Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

March 20, 2013

OMA&D Programs Host Workshop at Neah Bay High School

Neah Bay sign_webThe UW GEAR UP Educator Development Initiative (EDI) partnered with OMA&D Recruitment and Outreach, OMA&D Tribal Relations and the UW College of Education to host a day-long workshop for middle and high school teachers at Neah Bay High School in Neah Bay, Wash., Feb. 27.

The workshop, “Preparing GEAR UP Students for Rigor & Academic Success,” provided information to educators about the common core state standards (CCSS) in English language arts, as well as tips about college admissions, financial aid and preparation.

Ross Braine, OMA&D tribal liaison, with Gwyn Prater, graduate specialist for the Neah Bay GEAR UP program.

Ross Braine, OMA&D tribal relations liaison, with Gwyn Prater, ready graduation specialist for the Neah Bay GEAR UP program.

Roseann London, GEAR UP EDI director and Lorena Guillen, UW doctoral student in curriculum and instruction, teamed up to present the vision of the CCSS initiative and its alignment with GEAR UP objectives. Tommy Segundo, OMA&D outreach and admissions counselor and American Indian/Alaska Native recruitment coordinator, led a discussion about increasing teachers’ “college knowledge,” while OMA&D tribal relations liaison Ross Braine shared information about Native-focused resources available at the University of Washington campus.

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) EDI provides year-round professional development and training for school leaders, counselors, teachers, administrators and other GEAR UP professionals to enhance their efforts in preparing low-income students to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

Neah Bay High School, in the Cape Flattery School District, is a Washington GEAR UP school.