Information and Resources for Educators

We are happy to announce cIcu's NYGEAR UP Summer Webinar Series and invite you to view any of the recorded presentations listed below. 

If you have any problems viewing the content below or have suggestions for a future PD webinar, please email outreach@cicu.org.

       View flyer for more information and webinar descriptions 


July 13 (Wed.) | 9:00 – 10:00am | Increasing Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity to Diversity

   Carol Dahir, Ed.D., Professor and Chair, School Counseling Department, NYIT

   Webinar Recording: https://vimeo.com/174525404

   PowerPoint: http://goo.gl/m6VNkA

   Evaluation: http://svy.mk/29q11Aa


July 14 (Thurs.) | 10:00 – 11:00am | Rising to the Challenge: College and Career Readiness for All!

   Carol Dahir, Ed.D., Professor and Chair, School Counseling Department, NYIT

   Webinar Recording: https://vimeo.com/174695272#t=196s

   PowerPoint: http://bit.ly/2acvn7d 

   Evaluation: http://svy.mk/29vS1s7


July 15 (Fri.) | 9:00 – 10:00am | Routine for Learning

   Phyllis A H Breland, M.Ed., Director, Opportunity Programs, Hamilton College

   Webinar Recording: https://vimeo.com/174822414

   PowerPoint: http://bit.ly/2b2fRd4

   Handout: Time Management Worksheet in Hours – view

Time Management Worksheet in Quarters – view

   Evaluation: http://svy.mk/29HE75I


July 25 (Mon.) | 9:00 – 10:00am | Creating A College-Going Culture

   Carol Dahir, Ed.D., Professor and Chair, School Counseling Department, NYIT

   Webinar Recording: https://vimeo.com/176207270

   PowerPoint: coming soon 

   Evaluation: http://svy.mk/29UM7AV


July 26 (Tues.) | 9:00 – 10:00am | Where are You in Implementation of a Comprehensive School Counseling Program?

   Carol Dahir, Ed.D., Professor and Chair, School Counseling Department, NYIT

   Webinar Recording: https://vimeo.com/176320253#t=NaNs   

   PowerPoint: http://bit.ly/2a45zaS 

   Handouts: The ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success- K-12 College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Every Student – view

  Mapping Comprehensive School Counseling Program ASCA/NYSSCA Model – view

    Evaluation: http://svy.mk/2a9tiIQ


July 27 (Wed.) | 10:00 – 11:00am | The Importance of Early College and Career Awareness: A Curriculum

   Susan Nesbitt Perez, Vice President, Outreach and Financial Aid, Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities

   Webinar Recording: https://vimeo.com/176471837#t=NaNs  

   PowerPoint: http://bit.ly/2aampVs

   Handouts: cIcu NYGEAR UP 8th Grade Curriculum Instructor Guide and Student Workbook – view

   Evaluation: http://svy.mk/2awgm2e


July 29 (Fri.) | 2:00 – 2:30pm | Connecting Students to STEM Opportunities 

   Nyoka Joseph, Academic Counselor, Pre-Collegiate Program, Academic Success and Enrichment Program, Program, Barnard College

   Webinar Recording: https://vimeo.com/176784868#t=13s 

   PowerPoint: http://bit.ly/2aECJze 

   Evaluation: http://svy.mk/2cnWwlL


August 2 (Tues.) | 10:00 – 11:00am | Financial Aid Counseling 101 – Basics Your Students and Parents Need to Know

   LaSonya Griggs, Director of Financial Aid, Tompkins Cortland Community College

   Webinar Recording: https://vimeo.com/177245203#t=46s 

   PowerPoint: http://bit.ly/2avfFUR 

   Evaluation: http://svy.mk/2at0An1    


August 9 (Tues.) | 10:00 – 10:30am | Why 9th Grade is Important for College-Bound Students

   Katie Szalda, Director of Admissions, Siena College

   Webinar Recording: https://vimeo.com/178197387#t=49s 

   PowerPoint: coming soon

   Evaluation: http://svy.mk/2aivAbA


What is GEAR UP?

GEAR UP = An acronym for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs

  • A competitive federal grant program through the U.S. Education Department (USED) program since 1998
  • 6- or 7-year grants to local partnerships or to states to offer support services to students in high-poverty areas
  • Intent: Increase number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education
  • GEAR UP must serve at least one grade level of students, beginning no later than the 7th grade, and follow them through high school graduation (6-year grant) or through first year in college (7-year grant)


Federal GEAR UP Goals

  • Provides: Critical early college awareness and support activities like tutoring, mentoring, academic support, enrichment programs, financial literacy information, college awareness
  • Mandates: Cooperation among K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, local and state education entities, businesses and community- based organization to foster sustained, systemic change in middle and high schools
  • Leverages: Local resources to match the federal investment dollar for dollar. Matching funds may be in cash, in-kind services or donation and must directly support the services required by the project


NYGEAR UP Local Partnership Sites’ Required Activities

  • Annual consent form signed by parent/guardian
  • Annual orientation for students
  • Tutoring/homework assistance
  • Mentoring/Counseling
  • College Tours
  • SAT prep
  • Collaborate with State Partners (e.g., providing ReadiStep in 9th grade; PSAT/NMSQT, Non-Cognitive Skills Curriculum, Parent Engagement workshops and engagement plan; PD for teachers, counselors, administrators)
  • Site Advisory Committee (minimum members: 1 site coordinator, principal, teacher, parent/guardian, executive from lead organization, business leader)


cIcu as State Partner: Proposed Services

  • Facilitating Campus Visits
  • Regional Institutions’ Advisory Group (RIAG)