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It Takes All Of Us, Working Together

Our workplaces, our departments, our programs all have sets of rules, protocols, and language – unique cultures unto themselves.  To achieve the goals of early outreach, it is important to communicate carefully and frequently, and to understand the role(s) each partner plays to create a college-going culture within the various communities that nurture our students.  Understanding each entity’s needs and roles contributes to success.  Following is a general outline of duties and responsibilities that may be helpful in creating a successful environment for early outreach: 

Middle School Administration (A principal or counselor, for example)

  • Provide leadership and support mechanisms that foster student success.
  • Meet staff, program(s), student and community needs.
  • Meet staff, program(s), student and community needs.
  • Satisfy school district priorities, procedures and protocol.
  • Assign lead staff for projects and activities.
  • Successfully communicate.
  • Fiscal knowledge and negotiation skills.
  • Know the school’s and school district’s calendar.

Middle School Program/Activity Director (A GEAR UP Program Specialist, for example)

  • Satisfy program requirements: mission, staff needs, procedures and protocol.
  • Work with school staff, as assigned by school administration.
  • Successfully communicate.
  • Fiscal knowledge and negotiation skills.
  • Know the school’s and school district’s calendar.

College Event Coordinator (College GEAR UP staff or College Admissions staff, for example)

  • Satisfy department’s mission, procedures and protocol.
  • Understand campus opportunities, programs and services.
  • Partner with programs and schools to foster college-going culture.
  • Successfully communicate.
  • Understand campus limitations and safety protocol.
  • Fiscal knowledge and negotiation skills.
  • Know your campus’ calendar and capabilities.


For more information, access this link: Teamwork.





This information was collected by Early Outreach Partnership staff during several interviews, as well as the Early Outreach Symposium held at WSU Tri-Cities on January 22, 2010. Oversight provided by Genoveva Morales-Ledesma, Executive Director, WSU Tri-Cities, Early Outreach Programs.