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Equity in ACTion

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CEL Research: Illuminating Equity in Education and Work

By: Kurt Burkum, Senior Director of Research, with support from Nycole Stawinoga The last three months of 2017 saw ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning’s

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Many Ways to Make an Impact

By: 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

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

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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Center for Equity in Learning at ACT Focused on Underserved and Working Learners

Earlier this week, STEMx interviewed Christina Gordon, Senior Director at ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning to learn more about the Center and the work we

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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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The Promise and Challenges of Equity and Innovation in Education

Achieving education equity and innovation for students are two of the most pressing issues in education right now. These two forces were center stage at

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Research Update: Working Learners and Strategic Partnerships

By: Kurt Burkum, Senior Director, with support from Nycole Stawinoga 

By: Kurt Burkum, Senior Director, with support from Nycole Stawinoga Since its beginning, the ACT Foundation focused on understanding the intersection of education, work, and

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Cutting work-study program only punishes students in need

This opinion piece was first published in The Hill on 10/26/2017  By: Jim Larimore, Chief Officer, ACT Center for Equity in Learning A tenet of President Trump

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Show Your Spirit For LGBT History Month

By: Christina Gordon, Senior Director, ACT Center for Equity in Learning October marks the 17th annual LGBT History Month, a time to celebrate the contributions

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Thurgood Marshall’s Legacy in Action

By: 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: 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

By: 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

By: 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

By: 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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ACT to Recognize College & Career Champions: Apply today!

By: Suzanne Conquest, Senior Director, State Organizations

By: Suzanne Conquest, Senior Director, State Organizations Preparing individuals for college and career success is no small task- and it’s never been more important. This is

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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

By: 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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Underserved Learners Lag Far Behind Peers in College & Career Readiness According to 2017 ACT Score Results

IOWA CITY, Iowa—Underserved students lag far behind their peers when it comes to college and career readiness, and the more underserved characteristics that students possess,

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Design Sprints and the Power of Convening

By: 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

By: Amber O'Connor, Program Coordinator

By: 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

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A Deeper Look at Working Learners

By: 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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Danger Time for College Students: Working at a Job More than 15 Hours a Week May do More Harm Than Good, Especially for Underserved Students

ACT Center for Equity in Learning’s Report Highlights Need for Lifelong Learning to Advance Equity WASHINGTON, D.C.—Aug. 28, 2017—Working more than 15 hours a week

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Examples of Excelencia 2017 National Finalist: Celebrating Latino Student Success

It’s time to celebrate! Recently, our partners at Excelencia in Education announced their 2017 national finalists for Examples of Excelencia, an initiative honoring programs at

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Native Students Being Left Behind

By: 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

By: 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

By: 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

By: 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

By: 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

By: 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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Committed to College and Career Success for Dubuque’s Underserved Population

By: Lew Montgomery, Director, Community Engagement

On July 21, Juan Garcia, Roseina Britton, and I traveled to Dubuque to meet with Nancy Van Milligen, president and CEO; Julee Albers director of

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Connecting with Students Creates Magical, Remarkable Results

By: Katie Gragnaniello, Manager, Partner Communciations

Last month, we brought education luminaries to ACT to discuss their real-world experiences working with students in need. We heard from North Carolina elementary school

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A Deeper Look into STEM Readiness

By: 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

By: 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

By: 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

By: 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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Strategic Partnerships: A Year in Review

It’s hard to believe that it has been a year since our launch. During this past year, we have strengthened our collaborative work with a

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Social Impact: Making Our Mission Matter

By: 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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Closing Equity Gaps Through Research-Based Interventions

By: Kurt Burkum, Senior Director of Publications and Survey Research

Closing educational gaps between underserved students and their peers is paramount to our nation’s social and economic viability. In this regard, accelerating the college and

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Committed to Accessibility

By: 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

By: 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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NCES’s Latest Comprehensive Education Report

By: Nycole Stawinoga, Program Manager, Research and Communications

What does education in the U.S. look like in 2017? How has it changed over time? How do U.S. student achievement levels compare to international

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‘Putting America First’ Means Investing in America’s Students and Jobseekers

By: Marten Roorda, Chief Executive Officer

President Trump’s budget proposal, released this morning, paints a bleak picture for America’s students, families, and workers. Investments in critically important education and workforce development

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Survey by New America Sheds Light on Higher Education

By: Nycole Stawinoga, Program Manager, Research & Communications

Today, a college degree is more essential than ever before to secure a well-paying job. Yet, almost anyone can tell you that the financial cost

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ACT Corporate Giving: Funding Scholarships for Migrant Students

By: Maria Vasquez, Program Director

ACT is committed to giving back to our communities, with the long-term aim of creating a lasting, social impact that aligns with ACT’s mission of

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A Teacher Who Found My Voice

By: 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

By: 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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Apprenticeships Spur Economic Mobility: Diversity and Working Learners

By: Shannon Hayes, Public Affairs Program Manager, Policy

Diversity was a major topic of discussion last week at the first-ever international Apprenticeship Forward! conference in Washington, D.C., cohosted by the National Skills Coalition

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Thank You: Teachers Who Believed in Me!

By: 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

By: 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

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

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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

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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

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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: Why We Strive for Fairness

By: Jim Larimore

We seek to level the playing field, ensuring our test is fair and equitable for all students. The Center for Equity in Learning collaborates with

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Mission Matters: The Impact of N of 1

By: 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

By: 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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Mission Matters: A Sense of Humility

By: Chief Officer Jim Larimore

We are humbled by the work we do, and seek to extend our reach and have a greater impact on all learners’ lives. Listen in

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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.

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The Supreme Court Rules to Bolster Special Education Programs and Supports

By: Jeff McCullough, J.D., Senior Director for Accessibility at ACT's Center for Equity in Learning.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling that requires public schools to offer special education programs and supports that meet higher standards. “When

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America’s Budget Priorities Should Put Underserved Students and Workers First

By: Marten Roorda, Chief Executive Officer

The release of the President’s budget blueprint for fiscal year 2018 has rightly prompted deep concern within the education and workforce development communities, not least

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Taking a Holistic Approach to College and Career Readiness

By: ACT's Research & Test Development Departments: Alex Casillas, Kristin Stoeffler, Jason Way, and Becky Bobek.

Since 2012, the number of underrepresented students taking the ACT® test has increased by 26%, with the number of those students who aspire to attain

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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

By: 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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Teachers as Technologist: How the University of Iowa College of Education is Preparing New Students

By: Lori Swartzendruber, Operations Administrator II

ACT and the University of Iowa (UI) College of Education have a long history together, dating back to E.F. Lindquist. Lindquist was a professor at the

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#EmpowerHer Twitter Chat: Global Access to a Quality Education for Women and Girls

An African proverb says, “If we educate a boy, we educate one person. If we educate a girl, we educate a family – and a

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Houston Hispanic Forum

By: 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

By: 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

By: 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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