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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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

By: 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

By: 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

By: 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?

By: 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

By: 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

By: 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

By: 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?

By: 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

By: 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

By: 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

By: 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

By: 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

By: 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

By: 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

By: 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

By: 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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