2017 NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference

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Education Northwest researchers will be presenting two sessions at the 2017 NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference in San Francisco:

Making the Case Your GEAR UP Program Works: Promising Practices and Pitfalls

Session Day and Time: Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Presenters: Lauren Bates and Michelle Hodara, Education Northwest

Rigorous, well-implemented evaluations can help make the case that GEAR UP programs work and support their improvement, growth, and sustainability. In this session, we will introduce promising practices for planning and conducting a rigorous GEAR UP evaluation and share strategies to address common evaluation pitfalls. Participants will reflect on and clarify the goals and purposes of their existing evaluation, discuss rigorous program evaluation methods, and review exemplars of effective ways to present evaluation results. Participants will create and leave the session with next steps to improve their existing evaluations. No prior evaluation experience is required for this session.

Social Belonging and Student Success: Research and Promising Strategies

Session Day and Time: Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 2:00 -3:15 p.m.
Presenter: Lauren Bates, Education Northwest

A strong sense of social belonging (feeling valued and accepted by others) has been linked to many aspects of student success, including physical and mental health, academic achievement, and persistence. There is evidence to suggest belonging may be particularly critical for economically disadvantaged and first-generation college students. Social belonging is a promising “lever” for improving student outcomes and reducing inequities. We begin by introducing the research linking social belonging to positive outcomes. We then explore strategies to promote social belonging that can be adapted for participants’ contexts. This interactive session is designed for GEAR UP program staff and other educators.