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College Awareness Publications

Resource Title: ACT Explore Program Guide

Description and Uses: ACT's EXPLORE Program is a comprehensive operation designed to help eighth and ninth grade students explore the opportunities that are available in high school and beyond. EXPLORE provides tools that assess the academic progress of students. In addition, the program assists students in developing a high school coursework plan and also helps them to understand and begin to explore career interests. GEAR UP coordinators and middle school counselors can use EXPLORE as a tool to develop student workshop curriculum or as an independent program.

How to Order: ACT Customer Service. PO Box 1008. Iowa City, IA. (800) 498-6065.

ACT Explore Program Guide

Resource Title: Career and College Planning Guide 2004-2005

Description and Uses: The San Mateo County Office of Education produced this comprehensive student guide for career and college planning. A four-year planning calendar is also included, as is information on financial aid. Although this guide is designed primarily for high school students, the topics can be easily adapted to the middle school audience. The publication can be used by GEAR UP coordinators as a guide for developing student and parent workshops.

How to Order: San Mateo County Office of Education. 101 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA. (650) 802-5422. Website: http://www.smcoe.k12.ca.us/.

Career and College Planning Student Guide 2001-2002

Resource Title: Charting Your Future: A Guide to High School for Middle School Students and their Families

Description and Uses: This guide provides middle school students with the important information needed to prepare for success in high school and beyond. The workbook format is perfect for use in a classroom environment. The activities can be easily used in a workshop format and will provide students with a useful planning tool upon completion.

How to Order: San Mateo County Office of Education. 101 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA. (650) 802-5422. Website: http://www.smcoe.k12.ca.us.


Resource Title: College Bound Magazine

Description and Uses: Although College Bound is a publication targeted to high school students, the articles and accompanying websites of the College Bound Network serve as a great reference and information source for those who create student workshops. The material featured is current and accurate and is geared toward a California audience.

How to Order: The College Bound Network. 1200 South Avenue, Suite 202. Staten Island, NY. (718) 761-4800. (Organizations can receive free copies). Website: http://www.collegebound.net/college/.

College Bound Magazine

Resource Title: College and Your Middle-School Child

Description and Uses: This booklet asks and gives answers to questions middle school parents may have about college. It also gives basic, easy-to-read information about classes and other tasks a student can complete to help get ready for college. Parents can use this resource to help their children start preparing for college.

How to Order: Channing L Bete Co. South Deerfield, MA. (800) 477-4776. E-mail: custsvcs@channing-bete.com. Item 74678A0499. Website: http://www.channing-bete.com.

College and Your Middle-School Child

Resource Title: College Is In My Future: Self Awareness, Study Skills, College Success

Description and Uses: This 6-8th grade college awareness curriculum includes a teacher's manual, three student workbooks, presentation transparencies and student handouts. The curriculum uses a five-day lesson plan format. All materials are available in both English and Spanish. GEAR UP coordinators who are looking for a comprehensive college awareness curriculum may want to incorporate this well thought-out curriculum into their current programs.

How to Order: University of California, Santa Cruz. Educational Partnership Center and GEAR-UP. 3004 Mission Street, Suite 220. Santa Cruz, CA. (831) 460-3000.

 

Resource Title: College: Making It Happen. Everyone Deserves an Education

Description and Uses: The College: Making It Happen resource, available in both English and Spanish, contains a guide for middle school parents and counselors, an academic planning booklet called "Future," a "Parents are Teachers Too" booklet that features a checklist of things that parents can do at home to encourage family involvement, and a booklet explaining the Family-School Partnership Act. GEAR UP coordinators and middle school counselors can use the material during parent workshops, and they can also encourage parents to review and actively use the content at home as a reference tool.

How to Order: California Education Roundtable Intersegmental Coordinating Committee and California Postsecondary Education Commission. 560 J Street, Suite 390. Sacramento, CA. (916) 324-8593. Website: http://www.certicc.org/OrderPublications.aspx/OrderPublications.aspx.

