Event Materials

2019 NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference

Monday, July 15

Monday Morning Concurrent Sessions

Session 3: Using Survey Data to Predict College Enrollment and Completion: Methodology and Findings (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Session 4: Host a Data Party! (Handout)

Session 5: Digital Storytelling: A Jambalaya Mix to Ensure Equity of Access (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1 & 2)

Session 6: Summer Programming A to Z: How to Design, Plan, and Execute Successful Summer Programs (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Session 7: Get Ahead of Your APR with PAPR: A Pre-APR Strategy (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1 & 2)

Session 8: A Case Study in Talent Discovery: A Strategic Approach to Staffing Your GEAR UP Project (PowerPoint)

Session 9: The Success of Competency Based STEM Personnel on Achieving Grant Objectives (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Session 10: Complete the Financial Aid Award Letter Challenge! (PowerPoint)

Session 11: No More Either/Or: A Developmental Curriculum Built Into a State College Readiness Framework (Handouts 1 & 2)

Session 17: Creating a Virtual Peer Mentor Network through Video Letters (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5)

Session 18: Closing the Equity Gap: Leveraging Data and Partnerships for Success (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Monday Afternoon Concurrent Sessions (2:15 pm - 3:30 pm)

Session 20: Flexible Evaluation Designs: Responding to Shifting Needs to Maximize Program Improvement (PowerPoint)

Session 21: College Tours Re-imagined: Leveraging Virtual Reality to Increase Match and Fit (PowerPoint)

Session 22: Utilizing Indiana's Scholar Success Program as a Key Strategy in GEAR UP College-Readiness (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1 & 2)

Session 23: ACT Improvement: Ready, Set, Go! (PowerPoint)

Session 25: Get Your Data on Track with TREK: A Case Study in Data Management Practices (PowerPoint)

Session 26: Predicting Summer Melt Among Disadvantaged Students (PowerPoint)

Session 27: Connecting Services to Data: Meeting Students’ Needs with an Effective Intervention Strategy (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 2, 3 & 4)

Session 29: Mobilizing Key Stakeholders in Your FAFSA Completion Efforts (PowerPoint)

Session 33: The Impact of History, Storytelling, and Touchstone Mentoring on Underserved Youth and Their Stakeholders (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7)

Session 34: Interactive Parental Engagement is the Key to Students' Academic Success (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Session 35: NCCEP’s Career & College Clubs: Applying a Holistic Approach (PowerPoint)

Monday Afternoon Concurrent Sessions (4:00 pm - 5:15 pm)

Session 37: Don't Recreate the Wheel - Beg, Borrow, Steal (PowerPoint)

Session 38: Networking with Community Organizations, Parents, and Peers to Enroll the Unenrolled (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Session 39: Catch Them Early: Identification of At-Risk and Academically Promising Students (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6)

Session 40: Equity and Access for All: GEAR UP Activities and Programs, and Events That Ensure It (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Session 41: Readiness From the Inside Out: Reinforcing Self-Reflection, Relevancy, and Relationships (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7)

Session 42: Strengthening FAFSA Efforts: How to Support Successful FAFSA Completion (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 2 & 3)

Session 45: Flipping the Funnel: Upending Traditional Student Advisement Through a Problem-Solving Approach (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1 & 2)

Session 46: Cultivating Strong Partnerships for Sustainable Student Success (PowerPoint)

Session 48: Using Drones to Prepare for STEM careers (PowerPoint)

Session 50: Schools Want to Know…What is GEAR UP? (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1 & 2)

Session 51: Building a Bridge of Belonging (PowerPoint)

Session 52: Expanding Work-Based Learning Opportunities for College, Career, and Life Readiness (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Session 54: Tea with Dr. T (PowerPoint)

Tuesday, July 16

Tuesday Morning Concurrent Sessions

Session 56: How to Plan the Best Field Trip Ever (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Session 57: me3: A College and Career Readiness Tool to Explore Postsecondary Passion (PowerPoint)

Session 58: How Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell GEAR UP Uses Texting to Improve Student Outcomes (PowerPoint)

Session 59: Flexin' on the 'gram: Leveraging Social Media and Data Utilization to Share GEAR UP Stories (PowerPoint)

Session 60: GEAR UP Iowa Works: Outcomes and Strategies for Building an Effective Evaluation Plan (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 2 & 3)

