Post: Closing the Gap/NCLB/GEAR UP: "From High School to College,
Posted by Gustavo on 3/08/04
Closing the Gap/NCLB/GEAR UP: "From High School to College,
Boarding Pass to Success," book that will motivate Latino,
African-American, other minorities and underprivileged
students and help them to succeed in High School and in
their race for College.
Information is power; sadly, even today, in the high tech
information era, we can see that many kids (minorities or
not) in low-income neighborhoods do not get beyond high
school basically for lack of information and motivation.
Both inspirational and informative, this book traces the
successful journey of a first generation Hispanic family in
what represents for them "the land of opportunities," the
USA, and their struggle to bring their children into Ivy
League universities against all odds. If these children
were able to do it, every child that follows their path can
succeed. By encouraging the goal of getting a college
degree in order to have a better life and to give a better
life to your own kids, by showing that caressing a dream
that can come true, that pursuing a goal that can be
reached will definitely make a positive impact in their
The story is complemented with practical information: A
five-page detailed chart, "The Landmarks Along the Road,"
that shows, step by step, what needs to be done throughout
the four years of high school, indicating not only
deadlines, but approximate starting dates which will allow
students to complete each step on time; an extensive list
of useful URLs of sites with free practice tests, and a
section on how, and where get funding for college.
Since the book details, step by step, what they need to do
in high school to prepare for college, it can be assigned
as a required reading in the summer between middle school
and high school, or in the summer of the freshman year,
when they still have time to close the gap so no child is
For further information or READ SOME CHAPTERS go to:
There are a couple of ways in which you can encourage your
students to read the book: including it in the reading
lists, so they buy it and read it, designate some of
the "Gear Up" funds to purchase it for the minority and
low income neighborhoods kids who cannot afford it.
Should you need further information, please do not hesitate
to contact me.
Priscilla Gac-Artigas, PhD
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