DREAM 2018

February 20, 2018 - February 23, 2018

Gaylord Opryland Resort
2800 Opryland Dr.
Nashville, TN 37214
(615) 889-1000
Rate: $204/night

Join us at our annual convening in Nashville, Tennessee
DREAM 2018
February 20-23, 2018
Gaylord Opryland Resort and Conference Center

DREAM is the annual convening of Achieving the Dream. It brings together more than 2,300 higher education leaders, policy-makers, investors, thought leaders, and practitioners from more than 200 community colleges dedicated to improving student success.

DREAM 2018 provides opportunities for attendees to share and reflect on lessons from experience with ATD; deepen understanding about ways to increase student success and to scale innovation; increase capacity for data analysis, program evaluation, and student-centered, data informed decision making; and continue to build learning communities within the ATD Network.

Attendee registration will open in early September.

Resort Accommodations: The ATD Conference rate is $204/night. Call 844-474-3429 for reservations.

DREAM 2018 Call for Proposals Now Open

ATD seeks proposals for three types of presentations:


  • Addresses one or more of ATD’s seven capacity areas.
  • Includes four or more semesters of evidence of success to support statements about positive outcomes or effectiveness of an intervention, practice, or policy.
  • Covers successes and struggles in the work being described using a style that will engage and involve the audience.
  • 75 minute presentation.

ATD is especially interested in workshops that also incorporate one or more of the four elements of guided pathways—clarify paths to student end goals, help students choose a path, help students stay on the path, and/or ensure that students are learning. 


  • Introduces promising strategies or demonstrates strategic uses of technology.
  • Evidence of success is not required.
  • Sign-up is open to representatives of any ATD Network institution.


  • Showcases a specific institutional or pedagogical practice and highlights its impact.
  • Utilizes a presentation format of 20 slides, each displaying for 20 seconds (totaling six minutes, 40 seconds).
  • Evidence of success is not required.
  • Sign-up is open to representatives of any ATD Network institution.

To submit a proposal for a workshop, poster session, or 20x20 presentation, please log on to the online submission site here. You will be asked to create an account, and then shown detailed submission instructions.

Preliminary DREAM 2018 Conference Schedule

February 20
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshops

Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Opens, featuring Industry Insight Sessions

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Opening Plenary Session

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Opening Reception in Exhibit Hall

February 21
8:00 a.m. – Noon
Plenary Sessions
Morning Concurrent Sessions
Presidents Colloquium
Spotlight Sessions

Noon – 3:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open, featuring Lunch, Innovative Collaboration Sessions, and Poster Sessions on Emerging Innovations

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

February 22
8:00 a.m. – Noon
Plenary Sessions
Morning Concurrent Sessions

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Luncheon Plenary Session

2:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
Spotlight Sessions
20x20 Presentations
The Finish Line Game Experience

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

February 23
8:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Closing Plenary Session

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