Session 61: Developing Student Ownership: An Equitable and Sustainable Approach to Elevating Student Achievement (PowerPoint)

Session 63: Student School and Career Engagement: A Community Generated Measure (PowerPoint)

Session 64: Best Practices for STEM Activities Within GEAR UP Partnerships (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Session 66: Roadmap for College: Student-Centered Strategies for Purposeful Decision-Making (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 2 & 3)

Session 67: Shifting School Culture: Planning for Success (PowerPoint)

Session 70: Making the Most of National GEAR UP Week (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Session 71: Cheap and Easy: Tools of the Trade (PowerPoint)

tUESDAY Afternoon Concurrent Sessions (2:15 pm - 3:30 pm)

Session 74: Breaking Down Barriers to the FAFSA Process With Guidance From Federal Student Aid (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 2, 3 & 4)

Session 75: What's in Your Data Collection Toolkit? (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Session 76: Brain STEM: Innovate Classroom Instruction and Inspire Kids to Find their Brilliance in STEM (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Session 77: STEM Innovation Camp: Using Agile Methods to Develop Agile Minds (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1 & 2)

Session 82: Growth Mindset: Maximizing Your Potential (PowerPoint)

Session 84: Repurposing Our Schools to Meet the Needs of Our 21st Century Workforce (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 2 & 3)

TUESDAY Afternoon Concurrent Sessions (4:00 pm - 5:15 pm)

Session 87: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing All Students for College and Career Readiness (PowerPoint)

Session 88: Every Story Matters: Connecting and Mobilizing GEAR UP Students, Parents, and Educators (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Session 89: Three Data Visualizations that Will Change Your Reports (Handouts 1 & 2)

Session 90: Evaluating Vermont's 7th Year Program: Methodology and Findings (PowerPoint)

Session 91: Engaging in Data and Evaluation Together: A Guided Conversation and Interactive Panel (PowerPoint)

Session 94: Out of this World and Inside the Box: Developing Innovative Programming that Meets Federal Guidelines (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Session 98: 10 Effective Events that Create a College-Going Culture for All Budgets (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Session 99: Hey Google: How Can Artificial Intelligent Chatbots Support Gen Z GEAR UP Students 24/7? (PowerPoint)

Session 101: Preparing the NEXT GENERATION in GEAR UP For a Pathway to Workforce Development (PowerPoint)

Wednesday, July 17

Wednesday Morning Concurrent Sessions

Session 105: What? No Internet?: Creative Solutions to Energize and Engage Students (PowerPoint)

Session 106: Wicked Persistent: A Research Study of Postsecondary Persistence in Rural Maine (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1 & 2)

Session 109: The Evolving Role of Parent Voice in the GEAR UP Movement (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9)

Session 112: Evaluating Financial Education: Lessons Learned and Lessons to Share (PowerPoint)

2019 NCCEP/GEAR UP Capacity-Building Workshop

Monday, February 11


Excel 1: Parents That Show Up Have Students That Go Up: Best Practices for Effective Parent Engagement (PowerPoint) (Handout, Guidebook, Selectivity, Chart)

Excel 2: Preparing New GEAR UP Leaders for Success, Part 1: Compliance and Administration (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Excel 3: The Delivery Approach: Program Implementation as a Discipline (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Prove 1: GEAR UP Data and Evaluation: A Foundation (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 2, 3 & 4)

Prove 2: How to Effectively Share Data with Schools: Building a Culture of Collaboration, Data Inquiry, and Effective Teaming (PowerPoint)

Mobilize 1: Culture, Identity, and Experience: Building an Effective GEAR UP Brand (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Mobilize 2: Cut the Jargon: Clear Strategies for Clear Communication (PowerPoint)

GEAR UP Skill-Building Seminars

Seminar 1: Leveraging Social Media Tactics and Data to Market Your GEAR UP Program (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1 & 2)

Seminar 2: More than Financial Literacy (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Seminar 3: Advanced Math For all Students (PowerPoint)

Seminar 4: Integrating Social Emotional Learning to Promote Student Success (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 2 & 3)

Seminar 5: The Heart of the Activity (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Seminar 6: Planning and Executing the Senior Year  to  Maximize  Results (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1 & 2)

Seminar 7: Using Qualitative Data to Add Richness in Evaluations (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Seminar 8: College Admissions Mock Experience: Understanding College Application Essays (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5)

