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​Gear Up is a collective of educational and social justice leaders who are dedicated to ensuring that ALL students have equitable access to a quality education.

The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federally funded initiative administered by the United States Department of Education.  Since 1999, the California GEAR UP Program has been administered by the University of California with a charge to lead systemic reform through a programmatic focus on enhancing the organizational capacity of middle schools to prepare ALL students for success after high school.  The California GEAR UP Program serves primarily the adults who impact secondary school students: faculty, counselors, administrators, and families.

MPSS is a service provider for Gear Up working with:

  • Hiram Johnson High School

  • Will C. Wood Middle School

  • Rosemont High School

  • Einstein Middle School

  • Luther Burbank High School

  • John Still Middle School

2021-2022 PROGRAMS

Equitable and Engaging Teaching via Thinking Classrooms

August 23-25, 2021


Designed for teams of teachers and administrators from 6 GEAR UP schools ready to investigate building thinking classrooms to support their Content Goals for GEAR UP.

Professional Learning Afternoons

2021-2022 School Year

Professional Learning Afternoon, followed by classroom observations and a debrief.

3 Heads Together

2021-2022 School Year

Work with your SCUSD coaches and the Math Project Director on questions or struggles you are working through with lessons, or anything classroom related!

Seeing Students - Saturday Math Gymnasium

2021-2022 School Year

Write and revise an assets based description for each student based on prompts given.

Chalk Talk

September 23, 2021


At Chalk Talk we will share how everyone is implementing or modifying

  • Vertical Non-Permanent Surfaces

  • Visibly Random Groups of 3

  • Non-Curricular Tasks First

  • Defronting Your Classroom

Book Study

2021-2022 School Year

Book study based on Peter Liljedahl's "Building Thinking Classrooms"

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