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This 7th Grade Campus Visit professional development focuses on providing an opportunity for students to tour a college campus and learn about different facets of college life. Students will participate in a learning activity to familiarize themselves with college degrees and other postsecondary education... Read more »

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Time Frame 30-45 minutes

This 9th Grade Campus Visit Activity focuses on increasing students’ postsecondary education (PSE) awareness and preparation. Participants will recognize the factors that influence the accessibility of PSE options, identify solutions for funding PSE, and create actionable steps for increasing their... Read more »

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This campus visit lesson focuses on identifying and mitigating obstacles to postsecondary education. Student participants will have an opportunity to discuss why they should want to go to college and what could potentially prevent them from going. They will then explore some of the critical careers... Read more »

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Students will explore the many options offered by colleges and universities across the United States. Students will also learn what documents and preparation are required for the college application process. Read more »

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Time Frame 120-180 session(s)

Through small-group activities and discussions, students will be exposed to a variety of careers, along with their average salaries and post-secondary requirements. Students will also be asked to brainstorm possible fears or concerns that high school students have concerning college. Then, students... Read more »

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Time Frame 50-60 session(s)

Students explore the top 10 benefits of continuing their education after high school through an interactive overview.  Students are given a brief introduction into the seven year GEAR UP grant and take a class photo.  Students also participate in student stations that include:  a note to their future... Read more »

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Time Frame 45-60 session(s)

This activity is a classroom version of the GEAR UP Student Kickoff assembly which can be found on this site at: Gear UP Student Kickoff-Assembly Version. The link can be found below. School sites participating in the GEAR UP grant can choose how they share the grant information to students. Both... Read more »

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Time Frame 40-60 session(s)

The High School GEAR UP Kickoff activity will focus on postsecondary benefits, options, and terminology. This activity will also explain how the GEAR UP grant will help students reach their college and career goals. Students will create a goal for what they can do in high school to increase their preparedness... Read more »

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This lesson is to be used after students have reached the point in an application process that calls for a letter of recommendation. However, it can also be used to generate a generic recommendation letter that can later be revised for a specific purpose. Read more »

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Time Frame 60-120 session(s)

Students engage in activities that explore the characteristics of good college admission/scholarship essays. Then, using the list generated, they create a personal outline for a college admissions essay. Read more »

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Time Frame 60-120 session(s)