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2017 Institute for a College-Going Commonwealth Coming June 8-9

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2017 Institute for a College-Going Commonwealth Coming June 8-9

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Mark your calendar to join us June 8 – 9, 2017 for the culminating statewide event of the GEAR UP Kentucky project! The 2017 Institute for a College-Going Commonwealth at Holiday Inn University Plaza & Sloan Convention Center will bring together the diverse voices and perspectives of GEAR UP students and their key influencers for an exciting statewide college and career readiness celebration!  Up to 500 attendees including students, parents and education professionals will explore strategies that support academic, financial, cultural, social and emotional readiness for postsecondary education for all students. This two-day FREE professional development event will explore the themes of relevance, readiness, and resilience in student success.

While we are still in the planning and development process, we are excited to announce several state leaders and national experts already on board to join us in June:


Dr. Deborah Gilboa  , better known as “Dr. G”, is a nationally-recognized parenting and youth development expert () , author of the book “Getting the Behavior You Want Without Becoming the Parent You Hate“, and GEAR UP Kentucky partner ( . She is passionate about shifting our roles as parents, teachers and being a kid in today’s world. It’s time for adults to step-back so kids can step-up! Dr. G’s passion for mentoring kids with character makes her a popular family physician, media personality, author, speaker and social influencer. A parent of four boys, she inspires adults and kids with actionable tools to develop life skills in children ages 2-22.





Dr. Aaron Thompson currently serves as the board chair for the National Council for Community & Education Partnerships (NCCEP), the interim president of Kentucky State University, the Executive Vice President of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, and a nationally recognized scholar and speaker in the areas of education attainment and academic success. He has given more than 800 workshops, seminars, and invited lectures to educational institutions (elementary, secondary, and postsecondary), corporations, non-profit organizations, police departments, and other governmental agencies. He is the co-author of several books including college textbooks Thriving in College and Beyond: Research-Based Strategies for Academic Success and Personal Development
and Diversity and the College Experience.




 Founded in 2012, by the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team is a self-selected group of more than 100 middle school, high school, and college students across Kentucky that advocate for including student voices into education to improve schools, inform policy, and increase educational opportunities for all students. To further investigate the findings of their 2015 report “Uncovering the Tripwires to Postsecondary Education,” the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team partnered with GEAR UP Kentucky to dig deeper into the tripwire they call “College UnReadiness” throughout the 2016-17 school year. Student Voice Team members will team up with GEAR UP students to present their new report “Ready or Not?” for the first time publicly at this event. This report combines quantitative and qualitative data gathered from student surveys and interviews of hundreds of Kentucky high school seniors and college freshman and offers an authentic student perspective about the non-academic, unmeasured, and oftentimes unacknowledged characteristics that students need to be truly ready for postsecondary education after high school.




Seeds Training has more than 22 years of experience in youth training in education and leads the National Council for Community & Education Partnerships Youth Leadership Summit each year. The #1 provider of youth training worldwide, this dynamic group trains more than 1 million students per year and has provided professional development for more than 50,000 teachers. They create powerful learning experiences by using methodologies such as brain-based learning (developing learning capacity), social and emotional learning (building empathy and emotional intelligence), and experiential learning (game-based simulations for learning) to help students build skills like communication, resiliency, creative problem-solving and public speaking. For teachers, Seeds Training focused on making life easier by translating well-known theories like differentiated learning and state
management into tactical skills they can deploy immediately in the classroom.




Dr. Zyromski is co-founder and co-chair of the national Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference  and Assistant Professor in Counselor Education at The Ohio State University. He is the author of Facilitating Evidence-Based, Data-Driven School Counseling: A Manual for Practice and is involved with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) as a national reviewer and trainer, has published over a dozen articles related to school counseling issues, and has delivered over 55 international, national, regional, and local presentations.  He has trained numerous school districts, including Chicago Public Schools, on evolving school counseling programs to evidence-based,
data-driven, comprehensive school counseling programs and was recognized as the 2015 Kentucky School Counselor Association Outstanding Post-secondary Counselor. Dr. Zyromski was a key contributor and facilitator at our 2015 GEAR UP Kentucky School Counseling and Advising Institute and is excited to return to Kentucky to help continue the conversation about evidence-based school counseling and its role in student success.

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