Building Capacity for Change: Strengthening Professional Learning on Your Campus

Colleges across the country recognize that high-quality teaching advances meaningful change. 

Teaching & Learning toolkit guide coverAchieving the Dream is pleased to offer a new collaborative program, Building Capacity for Change: Strengthening Professional Learning on Your Campus. Drawing on ATD’s rich and dynamic new Teaching and Learning Toolkit, the program will bring together teaching and learning leadership teams from across the network for synchronous and asynchronous engagement. A structured community of practice will empower teams to apply a comprehensive framework for high-impact professional learning to their campus needs and goals.

With coaching from national professional development leaders, teams will help each other in a program that combines college-focused self-assessment and strategic planning with supportive cross-college community. At the program’s conclusion, teams will come away with a deepened understanding of proven strategies, a cohesive college-focused Professional Learning Action Plan, and connection to a growing national network of support.

Initially offered to three small cohorts of colleges in 2020–21, the seminar process has drawn rave reviews. In feedback surveys, 90% of participants rated “the support in applying the principles of high impact professional learning on my campus” as helpful or very helpful. And 96% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that the process helped them “identify campus strategies for strengthening professional learning design and leadership.”

“Having a Framework to approach our work was excellent,” wrote one participant. “It was compelling to learn from other faculty,” wrote another. “MORE!”

The Fall 2021 seminar will include eight meetings, two hours each, beginning August 24 and ending on December 9. In addition, each college team will meet with a Teaching & Learning coach for four hours of focused coaching sessions over the course of the seminar series.

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed, but teams interested in joining the Spring 2022 seminar experience should email

If you have other questions, please email

Building Capacity for Change: Fall/Winter 2021 Cohort
June 2021 Application open
August 6, 2021 Application deadline
August 11, 2021 Announcement of selected colleges.  Seminar pre-work released.
August 24 & 26, 2021 2-part seminar kickoff (2 hours each day)
September - November 2021 Five synchronous seminar meetings, 2 hours each on Thursday afternoons 
December 9, 2021 Seminar conclusion  

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