GEAR UP Maine Bulletin
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November, 2015


GEAR UP Maine staff

Here is what we have included this month

Grant Requirements- Must do's and To do's

  • 21st Century Certificates
  • Match Deadline
  • Finalize Year 2 Plan
Bulletin Highlights
  • College Application Month #AspireHigherMaine
  • Building Bright Futures CAT conference schedule
  • GEAR Up Maine staff spotlight: Corda Ladd Kinzie
  • Partner Spotlight: MaineCAN
  • Last chance (Deadline December 14th) to sign your students up for the free pilot of 
  • Summer Experience- Know of one? Contact us!
 Check out our public facing website here for the following information
  • GEAR UP Maine Partners
  • Parent and Student resources
  • Upcoming public events (our GEAR UP Maine Calendar)
  • News and resources
  • Family and school engagement article by Corda Kinzie

Share your GEAR UP successes and challenges with us to share in Bulletins to come! Email

The GEAR UP  Maine Staff

CAT team Must Do's
November Must Do's

College Access Teams:
  • Finalize Year 2 plan with Regional Facilitator by December 5th
  • Year 1 grant funds must be expended  by December 31, 2015
Invoicing Staff/Business Manager:
  • Partner Match form completed, signed, and emailed to by November 28th.
  • Identify and prepare documentation for quarterly In-kind/Match, due December 5th in GEM
December Must Do's

CAT leads
  • Student Representative Contact Information (see your Regional Facilitator) 
  • Year 2 plan with Regional Facilitator by December 5th
  • Year 1 grant funds must be expended  by December 31, 2015
Invoicers/ Business Managers
  • Match due December 5th
  • Any funds expended in the first year of the grant up to December 31, 2015 invoices need to be submitted by January 30th, 2016

Get to Know Your GEAR UP Maine Staff

Corda Ladd Kinzie, MA    
Parent/Student Services Coach 

The book I could read a hundred times over:
Steering By Starlight: Finding Your Right Life No Matter What by Martha Beck. I have been reading a daily read book for at least 100 Xs over and many years called The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beatie. It's been a lifesaver!

I would love to travel back to: 
Jasper Beach in Washington County...I can not get enough of the water, view, and rocks washing up on the shore.

When I'm not working I'm:
Playing around the house, thinking- "What's for dinner?", reading, beading, loving my CAMP with water, loons, and sunsets, and spending time with friends and/or family is healing for my soul.

Corda received her B.A. from the University of Denver and her M.A. in Education/Special Education from the University of Maine. Corda is an educational consultant/coach who is fun to work with, and passionate about learning and teaching. She has worked with individuals, teams, teachers, schools, school committees, districts, health care, and businesses. Her mission is to facilitate the change process with care, thought, and purpose. She is a master teacher/coach who has conducted many professional development activities designed to enhance teaching and student learning by differentiating instruction using Celebratory Learning attributes and strategies. Corda’s areas of expertise include: wellness coaching, using current brain research to inform learning, understanding the change process, generating strategies for teaching ALL learners, social skills and team development. She has a systems view of the change process which allows her to create transformative learning environments. At Syntiro, Corda has worked on Positive Behavior Supports and Interventions, Content Area Teaching, Cooperative Learning, Celebratory Learning and Life Coaching programs. Corda raised 3 sons, Brooks, Spencer, and Arthur. She is proudly grand-parenting 4 grandsons, MacKenzie, Roland, Nathan and Matthew. She loves "camp" in Oakland where she watches eagles and osprey and listens to loons with all the boys!
District Portal
Upcoming Events
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Whats Happening?
GEAR UP Maine is looking forward to hosting their first Building Bright Futures CAT conference, November 15th-17th at the Samoset Resort. 

We are thrilled to be hosting this conference to give our GEAR UP Maine schools the opportunity to network, share best practice, and work on GEAR UP Maine related activities for staff to bring back and share with their districts. Here is a look at the conference schedule

See what schools across the state are doing to promote Aspire Higher Maine by following #aspirehighermaine‬ or click here to learn more about college application month on MaineCAN's website
The Maine College Access Network, also known as MaineCAN is a GEAR UP Maine partner.

MaineCAN is a community of college access professionals dedicated to post-secondary success for all Maine students. Our vision is that every Maine student has the knowledge and resources needed to attain the post-secondary education they desire, helping them contribute to the Maine economy.

Our members include nonprofits, high school staff, college outreach programs, funders, and government agencies, all of whom are committed to closing the education attainment gap in Maine.

GEAR UP Maine and MaineCan work closely with one another and encourage all of our GEAR UP schools to sign up for MaineCan's e-newsletter on their website to keep up to date with all their opportunities and resources they offer. Click here to sign up for their e-newsletter.

GEAR UP Maine/Syntiro have partnered with to offer a FREE OF CHARGE pilot year to ALL STUDENTS grade 7-12 in our GEAR UP districts. Check out the website to see what your students would see by using the username: MaineGU password: inspire.

As this is our second and final 
of offering this, you must complete this survey by clicking here to enroll in this FREE pilot program prior to December 14th. 

Have questions? Already signed up and waiting for your logins? Email to get support completing the bulk upload form.
Know of any Summer Experience opportunities in your area that recent high school graduate students are able to: 
   ~ live on a college campus & experience life in a dorm with a roommate,
   ~  take academic course work, and;
   ~ participate in the social life on campus.

If so, please contact Corda Ladd Kinzie at

GEAR UP Maine is looking to give stipends to 2 GEAR UP students from each of the GEAR UP High Schools, summer 2016!

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