Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops are three- to six-hour sessions where practitioner experts facilitate a deep dive into effective practices to support your work and advance the field. Presentations focus attention on critical elements for advancing student success.

Pre-Conference Workshops Registration Fee: $175 per workshop for in-Network Colleges, and $225 for out-of-Network attendees, unless otherwise noted.

Space is limited. Please register today to reserve your seat.


Daylong Pre-Conference Workshops

Achieving the Dream's Equity Institute: From Theory to Practice

During this interactive day-long institute, institutional teams will engage in peer learning opportunities to deeper their understanding of equity, and experience what it looks like in practice. This year’s institute provides a unique opportunity to move beyond theoretical approaches to equity to practical strategies and solutions. Teams will engage in bold conversations with fellow practitioners who have successfully addressed equity challenges and problem solve with those beginning the journey to address equity challenges.

By the end of the institute, teams will outline an equity vision that describes the experience they want for their incoming Fall 2020 students and leave with strategic and concrete next steps to implement when they return to campus to move their vision forward.

We strongly encourage teams of 2-5 individuals per institution to attend to maximize the value of the working times and activities built into the institute. A team can be comprised of individuals empowered to and/or interested in pursuing equity on their campus and may include:

· Senior administrators

· Diversity officers

· Student affairs officers

· Faculty leaders

· Institutional research leaders

· Diverse perspectives and experiences

In-Network Fee: $400 w/DREAM 2020 attendance; $550 Equity Institute only
Out-of-Network Fee: $475 w/DREAM 2020 attendance; $595 Equity Institute only

Every Learner Everywhere

This convening is designed for teams from the 7 ATD network colleges participating in the Every Learner Everywhere Adaptive Courseware for Early Success (ACES) initiative. Sessions will focus on sharing emerging insights, reflections, lessons learned and plans for next steps. College teams will present their models of design and implementation and receive feedback from network partners on their plans to scale and sustain the work. The program will also feature presentations of preliminary data from STEM and Humanities courses. Participants will explore how integrating adaptive courseware is supporting student learning and engagement.

This session is by invitation only. Fee: Complimentary

Morning Pre-Conference Workshops

9:00 am-Noon

The Art of Communicating with Data and Analytics
Elizabeth (Lisa) Hill, Assistant Dean for Communication Design, Northern Virginia Community College
Elayne Reiss, Director of Research, Achieving the Dream,
Devora Shamah, Director of Research, Achieving the Dream
Ben Tankus, Data Analyst, Achieving the Dream

Your institution has tons of data…you have multiple constituencies and audiences…you produce numerous reports…you have scores of KPIs -- how do you use data and analytics to create urgency about your college’s student success work and about the progress you are making to help more students succeed? What are best ways to communicate with trustees? With faculty? With students? With employers? What role could data visioning and storytelling play in helping your institution be more competitive for external grants and awards?

This workshop will explore ways to connect your data with the stories of your work. Among the techniques to be discussed is data storytelling – what it is and how to use it to deepen understanding and commitment across your institution and community and in ways that make it easier for decision makers to understand and support your work. Participants will learn how to combine explorative data visualization with narrative techniques, consider the right times to use reports versus dashboards versus data storytelling, and practice crafting messages that move various constituencies to action.
Fee: $175 in-Network; $225 for out-of-Network.


Designing Faculty Professional Learning for Student Success
Jonathan Iuzzini, Director, Teaching & Learning, Achieving the Dream
Susan Bickerstaff, Senior Research Associate, Community College Research Center
Michael Bates, Dean of Teaching, Learning, & Distance Education, Harper College
Wendi Dew, Assistant Vice President, Teaching & Learning, Valencia College

Centers for Teaching and Learning (and other faculty development programs) should be at the core of a college's student success mission. This interactive workshop will be facilitated by experienced faculty and administrators who serve in faculty development roles. Learn more about best practices in designing faculty professional learning programs to engage your faculty in meaningful activities that improve classroom practice, develop reflective practitioners, build community, and positively impact student success. This workshop is ideal for those who are new to the faculty development field as well as those who are experienced and are interested in refining their college's existing faculty professional learning offerings.
Fee: $175 in-Network; $225 for out-of-Network.

