Parent Engagement

Engaging families and keeping them involved with schools.

Find Greater Success

Engaging families and keeping them closely involved with schools every step of the way is an important component of GEAR UP Iowa.

GEAR UP Iowa schools find greater success by maintaining a strong engagement with families in the college and career readiness process. In fact, one of the GEAR UP Iowa objectives is to "increase GEAR UP student and family knowledge of post-secondary education options, preparation and financing." Services to families will be decided by schools and supported by GEAR UP Iowa with every effort made to specifically engage families who are typically underrepresented in the traditional structures of parent and school engagement and communication. In addition to school events, GEAR UP Iowa and Iowa College aid will make targeted efforts toward engaging families in the college and career process. Efforts will include:

  • GEAR UP Iowa Family Newsletter
  • Messages through social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter
  • College Savings Iowa activities through the Iowa State Treasurer’s Office
  • Targeted outreach through employers, community and faith-based organizations
  • College planning as a family development activity
  • Tax preparation/FAFSA completion events
  • Personalized GEAR UP parent survey
  • Outreach at parent teacher conferences