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All Access – News for Members

Members in the News: In Oakland, Building Boys Into Men
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.

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:

Addressing the Needs of First-Generation Students
“Diverse Perspectives on First-Generation Students,” a panel discussion at the Middle States Regional Forum in Baltimore, addressed issues and challenges related to students who are the first in their families to attend college.
How to Access, Understand, and Use PSAT/NMSQT Scores

This post originally appeared on the Forbes website on Jan. 12, 2016. Read the original here.

November is National American Heritage Month.

Last November marked the 25th anniversary of Native American Heritage Month. This yearly celebration provides a platform for Native Americans throughout the U.S. to share their culture and traditions. In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, we’re highlighting two professional programs at the College Board that focus on supporting Native American student success.

Getting to Know Ericka Miller, College Board's new Chief of Membership, Governance, and Higher Education
All Access got to chat with incoming Chief of Membership, Governance and Higher Education Ericka Miller about what drew her to the College Board, and how to choose the right climate for your next travel adventure.
"Explore College" Night at Ballou High School Gets Rave Reviews by Staff and Students
The “Explore College” night event at Ballou High School in Southeast Washington, D.C., held as part of Forum 2015, was a success for students who wanted to learn more about financial aid and college admission, as well as for College Board staff.
Trends in College Application, Admission, Enrollment, Prices, and Payoff
Guest Blogger Kristen Capezza, Executive Director of University Admissions at Adelphi University, captures a morning discussion at Forum titled Trends in College Application, Admission, Enrollment, Prices, and Payoff-- Read Kristen's recap!
Douglas Christiansen, chair of the Board of Trustees, presenting the College Board Medal for Distinguished Service to Education to Alma Powell

There was nothing but admiration and praise for Alma Powell and her America’s Promise Alliance as she received the College Board Medal for Distinguished Service to Education on Thursday. The medal is the highest honor given to any individual by the College Board, in recognition of outstanding national leadership and service in the advancement of educational opportunity.

Darcie Campbell, school counselor at California's Carpinteria High School
During this year's Forum, College Board All Access will occasionally highlight interviews with attendees to get their thoughts on the event and the work they're doing at their institutions.