Leveraging Our Student Success Work to Address Economic Mobility
Heather Belmont, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Indian River State College
Michael Baston, President, Rockland Community College
Lawrence Rouse, President, Pitt Community College
Susan Mayer, Chief Learning Officer, Achieving the Dream

The focus of our work in improving student and institutional outcomes has evolved from access to completion to completion with a credential that has value in the labor market that leads to opportunities for social and economic mobility. Community colleges have a responsibility to guide and support all students towards these outcomes in partnerships with employers, transfer institutions and other community organizations. This requires new forms of collaboration to support all students in career exploration, career pathways choices, co-curricular opportunities and life-long learning and skill development.

This preconference session will make the case for aligning labor market outcomes with programs of study for all students (transfer and workforce), identify data analytics that colleges can use to understand local and regional supply/demand gaps disaggregated by student populations, and share examples of partnerships that contribute to social and economic mobility.

Participants in this preconference may also be interested in registering for the Aspen Workforce Playbook preconference session “Setting a Vision for Talent Development and Economic Mobility…and then Delivering on It!” This preconference session will provide guidance on using Aspen’s Workforce playbook and tools for providing excellent career and technical education.
Fee: $175 in-Network; $225 for out-of-Network.

No Wrong Door: Preparing and Implementing a Holistic Student Supports Approach
Jennifer Hill Kelley, Achieving the Dream
Laurie Fladd, Holistic Student Support Coach, Achieving the Dream

A holistic student supports approach promotes and sustains long-term proactive, integrated academic and personal supports for every student. This hands-on working session is designed to build participants' foundational knowledge about holistic student supports, the tools and resources they can leverage, and to examine the institutional competencies required to be positioned for success. Participants will receive a hardcopy of ATD’s Holistic Student Supports Redesign Toolkit and will engage in meaningful discovery and strategy planning activities to take back to their campus to advance their college's redesign efforts.
Fee: $175 in-Network; $225 for out-of-Network.

Using Postsecondary Data Partnership (PDP) Resources: A Hands-On Approach for Institutional Leaders - SOLD OUT
Bobbie Frye, Achieving the Dream
Laurie Heacock, Senior Advisor of Data and Analytics, Achieving the Dream
Eric Godin, State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO)
Elizabeth Blackwell, Manager of Data Partnerships, National Student Clearinghouse

The Postsecondary Data Partnership (PDP), organized by the National Student Clearinghouse, is a nationwide effort to help colleges and universities gain a fuller picture of student momentum, progress and outcomes, meet various reporting requirements, and identify where to focus their resources. This workshop focuses on helping institutions use PDP data resources to improve institutional and student success. It will begin with a brief overview of the PDP for participants unfamiliar with the project. Then, using either their own institution’s data or a simulated institution’s data, participants will learn how to utilize PDP Tableau Dashboards and the PDP Analysis-Ready File to answer case study exercises designed to highlight the usefulness and applicability of the PDP. The workshop will also include discussions on how to use PDP resources to strategically share information with key stakeholders and tell your institution’s story. Finally, workshop participants will engage with each other to build a PDP network for future collaboration.

Lunch Included. Laptops recommended. 

Fee: $175 in-Network; $225 for out-of-Network.

Afternoon Workshops
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Increasing Equity through K-12 Partnerships: Focused Interventions for Underrepresented Populations
Pamela Blumenthal, Portland Community College
Nick Mathern, Vice President; K-12 Partnerships, Achieving the Dream
Elisabeth Barnett, CCRC, Teachers College, Columbia University
Stephanie Davolos, Gateway to College National Network
Nuri Chander-Smith, Dean of Academic Support & College Pathway Programs, Bunker Hill Community College
Christy Walker, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Central Oregon Community College

While high school students represent an increasing percentage of college enrollments, careful planning is needed to ensure that K-12 partnerships benefit the students that need them most. This session will draw on the experience of ATD’s Gateway to College network in designing early college programs for off-track and out-of-school high school aged youth. We will also highlight other successful K-12/college programs for students of color, as well as foster, homeless, and adjudicated youth.

We will examine key strategies and lessons learned about a range of K-12/college partnership models, including: The Gateway to College early college model, targeted dual enrollment programs, focused outreach, and culturally-specific college readiness and bridge programming. Participants will identify opportunities and equity gaps in their local education pipelines and explore K-12 partnership models that increase college readiness and enrollment of underrepresented student groups. We will explore staffing and budgeting implications for each model and participants will leave with a planning template and guiding questions to be used with local partners.
Fee: $175 in-Network; $225 for out-of-Network.

