Congratulations to College Board’s Gold Leaf Official SAT Practice Student Ambassadors
Congratulations to College Board’s Gold Leaf Official SAT Practice Student AmbassadorsAya Takemoto, Director, SAT Practice and Access to Opportunity at the College Board
Last fall, eleven school districts across the country partnered with the College Board to run the Official SAT Practice Student Ambassadors Pilot Program. Throughout the year, over 100students engaged with their classmates and communities to spread the word about Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy.
In March, participating educators had the opportunity to nominate their Ambassadors for Gold Leaf status. Sixteen Ambassadors have been selected to receive this honor for demonstrating a commitment to go above and beyond their Ambassador duties. Two students were also awarded Gold Leaf with Distinction (denoted with an asterisk below) for making a marked impact on their communities. All nominations speak to the development and application of the students’ leadership skills in their role as an Ambassador.
We applaud these 16 students for demonstrating a strong commitment to helping their communities to take advantage of Official SAT Practice on their paths to college:
These Ambassadors led a number of engagement activities, including:
- Organizing practice tests and study groups,
- Running social media campaigns,
- Hosting SAT Practice competitions,
- Collaborating on SAT Practice Action Plans,
- Starring in informational videos (in Klein, TX and Jersey City, NJ), and
- Presenting to students, school administrators/staff, parents, and middle schoolers.
As the students planned and executed these activities, Jersey City Teacher, Emily Quinn said of her Ambassador, “Tiarah thought carefully about how to include all of the students in our school and how to motivate different types of learners.”
Educators also noted the deeper changes that they witnessed in both the students’ leadership development and the culture and conversations around college readiness on their campuses. “Sharing their perspective helped create a more student-centered process in the College and Career Resource Center. The activities that they created and the discussions we had will certainly have a great impact on the younger students,” says Malia Kau, a college counselor at Radford High School in Honolulu, HI.
Many Ambassador programs demonstrated strong partnerships between students and educators to increase access to college and career resources. We saw one such partnership in Pearland Independent School District. Here, Jalen Ray used social media to provide quizzes, encouragement and information about study skills. Next year, the campus will increase the number of SAT Prep courses due to his success in increasing interest amongst students.
Here at the College Board, we are excited to see the power of the student voice in clearing a path for other students’ futures. As Jennifer Ertel from Houston Independent School District notes about her Ambassador, Kaia Keigler, “Being an ambassador has really shown her that self-empowerment leads to empowering others. She is really beginning to understand how powerful a single voice can be.”
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