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Equity in ACTion


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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SXSWedu Spotlights Equity & Access

Sustainably, collaboration, community, accessibility, health, and equity in education are not words commonly discussed in conversations at SXSWedu. Unlike years past, this year’s SXSWedu programming

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School Counselors Count

Christina Gordon, Senior Director

The role of the school counselor is critical to student success, both in school and as they look ahead to college and career. A new report out

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Houston Hispanic Forum

Katie Gragnaniello, Center for Equity in Learning

Last weekend, we again joined forces with our friends at Univision to bring a Parent Academy to the 31st annual Houston Hispanic Forum (HHF) for

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Mentoring Matters

Lori Swartzendruber

Several years ago I worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS). I was a School Buddy Specialist, which meant that I matched adult volunteers with

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The Next Generation of Voters

Scott Montgomery, Senior VP – Public Affairs

High school students are our next generation of voters. In the coming years, they are going to help shape public policy, but their views are

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National School Counseling Week

This week, we celebrate National School Counseling Week. The theme this year is “School Counseling: Helping Students Realize Their Potential.” School counselors play a significant

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National Heart Month: Go Red for Women

Amber O’Connor, Center for Equity in Learning

February is National Heart Month. Fifteen years ago the American Heart Association (AHA) started the Go Red for Women movement and encouraged everyone to wear

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Celebrating Black History Month: Geoffrey Canada

Lew Montgomery & Katie Gragnaniello, ACT Center for Equity in Learning

By: Lew Montgomery & Katie Gragnaniello, ACT Center for Equity in Learning With the start of Black History Month, we’re looking back at a recent guest

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Inauguration Day 2017

Gretchen Guffy | Director, Policy Development, Public Affairs

Today marked a significant day in history as Donald J. Trump became the 45th president of the United States. It also ushered in a new

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Bridging Gaps: Hispanic Communities

Hispanic students are the fastest growing population in American public schools. Both immigration and birth rates are accelerating the number of Hispanic students enrolled in

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Mindfulness: What Helps Children Learn?

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

Recently over 100 ACT team members participated in a session on Mindfulness: Living and Learning as if it Matters. Meditation, mindfulness, and stress reduction are

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Serving Native American Students

Jim Larimore (Comanche), Chief Officer

November was Native American Heritage Month, which celebrates the diverse cultures and traditions of American Indian and Alaskan Native peoples. But our attention to the educational

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ACT Gives Back: Giving Tuesday

Lori Swartzendruber

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop In ongoing efforts to fulfill ACT’s mission to help people achieve education

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Advancing Equity Symposium

Katie Gragnaniello

ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning (CEL) recently participated in the first ever National Advancing Equity in Adult, Community College, and Career and Technical Education

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Why Apply?

Melissa Caperton

  What is the American College Application Campaign (ACAC)? First, thank you to ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning for inviting the American College Application

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ACT Gives Back

Keira Evans

Recently, ACT partnered with Make-A-Wish® Iowa as a Fund-A-Wish sponsor. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. The local

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Celebrating Excelencia

Katie Gragnaniello

As National Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close on October 15, we are continuing the celebration by highlighting our joint partnership with Excelencia in

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It is Achievable

Christina Gordon

As ACT marks United Way Week, we celebrated the spirit of giving with an incredible guest speaker to follow International Day of the Girl Child.

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Girl Power

Keira Evans

International Day of the Girl Child is an international observance day declared by the United Nations (UN). This day recognizes the benefits of empowering and

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Up Next: College

Keira Evans

Our friends at Better Make Room have created a free mobile messaging tool that opens the realm of college access to all students across the

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Educacíon con Nosotros

Keira Evans

ACT Center for Equity in Learning’s very own Juan Garcia appeared on Univision’s Despierta America morning show last Monday. He was a part of a

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Equity and Opportunity

Marten Roorda, Chief Executive Officer

Learning to swim would be difficult without water. No matter how strong your imagination, there’s nothing like dunking your head in a pool to transform

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ACT Perspective on Fisher Decision

Marten Roorda, CEO

As is clear to most observers, not every student enjoys the same advantages as they advance through the K-12 educational system. Too often those disparate

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