How to Use the Participatory Research Model to advance education equity, advocacy, and success.

As part of ACT’s ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning invites leaders, researchers, and practitioners to share knowledge and insights regarding the intersection of education, workforce, and equity through the ACT’s Equity Speakers Series. This year, we are pleased to invite Rhonda Broussard, founder and CEO of Beloved Community and author of “One Good Question: How Countries Prepare Youth To Lead,” along with Samarah Bentley, a student at Louisiana State University, to share insights on the power and promise of participatory research design.

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Building School-Based College Preparation Supports for Students: Hosting a College Application Event

Learn from the national American College Application Campaign (ACAC) team and a school counselor at an ACAC School of Excellence: what a college application event is, resources available to support you in hosting a college application event at your school, and how you can help remove barriers that prevent students from applying to college.

Recording available as of Nov. 1, 2023. Watch now.

#WhyApply Day 2023

This fall, students across the country will be submitting college applications and celebrating their plans for the future. Hundreds of thousands of them will do so when schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia host American College Application Campaign (ACAC) events. To celebrate college application season and our students, ACAC encourages participating in the #WhyApply social media campaign on Friday, Sept. 22, 2023.

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Why Host a College Application Event: Insights from ACAC 2022 School of Excellence Awardees

ACAC support enables state leaders, school staff, and community members to provide students with individualized support and assistance as they prepare for and complete the college application process. Two School of Excellence recipients will share the strategies they deployed during the 2022-23 application season to ensure they reached students who needed support navigating the complex college application and admissions process. Join us to learn more and get involved with the American College Application Campaign.

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New WorkKeys Resources for Program Performance and Credentialing Equity

Round out your summer with the quarterly gathering of innovation and excellence for WorkReady Communities. This quarter on WRC Live! discover new ways to measure program effectiveness using WorkKeys in Adult Basic Education and WIOA workforce programs. The new federal provisions enable program operators to measure and prove program excellence and skill impact.

Learn about a valuable tool from Credential Engine on data transparency to increase equity. This initiative included ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning and provides valuable takeaways in career navigation and operational excellence

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The Power of Inclusive Design

As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning regularly invites leaders, experts, and practitioners to share knowledge and insights as part of the ACT Equity Speakers Series. In collaboration with ACT’s Accessibility Office, the Center has invited Dr. M. Leona Godin, a celebrated writer of “There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness”, performer, educator, and editor to join us.

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Honoring MLK: the Science and Storytelling of Unconscious Bias in Education


Join us Tuesday, January 31, for a free webinar to:

  • understand the research regarding the impact of unconscious bias in education;
  • learn strategies for developing more inclusive environments in education; and
  • see the power of inclusive environments in helping diverse social groups thrive and succeed.

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#WhyApply Day

ACAC encourages everyone to wear your college gear and head to your favorite social media channels to share why you believe students should apply to college. Use the hashtag #WhyApply.

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National College Attainment Network Conference

Lisa King, ACAC director, presenting “The Pandemic’s Impact on Students’ Postsecondary Decisions: Where Do We Go From Here?”

Sustaining Sponsor: ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning

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Webinar – Why Host a College Application Event: Insights from ACAC 2021 Schools of Excellence

Co-hosted by ACAC and National College Attainment Network

Learn the importance of hosting a college application event, innovative ways to reach students in person or virtually, and ways to remove barriers that prevent students from applying to a postsecondary institution.

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