Media Alert: 15TH Annual DREAM Convening

The 15th annual DREAM convening hosted by Achieving the Dream will bring over 2,300 higher education leaders, policy makers, and faculty together for four days in Long Beach, CA, to participate in more than 120 sessions, plenaries, and workshops. New this year is an all-day event focusing on equity, the ATD Equity Institute. We will also be including a special presentation on the 15th anniversary which will highlight a brief history of Achieving the Dream while also setting the tone for our future, which will include recognition of founders, early partners, funders and other special guests.

Special announcements include presenting the Leah Meyer Austin Award, the highest honor a college in the Achieving the Dream Network can earn. The award recognizes institutional strength, aligned policies and procedures, a student-focused culture, notable increases in student outcomes, and reduction of equity gaps. We will also recognize the new Leader Colleges and Leader Colleges of Distinction. Colleges in the ATD Network that have shown measurable progress in areas critical to improving success for all community college students are recognized as a Leader College.  New for 2019, Colleges selected as a Leader College of Distinction show improvement on three student outcome metrics including at least one lagging indicator such as completion or transfer. In addition, they show the narrowing of equity gaps on at least two metrics.

We will be releasing a new publication, The Urgent Case: Focusing the Next Generation of Community College Redesign on Teaching and Learning, the 2018 Dallas Herring Lecture delivered by ATD President and CEO Dr. Karen A. Stout, published by North Carolina State University College of Education and will speak to ATD’s new work around teaching and learning. 
A signature event during the convening is the first ATD Equity Institute, an interactive program in which teams will develop a deeper understanding of what equity means and how equity is manifested or stifled on their campuses. The program will generate conversations about the challenges their students face and solutions that not only benefit the students but create advantages for the entire community.

Members of the press can attend DREAM at no charge. Also, while at the conference, we hope press will take advantage of our new Press Room, a quiet area we have designated for press only, where they can conduct interviews, write, make calls, etc. They will be directed to it when they arrive at the conference.

If you have any questions or want to speak with someone about this work, please contact Lynn Reddy lreddy@achievingthedream.org directly.

We look forward to seeing you in Long Beach.

Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a growing network of more than 277 community colleges committed to helping their students, particularly low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity. ATD is making progress in closing academic achievement gaps and accelerating student success through a unique change process that builds each college’s institutional capacities in seven essential areas. ATD, along with nearly 75 experienced coaches and advisors, works closely with Network colleges in 44 states and the District of Columbia to reach more than 4 million community college students. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Wakelet.

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