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GEAR UP Educator Development Initiative

OMA&D’s GEAR UP Educator Development Initiative program concluded in 2017. These web pages are for historical purposes only. For information on Washington State’s GEAR UP grant, visit Washington GEAR UP. If you’re looking for OMA&D’s RISE UP GEAR UP program that serves the Yakima and Skagit Valleys, visit

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The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs Educator Development Initiative (GEAR UP EDI) fosters college awareness and readiness for low-income middle and high school students by providing a variety of programs targeted to educators.

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Our Mission

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GEAR UP EDI offers professional development to educators who serve GEAR UP students and their families.

Our PartnersOur Partners »

Awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, the grant is administered by the Washington Student Achievement Council in partnership with several organizations.


Who We ServeWho We Serve »

GEAR UP EDI serves 8,000 students in 33 schools and 27 school districts throughout Washington state.


Educator and Student ProgramsEducator and Student Programs »

GEAR UP EDI workshops are designed to encourage dialogue and collaboration among middle, high school, and post-secondary faculty and staff.