Bering Strait School District, Lower Kuskokwim School District, the University of Alaska, Yuut Elitnaurviat and Alaska Staff Development Network (ASDN) have come together in the Rural Alaska GEAR UP Partnership to address the needs of students in 37 villages in western Alaska.
The Rural Alaska GEAR UP Partnership is serving 1,564 students annually for 7 years through high school graduation and their first year in college. Using a strong theory of student development, the GEAR UP Partners selected culturally appropriate, evidence-based strategies and services that respond to the needs of the target students, parents and schools.
GEAR UP Partners are implementing a range of research-based programs to increase the percentage of students taking rigorous and challenging courses. The partners will implement Project Lead the Way and STEM Ready, STEM focused programs offering advanced courses for students. Advanced course development, dual enrollment and After School, Summer and Tutoring Programs will also be offered to support students’ academic achievement in Math and Science.
Partners will provide a range of college readiness activities including information, assistance and workshops for students and parents on financial aid, scholarships, admission applications, SAT, financial literacy, campus visits and career exploration.
Learn more about about the work that is going on in the 2019/2020 school year:
Bering Strait: Inspiring a Passion for STEM on the Western Edge of Alaska: The GEAR UP Program in BSSD
Lower Kuskokwim: Preparing for College And Flying Drones: The Gear Up Program in LKSD
Professional Learning for Teachers through GEAR UP
ASDN will assist with providing professional learning opportunties for teachers in GEAR UP schools.