Oregon GEAR UP offers a variety of toolkits that help advance our mission of increasing the college attendance and success for low-income students. The toolkits are action-oriented with planning guides and customizable resources available for free download.

For additional toolkits, visit Oregon Goes To College.

Communications Toolkit

In order to create a college-going culture in your school and community, it is critical to have regular communication with students, parents, staff and the community. Use this toolkit to assess current communications efforts and create a simple yet strategic work plan for each audience.

  • Download additional resources: Communicating with Elected Officials; Communicating with Media; Power Point Template; Setting Up a Facebook Page or Group

Community Engagement Toolkit

Partnerships between schools and communities help reinforce and sustain a college-going culture. This toolkit provides a simple guide to identify potential partners and needs as well as communication strategies to build long-term, successful partnerships between the school and the community.

GEAR UP Week Toolkit

Hold a GEAR UP Week at your school to kick off the year with fun and exciting activities (but without a lot of energy on your part!) that encourage a college-going culture in your school and community. You can use these materials during National GEAR UP Week or any time that works for you. This toolkit has everything you need to put on a week of programs designed to get the word out about GEAR UP and the importance of going to college.

  • Download additional resources: Business Poster; College Trivia; Morning Announcements; National GEAR UP Week Logo; Student I Have A Plan Poster; Teacher Conversation Prompts; Teacher Door Poster

Parent Engagement Toolkit

Parent and family engagement is a critical element of student success. Our toolkit includes information and resources to help assess school climate and educate staff, as well as additional customizable resources.

The Transition to High School Toolkit

Learn about research-based strategies that help students and parents tackle the transition from middle to high school and the associated social and academic challenges. Includes best practices from Oregon GEAR UP schools.