March 2018
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A Note from the GEAR UP Team

Welcome to the March GEAR UP newsletter.  Half of our cohort students are now GEARing up for the transition to high school.  February and March are busy times for curriculum planning, course scheduling, and dodging the occasional nor’easter storm.  In an effort to increase early awareness, GEAR UP New Hampshire recently launched the NH Scholars Initiative at the middle school level.  Each middle school was empowered with a toolkit complete with multiple resources such as parent letters, 4-year planners, PowerPoint presentations, and materials to share with students and families.  Feedback from high school counselors statewide assures us that students who begin NH Scholars in middle school come prepared and ready to tackle the next challenge.

We know that the transition to high school is an important one.  And while we hope preparation begins in 6th or 7th grade (or even earlier), this time of year is critical for 8th graders as they ready themselves for high school.  We encourage our schools to reinforce the NH Scholars message that course selection means more than simply choosing the required graduation requirements.  Freshman course selection also means challenging students in the most rigorous class they can still be successful in.  We know that the high school transcript is the most important part of the college application and by beginning freshman year with a strong start will provide the momentum your students need moving forward.

The GEAR UP New Hampshire team is always here to assist you and we look forward to work with you this spring.  Enjoy the newsletter.

Scott Power
Director, NH Scholars  

News from our Partner Schools

Stewartstown Community School

Over February break, GEAR UP students at Stewartstown Community School had an awesome opportunity to learn about engineering and create Rube Goldberg machines, catapults, or cardboard tracks. 

Parent Night
Lisbon Regional High School

Using strategies to draw in a crowd, Lisbon hosted a parent night with a 50+ person crowd. Aside from offering childcare and dinner, Lisbon had students participate in a raffle, and winners needed to be present with their families. 

Door Decorating Contest
Laconia Middle School

Using a stellar combination of competition and creativity, students at LMS transformed three floors of their school into a college-going wonderland. With innovative use of blacklight, music, Master's Degrees, college jerseys, and origami, students took door decorating contests to a whole other level. The contest was so close, judges insisted on their own individual Judge's Choice winners. 

Grant News

March Regional Meetings
Gorham, NH * Concord, NH
Throughout the month, the GEAR UP New Hampshire team will meet with GEAR UP Advisory Teams for our biannual Regional Meetings. We plan on spending half a day collaborating with one another, fleshing out ideas for partnerships with institutions of higher education, and talking about our upcoming transition to high school. We will also have time to review grant management details and each school will have time to talk one on one with a GEAR UP staff member. We are looking forward to using this time as a productive time to inform future partnerships.
Please note, if you are in the North Country your Regional Meeting was rescheduled. New date is March 28th, 2018

GEAR UP New Hampshire Annual Meeting
Whitefield, NH
Please join us for our Annual Meeting on May 15th at the Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa. All seven schools will have the chance to reflect about how the year went, connect with schools from other regions, talk with representatives from Naviance, and work within their own advisory teams. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. RSVPs will be collected at your respective Regional Meeting. Please let your district's GEAR UP coordinator know if you plan on attending. 

NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference
Washington, D.C.
Each July, GEAR UP New Hampshire travels to NCCEP's Annual Conference as a team. This year, the conference is in Washington D.C., hosted at The Washington Hilton from July 15th-18th. You will have the opportunity to learn from experts in the field, talk to colleagues from all over the country, and have time to chat as a cohort. GEAR UP New Hampshire is happy to sponsor two professionals from each school district to attend the conference. Advisory Teams should discuss with each other and decide whom among their team should attend. They should then register those two individuals for the conference and book their travel. Then, request reimbursement for the costs and GEAR UP New Hampshire will take care of the rest. GEAR UP New Hampshire will handle all hotel accommodations in advance and send you along your confirmations. The team will also ask for the names of the two professionals you elected in June. If you would like more than 2 people to attend, they can pay for those individuals to attend out of your district's $10,000 budget.  Conference registration opens on or before April 23rd, please check NCCEP's website for updates. 
Share your GEAR UP New Hampshire Success Stories!

Are you an educator that has seen a shift in your school culture because of GEAR UP New Hampshire? Do you have a student who wants to share their GEAR UP story? Have you heard a parent who is excited about the opportunities their 7th or 8th grader has? Would you like to highlight your school for the awesome GEAR UP work you've been doing? If you answered yes to any of those questions above and want to tell us about it, we would love to hear from you! Please email MaeAnna Edwards with your stories! 

