ATD In The Field & In the News

The Achieving the Dream team is in the field this week on campus site visits and participating in summits, conferences, workshops, and meetings across the country. Keep up with us on Twitter @achievethedream.


American Association of community College Annual Convention

Achieving the Dream staff and Board members and Network college leaders are participating in the American Association of Community College’s 99th Annual Convention in Orlando, FL where they will share what they have learned about today’s most important topics in higher education. Full schedule available here.

Leading Change: How Two Presidents implemented Achieving the Dream


Monday, April 15 1:00 – 1:50 p.m.

Presidents from an urban and a rural college share how they increased student success through effective implementation of Achieving the Dream initiatives.

• Dr. Tracy D. Hall, president, Southwest Tennessee Community College
• Dr. Chris Whaley, JD, president, Roane State Community College

Holistic Student Supports: Designing to Serve All Students


Monday, April 15 2:00 – 2:50 p.m.

How can your institution support all students in staying on their paths? Attend this session to explore the principles underlying a holistic student supports approach and the lessons and strategies for successful implementation. Participate in a case study activity to explore the application of holistic student supports principles in practice.

• Dr. Samuel Hirsch, vice president, Community College of Philadelphia
Julia Lawton, director, Holistic Student Supports, Achieving the Dream


Portland Opportunity Youth Job Fair



On Friday, April 19th, Gateway to College is hosting the second annual Portland Opportunity Youth Jobs Fair. The Fair will host 50 employers, more than a dozen service providers, and up to 2000 youth, ages 16-24

Network Visits

Leon Hill, stragetic data and technology coach, will be visiting a college in Minnesota for a coach visit. 

Jonathan Izzuni, director of teacher and learning, and Fran Carpenter, associate director of the OER initiative, will be visiting a college in Florida. 

Laurie Heacock, senior advisor of data and analytics, is visiting multiple ATD colleges in Texas.


Maine’s universities, long shrinking, have traded places with community colleges

Study planned on first-generation students

Carol Walls achieves the dream through turmoil at 58


ATD Teaching & Learning Summit: May 30 – June 1, 2019

Building a Culture of Teaching Excellence for Student Success

ATD’s new Teaching & Learning Summit will strengthen the role of Centers for Teaching and Learning and empower faculty as leaders in addressing issues of student access, achievement, persistence, completion, and equity in teaching and learning. Teams composed of faculty members, academic affairs administrators, faculty developers and Center for Teaching & Learning directors will engage with experts in teaching and learning, coaches, and practitioners from ATD colleges as they devise action plans to bolster their institution’s teaching and learning capacity and expand the use of evidence-based classroom techniques. The Summit program will feature multiple tracks, including one on implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER) that will showcase the role of OER in fostering open pedagogy and how best to integrate the use of OER in broader institutional student success strategies. Register today!

2019 ATD Data & Analytics Summit: September 11 – 13, 2019

Mark your calendars for ATD’s fifth annual two-day summit for institutional researchers, IT professionals, administrators, faculty, and staff as well as members of colleges’ student success and data teams at two-year and four-year institutions. Learn from peers and experts to identify and seize opportunities to use data in more impactful ways to advance student success. Registration opens soon!

2019 ATD Holistic Student Supports Institute: October 1-4, 2019

Join expert practitioners and ATD staff for an intensive working institute designed for two-year and four-year institutional teams of four or more, including administrators, frontline staff, faculty, and IR/IT staff. Teams examine student movement through their institutions and prepare to design a student support model that addresses the needs of the whole student, based on ATD’s Holistic Student Supports Framework.

SAVE THE DATE: ATD DREAM 2020: February 18-21, 2020

Connect with more than 2,000 of the nation's thought leaders, policy makers, and investors at DREAM 2020, Achieving the Dream's flagship conference.  Share your knowledge and learn how your colleagues across the country are advancing student success.

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