The curricula that will be presented at this site were first developed in summer 2000 during professional development workshops hosted by the RI Office of Higher Education through a federal GEAR-UP grant intended to provide professional development workshops to teachers, media specialists, counselors, administrators, public librarians, and access agency staff. The purpose of the curriculum units was to convey the importance of early college awareness, academic and financial planning, career interest clarification, and high academic expectations to middle and high school students. In all, seventy-seven educators from Central Falls, East Providence, Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, West Warwick, and Woonsocket participated in the program. Under the supervision of Dr. Murray Finley and Ms. Ellen Weaver Paquette of Rhode Island College, the participants in the workshop designed lesson plans and instructional units complementary to their districts' overall missions and curricula. Two of these units are presented below, along with a GEAR-UP Teacher Survey and several professional articles.
Ground: A Newsletter of the Project to Improve Achievement in High Poverty
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