ATD Network News: December Edition

December 2019


DREAM 2020 Opening and Closing Plenary Speakers Announced

James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic and co-author with his wife Deborah of Our Towns, will deliver the DREAM 2020 opening keynote address. After crisscrossing the country to visit numerous small cities and towns, Fallows concludes that community colleges are critical to our nation’s economic and civic future, particularly in smaller communities where they are at the center of finding solutions to seemingly intractable challenges. He’ll share insights from his travels and work. Crystal Echo Hawk (Pawnee) will deliver DREAM’s closing keynote. Echo Hawk works with Native artists and thought leaders in pop culture, media, and social justice to advance new narratives that can transform hearts and minds and dismantle the invisibility, erasure, and toxic narratives that impact Native peoples today. This work has arisen out of the groundbreaking initiative, Reclaiming Native Truth: A Project to Dispel America’s Myths and Misconception. The Closing Plenary will also include reflections by the 2020 DREAM Scholars, a highlight of the conference each year. Register for DREAM 2020 today.

ATD Discussion Guide Helps Colleges Support Student Parents

As part of our Community College Women Succeed initiative, Achieving the Dream has released a discussion guide that profiles the stories of several adult women students charting new paths for themselves and their families. Their experiences both on and off campus help inform our understanding of the supports and culture that we can develop and enhance on our campuses in order to provide these students the support they need to achieve their educational goals. We invite ATD Network colleges to use this guide and accompanying videos to broaden the dialogue on campus about how best to support student parents. Please share the videos featuring critical student voices and add to the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #CCWomenSucceed. Visit our Community College Women Succeed page to view the discussion guide and videos, and convene a discussion group on your campus in the coming weeks.  

Report Focuses on Role of Faculty Professional Development in Student Learning  

In early December, the Every Learner Everywhere Project released a report, The New Learning Compact, that calls for colleges and state systems to have conversations about educational change and how to think about the role of faculty professional development in student learning. Jonathan Iuzzini, Achieving the Dream’s Director of Teaching and Learning, was a member of the primary drafting group of educational development field leaders and ATD President and CEO Dr. Karen A. Stout’s 2018 Dallas Herring Lecture was featured prominently. The report largely reflected Dr. Stout’s call for a system that “places faculty members, departments and divisions at the center of a process focused on the design and refinement of inclusive pedagogical practices.” The full report is available on the Every Learner Everywhere website. 

Reflections on Reflections

ATD President and CEO Dr. Karen A. Stout shares what we learn from the annual reflections process, why it is so important to our thinking, and how Achieving the Dream uses what we learn to plan for the future. The process is intended to help ATD Network colleges look at their work with different eyes, and to help ATD look at ourselves through the eyes of the practitioners on our network campuses. A number of themes emerged around institutional transformation, including Early Momentum Metrics, Equity, Credentials with Labor Market Value, and Centering Teaching and Learning. Read Dr. Stout’s full blog for additional details on the themes from this year’s Annual Reflections, and the actions taken by ATD to address those themes.

Early Bird Discount for DREAM 2020 Ends December 13

DREAM 2020 is rapidly approaching, and the early bird discount ends December 13. DREAM is the country’s premier convening for learning and sharing about practice, research, and trends in strategies that address system inequities within higher education to increase social and economic mobility for all students and families. ATD’s 2020 event in National Harbor, MD, features the second annual ATD Equity Institute on February 18 and hundreds of opportunities to hear from and meet with the nation’s top leaders in higher education reform. Register today!

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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. Registration is now open.

ATD Teaching and Learning Summit
April 22-25, 2020

Participants at the ATD Teaching and Learning Summit will learn how colleges can create a culture of teaching and learning excellence for student success. The Summit is uniquely designed to support institutional teams in examining classroom-based practices. Full details, including registration information, will be available in January.





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