Community News

Higher Education Summit
Holiday Inn, Concord, NH
The NHCUC Higher Education Summit is the largest statewide gathering of higher education and business leaders in New Hampshire addressing critical issues facing our State.  Several guest speakers will talk about the changing higher education landscape and the benefits of a college education.  Panel discussions will address the state of higher education in New Hampshire, as well as how to align higher education with K-12.  Ted Mitchell, President of the American Council on Education (ACE) and Dr. Barbara Brittingham, President of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) highlight a star-studded agenda, which also includes our very own Corinne Cascadden.  Over 200 educators, business leaders and legislators are expected to attend the event at the Holiday Inn in Concord on Monday, March 19, 2018. 

Student Success Institute
The Puritan Backroom, Hooksett, NH
As GEAR UP professionals, it is clear that one of our main focuses is college access to low-income students in New Hampshire and all over our country- it is even in our name. We help kids fill out forms and turn them in on time, celebrate with them when acceptances come in, and we are proud when they post the first picture of them on their college campus. But what happens after the glamour of the first week wears off and college gets challenging? College retention rates are a growing concern among educators and seems to effect low-income students the most. So how do we reverse this phenomenon as educators? The Student Success Institute aims to answer those questions featuring a morning keynote from Tim Renick, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, Vice Provost, and Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University. The afternoon is a working time for college and universities in New Hampshire to draft proposals to work with one or more GEAR UP school. Please join us for the morning keynote and panel session with Tim Renick. Click here to register for the student success institute. 

Food Security Symposium
University of New Hampshire Manchester, Manchester, NH
Food Insecurity is a growing concern for college communities across the country. Hunger impacts learning outcomes and retention rates for low-income students. This symposium will convene teams from New Hampshire campuses to take action and provide the inspiration, expertise, and resources needed for higher-education institutions to create and implement hunger-related strategies. Featuring a keynote address from Professor Stephen Pimpare from University of New Hampshire Manchester, the Food Security Symposium is sure to be an informative day of work. Follow the link to register for the May 23rd event. 

Professional Development and Online Trainings

Webinars and Online Training
2018 NCCEP/GEAR UP Capacity Building Workshop
NCCEP Resource Library
April 5, 2018: From Logic Models to Impact Reporting: The Importance of Backward Design in Program Planning
May 14th, 2018: Naviance Edocs Training. Please contact Elizabeth Malia for more information. 

NCAN Webinar Archives
Issues, Challenges, and Successes for GEAR UP Programs in Rural Areas
Make Me a Match: Helping Low Income and First Generation Students Make Good College Choices
Financial Literacy for Kids
Data and Pre-Post Analyses to Examine Professional Development Effectiveness
Data Maturity: How to Keep Improving Your Approach to Data

For a list of educational conferences happening around the world, follow this link
District Leadership Institute: Note that the deadline is approaching for this opportunity. If you are interested, please email MaeAnna ASAP. 
Spring, 2018: Spring Training: Accelerating Students through the Talent Pipeline and Into Careers
April, 2018: National Partnership for Educational Access Annual Conference
July, 2018: GEAR UP Annual Conference
September, 2018: National College Access Network Conference
September, 2018: Prosperity Summit (Formerly Assets Learning Conference)

Book of the Month: Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education- Nathan D. Grawe

Attended a conference or webinar recently that you think other professionals should know about? Send to MaeAnna to include in the next newsletter!
Meet the Team
Elizabeth Malia, Projects Assistant

Elizabeth is the NH Scholars Coordinator and GEAR UP Projects Assistant for NHCUC and Campus Compact NH.  While in college, Elizabeth completed three years of AmeriCorps service through Jumpstart. Elizabeth also worked on several campaigns in New Hampshire. Prior to joining Campus Compact, Elizabeth was a Research and Policy Intern at the U.S. Department of Education, Office of the Under Secretary.
Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and a minor in Educational Studies from The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.
Partner Schools
Berlin Middle School | Claremont Middle School | Franklin Middle School | Laconia Middle School | Lisbon Regional School | Stewartstown Community School | Whitefield Elementary School

Debby Scire
Executive Director
Campus Compact for NH

Stephanie Lesperance
Project Director

Jillian Oates
Associate Project Director

Ann Tierno
Program Director
Campus Compact for NH

Mike Vlacich
NH College & University Council

Scott Power
New Hampshire Scholars

Chelsea Christiansen
National Service Coordinator
Campus Compact for NH

Elizabeth Malia
NH Scholars
Access Coordinator
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