GEAR UP - Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs - is designed to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in higher education.
GEAR UP provides six- or seven-year grants to partnerships to provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools. GEAR UP grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school.
2014 Competition Request for Proposal
Expected to be released in Spring 2014. Visit the Department of Education- GEAR UP website for the most current information.
Partnerships may wish to review program, curriculum and staff development options with their AVID regional or state director to ensure integration of components and accurate budgets.
AVID and GEAR UP
The AVID College Readiness System is an effective and proven component of a GEAR UP project designed to significantly increase college readiness. The AVID Overview and Alignment Chart will be updated once the 2014 RFP is published.
The 2011 AVID-GEAR UP Alignment Chart matches GEAR UP requirements with AVID System components.
The 2011 AVID-GEAR UP Overview has been developed specifically to assist grant writers incorporating AVID as the foundational academic component of projects
Journey to Schoolwide AVID is a snapshot of how AVID strategies, implemented throughout a school, impact the lives and futures of all students.
AVID-GEAR UP Research & Results
Successful Partnerships and Resources
- National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) is the U.S. Department of Education-designated training and technical assistance provider to the GEAR UP grantees. Prospective grantees are encouraged to use their website as a resource.
- AVID Infographic and GEAR UP Results PPT illustrate the success experienced by Washington State GEAR UP partnerships and contain good information on AVID as a grant partner.
- Higher Expectations for Hawaii's Students: Findings from AVID Student and Teacher Surveys looks at AVID's impact with middle school students and teachers.
- GEAR UP 2008 and 2011 Abstracts show how partnerships and states included AVID.