College: Making It Happen. Everyone Deserves an Education

Resource Title: CollegeEd — College is for You

Description and Uses: CollegeEd is a new College Board curriculum designed specifically for seventh grade students. This 12-week college preparation course was developed by a team of College Board staff, classroom teachers, school counselors and principals. CollegeEd includes a student workbook and a detailed teacher's manual. Teachers can integrate these activities into existing classes, and GEAR UP coordinators can use the information for student and parent workshops.

How to Order: College Board Western Regional Office. 2099 Gateway Place, Suite 480. San Jose, CA. (408) 452-1400. E-mail: WRO@collegeboard.org. Website: http://www.collegeboard.org.

CollegeEd - College is for You

Resource Title: Directory of Trio Programs 2007

Description and Uses: This directory provides contact information for all of the TRIO programs in the United States. Middle school parents can use this resource to help identify the type of TRIO programs that exist at the various high schools under consideration. Parents may even decide upon a particular high school based on the type of "additional" support their child might receive from the specific TRIO program(s) offered at a given high school. GEAR UP coordinators can use this resource to network and establish collaborative/intersegmental program objectives. Counselors can likewise use this resource to assist matriculating students with the transitions between middle and high school, then high school and college by establishing support networks among the various programs (i.e., Talent Search to Upward Bound to Student Support services).

How to Order: Council for Opportunity in Education. 1025 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 900. Washington DC. (202) 347-7430. Website: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/index.html#programs.

Directory of TRIO Programs 2000-2001

Resource Title: The Elements of Learning

Description and Uses: This book outlines the qualities a student needs to be academically successful. GEAR UP coordinators can use the publication with high school students in a study group before school, during lunch or after school or in an independent workshop on how students learn. It can also be used by college preparation teachers as a textbook for class to help students gain insight and a better understanding of the characteristics that can lead to a successful college career.

How to Order: Yale University Press. New Haven & London. ISBN 0300084528. Website: http://www.yalebooks.co.uk/yale/display.asp?K=9780300084528&search_text=elements+of+learning&sort=SORT_DATE%2FD&search_field=KEYWORD&x=0&y=0&m=4&dc=5.

The Elements of Learning

Resource Title: Get with the Program

Description and Uses: This resource is intended to inform and encourage students to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses. The publication can be used by teachers and GEAR UP coordinators to help middle school students begin to plan their high school careers and prepare for college and the pursuit of college credits.

How to Order: College Board Western Regional Office. 2099 Gateway Place, Suite 480. San Jose, CA. (408) 452-1400. E-mail: WRO@collegeboard.org. Website: http://www.collegeboard.org.

Get with the Program

Resource Title: Helpful World Wide Web Sites for College-Bound Student and Parent

Description and Uses: This book identifies websites that may be useful to college-bound students. GEAR UP coordinators can use this resource for personal research and to find information on a range of topics related to college exploration and financial aid, for example. This book can also be used by classroom teachers when conducting college research sessions in a computer lab. A lesson plan to consider could involve using the book to teach students how to gather information from a website.

How to Order: College Board Western Regional Office. 2099 Gateway Place, Suite 480. San Jose, CA. (408) 452-1400. E-mail: WRO@collegeboard.org. Website: http://www.collegeboard.org.

Helpful World Wide Web Sites for College-Bound Student and Parent

Resource Title: Increasing Access to College: Extending Possibilities for All Students

Description and Uses: This book examines pre-college enrichment programs that offer a specific and immediate remedy to increasing the access of underrepresented students to college. The resource outlines a model of college preparation program effectiveness. Use it as a reference for developing workshops/seminars on such topics as 1) The Landscape of College Access, 2) The Real World of College Preparation Programs, 3) Making Schools to College Programs Work, 4) Parental Guidance, and 5) Evaluating College Preparation. This book is an excellent reference tool for those interested in developing effective college preparation programs or for those who are looking for a model for program development and evaluation. It can also be used to evaluate existing and future college preparation programs.

