Promising practices: Using data and rigorous coursework to help students navigate college and career

At a moment in time when reliable, trusted data are needed most, ACT’s 2020 graduating class data release webinar will look at year-over-year trends and spotlight the critical need for students to have support in navigating high school and their transition to postsecondary education and career, including a high school core curriculum that includes rigorous coursework. In the webinar, we will focus on access, opportunity, and equity in education, as well as how data, now more than ever, is needed to address systemic gaps in education as persistent educational divides remain stark.

While the need to address systemic issues is key, we have carefully identified a diverse group of exemplary high schools which are helping their students find success while serving predominately high populations of minority/underserved students in rural, urban, and suburban areas. These schools are outperforming expectations compared to their peers.

What are they doing? Join us for this 60-minute webinar, which includes a panel moderated by Janet Godwin, ACT CEO, to learn more about what they are doing to help their students and ways to employ data to improve learning and create more equitable outcomes.


Date: November 12, 2020
Time: 4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. PT
Duration: 60 minutes



Janet GodwinJanet Godwin, ACT CEO

Janet Godwin, Interim CEO and COO, started at ACT in 1990. She spent her first years in test development and research before moving on to roles in information technology and operations, including director of client engagement, assistant vice president of contract operations, vice president of operations, and chief of staff and chief accountability officer. She has held the position of COO since 2014.

Janet has an MA in English from the University of Iowa and a BA in English from the University of Oklahoma, has completed graduate work in Instructional Design and Technology, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Godwin was elected to the board of education of the Iowa City Community School District in September 2017 and serves on the boards of Kirkwood Community College Foundation and MidWestONE Bank. She is the past board president of the Iowa City Community School District Foundation.


Grecia MartinezGrecia Martinez, lead secondary interventionist, Uplift Williams Preparatory High School

Grecia Martinez is a native of Mexico and DACA recipient who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Texas A&M University. Her path through education as an undocumented student and now DACA recipient led her to pursue a career in the education field and continues to drive her work to close inequities and academic gaps within low SEC communities, especially the Hispanic community, by challenging her students to their full potential via quality and rigorous instruction.

She works at the high school she attended, Uplift Williams Preparatory, where she strives to open up the same and hopefully more opportunities to her students as the ones that she had during her time as a student there. This is her fifth year in education and second as lead secondary interventionist.

Domingo MontenegroDomingo Montenegro, English language arts department chair, Doral Academy Chater High School

Domingo M. Montenegro has been teaching for twenty-two years at the high school level. He earned degrees at Barry University and Florida International University. For the past five years he has served as English language arts department chair at Doral Academy Chater High School.

Additional panelists will be announced soon.