Teacher & Partner Resources

Teachers play a vital role in getting students on track for college. Check out the resources below to learn about all the tools available.

College-Going Culture

The Oregon Toolkit for College and Career Center is an important resource in creating an accessible, comfortable, and functional College and Career Center. Use this toolkit to plan a new center or revamp an old one. Includes downloadable, print-and-use resources like event evaluations and sign-in sheets.


The Elements of Effective Practices for Mentoring provides evidence-based standards for practice that incorporate the latest research and best practices on for establishing high-quality mentoring.

The ABCs of School-Based Mentoring provides a set of research based tools and ideas that practioners can use to build quality mentoring programs.

A mentor is a caring and committed older individual in a young person’s life. This Toolkit is for individuals who want to be mentors. It provides mentoring activities, online training, and support.

Near Peer Interventions, College Fit and GEAR UP   NCCEP identified common characteristics of near-peer and college fit services across GEAR UP projects. These characteristics, along with research-based findings on college access topics including academic college match, guided NCCEP’s recommendations to expand the use of near-peers and incorporate college fit topics when serving students and their families across GEAR UP projects

College Match and Fit

In Search of a Match: A Guide for Helping Students Make Informed College Choices is designed for counselors, teachers, and advisers who work with high school students from low-income families and students who are the first in their families to pursue a college education. It offers strategies for helping these students identify, consider, and enroll in “match” colleges — that is, selective colleges that are a good fit for students based on their academic profiles, financial considerations, and personal needs.

Promoting College Match for Low-Income Students: Lessons for Practitioners In every school district there are academically capable low-income and minority students who graduate from high school and are well prepared for college, but choose to attend non-selective colleges that are not academically challenging for them. This practitioner brief presents practical lessons from the College Match Program in Chicago.

College Counseling and Advising

College Counseling for Latino and Underrepresented Students by The National Association for College Admission Counseling. This report focuses on the critical role of the school counselor in assisting Latino and other underrepresented students through the transition to college.

Straight from the Source: What works for First-Generation College Students  The purpose of the study was to ascertain from first-generation students themselves which messages and services have the most impact on whether or not they enroll in college. The findings from this study are intended to inform and improve the practices they use to help first-generation students get into and through college.

Degrees of Hope: Redefining Access for 21st Century Students depicts the lives of five college students – a first-generation student, a community college transfer student, a veteran, an online learner, and an adult learner – and the barriers they faced accessing higher education. (Full film)College Visits

College Visits Toolkit (Oregon GEAR UP) Exposing students to a college campus can be a powerful way to motivate and impart information about education after high school to students and parents.  Plan a relevant and engaging field trip with our step-by-step guide as well as pre- and post-visit surveys, pre-visit activities and other downloadable, print-and-use resources.

Growth Mindset

New Research: Students Benefit from Learning That Intelligence Is Not Fixed New research from Stanford is helping to build the case that nurturing a “growth mindset” can help many kids understand their true potential and shift the ways students think about their education, so as to motivate them to work hard.

How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn   A purposeful mindset motivates students to persist when they encounter challenges, difficulty or things that could potentially be roadblocks to learning.Researchers at Sanford designed an intervention that subtly guides students to connect their academic efforts with pro-social long-term goals, to see whether it might help inspire them to plow through assignments that are “boring but important.”

Studies Offer Practical Ways to Bring ‘Growth Mindset’ Research to Schools For the past decade, researchers have accumulated a growing pile of evidence on the effectiveness of “growth mindset” interventions that teach students that intelligence is like a muscle that strengthens with effort rather than an eye color that you inherit at birth.

PERTS (Project for Education Research That Scales) is an applied research center at Stanford University that partners with GU4LA to improve student motivation and achievement on a large scale. In the process, we conduct research that enables us to improve our programs and to expand what is known about academic motivation. The Mindset Kit is a free, online resource designed to help educators and parents learn about adaptive academic mindsets, learn practices that promote these mindsets, and download activity ideas.

What Students Really Need to Hear. From high school teacher, trainer, and instructional coach, Chase Mielke-2014 Michigan Teacher of the Year nominee.

How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn,” by Ingfei Chen (KQED MindShift)

New Research: Students Benefit from Learning That Intelligence Is Not Fixed,” by Ingfei Chen (KQED MindShift)

16 Summers

This exciting multimedia college access curriculum is designed to prepare students and their families for higher education. A comprehensive curriculum accompanies a 40-minute film featuring actor and musician Nick Cannon. Through this program, participants learn about the benefits of higher education, financial planning for college, college admissions testing, and college application procedures

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