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READFIELD – GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) Maine has partnered with SEEDS Training (a world-class social and emotional learning company) to create an online post-secondary college and career resource center for Maine students, parents and educators to NO COST, as a statewide contribution by GEAR UP Maine. The hub includes a college readiness video series for high school students, a parenting toolbelt for parents, and a professional development series for educators. The hub can be accessed at

The College Readiness series includes: 20 quick videos, full of practical strategies for getting the most out of the college experience. Ideal for senior graduates and freshmen covering topics such as financial literacy, developing relationships with new teachers, time management, managing anxiety, communication skills and more.

The Parenting Toolbelt includes: A five-part online training program to help families have more meaningful and productive conversations.

The Professional Development Series includes: 60-90 minute recorded sessions to fit your busy schedule, social and emotional learning content designed to get results, professional development for you, and a take-home program you can use with your team, student and parent community and network with other professional educators

GEAR UP Maine has partnered with SEEDS Training on a variety of different events both in-person and virtual over the past seven years, and students, staff and parents have found the past opportunities to be very successful and meaningful. GEAR UP Maine Director Debbie Gilmer says, “We are thrilled to be able to provide SEEDS training opportunities throughout the state of Maine. These opportunities are invaluable to Maine students, families, and educators and are timely given the challenges the pandemic has caused.

SEEDS Training is a California-based, for-profit corporation. They started in 1993 with an extremely ambitious goal to change the world of education. They succeeded in building models and methods that prove that education can work differently. Their curriculum is designed with a blend of proven and diverse learning methods and their programs are delivered by world-class educators who are equally determined both on and off stage. They strive to build meaningful relationships, deliver tremendous value, and help people improve through learning.

Maine’s GEAR UP program helps create a sustainable college culture in schools. GEAR UP Maine’s goal is to help students in grades 7-12 who live in economically disadvantaged communities aspire, prepare, enroll, and successfully complete college. GEAR UP Maine works collaboratively with school districts and a wide range of college access partners in North, Central, West, and Southeast Maine. The GEAR UP Maine program is funded by a grant (reference #P334S140018-18; Marques Thomas, project officer) from the United States Department of Education to the University of Maine at Farmington administered by Syntiro.