Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

GEAR UP EDI Educator Summer Institute

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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GEAR UP Educator Development Initiative (EDI) is offering Educator Summer Institutes in June and July. Participants must be from Washington State GEAR UP partner schools.

Locally Grown: College-Going Culture in Rural Washington

June 26 – 29, 2017

University of Washington Campus

In the State of Washington on-time rural high school graduation rates are high. Yet, college enrollment and completion remains a challenge.

This institute will focus on current research on rural education and the unique task of creating a college-going culture in Washington’s small towns and rural communities. Multiple approaches and models will be presented on effective, innovative, and creative strategies that are working in schools across the state. You and your school team will leave with strategies and plans to bring back to your classrooms and communities.


  • Innovative classroom curricula to support college & career planning
  • Best practices for family-school partnerships
  • Strategies to partner with local businesses & programs
  • Avenues to increase rigor in the classroom and in school offerings
  • Creative approaches to providing academic supports for students

Difference, Diversity & Dialogue in Our Schools

July 10 – July 13, 2017

University of Washington Campus

Students and families served by Washington’s postsecondary schools are increasingly diverse. Colleges are incorporating more cultural competency activities in their freshman orientations. Employers are seeking individuals who can work effectively in diverse teams.  Today more than ever, educators need to be skilled in working across cultures and also develop students’ ability to do the same.

This institute will include multiple opportunities to increase your cultural knowledge.  You will learn more about the cultural history of communities in Washington State. Outside speakers— including community leaders, academic researchers, and students and families—will present about their cultural traditions and current issues facing their communities.  You will develop cross-cultural skills that can have a positive impact on instruction, engagement, and educational outcomes.


  • Strategies to build on the cultural assets students bring to your classrooms and schools
  • Ideas to create a welcoming environment in your classroom and school
  • Curricula to teach cultural appreciation and sensitivity to students
  • Opportunities to learn how other fields, such as healthcare, have identified best practices to serve diverse populations

To apply please contact Roseann London, Director, GEAR UP EDI,, 206-221-5306.