Seminar 9: Roundtable on the GEAR UP Match (PowerPoint) (Handout)(Notes)

Seminar 10: Preparing for the Momentum Year (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Tuesday, February 12


Excel 4: Building and Sustaining Community through Personal Narratives (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Excel 5: GEAR UP Action Planning for All (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6)

Excel 6: GEAR UP in the First Year of Postsecondary Education (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Prove 3: School-Based Data: How to Tie Program Services to Outcomes (PowerPoint)

Prove 4: Early Warning Program Supports for College Readiness (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 2 & 3)

Mobilize 3: No More Secrets: Getting the Right GEAR UP Message Out! (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Mobilize 4: Securing Buy-In through Effective Advocacy (PowerPoint) (Handout)

GEAR UP Skill-Building Seminars

Seminar 11: Integrate it ALL! Low-Cost STEM Activities: Ignite Creativity and Inquiry (PowerPoint)

Seminar 12: The Ins and Outs of Federal GEAR UP Reporting: Lessons and Tips (PowerPoint)

Seminar 13: Roundtable on GEAR UP College Visits: Exploring Practices (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Seminar 14: Digging Deep into What Really Works (and What Doesn’t) with Mentoring (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7)

Seminar 15: How to Support Literacy Success through a Coaching Model (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 2 & 3)

Seminar 16: Preparing New GEAR UP Leaders for Success, Part 2: Foundational Issues in GEAR UP Implementation (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1) (Notes)

Seminar 17: FAFSA® Updates, Mobile App Feedback, and Strategies for Solving Application Challenges (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5)

Seminar 19: Best Practices in College Access and Success Program Implementation for GEAR UP Site Coordinators (PowerPoint)

Seminar 20: Building College and CAREER  Readiness (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Wednesday, February 13


Excel 7: Pairing Rigor and Engagement for Meaningful Learning (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 2, 3 & 4)

Excel 8: GEAR UP as a Tool for Equity Warriors (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Excel 9: Nurturing a College-Going Culture that Ignites Engagement, Involvement, and Buy-In (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Prove 5: Storytelling through Data: Engaging Stakeholders and Improving Data Literacy (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1 & 2)

2018 NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference

Monday, July 16

Monday Morning Concurrent Sessions

Session 1: The Art of Storytelling Through Data Utilization (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5)

Session 2: Access and Equity: Providing GEAR UP Students Comprehensive and Adaptive Enrichment (PowerPoint)

Session 3: We are Family!  Transforming Students into a Family Focused on Educational Success (PowerPoint)

Session 4: FAFSA Events A to Z:  A Complete Guide to Recruit and Train On-site Teams (PowerPoint)

Session 5: Connecting Your Network to Your GEAR UP Goals: Outreach and Family Engagement Strategies (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 2, 3 & 4)

Session 6: Designing Surveys to Get Results (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Session 7: Now Showing: “The LOSFA F.L.Y. Tour: Financial Literacy for You” (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1 & 2)

Session 10: Planning and Executing the Senior Year Successfully (PowerPoint)

Session 11: Taking the Plunge: Tangible Strategies and Activities for the Transition to High School and Beyond (PowerPoint)

Session 12: Sustaining Academic Efforts into the 7th Year and Beyond (PowerPoint)

Session 14: College Access from Day 1: The Nevada GEAR UP Ambassador Program (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1 & 2)

Session 15: Teacher Preparedness Equals Student Readiness! (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1 & 2)

Session 16: Supporting Postsecondary Planning for Special Populations (PowerPoint)

Session 17: Storytelling to Engage, Persuade, Empower: The Role of Student Voice in the GEAR UP Movement (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5)

Session 18: We're Rollin’ into 7th Year Roles and Responsibilities (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 2, 3, 4, 56)

Monday Afternoon Concurrent Sessions (2:15 pm - 3:30 pm)

Session 19: Producing Statewide College and Career Readiness Events for Families and Practitioners (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7)

Session 20: The Ball is in Your Court: Empowering Opportunities for Student-Athletes (Handout)

Session 21: Preparing Your Data for the APR and Evaluation Reports (PowerPoint)

Session 22: Utilizing AmeriCorps Service Programs to Drive College Access and Success (PowerPoint)

