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What does it take to create a successful college-going culture? For California GEAR UP, we start with the adults by tapping into their Compelling Why—the reason for their involvement—then build trust and embrace each person’s inherent talents, skills, and passion. When school teams operate from common ground, the result is increased synergy and productivity. Using this practice, school leaders model for students the teamwork, driven by passion, initiative, and shared responsibility, required to succeed and create a positive arena in which students can learn, grow, and thrive on their path to college.

Speakers: Michele Molitor, School Services Coach, California GEAR UP, Hayward, CA; Martin De Mucha Flores, School Services Coach, California GEAR UP, Berkeley, CA; Teachers and Administrators from Caruthers Elementary School, Caruthers, CA