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Equity in ACTion

The Gifted Gap

By: Nycole Stawinoga, Program Manager, Research & Communications I wasn’t supposed to be in the gifted program in grade school. My placement scores were considered

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Partnerships: Driving Equity Forward

Juan Garcia, Senior Director, Center for Equity in Learning with support from Lew Montgomery, Maria Vasquez, and Tina McCoy Hearn

By Juan Garcia, Senior Director, Center for Equity in Learning with support from Lew Montgomery, Maria Vasquez, and Tina McCoy Hearn Partnerships continue to drive the equity work of

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Many Ways to Make an Impact

Melissa Murer Corrigan, Vice President Social Impact, with support from Tina McCoy Hearn and Amber O’Connor

By: Melissa Murer Corrigan, Vice President Social Impact, with support from Tina McCoy Hearn and Amber O’Connor As the Center for Equity in Learning continues

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Making Education Data Visible

Nycole Stawinoga, Program Manager, Research and Communications

Recently, Higher Education Today featured a piece highlighting the lack of disaggregated data and missing narrative on Native students from Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs),

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Key Takeaways from the Accessing Higher Ground Conference

Jeff McCullough, J.D., Senior Director for Accessibility, Center for Equity in Learning

By: Jeff McCullough, J.D., Senior Director for Accessibility, Center for Equity in Learning  Earlier this month, I attended the Accessing Higher Ground conference—an event that

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Giving Back and Cultivating Connections

Melissa Murer Corrigan, Vice President, Social Impact, Center for Equity in Learning

By Melissa Murer Corrigan, Vice President, Social Impact, Center for Equity in Learning As we mark Giving Tuesday this year – the global day of

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Innovating Work-and-Learn Models

By: Nycole Stawinoga, Program Manager, Research and Communications The vast majority of students are working learners, which means they work and engage in education opportunities

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Thurgood Marshall’s Legacy in Action

By Jim Larimore, Chief Officer, ACT Center for Equity in Learning

By Jim Larimore, Chief Officer, ACT Center for Equity in Learning Can one person make a difference in the lives of every American? Thurgood Marshall

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Teaming up to Talk Equity and Innovation

By: Andrew Cantine, Technical Editor, ACTNext

By: Andrew Cantine, Technical Editor, ACTNext Educational technologies are having an unprecedented impact across society in multiple sectors by opening new market areas, helping learners

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Strategic Partnerships

Juan Garcia, Senior Director with support from Amy Nicknish, Tina McCoy Hearn, Lew Montgomery, and Maria Vasquez

By: Juan Garcia, Senior Director with support from Amy Nicknish, Tina McCoy Hearn, Lew Montgomery, and Maria Vasquez As another quarter comes to an end,

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The Company We Keep

Melissa Murer Corrigan, Vice President Social Impact

Melissa Murer Corrigan, Vice President Social Impact ACT has a broad and deep history of focusing on social responsibility. And focus on social impact is

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Accessibility in Action

Jeff L. McCullough, Senior Program Director

By: Jeff L. McCullough, Senior Program Director, with support from Amber O’Connor, Program Coordinator ACT and The Center for Equity in Learning have been busy

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Master the Steps2College

Last week, we announced the launch of a new, interactive tool to aid in the college-going process. Steps2College, a partnership among the Center, American College Application

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On the Road at NCAN 2017

Last week my colleague Juan Garcia and I joined hundreds of educators, school counselors, advocates, nonprofits, foundations, and other education leaders in San Diego for

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Sandra Cisneros’ Inspirational Journey

Nycole Stawinoga, Manager, Research and Communications

  Friday marked the first day of National Hispanic Heritage Month. In acknowledgement of that, last week renowned author and activist Sandra Cisneros visited ACT’s

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Design Sprints and the Power of Convening

Melissa Murer Corrigan and Lori Swartzendruber

In June, ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning and ACT’s Product Line Management Horizon3 team convened a group of external researchers, practitioners, and foundations to

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School Time Creates Social Time

Amber O'Connor, Program Coordinator

Back to school time has always been my favorite time of year. While I loved being in the classroom and learning new things, I loved

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A Deeper Look at Working Learners

Nycole Stawinoga, Program Manager, Communications and Research

Our latest working learner reports “Who Does Work Work For? Understanding Equity in Working Learner College and Career Success” and “Equity in Working and Learning

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Native Students Being Left Behind