Session 23: Building an Evidence-Based Practices Culture (PowerPoint)

Session 24: GEAR UP and Finish Strong in 7! (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1 & 2)

Session 25: Using GEAR UP to Engage Latinx Students Across Your State (PowerPoint)

Session 27: Empowering Parents Through the Reflective Learning Walks Process (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1 & 2)

Session 31: Supporting GEAR UP Students Through Summer Melt (PowerPoint)

Session 32: Experimenting with Your Summer Programming: Helping Students Find Their Brilliance in STEM (PowerPoint)

Session 33: College Access Across the K-12 Continuum (PowerPoint)

Session 34: Using Strong School Leaders and Near-Peer Mentors to Transform Students’ Futures (PowerPoint)

Session 35: Student Voice = Student Success: Teacher Learning and the Practice of Building Growth Mindset (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 2, 3 & 4)

Monday Afternoon Concurrent Sessions (4:00 pm - 5:15 pm)

Session 37: Effective Social Media Strategies to Engage Your GEAR UP Community (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 23)

Session 38: Enrolling the Unenrolled (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11)

Session 39: Explore, Plan, and Engage the ACT Test (PowerPoint)

Session 40: From 8 Track to Emoji: Bridging the Generational Gap (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1 & 2

Session 41: Steps2College: Professional Resources to Support Students Through the College-Going Process (PowerPoint)

Session 42: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor: Fulfilling the Promise of GEAR UP in the 7th Year (PowerPoint)

Session 43: The Best Week Ever: How to Engage Middle Schoolers in a Summer College Camp (PowerPoint)

Session 44: How Desoto GEAR UP Made Data Collection and Analysis Easy...and Improved Student Success! (PowerPoint)

Session 45: Urgent Tutoring Care: Healing Your Program's Tutoring Pain Points (PowerPoint)

Session 46: Fostering College and Career Readiness with the Scholar Success Program (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Session 48: Tennessee's FAFSA Frenzy: Data, Communications, and Research to Support Student Success (PowerPoint)

Session 50: Building Effective Data Management Structures into your GEAR UP Grant (PowerPoint)

Session 53: Empowering Teachers with College Readiness (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Session 54: Real World STEM Applications for Students (PowerPoint)

Tuesday, July 17

Tuesday Morning Concurrent Sessions

Session 55: GEAR UP is all About U: Mobilizing and Empowering Through Film (Handout)

Session 56: If I Knew Then What I Know Now (PowerPoint)

Session 59: Assessing the Impact of Mentoring: Lessons Learned from a Research Study in West Virginia Public Schools (PowerPoint)

Session 63: Give Your Seniors a Toolkit for College and Career Success (PowerPoint)

Session 64: The 5 Big Transitions GEAR UP Grads Face in College and How to Prepare Them (PowerPoint)

Tuesday Afternoon Concurrent Sessions (2:15 pm - 3:30 pm)

Session 70: Using and Evaluating Data to Improve College Application and FAFSA Initiatives (PowerPoint)

Session 71: Strategies, Suggestions, and Samples for a Successful 7th Year (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Session 73: Know Your Story to Shape Your Story: Engaging Multiple Stakeholders in Evaluation (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Session 77: Texting to Make an Impact: Signal Vine and GEAR UP (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Session 78: Hidden Figures: The Story of Transforming Parents into STEM Advocates (PowerPoint)

Session 79: Improve Career and College Readiness Through Career Pathways and Work-Based Learning Opportunities (PowerPoint)

Session 82: Implementing GEAR UP Teacher Teams in Rural Middle and High Schools (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Session 83: Breaking Academic Barriers: How Tutoring Creates a Pathway to Success (PowerPoint)

Tuesday Afternoon Concurrent Sessions (4:00 pm - 5:15 pm)

Session 87: Strengthening and Sustaining: Transferring Structures for Student Success (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1 & 2)

Session 93: Emotional Intelligence: A Superpower for Educators! (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1 & 2)

Session 96: Begin with the Win in Mind: Nurturing Competitive Students for College Success (PowerPoint)

Wednesday, July 18

Wednesday Morning Concurrent Sessions

Session 100: Student Reading, Achievement, and Leadership: A Pathway to Postsecondary Preparedness (PowerPoint)

Session 102: The 7th Year: What Institutes of Higher Education Want You to Know (PowerPoint)

