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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.
College Board’s Access & Diversity Collaborative

Join the Access & Diversity Collaborative for on Wednesday, March 2, 3-4 pm ET, for a free webinar, Preparing for Fisher II on Your Campus. The webinar will provide recommendations to help institutions prepare for the U.S. Supreme Court’s second decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which is expected by late June 2016 (though it may come sooner). Written materials will be available in advance of the webinar. 

Student Voices: Learning from Those We Teach
The Southern Regional Forum closed out its first day with the voices of some of the most important players in education: the students.
Southern Regional Forum: 4 Ways to Bridge the Gap Between High School and College
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.
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.
How Educators are Using Khan Academy in the Midwest — and Seeing Results
As of Feb. 9, 2016, more than 800,000 unique users had visited Khan Academy’s Official SAT Practice website to prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT, and about 16 million practice items had been completed — 2.5 million during the most recent exam week alone. The College Board’s Aaron Lemon-Strauss delivered this good news at the Midwestern Regional Forum, then passed the mic to two educators who’ve found innovative ways to encourage SAT practice in their own communities: Maria Salinas, site coordinator at University of Michigan-Flint’s Neff Center, and Mark Lomax, senior director of teen programming at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus, Ohio (BGCC).
AP Teachers in the Spotlight

This winter, we’re celebrating two AP teachers who have been recognized for their commitment to their craft: Kenneth H. Keller, from George Walton Comprehensive High School in Marietta, GA, and Anthony Yom, from Lincoln High School in Los Angeles, CA.

Panelists at the 2016 College Board Western Regional Forum Plenary Session
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

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.

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.