GEAR UP Alabama Future Proof Conference 2018

Join us Friday February 23rd and Saturday February 24th for our 2018 Conference! 

Parents, students, teachers, GUA faculty, and more are welcome to join GEAR UP Alabama at Alabama State University on February 23rd and 24th. The conference will run for two days but any and all are welcome to come both days or just one. We will discuss a variety of topics, all pertaining to our efforts to furture proof our students. 

We hope you can make it! 

To learn more and to register, click here. 

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Summer/Fall 2017 Newsletter

Summer/Fall 2017 Newsletter

Download the Summer/Fall 2017 GEAR UP Alabama newsletter.

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Nearly Half of Prospective College Students Don't Expect to Graduate

A pair of recently released surveys suggests that half of the nation’s high school students feel academically unprepared for college, while half of the students entering their postsecondary education are anxious that they may not graduate, suggesting a variety of stressors could keep them from attaining a diploma.

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Don’t Suspend Students. Empathize.

To his teachers at Ridgeway High School in Memphis, Jason Okonofua was a handful. During class, his mind drifted and he would lose the thread of the lesson. He slouched at his desk and dozed off.

His teachers seemed to take it personally, as a sign of disrespect. He earned detention and was suspended several times.

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50 Things I Wish I’d Been Taught in High School

As I prepare to leave high school and head into college (aka the ~real world~), I realize I’m lacking knowledge in a lot of important areas. I can recite the quadratic formula from memory, name you 52 prepositions in the English language and write a 10-page research paper, no problem. (Note: some of those are more valuable skills than others.) But I find I’m alarmingly undereducated when it comes to real life skills, and I know I’m not alone in that.

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Phenix City 6th and 7th Graders Eligible for Scholarships

On Friday, October 31, 2014, Governor Bentley held a special event at the Alabama Capitol to recognize Phenix City Schools and 17 other Alabama school districts as recipients of the GEAR UP grant. The goal of the event was to highlight the grant, recognize the leadership of the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) who worked on the grant and discuss the impact this grant will have on students in Phenix City and other areas.

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