Resources for Institutions
During Summer 2021, middle school students from Bath, Fleming, Mason and Robertson counties gathered at Maysville Community & Technical College to attend the GEAR UP Kentucky Jr. STEM Summer Academy – at no cost to them. There, they expanded their knowledge of the uses of the Texas Instruments TI-Nspire technology provided by GUK to their schools – and they also made new friends and had a lot of fun!
GEAR UP Kentucky in School Districts
GEAR UP Kentucky (GUK) is providing services to middle and high school students in the following school districts: Bath County, Bourbon County, Bracken County, Covington Independent, Fleming County, Frankfort Independent, Marion County, Mason County, Mercer County, Paris Independent, Pendleton County, and Robertson County.
To expand engagement and capacity to support student success and increase the academic performance of GEAR UP students, GUK focuses its school support services on providing instructional resources and professional development for school and district professionals. These services include the following:
Professional Development | GUK provides an annual allowance for schools to participate in professional development opportunities aligned with their unique needs and GUK goals.
Leadership Development | GUK sponsors two superintendents annually to participate in the 10-month NCCEP District Leadership Institute.
Peer Learning | GUK school and district professionals are provided free registration and lodging for the annual, GUK-hosted Institute for a College-Going Culture. The Institute is designed to equip key influencers to support postsecondary student success through hearing from national, state and local thought leaders; participating in interactive breakout sessions; and engaging in peer learning and discussion across education sectors.
Assessments | GUK offers the CERT (College Equipped Readiness Tool) college readiness assessment and intervention for use in GUK schools, along with ongoing CERT assistance and training to school and district staff.
Technology | GUK has provided Texas Instruments TI-Nspire technology for math and science classrooms to GUK school districts, along with in-classroom coaching and other training opportunities to support implementation.
GEAR UP Kentucky at Postsecondary Institutions
GEAR UP Kentucky is partnering with nine public colleges and universities to provide services and support to GEAR UP Kentucky high school graduates (GEAR UP Scholars) during their first year of study. The nine partner institutions are: Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Eastern Kentucky University, Elizabethtown Community & Technical College, Gateway Community & Technical College, Kentucky State University, Maysville Community & Technical College, Morehead State University, Northern Kentucky University, and University of Kentucky.