GEAR UP West 2020

The 14th Annual GEAR UP West Conference went virtual! This daylong event, held via Zoom on October 20, 2020, was free for approximately 500 attendees spanning 30 states. It featured exciting keynote speakers and concurrent workshop sessions focused on the theme: Building Hope, Equity, and Resilience. 

>>View the Event Program for session descriptions. Watch any or all event sessions on demand by clicking on the links below. 


The Science & Theory of Hope: Creating Meaningful Pathways for Youth

Dr. Chan Hellman (OK)
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2020 & the Pandemic Brain

Greg Evans & Justin Boudreau, Seeds Training (CA)
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*Note: Due to technical difficulties with the video recording of this breakout session, the videos in the link above were done prior to GUW. The focus remains the same. 


Financial Aid Support During Remote Learning

Christina Winstead, Washington Student Achievement Council (WA)


Supporting Homeless Youth with Financial Aid

Jillian Sitjar, SchoolHouse Connection (DC) & Melinda Dyer, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (WA)
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Supporting Students via Virtual School Counseling

Brian Mathieson, Vancouver Public Schools, Sarah Pewitt, Everett HS, Lilia Hueso, Moses Lake HS, & Kim Reykdal, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (WA)


Undocumented & Underserved: Learning How to Best Support Undocumented Students & Families

Alejandra Pérez & Daniela Murguia, Washington Dream Coalition (WA)


Creating Trauma-Responsive Schools that Foster Resilient Environments for Youth & Adults

 Lara Kain (CA)
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Beyond the Bubble Bath: The Importance of Self & Collective Care for Educators

Lara Kain (CA)
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*Note: Due to technical difficulties with the video recording of this breakout session, the video in the link above was done prior to GUW. The session content remains the same. 


Campus Visits Go Virtual: Strategies, Lessons & Resources to Take Your Tours Online

Annie Pocklington, Washington Student Achievement Council (WA), & Lyndsey Howe & Latrell Armstrong, FOCUS Training (WI)
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Creative Ways to Engage Students During Virtual Learning

Hong-Yen Chau & Kristen Yip, GEAR UP Achievers (WA)
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How to Be TikTok Trendy

Dalton Allen, KU GEAR UP Topeka, & Laura Kingston, KU Center for Educational Opportunity Programs (KS)


The Three E's of Virtual Student Engagement

Nina Stemm, Vancouver Public Schools (WA) & Michael Benko, Student Success Agency (TX)


Virtual Career Expo: Improving Equity, Connecting Communities, & Increasing PSE Awareness

Alex Holmes, William Markham, Ayanna Wheeler, & Jami Henson, K20 Center for Educational & Community Renewal (OK)