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Equity in ACTion

College and Career Navigation Leadership Roundtable

By: Katie Gragnaniello, manager, State and Federal Programs and Lori Swartzendruber, program manager

On March 21, ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning—in collaboration with our partners at Univision Contigo—convened a group of 100 education leaders and funders from

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Guest Blog: Here’s To Strong Women

By: Ruth Ray Jackson, associate vice president for academic affairs, Langston University

Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them. -Unknown Several years ago, I saw this quote posted

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Guest Blog: I am not supposed to be here…

By: Dr. A. Katrise Perera, superintendent, Gresham-Barlow School District

When I reflect on my formal education – and my leadership journey to lead a community of learners as the superintendent despite statistical disparities and

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Guest Blog: An Interview with the 2019 School Counselor of the Year

By: Brian Coleman, school counseling department chair, Jones College Prep High School and 2019 School Counselor of the Year

What are some of the challenges in school counseling today? The most persistent challenges I see are: Imbalanced counselor-to-student ratios. The absence of school counselors in

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Mentoring: An Easy Way To Give Back

By: Amber O'Connor, program manager

January is National Mentoring Month, launched in 2002 by the National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to raise

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Guest Blog: My Mentor: Mrs. Jensen

By: Bre Kenney, freshman, St. Mary’s University

January is National Mentoring Month. Mentors can play an important role in young peoples’ lives and the need for mentors has never been greater. This

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Impact a Life Forever Through Mentorship

By: Tina McCoy Hearn, program director

Mentorship is a time-proven way for providing guidance and creating awareness of new pathways for young people. Now, more than ever, the need for mentors

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Happy Holidays

  We are wrapping up another busy year in ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning. We will be taking some time off from our usual

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Dual Credit Classes Made Possible Through Pell Grant

By: Victoria Guerrero, junior, Early High School

ACT recently hosted a convening, which gathered together several postsecondary institutions who are participating in the U.S. Department of Education’s Pell Grants Dual Enrollment Experimental

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College Horizons Fills College Access Gaps

By: Dinée R. Dorame (Navajo), associate director, College Horizons

College Horizons is a nonprofit organization that encourages and facilitates the higher education of Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native youth. This year marks

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We Are #ThankfulForEquity

By: Amber O'Connor, program manager

Thanksgiving time is upon us. It seems to come back around quicker each year. With so much going on in the world today, we wanted

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We Need American Indian and Alaska Native Educators

By: Susan Faircloth, Ph.D. (Coharie), professor & director, School of Education, Colorado State University

Growing up, I was certain I would never be an educator. I dreamed of being a lawyer, FBI agent, world traveler – anything but a

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Closing Attainment Gaps at Native-Serving Institutions

By: Ken Pepion (Blackfeet), senior project director, WICHE

Recognizing the widening gaps in the postsecondary attainment of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) compared to majority students, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher

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College Fund Creates Pathways for Native Student Success

By: Matthew Makomenaw (Grand Traverse Bay Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians), College Pathways manager, American Indian College Fund

The demand for a college degree in the workplace is increasing, putting Native Americans at a disadvantage. With only 13.8 percent of American Indian and

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ACTNext ETCPS 2018

By: Andrew Cantine, manager, ACTNext Publications & Communications

From October 3‒4, ACTNext convened its annual Education Technology and Computational Psychometrics Symposium (ETCPS) in Iowa City, a recognized hub for innovative psychometric research. The

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The Power and Promise of “Indigenuity”

By: Jim Larimore (Comanche), chief officer

Native American Heritage Month is observed in the month of November. We will feature stories from Native Americans, or institutions who serve them, and their journeys, their struggles,

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In Search of the American Dream

By: Oscar Miranda, student, George Mason University

I am a first-generation immigrant and college student. I come from a small poor town in Guatemala where opportunity and a future look dim and

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Narrowing the homework gap

By: Raeal Moore, PhD, senior research scientist, and Dan Vitale, policy editor, ACT

Imagine going to school and being asked to complete a homework assignment that requires you to search for material online and write a brief summary

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Becky Bobek

Becky Bobek: I loved learning

By: Becky Bobek, director, Learning, Assessment, & Navigation Experiences Research As students across the nation head back to the classroom, we are celebrating First-Generation students.

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Attracting More Students to Teaching

By: By: Katie Gragnaniello, Manager, Policy Communications, with support from ACT's State and Federal Policy Team

By: Katie Gragnaniello, Manager, Policy Communications, with support from ACT’s State and Federal Policy Team Summer’s here and many teachers are taking on additional jobs—waiting

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Community College: Making a Difference

By: Dr. Martha J. Kanter, Executive Director, College Promise Campaign Why National Community College Month? Community colleges change lives and build productive, happier, and healthier

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Paying It Forward

By: Maya Cade

By: Maya Cade-Special to ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning My first introduction to the concept of paying it forward was watching the 2000 feature

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Explore ACT Marketplace

By: Jonna Higgins-Freese, program director-New Product Development

When kids are struggling academically, parents struggle too. Recently, ACT’s New Product Development has been interacting with a lot of such parents as we test

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Investing in STEM: An Investment in our Future

By: By: Katie Gragnaniello, Manager of Partner Communications

By: Katie Gragnaniello, Manager of Partner Communications Investing in STEM education in the U.S. is an investment in innovation, opportunity, and our global competitiveness. The

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Women in STEM: You Belong

By: Alina von Davier, president, ACTNext

This post was first published on ACT’s Blog on 3/15/18 Last week marked International Women’s Day. Recognizing such an important day allowed me to reflect

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Celebrating Women

Happy International Women’s Day! International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate and recognize the important achievements of women around the world. All month long

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Celebrating Excellence

It’s that time of year again! Our friends at Excelencia in Education are now accepting nominations for this year’s Examples in Excelencia. Examples of Excelencia

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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

By: 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

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

As the Center for Equity in Learning continues to advance ACT’s mission to help all  people achieve education and workplace success, there are increasing numbers

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Making Education Data Visible

By: 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

By: 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

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

As we mark Giving Tuesday this year – the global day of giving celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and powered by social media –

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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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