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Teachers are Heroes: Miss Massey

By: 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 have that one teacher who sets them on a path they might not otherwise have taken. I had many. But today, I’m thinking of the […]

Marten Roorda joins Reach Higher’s Advisory Board

Reach Higher announces ACT CEO Marten Roorda will join former first Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Advisory Board. We are thrilled to be part of the Reach Higher initiative and its continued efforts to advance college access and success for underserved students because this work helps fulfill ACT’s mission of helping people achieve education and […]

Spending Agreement a Good Deal for Underserved Students and Job Seekers

By: Marten Roorda, Chief Executive Officer This week lawmakers on Capitol Hill have been busy putting the finishing touches on a budget agreement for the remainder of the 2017 fiscal year. As I wrote a few months ago here, the need to invest in the nation’s students and workers has never been more essential. I […]

Celebrate Students who Reach Higher: #CollegeSigningDay

College Signing Day is this Friday, and we are excited to celebrate students who have made their college choices. We’re marking the day by wearing our college gear to show our continued support of post-secondary success for all students. College Signing Day is a national movement where communities, schools, and organizations like ours rally around […]

Guest Blog: Dr. Laura Owen on School Counselors

We are delighted to have Dr. Laura Owen from American University guest blog for us on the important role of school counselors, the barriers they face, and how strategic collaborations can help streamline the college-going process. She lends her expertise in the below questions. Many students don’t know where or how to begin the college-going […]

Scholarly Giving: Get in Formation

By: 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 women who aren’t afraid to think outside the box, and are bold, creative, conscious, and confident,” is bringing amazing attention to the four schools where […]

Working While Learning in High School

New research from ACT on high school working learners examines students’ entry into the workforce and what it means for their futures. Below, Mary LeFebvre, the author, discusses the report. We know from national data that more and more high school students in the U.S. are choosing to pursue some form of postsecondary education directly […]

Melissa Murer Corrigan: Women of Influence

We were honored to have our own team member Melissa Murer Corrigan awarded with a 2017 Women of Influence Award by the Corridor Business Journal last Thursday night. Congratulations, Melissa! We are very proud of you and all your accomplishments. Please see Melissa’s remarks in their entirety below. April 20, 2017 Melissa Murer Corrigan, Vice […]

ACT Welcomes ALAS to the Superintendent Leadership Academy

By: Maria Vasquez, Program Director ACT was pleased to welcome the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) to the Superintendent Leadership Academy (SLA) to our Iowa City campus last week. ALAS’s mission is to provide leadership at a national level that assures every school effectively serves the educational needs of Hispanic youth by building capacity, […]

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 and ongoing philanthropic endeavors. At our very core, we seek to help all people find success, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or where they’re going on […]

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