Call For Proposals

Achieving the Dream (ATD) is pleased to issue this Call for Session Proposals for DREAM 2020, ATD's 16th Annual Conference, scheduled for February 18-21, 2020 at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort and Conference Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

DREAM is the annual convening of the Achieving the Dream Network. This flagship event brings together over 2,300 influential policy-makers, investors, thought-leaders, and practitioners from more than 300 colleges throughout the country to facilitate an exchange of ideas about evidence-based reform strategies.

Proposals for two types of learning sessions are invited:

  • Concurrent Sessions: 75-minute presentations of significant, sustainable improvements in student outcomes. CLOSED
  • 20 x 20 Presentations:  ATD's exciting and fast-paced version of Pecha Kucha™ presents 20 slides with 20 seconds per slide in which you can highlight a particular institutional or pedagogical practice.

Concurrent Sessions proposals are due September 16, 2019. CLOSED

Proposals for the 20 x 20 Presentations are due November 15, 2019.

Download the complete DREAM 2020 submissions guidelines here.


ATD DREAM Conference Overview

DREAM provides participants with opportunities to engage with and learn from colleges that have achieved significant, sustainable improvements in student outcomes. This year, ATD is organizing these learning opportunities around the framework of the journey that students take from the time they decide to attend college until they earn a credential with labor market value (commonly known as a “pathway”).

Community college students confront multiple academic, financial and personal hurdles along the journey, and too few of them make it to completion. Collectively, we have learned that strategies and interventions to address these hurdles do not result in significant or sustainable improvement unless they are comprehensive, integrated, and implemented at scale. Bold, transformative actions are required to change institutional expectations and outcomes.

Building on strong cultures of evidence and inquiry, and leveraging their institutional capacities, ATD colleges have used the pathways framework to identify barriers to success, define individual student needs, and develop intentionally structured educational experiences that equitably support students to achieve their career and educational goals. The Concurrent Sessions will recognize the contributions ATD colleges and other practitioners have made in these areas.

Successfully delivered session presentations will:

  • Incorporate instructional techniques with the purpose of engaging attendees in the content of the session, such as think-pair-share, facilitated whole-group discussions, mini-case studies, role-playing, collaborative problem-solving, concept application, and similar techniques to engage participants in active learning during the session.
  • Share data that describes the student success/equity gap problem the institution was attempting to resolve
  • Describe the student success strategy(ies) that was implemented
  • Explain how the student success strategy(ies) was implemented at scale, including communications and engagement strategies
  • Identify challenges faced in implementation or scaling and how they were mitigated
  • Provide results that demonstrate a clear link between the strategies implemented and student outcomes improvement, using relevant metrics with specific attention to equity gaps
  • Share lessons learned
  • Share how your session relates to ATD's Institutional Capacity Framework, which identifies the seven building blocks of a high performing college.
ATD's Seven Areas of Institutional Capacity Framework

For specific information regarding submission of a proposal for a Concurrent Session and/or a 20 x 20 presentation, please click a button below:

Concurrent Sessions                 20x20 Presentations


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