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All Access – News for Members

02/23/2016
This year, the A Dream Deferred planning committee has amassed a dynamic set of speakers and presenters who will spark lively and necessary discussion of issues of race, inclusion, diversity, and college access for African American students. And if these speakers aren’t reason enough to attend this unique event, we've identified some additional motivation for your consideration.
Southern Regional Forum: 4 Ways to Bridge the Gap Between High School and College
02/19/2016
Orange County Public Schools has added a college transition counselor to the staff at each of their high schools. At the College Board’s Southern Regional Forum, two of these counselors, Heather Alexander and Latashia Joseph, shared how their work has helped the students and parents of Orange County and offered advice based on lessons learned.
Cyndie Schmeiser, chief of assessment for the College Board.
02/19/2016
Over three years ago, the College Board embarked on the process of redesigning the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 8/9. The new exams are focused on what research tells us students need to know to be ready for college and career, and they better reflect what students are learning in class. All three exams in the SAT Suite of Assessments are on the same score scale, so students and educators can easily track student progress toward readiness over time.
Panelists at the 2016 College Board Western Regional Forum Plenary Session
02/12/2016
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
02/12/2016

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.
02/09/2016

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.

Keynote Speaker Dr. Terrell Strayhorn speaks with Midwestern Regional Forum attendees after his session.
02/09/2016

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.

New Automated Writing Tool Opens Worlds of Possibility for SpringBoard Students, Teachers
02/05/2016

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
02/05/2016
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.
01/28/2016

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:

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