2020 Kickoff Institute

July 14, 2020 - July 16, 2020

Virtual Conference
1:00 - 5:30 p.m. ET daily

The Kickoff Institute is designed to prepare college teams to begin or intensify the process of transformative institutional improvement. Attendees will begin planning for the integration and alignment of their student success work into a single cohesive effort with their ATD coaches. Colleges will also be introduced to ATD’s Institutional Capacity Framework, which enables them to unify their efforts and initiatives into a comprehensive student success effort. Teams will return to campus with a roadmap for moving forward.

This year’s Kickoff Institute will take place in three phases over the course of the 2020-2021 academic year:

  • A virtual Kickoff event (July 14-16, 2020, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. ET)
  • An ATD supported campus launch during each college’s respective fall convocation (Fall 2020); and
  • A pre-conference institute at DREAM 2021
  • Achieving the Dream has adjusted the format of Kickoff this year in light of COVID-19 and the disruptions it has created.


By the end of the Kickoff Institute your team will be able to:

  • Understand how to use Achieving the Dream’s Institutional Capacity Framework to build capacity for planning and implementing integrated, holistic student success reforms.
  • Develop a communication plan to share what you have learned, convey how your college will begin building institutional capacity, and build support and engagement with your colleagues.
  • Develop a work plan of essential next steps for what you will accomplish before your college’s first coaching site visit.

Not ready to officially commit to joining ATD? ATD offers a Kickoff Preview Experience to select colleges. The Kickoff Preview Experience provides college teams the opportunity to participate in sessions on key issues around student success, work with an ATD Coach, and experience the benefits of engaging with a cohort of colleges in ATD's Network.

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