GEAR UP Maine Bulletin
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January, 2016


GEAR UP Maine staff

Happy 2016!
Here is what we have included this month

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

  • Sign contract in GEM 
  • Student Representative Contact Information (see your Regional Facilitator) 
  • Year 2 plan and budget must be finalized and approved by your Regional Facilitator
  • FAFSA parent and guardian financial aid awareness
  • College access mission and vision if not already in the year 2 plan
  • 21st Century Certificates (see your RF)
  • Student Surveys (see your RF)
  • Any funds expended in the first year of the grant up to December 31, 2015 invoices need to be submitted by January 30th, 2016
  • Input the number of  students who have completed their FAFSA in GEM
Bulletin Highlights
  • Student Opportunity at MIT! Deadline approaching - February 15th!
  • Digital Learning Day - February 17, 2016
  • GEAR Up Maine staff spotlight - Becky Young
  • GEAR Up Maine Partner highlight - FAME
  • 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
Share your GEAR UP successes and challenges with us to share in Bulletins to come! Email

The GEAR UP  Maine Staff

Grant Must Do's
January Must Do's

  • Sign contract in GEM
College Access Teams:
  • Student Representative Contact Information (see your Regional Facilitator) 
  • Year 2 plan and budget must be finalized and approved by your Regional Facilitator
  • FAFSA parent and guardian financial aid awareness
Invoicers/ Business Managers:
  • Any funds expended in the first year of the grant up to December 31, 2015 invoices need to be submitted by January 30th, 2016
Data Stewards
  • Input the number of  students who have completed their FAFSA in GEM


February Must Do's

College Access Teams:
  • Parent and Guardian Financial Awareness
  • College access mission and vision if not already in the year 2 plan
  • 21 Century Certificates (see your RF)
  • Student Surveys

Get to Know Your GEAR UP Maine Staff

Becky Young  
Data Manager 

1.) The book I could read a hundred times over: 
James and the Giant Peach and The Chronicles of Narnia. I love the rich language and the fantasy and allegories captivate me. 

2.) I would love to travel back to:
San Francisco. I've explored the city's region on three different occasions. If I'd ever gone there in my twenties, I'd have moved there in a heartbeat! I love the city's ambiance, the geography of the region, and the proximity of ocean and Tahoe. 

3.) When I'm not working I'm:
About 6 months of the year- skiing! Especially downhill, but also x-country. This is my 11th year as a Sugarloaf Ambassador. I love meeting people from all over the world. The other six months-kayaking, biking, running, quilting, and tending perennial gardens.
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Why celebrate Digital Learning Day?


In 2012 the National Center for Education Statistics reported that 25.8% of all students  enrolled in a Title IV institution, were enrolled in an online course totaling 5,452,100 students learning virtually (Title IV institutions are those with a written agreement with the Secretary of Education that allows the institution to participate in any of the Title IV federal student financial assistance programs. Although they are not Title IV eligible, four of the U.S. service academies are included in the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) universe because they are federally funded and open to the public). As opportunities for distance education increase, and enrollment online continues to increase, our students should feel confident furthering their education face-to-face AND online.


Digital learning is any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. It emphasizes high-quality instruction and provides access to challenging content, feedback through formative assessment, opportunities for learning anytime and anywhere, and individualized instruction to ensure all students reach their full potential to succeed in college and a career.


Started in 2012, Digital Learning Day has provided a powerful venue for education leaders to highlight great teaching practice and showcase innovative teachers, leaders, and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes. This grassroots effort blossomed into a massive nationwide celebration as teachers realized that Digital Learning Day is not about technology, it’s about learning. It’s not about laying off teachers for laptops, it’s about enhancing the role of the teacher in America’s classrooms. Digital Learning Day promotes the effective use of modern day tools afforded to every other industry to improve the learning experience in K-12 public schools.

- Click Here to Learn More!

Student Opportunity at MIT 
MIT is currently accepting applications for students to enroll in their Entrepreneurship Program for summer 2016! The deadline is approaching-- February 15th! MIT Launch focuses on Foundation, Disciplined Entrepreneurship, and Professional Skills. Application fees can be waived for those who qualify! Click here to learn more.
RSU 9's 
Brenda Laverdiere
2015 Franklin County Teacher of the Year and Maine State Teacher of the Year Finalist.
BDN Article

"As you can tell from this article, I am a passionate educator, and poverty in our state has, unfortunately, become a common thread of our local and extended communities.  As we know, there are different degrees of poverty, and each family's experience is different. 

However, what we know is that regardless of the degree to which kids experience poverty, it does affect the way in which they learn.  As educators, we continue to meet their physical and emotional needs. The biggest challenge, and perhaps, the most important one, is to give our kids the intrinsic tools they will need to cope with their own life challenges."

"...The article that I wrote scratches the surface of what educators do every day. But, we need to do more, and we need to put more focus on the WHY of education, and less on the WHAT of education. The student in this article, walked away knowing that he had done something important and, in his own words, could explain the WHY of what he had learned. If I had asked him to demonstrate his understandings with a traditional assessment, even if he had done very well, his experience would have had no real meaning for him or his classmates." - Brenda LaVerdiere


Brenda LaVerdiere is the 2015 Franklin County Teacher of the Year and a finalist for the Maine State Teacher of the Year.
The Finance Authority of Maine provides access to innovative financial solutions to help Maine citizens pursue business and higher education opportunities.

​There’s money available to help pay for college, but you have to apply for financial aid! Being prepared – knowing the required forms and deadlines – is the best way to maximize your financial aid eligibility.  All students should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Some students, depending on the schools they are interested in attending, may also need to submit the CSS/Financial Aid Profile or another application.

How to File the FAFSA

The FAFSA is used by all schools to award federal and state financial aid. Many schools also use the FAFSA to award their institutional financial aid.

To file the FAFSA, visit

FAME can help you with your FAFSA!

In-Person FAFSA Help Events
In-Person Help events are held throughout the state and staffed by FAME and other financial aid professionals who can help you complete your FAFSA.

FAME offers FAFSA help online
Learn what documents and information you need to gather before you file, what steps you need to take to fill out the FAFSA, and what you need to do to follow up after you file.
Summer Experience
Know of any Summer Experience opportunities in your area that high school 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.

GEAR UP Maine is looking to help fund a summer experience for 2 GU students from each of the GEAR UP High Schools, summer 2016!

If so, please contact Corda Ladd Kinzie at
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