June 27, 2011/State Regents' GEAR UP Program Awards $449,638 to Oklahoma Schools
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s GEAR UP program recently awarded $449,638 in College Access Subgrants to 29 school districts targeting 36 sites across the state to fund professional development for teachers so they can continue to strengthen learning opportunities and increase student achievement.
The following College Access Subgrant recipients were awarded approximately $12,500 each: Agra Public Schools; Altus High School; Amber-Pocasset Public Schools; Ardmore Middle School; Broken Bow High School; Chouteau-Mazie Public Schools; Crooked Oak Public Schools; Dickson Public Schools; Duke Public Schools; Durant middle and high schools; Eagletown Public Schools; Fairview Public Schools; Fletcher Public Schools; Grove Public Schools; Hammon Public Schools; Hardesty Public Schools; Ketchum Public Schools; Keys Public Schools; Lawton Central, Eisenhower, MacArthur and Tomlinson middle schools and Eisenhower, Lawton and MacArthur high schools; Mason Public Schools; Mountain View-Gotebo Public Schools; Putnam City West High School; Sentinel Public Schools; Silo Public Schools; Snyder Public Schools; Thackerville Public Schools; Thomas-Fay-Custer Unified Schools; Turner Public Schools; and Weleetka Public Schools.
The subgrants are provided by the State Regents’ college access program GEAR UP, a federally funded program designed to help prepare middle and high school students for college.
“The federal dollars we distribute through the GEAR UP College Access Subgrants give us the opportunity to provide training and materials for teachers as we work together to raise the educational expectations of our students and increase their success in college,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson.
All grant recipients are using funds to boost local college access efforts by participating in Dr. Ruby Payne’s “A Framework for Understanding Poverty.” This program is designed to train school faculty in strategies for supporting children and parents who live in poverty. The strategies are utilized in classroom settings and are meant to enhance student academic achievement. In addition, the schools may use the grant funding to attend other research-based, student-intervention program workshops provided by GEAR UP.
"This funding provides teachers with resources and training necessary to build academically strong students,” said Johnson. “We appreciate these districts’ commitment to making college preparation a priority.”
Since the College Access Subgrant program began in 2006, GEAR UP has awarded more than $3.1 million to 77 Oklahoma school districts and sites. For more information on GEAR UP, visit www.okhighered.org/gearup or call (800) 858-1840.
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GEAR UP, a federally funded program administered by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, helps prepare middle and high school students for college through academic preparation programs and scholarships for students, professional development activities for educators and college access information for students and parents.
The U.S. Department of Education awarded Oklahoma with state GEAR UP grants totaling $20.5 million in August 1999 and $20.6 million in August 2005. The grants have been matched by more than $47 million from state and partner resources. With the addition of the 2005 multi-year, federal grant, Oklahoma’s GEAR UP program will ultimately receive more than $45.6 million in federal funds by 2011. GEAR UP receives 49 percent of total funding from the federal government and 51 percent from other organizations.