DREAM 2016 Plenaries Accent Student Experience, Teaching and Learning, College Costs and New ATD Directions

Achieving the Dream’s annual DREAM Institute for Student Success will be in Atlanta from February 23-26.  DREAM offers an invaluable opportunity to learn from community college peers. It connects leaders who share the same commitment to student success, test solutions to tough problems, and embrace new ways of improving student outcomes. 

Plenary sessions are the heart of the DREAM program. They showcase Achieving the Dream College and Network achievement and highlight our priorities. This year’s plenaries, listed below, are designed to inspire us to think more creatively about the way we lead and act to improve student success.

  • The Opening Plenary on Tuesday afternoon features a keynote address by ATD President and CEO Dr. Karen A. Stout outlining ATD’s new direction.  We are thrilled to also feature a presentation by NOVA student Mariam Myelle.
  • The Wednesday Plenary on Teaching and Learning: Faculty-Led Reform, a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Nicole Edgecombe, Community College Research Center Senior Research Associate, illustrates the emerging role of faculty as change agents on campus.
  • Thursday morning’s William E. Trueheart Forum on Equity and Excellence: America’s College Promise, moderated by Dr. Walter Bumphus, president of the American Association of Community Colleges, spotlights Dr. Martha Kanter, leader of the College Promise Advisory Board and former Under Secretary of Education; and Francois Strydom from South Africa’s University of the Free State.
  • The Thursday Plenary Luncheon ED Talks, modeled after the TED Talk format, will feature three prominent social and economic change experts who will highlight the “frozen” economic mobility of low income youth and suggest using community colleges as the hub of collective impact strategies to change the odds for these young adults.
  • The Friday Closing Plenary features presentations from six DREAM Student Scholars and Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore, who writes about the journeys of two young men with the same name who grow up in the same decaying city. One becomes a successful businessman while the other is imprisoned for murder.

DREAM 2016 is the place to be.  Click here for more information.

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