Newest ATD Colleges Meet Virtually to Begin Their Work

Colleagues from six colleges new to the Achieving the Dream Network launched their ATD-supported student success work during the annual ATD Kickoff Institute, held virtually this year.

For three days last week, the college teams spent time meeting in the virtual lobby in between sessions, watching speakers on the plenary stage, and making new connections during networking receptions. They also met with their ATD coaches for the first time, beginning to organize their work for the coming year. Each college will also host a kickoff event at their institution in the fall.

Plenaries Set the Tone

In the opening plenary, ATD leaders Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO; Shauna Davis, executive director of programs; and Jonathan Iuzzini, director of teaching & learning walked the participants through a brief history of the community college reform movement, led by ATD since 2004, and what it means to be part of ATD’s national network.

And, always part of ATD’s work, student voices were included through the I Am From video featuring segments of Achieving the Dream student scholars’ personal poems. Additional plenaries included Using Data to Identify Your Student Success Priorities, Strengthening Teaching and Learning: Preparing Faculty to Ensure Students Are Learning, Mobilizing for Your First Year in ATD’s Network.

 

 

Additional plenaries included Using Data to Identify Your Student Success Priorities, Strengthening Teaching and Learning: Preparing Faculty to Ensure Students Are Learning, and Mobilizing for Your First Year in ATD’s Network.

The closing plenary was an inspirational journey through College of Lake County’s first year in the ATD Network. Led by Dr. Lori Suddick, CLC president, and Nick assistant director of student success strategy, the presentation used audio and video to show the creative ways they organized and kicked off their ATD work, infused equity throughout their Student Access & Success Plan, and shared lessons learned and advice for the colleges just starting their ATD work. Look for stories about College of Lake County’s journey in upcoming ATD e-newsletters and web stories.

Concurrents Covered Timely Topics

Teams also participated in concurrent sessions included learning ATD’s approach, a capacity-building framework and companion self-assessment Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool, that will enable them to pinpoint their strengths and areas for improvement. This framework integrates and aligns efforts that the colleges may have already begun to implement, such as guided pathways, integrated planning and advising, developmental education redesign, and assesses readiness for other large-scale change work.  

Other sessions covered timely topics including Building Adaptive Capacity for Resiliency and Agility; Becoming a Student-Ready College: Asking the Right Questions to Design Equitable Services and Supports. Presidents participated in Keeping Equity at the Center of Your Student Success Work, a session for CEOs, led by Dr. Stout and Montgomery College President Dr. DeRionne Pollard. 

Achieving the Dream 2020 Cohort

  • Central Arizona College (AZ)  
  • Compton College (CA) 
  • Clark State Community College (OH)
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College (WI)  
  • Northwest State Community College (OH)  
  • Wake Technical Community College (NC)  

If you are interested in learning how your institution can benefit from becoming part of the growing national Achieving the Dream Network, contact us at network@achievingthedream.org. We would be happy to talk with you.

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