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GEAR UP Wyoming

SEO, University of Wyoming

Dept. 3808

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Knight Hall, Room 330

Phone: (307) 766-6189


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Professional Development Options


Quantum Learning:

If you’re looking to transform your school or make a significant impact district-wide in creating strong educational leaders, then look no further than Quantum Learning’s comprehensive professional development. Whether it’s our Excellence in Teaching or Administrator and Parent programs, our proven methods assist teachers in achieving the desired goal that students leave high school prepared for success in college and career with strong character and citizenship traits.

ACT Data Interpretation Workshop:

This data interpretation workshop will support educators’ analysis of the ACT. ACT expert consultants work with educators face-to-face to analyze data and identify implications for curriculum and instruction. The interactive instructional Support workshop is designed to help educators improve student learning by using ACT solutions to make data-informed decisions. Educators will learn how to find key data points in their ACT solutions reports, translate data into insights about curriculum and instruction, and improve teaching and learning.

LifeBound Academic Coaching:

Research shows Academic Coaching helps students make connections between cognitive and non-cognitive skill sets, improves retention, supports online learning environments, and has positive effects on students with executive function disorders, like ADHD. Research also shows students who receive proper direction and feel connected to the campus community are more likely to graduate.

In LifeBound’s Academic Coaching training, teachers, professors, faculty, staff, and advisors learn how to develop strong student-coach relationships and coach students to develop the non-cognitive skills they need to be successful in school, career, and life.

Ignition Program with FOCUS:

What is Ignition? The Ignition program is a research based, highly interactive and customized transition and peer mentorship program developed by FOCUS Training. It is specifically designed to make the transition of new students into the building a positive experience for everyone in your school.

What We Do: The Ignition program utilizes consulting, training, curriculum, and support materials to successfully implement a new student orientation and peer mentorship program. Many schools that implement Ignition have components of a successful orientation or mentorship program. Ignition can help bring all of your current components together through our comprehensive approach, maximizing student achievement and development of 21st century skills.

How We Do It

Step 1 Consult - Professional Development, Training and Consulting for Staff

FOCUS Training will work with an advisory team to build a program that fits your school’s unique needs by considering mentor recruitment, time, space, budget, class size, related program and learning objectives. We will teach your Ignition advisors how to run every aspect of the program. We use pre-consulting assessments, on-site and/or off-site training, and ongoing consultation to ensure success at your school.

Step 2 Synergize – Professional Development and Organizational Structure for Mentors

At this phase, recruited Ignition mentors learn how to do their job well by developing leadership skills, understanding how to manage the organization, and begin planning for a full year of Ignition success. At the conclusion of this day committees will have been formed, and each committee will have several well developed goals to guide their efforts in preparation for an exciting first day.

We recommend a 1:10 or 2:10 Ignition mentor to mentee relationship.

Step 3 Train – Facilitation Training for Mentors and Preparation for Orientation

Mentors will learn how to facilitate the adventure course activities and manage all aspects of the Ignite and Fuel activities. They will learn how to provide safe, interactive, and educational training to develop 21st century skills for their team of new students.

Step 4 Ignite – Orientation Day

The first day of class will be packed with excitement! Students will be mentally and physically engaged in the process. With an adventure course, large group activities, a mock schedule, and much more – it will be the first of many exciting and meaningful changes within your school.

We have found that a freshman only first day is the most effective way to bring new students into the building. This allows for a deeper connection with mentors and staff by focusing on developing these new relationships.

Step 5 Fuel – Comprehensive Social and Academic Curriculum

This year-long curriculum includes 60 teaching guides and supporting documentation that will help mentors facilitate small group activities and discussions about topics that affect new students. These include: study habits, critical thinking, involvement, respect, exams, career exploration, healthy choices, test taking, tolerance and bullying, body image, life skills, and much more. The leadership development curriculum will give new students the skills they need to succeed throughout high school and beyond.

FOCUS Training recommends that your mentors meet with new students two to four times per month. This structure is set during the pre-consulting or consulting steps of implementation. Some schools utilize advisory periods while others find the time during lunch, homeroom, study halls, before or after school, etc.

Step 6 Refresh – Ongoing training for mentors – Sharing best practices and preparation for next year

The purpose of Refresh is to get Ignition Advisors and mentors re-energized for the second semester, work out any first semester challenges, and continue to improve the program overall. It is a time for mentors to sharpen their facilitation skills and prepare for successful Fuel activities for the second semester. All preparations for next year will also be organized.

Aha! Process, Inc. ‘ A Framework for Understanding Poverty’:

This workshop gives you in-depth information to help you understand class differences and 10 actions you can implement the next day in the classroom to achieve impact. This workshop is based on the book A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D.
  • After participating in this workshop, your teachers will:

  • Use concrete strategies that impact the achievement of students from poverty

  • Better understand how economic class affects behaviors and mindsets

  • Develop stronger relationships with their students to impact behavior and achievement

  • Identify several key instructional strategies that meet the needs of the under-resourced learner

  • Understand the hidden rules of economic classes and how they apply to their classrooms

  • Reduce their discipline referrals

Topics include:
  • Resources

  • Relationships

  • Hidden rules

  • Mental models

  • Family structure

  • Updated case studies

  • Family dynamics

  • Your personal experience with class

  • The role of language registers

  • Discourse patterns and story structure

  • The importance of relationships

Aha! Process, Inc. ‘College Achievement Alliance’:

Colleges struggle with retaining and graduating under-resourced college students.  Nationally only one third achieve a certificate or degree within six years of enrolling.  Campuses have the resources to help students.  Why don’t students use them?  Why do these resources work for some students and not for others?

This workshop presents a systems approach to retention and graduation based on our field-tested constructs and best practices nationwide.  The six elements of this systems approach include:

Prepare under-resourced students for campus and civic engagement.
  • Create engaging learning environments.

  • Develop a coalition of college faculty and staff and community members to provide rapid response to student needs and long-term support after graduation.

  • Build actionable partnerships.

  • Solve problems with others on campus or in the community to positively impact students.

  • Develop sustainable communities.

This workshop helps you design a hands-on program for retention and completion tailored to your campus and your students.  Traditionally, many model programs are prescriptive and therefore require significant grants or funding increases to implement.  College Achievement Alliance provides a flexible framework to guide your campus team through the design process in light of current conditions and resources.  The result is realistic plans and action steps that can be implemented without substantial new dollars.

Participants will learn to:
  • Understand the program components as they relate to local history, strategic plans, and accreditation requirements.

  • Align existing strengths and resources to achieve the objectives of each element of College Achievement Alliance.

  • Use strategic tools to accelerate committee work.

  • Establish the college as part of a sustainable community initiative.


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GEAR UP Wyoming

SEO, University of Wyoming

Dept. 3808

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Knight Hall, Room 330

Phone: (307) 766-6189


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