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Annual Performance Report

The following text versions of the Annual Performance Report (APR) can be used as working copies to compile information for entry into the Web-based APR.

Grantee-Level Performance Results:

Being Updated.

Financial Status and Program Performance Final Report For State and Partnership GEAR UP Grants

GEAR UP Success Stories

Below are some success stories of different GEAR UP programs

Eastern Arizona College GEAR UP, AZ

Site Visits – During March, our GU staff traveled to partner sites. The visits were the first time in nearly two years we have been allowed to visit our partner sites due to COVID. Increased communication was one of our primary goals for the GU program this year. We met with each administrative team to discuss data for our cohort 2024. We discussed the new social media sites we have been rolling out, including the EAC GEAR UP Newsletter, a Facebook page, and an Instagram page. The site principal completed a GU Site Satisfaction Survey. Our EAC Director of Grants accompanied us and discussed EAC's plan to write the future grant. The site GU coordinator and I reviewed and discussed their job evaluations.

Student Community Service and Volunteerism – we have three GU school sites partnering with a local agency (Graham County Substance Abuse Coalition). Students currently assist in community service activities, the 6th Grade Project, where our GU students mentor 6th graders in our county on antidrug-related activities.

Los Angeles Unified School District, CA

GEAR UP 4 LA has had an amazing launch to the 2021-22 school year, starting in summer 2021 when 1,500 rising ninth- and 10th-grade students participated in 34,598 hours of virtual summer programs. These included summer bridge, dual enrollment and the Jaime Escalante Math program, which had a 74% pass rate. We joined programs across the country in celebrating GEAR UP Week in September, launched in-person Peer Mentor Summit events across our 43 schools, and provided students the opportunity to visit college campuses to begin exploring their futures. In addition to providing our families with virtual workshops, GU4LA hosted an in-person parent summit this fall to expand their college and career knowledge. We ended the year hosting an in-person professional development to support STEM educators in engaging students with technology.

To College and Beyond GEAR UP, TX

The To College and Beyond GEAR UP (TCBGU) Educator Outreach team at UT Austin developed online learning resources, which led to GEAR UP educators completing 1,835 online courses and earning 4,270 CPE credit hours in 2020-2021. This past fall, TCBGU launched a redesigned version of the online platform and introduced new courses such as “The Trauma-Informed Educator,” “The Diversity and Equity Series,” and “Supporting Emergent Bilingual Learners.” TCBGU also launched “High School 101,” an online, asynchronous course designed to support rising 9th graders by teaching them about the benefits of graduating from high school, how to select courses, and available postsecondary options while emphasizing self-advocacy and growth mindset. TCBGU partners have garnered national attention for their work. Esperanza Casey, parent of a TCBGU student in Somerset, Texas, received the 2021 GEAR UP Family Leader of the Year during the NCCEP Annual Conference. Dr. Mark Estrada, Superintendent of Lockhart Independent School District, was recognized in TIME Magazine’s September 2021 issue for his district’s innovative approach to addressing pandemic-related challenges.

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