• Engage, Empower, Elevate (GEAR UP)GEAR UP logo

    Engage, Empower, Elevate (E3) – awarded in 2018 – is a college and career readiness program funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s GEAR UP grant initiative (Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs).  Each grant is awarded for a 7-year period and follows 2 cohorts of students from middle school through high school. The program provides an array of classroom-based services and integrated supports designed to improve student academic achievement and increase the number of students that successfully enter into post-secondary programs and/or professional or technical careers upon graduation from high school.  GEAR UP serves students in Jefferson, McDaniel and Roosevelt High Schools.


    Program Initiatives

    E3 serves students, teachers and families through three integrated initiatives: 

    • NEAR PEER MENTORS implements culturally relevant and sustainable practices focusing on college identity, college & career exposure and post-secondary preparation activities using a classroom-based near-peer mentor model, partnering college-going school alum with teacher partners.
    • CULTURALLY SUSTAINING PEDAGOGY enhances educator capacity to infuse into the classroom a holistic, culturally-responsive and data-informed approach toward college readiness that makes visible and elevates student voice in the classroom, including teacher leadership development, collaborative networking, and quantitative and qualitative student non-cognitive survey data to inform pedagogy and curriculum development. 
    • FAMILY ENGAGEMENT builds an inclusive, intercultural parent-organizing model that empowers parents and families to more actively engage in the educational system and advocate for student academic success.

GEAR UP Contacts

Angela Nusom
Assistant Director GEAR UP, College & Career Readiness
Jennie Cha
Near Peer Mentor Program Supervisor
Margarett Peoples
TOSA (Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy)
Steve Smith
TOSA (Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy)
Diane Besser
Business Operations Analyst
Pauline Celino
Senior Clerk