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Action Item
DATE: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
TO: School Board Members
FROM: Jeff Eakins, Superintendent
Approve the Renewal of the Memorandum of Agreement with the University of South Florida (USF) for the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP): Project Securing College/Career Opportunities Through Rigor in Education (SCORE) Grant (Office of Teaching and Learning)
The purpose of GEAR UP: Project SCORE is to increase early college awareness among targeted students from the GEAR UP sites (East Bay High School and Spoto High School) in Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) by expanding services and enhancing resources to serve students, educators, and as a result, schools as a whole via its proposed project.  This is year four of the six-year grant.

The partnership with USF will include: campus tours and events, guest speakers, off-campus workshops for parents and students on college awareness topics, and assisting the HCPS GEAR UP team with professional development opportunities for teachers.
• Improve the high school graduation rate • Provide a student-centered learning environment that engages every child • Develop a culture of respect, trust, and collaboration • Engage and communicate with families and stakeholders
Funds in the amount of $20,000 will be available from the GEAR UP: Project SCORE Grant, Project #3381.  As of November 7, 2017, the remaining balance less encumbrances for this line item equaled $92,129.
Performance data is provided annually to the Florida Department of Education through an Annual Performance Review (APR) by the Office of Assessment and Accountability.  The latest APR was submitted in April of 2017, which provided an overview of participants and activities for GEAR UP sites for the year 2015/2016.  Highlights of the APR included promotion rates exceeding the 85 percent target rate and was over 90 percent at the grant sites.  Future APRs will be completed with support of an external evaluator that will review and analyze the grant cohort.  The analysis will include: college visits, mentoring, financial aid, leadership workshops, and professional development.
SUBMITTED BY:  Deborah Cook, Chief Academic Officer, Office of Teaching and Learning
Eric Bergholm, General Director, Advanced Academics
Gretchen Saunders   Dr. Alberto Vázquez
Chief Business Officer
(813) 272-4270
  Chief of Staff
(813) 272-4986
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Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida) * Mtg.#20171205_824 (Board Meeting) * Section C Item# 6.14