2019 ATD Holistic Student Supports Institute

October 1, 2019 - October 4, 2019

Oak Brook / Chicago, IL



What does the ideal support experience look like for today’s students?

Join over 300 colleagues from across the country working on tackling this opportunity at the premier working institute for holistic student supports. Whether your college is just beginning conversations on how to more holistically support your students or is deep into the implementation of addressing all student needs, this institute is your opportunity to harness the expertise of Achieving the Dream’s diverse network of colleges and national experts working to design, implement, and assess a “whole college” approach to improving student outcomes.

NEW for 2019!

This year, we are offering two distinct experiences at the institute to best serve colleges in different places in their student support redesign:

  1. HSS Exploration Experience
  2. HSS Design Experience

1.) HSS Exploration Experience

Further your understanding of the systemic components of a holistic approach to supporting students and learn best practices for planning and implementing your own student supports redesign. In addition to engaging presentations and workshops, this track offers structured peer learning opportunities, team working time, and the flexibility to work at your own pace with guidance available when needed.
This experience is for those who:

  • Are looking for fresh ideas to enhance the way you support your students.
  • Have been implementing student support reforms for years and are looking to their peers and national experts for the next phase of their redesign.
  • Are attending as the sole representative from their institution.
  • Do not work at a college but want to engage in a valuable learning experience on supporting student success.


2.)  HSS Design Experience

Limited to the first 15 institutions.
Dive into an intensive, facilitated planning period focused on a specific redesign or problem you would like to tackle. In addition to engaging presentations and workshops, this track provides you with plenty of team working time along with the structure, guidance, and resources needed for you to leave with a strong plan for implementing the solution(s) you identify.
This experience is for those who:

  • Are looking for in-depth support in tackling a specific problem or redesign?
  • Want to learn a valuable process for solving complex problems with equity at the center of your solutions (our student-centered design process).
  • Want input and advice from an expert coach before and after the institute.
  • Are working to design a student support approach that centers equity for your students.
  • Are willing to commit to send a team of at least 5 individuals, including one senior decision-maker, and complete the pre-work required to maximize your time with us.

Contact Us
Unsure of which track you should attend? We are happy to schedule a consultation call to help you determine which experience is right for your institution. Contact: Julia Lawton, Director of Holistic Student Supports, at jlawton@achievingthedream.org.

Registration is open!
Our first two institutes in 2017 and 2018 sold out quickly. We encourage you to register early. Please be sure to register with your own email address (not solely an assistant’s email) to receive the institute pre-work and receive your facilitator assignments.


Practitioner Fellowship Sponsored by Ascendium Education Group: Apply for Financial Support

If financial constraints are hampering your ability to attend this institute, consider applying for a Practitioner Fellowship sponsored by Ascendium Education Group through this survey The fellowship  is primarily designed to support smaller, rural colleges with large percentages of Pell eligible students.

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