Introduction to Curricula

Developed Through Project GEAR UP

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.
Participants at the Rhode Island Office of Higher Education's 
GEAR-UP Professional Development Workshop, summer 2000


Planning for the Future: Career & College Choices
A Computer Workshop for Parents and Students
   --by Anne McLaughlin, West Warwick Public Library

Career Exploration
   --by Kathy Campopiano, Nathan Bishop Middle School

Teacher Survey
The GEAR-UP Teacher Survey is a series of questions that will be especially useful for courses, workshops, and focus groups.  The questions cover a variety of topics, including curriculum and instruction approaches, knowledge of college programs, costs, and financial aid opportunities, students and parents, and much more.


professional articleGaining Ground: A Newsletter of the Project to Improve Achievement in High Poverty Schools
    Courtesy of The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), February 2000
professional articleFinancial Aid Is Not Enough: Improving the Odds of College Success
    Courtesy of The College Board, Summer 1998
professional articleToward Resiliency: At-Risk Students Who Make It to College
    The Office of Educational Research and Improvement, May 1998
professional articlePostsecondary Education: Student Success, Not Just Access
    Courtesy of The College Board, 1998

  For more articles, click here


Other Sections:
Teacher Resources Home Page
Introduction to Curricula
Announcements of Professional
State GEAR-UP links
Email Questions or Comments
Development Opportunities

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Website Developed in November 2000 by Nancy Carriuolo and maintained by Michol Stout
Site last updated December 2000