In December 2016, Achieve celebrated its 20th anniversary by bringing together partners and practitioners from across the nation. The discussion about the current state and future of college and career readiness in the U.S. also included a look at how far the work has come since Achieve's founding in 1996. This video  gives an overview of the major milestones in the effort to increase college and career readiness for all students.
The meeting included keynote addresses from J.D. Vance, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis and Juan Salgado, President and CEO of the Instituto del Progreso Latino.
Additional panelists on the agenda included: Jonathan Abundez, High School Senior, Cesar Chavez High School, Washington, DC; Bootsie Battle-Holt, 2016 Los Angeles Unified School District and Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year; Andrew Brennen, National Field Director, Student Voice; Governor Phil Bredesen, Governor of Tennessee (2003-2011); Lydia Burns, Freshman, University of Louisville; Linda Darling-Hammond, President, Stanford Learning Policy Institute and Faculty Director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education; Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, 2016 Washington Teacher of the Year; Stan Litow, Vice President, Corporate Community Relations, IBM and President of the IBM International Foundation; Candice McQueen, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Education; Madison Ortega, Rowan County Senior High School, Morehead, Kentucky; Gerard Robinson, Resident Fellow, Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute; Cathy Whitehead, 2016 Tennessee Teacher of the Year; and Jamie Woodson, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE).