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.

2018-19 School Tours

October 25, 9:00 - 1:00 - Lowell Junior/Senior High School

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.

Registration for the event is limited to 15 on a first-come, first-served basis. Clusters may register a team of 3; additional people may be placed on the waiting list. If we do not fill the event with the initial registration, staff from the waiting list will be admitted.

The Central GEAR UP Office will provide lunch on 10/25, reimbursement for subs and lodging on 10/24 for those who need it.

Register by October 15


Winter/Spring - Newport High School

More details TBA.