Nycole Stawinoga, Program Manager, Research and Communications

Last month, The Nation’s Rebecca Clarren wrote the gripping article “How America is Failing Native American Students.” She details the vast educational inequities Native students

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Reflections on Charlottesville

Jim Larimore, Chief Officer

This weekend I had “the talk” AGAIN with my sons, two young multiracial teenagers, so that they can understand what happened in Charlottesville and the

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Guest Blog: Roseina Britton

Roseina Britton

Interning with ACT Center for Equity and Learning was appealing to me because when I hear the term equity, I instantly think of the image

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Back to School: Sixth Grade Stars

Christina Gordon, Senior Director

Every year, when the class assignments got mailed, I called my friend Anice Williams to see whose class she was in. From the time we

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Guest Blog: Maurice Swinney

Maurice Swinney

This summer, we brought education luminaries to our ACT campus as a continuation of the Center for Equity in Learning’s Distinguished Lecture Series. We were

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ADA Turns 27, but Inequity Still Exists

Nycole Stawinoga, Program Manager, Research & Communications

One week ago, the U.S. celebrated the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is a federal civil rights law that

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A Deeper Look into STEM Readiness

Will Valet, Content Marketing Specialist

Some students want STEM-related learning and career opportunities so desperately, they make their own. One example is Wyatt Tauber of Minnesota, whom ACT spotlighted during

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Guest Blog: Dr. Bach Mai Dolly Nguyen

Dr. Bach Mai Dolly Nguyen

In June, the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education at the University of California, Los Angeles, with support from the ACT Center for Equity in

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Guest Blog: Dr. Joyce Brown

Dr. Joyce Brown

Last week, ACT hosted our Distinguished Lecture Series, inviting exceptional educators who are reaching underserved students in extraordinary ways to our Iowa City campus. Joyce

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Guest Blog: Michael Bonner

Michael Bonner

By: Michael Bonner Last week, ACT hosted our Distinguished Lecture Series, which focused on exceptional educators who are reaching underserved students in extraordinary ways. Michael

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Social Impact: Making Our Mission Matter

Melissa Murer Corrigan, Vice President of Social Impact

ACT has a broad and deep history of social responsibility. Focusing on social impact is inherently connected to our mission of helping people achieve education

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Committed to Accessibility

Jeff McCullough, Senior Director of Accessibility

The Center for Equity in Learning is committed to diversity and inclusion, which leads to our efforts around accessibility for students with disabilities and others.

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NCES Spotlight: Homeless Children & Youth

Nycole Stawinoga, Program Manager, Research and Communications

When thinking about educational equity, one group of underserved students that often gets overlooked is homeless children and youth. Children experiencing homelessness face an array

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A Teacher Who Found My Voice

Jim Larimore, Chief Officer

I don’t know if Winnie Beasley ever knew what an impact she had on my life. I was a shy 7th grader, a multiracial kid

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Teachers: The Heart of Rural Schools

Katie Gragnaniello, Manager, Partner Communications

Growing up in a rural town and attending a rural school meant our teachers had to be much more than teachers. Teachers who teach in

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Thank You: Teachers Who Believed in Me!

Nycole Stawinoga, Program Manager, Research and Communications

This week is National Teacher Appreciation week. When I think about all of the amazing teachers I had growing up, I am very grateful. I

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Music – Singing in the New Day

Tina McCoy Hearn, Program Director

The drowsy senses of elementary kids roused from the old brick school to the music ‘out building’ were best navigated on warped boards that were

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Teachers are Heroes: Miss Massey

Christina Gordon, Senior Director

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, and that’s got me thinking about all the amazing teachers who changed my life. Every kid should be lucky enough to

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Scholarly Giving: Get in Formation

Christina Gordon, Senior Director

Beyoncé’s announcement that she would be marking the one year anniversary of her groundbreaking Lemonade album by launching Formation Scholars to, “encourage and support young

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Our Mission in the Making

At ACT, our mission matters to us. In fact, it is both a beacon for the future and a tactful drumbeat, guiding our day-to-day work

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Mission Matters: The Impact of N of 1

Chief Officer Jim Larimore

Positively impacting students on their college and career journeys is essential to ACT’s mission. If we can expose students to information about college and career

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Mission Matters: Dignity in all Work

Chief Officer Jim Larimore

We believe there is worth and dignity in all work, and no one should limit another person’s potential. Hear the Center for Equity in Learning’s

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