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Panelists at the 2016 College Board Western Regional Forum Plenary Session
Abby Hexter, Director, Communications
Aaron Lemon-Strauss, the College Board’s executive director of assessment prep programs, was joined by a venerable panel of practitioners to provide insight into strategies to help underrepresented students succeed. Anne DeLuca, associate vice chancellor for admissions & enrollment at University of California, Berkeley; Steve Fisk, principal of North Central High School in Washington state; and Michael McCormick, superintendent of California's Val Verde Unified School District, highlighted innovative yet simple ways to get all students on the path to college
From Preparation to Application: The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success
Crystal Barrick, Assistant Director, Communications
This year, students preparing for college will have a new tool at their fingertips — a suite of online, mobile-friendly platforms where they can store and curate the work they’re most proud of, build a college search list, keep track of their college application materials, and get advice from their counselors and trusted mentors. These resources come from the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success (CAAS), a diverse group of 90+ colleges and universities that are committed to providing college access to students of all backgrounds.
Counselors, financial aid professionals, and admission officers discuss the implications of prior-prior year at the College Board's Midwestern Regional Forum.
Abby Hexter, Director, Communications

It was standing-room only at today’s Midwestern Regional Forum session on prior-prior year and financial aid. A remarkably even cross-section of counselors, financial aid professionals, and admission officers gathered to hear colleagues discuss the implementation strategy for prior-prior year and its potential challenges over the next several months.

Terrell Strayhorn at the College Board's 2016 Midwestern Regional Forum.
Abby Hexter, Director, Communications

When Dr. Terrell Strayhorn took the stage to open the 2016 Midwestern Regional Forum, he expressed some lofty goals: to inform, inspire, and encourage the audience to take action. To that end, he suggested that this may be the right time not only to ask new questions, but to revisit the answers to old questions and see if they still make sense when it comes to effecting change in higher education.

Recognizing a Commitment to AP Access in Virginia
Dominique Jones, Associate Director, College Board
On January 27, the College Board hosted an AP Recognition Day in Richmond, Virginia, to celebrate five school divisions—King George, Prince William, Alexandria, Powhatan, and Stafford—that received the AP Honor Roll District Award in 2014 and 2015. These districts have created opportunities for students by adding new AP courses, identifying more students who are likely to succeed in AP, and offering these students extra encouragement to enroll.
Jenny Luo, Program Associate, Chinese Language & Culture Initiatives

The coming of the new year is a special celebration held at different times of the year and by different countries. Some communities celebrate the new year with bells, some do it by observing a moment of silence, and others do it with customs designed to bring nothing but good luck in the coming year. Although there are many differences among the celebrations, they all center around food, family, and best wishes for the months ahead.

Michael Preston, Associate Director, College Board

All Access spoke with Tom Wilkins, a tenth-grade English teacher at Henry Clay High School in Lexington, KY, about his experience using SpringBoard's English Language Arts curriculm with Revision Assistant. The interview below has been lightly edited and condensed.

Michael Preston, Associate Director, Communications

Can a computer program be trained to evaluate the quality of student essays? Yes — but only if there's a human hand to help guide it.

Members in the News: In Oakland, Building Boys Into Men
College Board Communications
The New York Times recently highlighted the Office of African American Male Achievement at Oakland Unified School District, the first department within a public school district that focuses on the needs of African American young men. Christopher P. Chatmon, executive director of the office, serves on the College Board’s College Planning Advisory Committee where he supports the College Board’s work to provide guidance to students on their road to college.
Erin Langlois, Associate Director, Membership/Field Engagement

At Forum 2015 in Washington DC, the College Board hosted a wide line-up of exemplary leaders who work daily to increase equity, access, and success in education. We also heard from inspiring students about which factors most affected their college preparatory experience. If you were unable to attend Forum, or want to relive a talk through sharing it with your colleagues and students, please check out the links below: