, Hospitality, Business Administration, Engineering, Construction, Media Arts, Computer Science, Education, and Agriculture.
  • Student-Built Home: Tour a home built by students in the construction program.
  • College and Career Center: Learn about college clubs, internships, work experience, ASPIRE program, AP planning and programming, and other college related activities.
  • Care Packages: Help make care packages for about Hermiston students in college.

Download a draft agenda. PDUs are available.


2018-19 School Tours

Lowell Junior/Senior High School - October 25, 2018

Through a combination of presentations, team work time, and classroom observation, you will learn about many of Lowell’s promising practices:

  • From Surviving to Thriving: How Lowell went from a graduation rate of 50% to a graduation rate of 90%.
  • Paying attention to the Freshmen: Improve and stabilize your 9th grade on-track data.
  • Increased Rigor: Lowell’s "AP for All" model and increased offerings in College Now and CTE.
  • Learning Communities: How a culture of increased professional development and shared professional learning has created a "How do we make this happen?" attitude and allowed staff to make quick adjustments to curriculum and building operations.
  • Engagement Strategies and Improved Lesson Design: Enhanced student learning through classroom student engagement strategies.
  • State and Standardized Testing Strategies: Improving test scores....and what to do when the test scores are terrible!
  • Senior Careers Class: Promoting a career and college going culture.
  • After School Tutoring: Leveraging title dollars to pay for the program.
  • Family Resource Center: Helping troubled youth and struggling families.

Optional: Stay for their Meet & Greet at 2:00 pm where a member of the community talks to students about their career.

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Newport High School - January 18-19, 2019

Friday, January 18, 2019 – Newport High School Tour, 8:20 AM – 3:20 PM
Through a combination of presentations, classroom observations, and discussions with staff, participants will learn about Newport’s:

  • AVID program, including classroom observations and discussions with AVID tutors
  • International Baccalaureate full diploma program
  • CTE programs – commercial art and child psychology
  • Strategy for targeting attendance and graduation
  • First response team
  • Freshman graduation coach
  • Trivia Night – how to plan and host your own

Saturday, January 19, 2019

  • Time TBD - Hatfield Marine Science Center and Oregon Coast STEM Hub. We will establish an agenda once we have the number of participants.
  • 6:00 PM - Trivia Night has been a successful fundraiser for Newport High School’s College and Career Readiness Program. Come see how it is done (at no cost).

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Questions: Contact Anne Stephens at or 541-968-7189