Leading from the Middle: A Leadership Development Academy for Faculty and Middle Managers
Jonathan Iuzzini, Director, Teaching & Learning, Achieving the Dream
Stephanie Whalen, Chair of the Academy for Teaching Excellence, Harper College
Shantell Strickland-Davis, Director, Learning Innovation & Instructional Design, Central Piedmont Community College

How can faculty and middle managers be most successful in supporting their college’s student success agenda? What does it mean to lead from the middle and to build authentic collaborations with colleagues across campus? What strengths must we call on to serve our students and our institutions in ways that go beyond the job we were originally hired to do? This interactive workshop will be facilitated by a team of experienced faculty leaders and middle managers who have embraced the change agent role on their campuses, some as leaders of their college’s ATD core team, others as leaders of guided pathways steering committees, academic departments, and student services offices. This workshop is ideal for faculty and mid-level managers interested in leading programs, departments, and institutional initiatives.
Fee: $175 in-Network; $225 for out-of-Network.

Leading Holistic Student Supports Redesign: A Workshop for College Leadership
Shauna Davis, Holistic Student Supports Coach, Achieving the Dream

Holistic student supports demands colleges make significant changes to their structures, policies, processes, and culture. This interactive workshop will equip college leadership (CEOs, senior leaders, and mid-level management) with a solid foundation for impactful holistic student supports by exploring the challenges and opportunities to successfully leading equity-based holistic redesign, with special emphasis on the systemic nature and organization of the work.

Participants will explore the critical work of preparing the college community for change and developing and supporting collaborative college teams. Leaders will also examine the core conditions necessary for successful implementation of holistic students supports redesign work at their colleges and leave with tools to support them in leading this work.
Fee: $175 in-Network; $225 for out-of-Network.

The OER Experience: Interactive OER Workshop
Richard Sebastian, Director, Open and Digital Learning, Achieving the Dream
Nate Angell, Director, Marketing, Hypotheses

You may have heard about open educational resources (OER), but have you ever wondered, “What it is like to be a student in a course that has transitioned from proprietary course materials to open educational resources?” Have you considered the on-the-ground challenges of a faculty member who decides to make a transition to OER? What about college administrators—how do they effectively juggle their support of institution-wide OER projects and their many other duties?

During this half-day workshop designed for college faculty and staff new to OER, you will experience OER from different institutional perspectives: as a college student enrolled in an OER course, a faculty member transitioning to OER in a course, and a college administrator overseeing an OER project. Together we’ll identify some of the advantages and challenges of OER use, learn about effective, research-based approaches to OER implementation, and discuss how participants can use what they learn back at their home institutions.

This is intended to be an immersive experience that employs simulation, role-play, and game-based activities. Come prepared to participate in hands-on, team-based activities, brainstorming sessions, and group discussions.
Fee: $175 in-Network; $225 for out-of-Network.

Setting a Vision for Talent Development and Economic Mobility…and then Delivering on It!
Tess Henthorne, Program Associate, College Excellence Program, The Aspen Institute
Carolyn McMorran, Assistant Vice President of Professional Continuing Education, Valencia College in Management and Organizational Leadership
Josh Wyner, Vice President, The Aspen Institute
Brittney Davidson, Senior Program Manager at the College Excellence Program, The Aspen Institute
Bob McKinley, Director of Economic and Workforce Development initiatives, Alamo Colleges

Approximately 15.7 million, or 24 percent, of the nation’s well-paying jobs require more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree. Community colleges offer an array of associate degrees, certificates, and industry credentials to help students directly enter a variety of career pathways, as well as an on-ramp to transfer to four-year, but some colleges do better than others delivering on this value proposition.

With this understanding, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program (CEP) has developed The Workforce Playbook, a practical guide to setting a vision for talent development and economic mobility and implementing a key set of practices to deliver upon this vision, in ways that balance the needs of students and employers to advance the overall prosperity of their regions.

This workshop will orient participants to Aspen’s new WorkForce Playbook and delve into the first of four domains (essential practices, processes, and mindsets) that are characteristic of exemplar colleges: Advancing a Vision for Talent Development and Economic Mobility. Participants will leave having identified at least one student population that may require more outreach/support in order to enroll and succeed within high-wage, high-demand programs and at least one program adjustment that may need to be made to better meet the needs of the labor market. The workshop will also examine the opportunities for regional collaborations among colleges in rural and other areas where good jobs requiring less than a Baccalaureate are scarce.
Fee: $175 in-Network; $225 for out-of-Network

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