Session 104: You Can Get There from Here: An Evaluation Study of Postsecondary Persistence in Rural Maine (PowerPoint)

Session 106: Learn More Indiana Magazines: Student Guides to College and Career Success (PowerPoint)

Session 108: Best Practices in College Access and Success Program Implementation for GEAR UP Site Coordinators (PowerPoint)

Session 109: Collecting, Organizing, and Analyzing Data: Lessons Learned from Evaluating a State GEAR UP Grant (PowerPoint)

2018 NCCEP/GEAR UP Capacity-Building Workshop

Monday, February 5


Excel 1: Leveraging Change Management tools for GEAR UP Program Planning (PowerPoint) (Planning Template) (Delivery Chain Photos)

Excel 2: Building Schools That Work for All Students (PowerPoint)

Excel 3: Naming, Claiming, and Aiming Our Talents (PowerPoint)

Excel 4: Breaking Barriers to Successful Family Engagement (General PowerPoint & Reflection Sheet) (Leadership PowerPoint & Handout) (Curricula PowerPoint & Handout) (Recruitment PowerPoint & Handout) (Partnerships Handout) (Supplemental Handouts 1, 2, & 3)

Excel 5: Redefining Readiness (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 2, & 3)

Excel 6: Transferable Models of Instruction (PowerPoint)

Excel 7: GEAR UP in the 7th Year—Fulfilling the Promise (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1 & 2)


Seminar 1: Completing the GEAR UP Annual and Final Performance Reports (ED) (PowerPoint)

Seminar 3: Preparing for Your Next GEAR UP, Pt 1: The Competitive Process (PowerPoint) (GEAR UP Application Selection Criteria)

Seminar 4: Preparing NEW GEAR UP Leaders for Success, Pt. 1: Compliance and Administration (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Seminar 5: Creating a Culture of Makers: Incorporating Hands-On, Low-Cost STEM Activities in GEAR UP (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Seminar 6: Pick a Problem: Changing the Paradigm of Student Guidance Through Problem-Solving (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Seminar 7: Making Good College Tours Great: Making Good College Tours Great: Strategies to Take Yours to the Next Level (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Seminar 9: Reaching Higher: Effectively Utilizing the (Free) Tools and Resources from Better Make Room (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Seminar 11: Cut the Jargon: Financial Aid Language for Real People (PowerPoint)

Tuesday, February 6


Prove 1: Beyond Compliance: Effectively Mapping Your APR and FPR Data (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1 & 2)

Prove 2: Improving Your Team's Use of Data, Evidence, and Action Planning (PowerPoint) (Handout Packet)

Prove 3: The Four Keys of College & Career Readiness-Actionable Strategies Grounded in Research (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1 & 2)

Prove 4: Predictors and Indicators of College Readiness: Understanding the Research to Improve Programming (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1 & 2)

Prove 5: Deconstructing Data for Optimal Programming (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1 & 2)

Prove 6: Mapping an Analytic Framework to Advance Evaluation (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1 & 2)


Seminar 12: Documenting the Match and Cost-Share Requirements (ED) (PowerPoint)

Seminar 15: Preparing New GEAR UP Leaders for Success, Pt 2: Foundational Issues in GEAR UP Implementation (PowerPoint)

Seminar 17: Putting the CAREER in College and Career Readiness (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Seminar 19: Harmony Out of Chaos: Effectively Manging Your Goals, Portfolio, & Team (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Seminar 20: A Completely Modern Approach to Evidence-Based Mentoring (PowerPoint) (Handouts 1, 2, & 3)

Seminar 22: Up Your Game: Advancing Readiness Through Gaming (PowerPoint) (Handout)

Wednesday, February 7


Mobilize 1: Delivering Effective Presentations (PowerPoint) (Handout Packet)

Mobilize 2: Securing Buy-In Through Advocacy (PowerPoint) (Advocacy Packet)

Mobilize 3: Culturally-Responsive Communications in Family Engagement (PowerPoint) (Handout Packet)

Mobilize 4: Crafting a Communications Plan (PowerPoint) (Communications Packet) (Handouts 1 & 2)

Mobilize 5: Culture, Identity, & Experience: Building an Effective GEAR UP Brand (Handout Packet)

Mobilize 6: Igniting Imagination: Harness Story, Play, and Design to Create Transformative Learning Experiences (PowerPoint)