How to Order: State University of New York Press. c/o CUP Services. PO Box 6525. Ithaca, NY. (607) 277-2211. E-mail: orderbook@cupserv.org. ISBN 0791453642. Website: http://www.sunypress.edu. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

Increasing Access to College: Extending Possibilities for All Students

Resource Title: Kaplan Parent's Guide to College Admission: A Comprehensive Overview of What Parents Need to Know

Description and Uses: This book explains the importance and implication of the classes students must take in middle school to effectively prepare for college. Middle school parents can use this book as a guide to understanding their role in preparing their child for college. Parents can also use the book as a guide to understanding the academic demands and challenges their child must face and master in high school in preparation for a successful college career.

How to Order: Kaplan. 16 Cooper Square. New York, NY. (800) KAP-ITEM. ISBN 0684841746. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

Kaplan Parent's Guide to College Admission: A Comprehensive Overview of What Parents Need to Know

Resource Title: The Kids' College Almanac: A First Look at College

Description and Uses: This resource was written specifically for middle school students and should be available in every middle school classroom as it is an exemplary college preparation tool. The book answers a multitude of student questions like, "Have you ever thought about whether college might be a part of your future? Have you ever wondered what college is exactly? Should I go someday? What could I learn there? How do I get in?" This book may be used to answer questions about college and/or as a reference text for a mini-course on college preparation.

How to Order: Jist Works. 8902 Otis Avenue. Indianapolis, IN. (800) 648-JIST. ISBN 1563707306. Website: http://www.jist.com. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

The Kids' College Almanac: A First Look at College

Resource Title: Reservation for College

Description and Uses: Reservation for College, a college-preparatory curriculum, is designed to motivate and acquaint 4-6th grade students with the college-going process. The curriculum is organized into 10 lesson plans aligned with California State Standards and provides GEAR UP educators with an additional resource for integrating a college curriculum into the classroom. This is an excellent addition to any GEAR UP program library.

How to Order: University of California, Davis. School/University Partnerships, Davis, CA. (530) 754-6977.

 

Resource Title: San Jose State University College Bound Series

Description and Uses: This resource is primarily geared toward high school students; however, it can be used by middle school counselors and GEAR UP coordinators to promote educational opportunities available through the California State University (CSU) system. GEAR UP coordinators can use this as a workshop development resource.

How to Order: Enrollment Services. San Jose State University. One Washington Square. San Jose, CA.

San Jose State University College Bound Series

Resource Title: Think College? Me? Now? A Handbook for Students in Middle School and Junior High School

Description and Uses: This colorful, easy-to-read handbook gives tips and information on how to make college a dream come true. Counselors can use this resource to introduce middle school students to college. Students can use this resource to answer questions about college (i.e., What are the different types of colleges? How does one pay for college? What high school courses need to be taken to prepare? What jobs can be obtained afterward?) Counselors may wish to use this resource to introduce middle school students to college.

How to Order: United States Department of Education. Partnership for Family Involvement in Education. Washington, DC (877) 433-7827. ISBN 0160495784. Website: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/CollegeMeNow/index.html.

Think College? Me? Now? A Handbook for Students in Middle School and Junior High School

Resource Title: Un Folleto Para Padres de Estudiantes Preuniversitarios

Description and Uses: This booklet is for use by parents of middle school children. The publication explains the eligibility requirements for college and offers other information on financial aid, useful web resources, and more.

How to Order: Woodburn Press. PO Box 153. Dayton, OH. (888) 285-1502. Website: http://www.woodburnpress.com.

Un Folleto Para Padres de Estudiantes Preuniversitarios

Resource Title: University of California Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) Folder

Description and Uses: This University of California resource provides general higher education and college preparation information. GEAR UP coordinators can use this material to inform students about college preparation courses and university-level expectations for admissions.

How to Order: UC Office of the President. 1111 Franklin Street, 9th Floor. Oakland, CA. Website: http://www.eaop.org/.

University of California Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) Folder

Resource Title: Yes, You Can

Description and Uses: This family-friendly resource explains how to develop mentor programs and how to obtain information about mentorship programs. This book can help practitioners develop ideas for useful models of mentorship and identifies potential funding sources.

How to Order: United States Department of Education. Partnership for Family Involvement in Education. Washington, DC (877) 433-7827. Website: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/YesYouCan/.

Yes, You Can



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