DREAM Studios

DREAM Studios are two-hour workshops 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. DREAM Studio Workshops are open to all DREAM 2021 registered attendees.

DREAM Studio Workshops Registration Fee:
$75 per workshop for in-Network Colleges
$100 for out-of-Network attendees.


11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET 

Community Colleges as Engines for Upward Mobility and Community Vitality
dual pandemics of COVID-19 and racism are attacking our communities, but they are not attacking what community colleges do best - a strength that we must leverage now, more than ever - our localness. Responding to exposed inequities in educational and other systems will require community colleges to intensify efforts aimed at building equitable and inclusive communities. New forms of collaboration with employers, transfer institutions, and other community organizations will be necessary to help students and communities recover and thrive post-COVID. Participants will learn about new data analytics that colleges can use to understand local and regional supply/demand gaps, disaggregated by student populations, and then hear how one college has worked over multiple years to increase social and economic mobility and community recovery and vitality. Participants will gain new insights for how they and their colleges can assess needs and opportunities to mount similar efforts in their communities.

Diving into the Postsecondary Data Partnership (PDP) Dashboards for Decision Support (Sold Out)
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 and equity gaps, benchmark against peer institutions, meet various reporting requirements, and monitor the impact of large-scale reforms like pathways. This hands-on workshop focuses on helping institutions use the PDP data to answer key questions about 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 to answer exercises designed to highlight the usefulness of the PDP for decision support. The workshop will also include discussions on how to use available 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. 

Building a Culture of Teaching & Learning Excellence 
Colleges across the ATD network are moving the needle on student success through renewed attention to teaching and learning. This workshop will guide participants through ATD’s four cornerstones for building a culture of teaching and learning excellence. We will share ATD’s new Teaching & Learning Toolkit as a key resource, along with case studies from ATD colleges that exemplify these excellence cornerstones. Participants will learn about the importance of promising practices like open, digital, and culturally-responsive pedagogy; about the essential role of collaborative partnerships between faculty and student affairs professionals; and about the need to center high-impact professional learning programs to support educators as they work to foster student learning and success. This session is ideal for faculty, faculty developers, department chairs, deans, and academic affairs leaders with responsibility for building institutional capacity in teaching and learning. 

Understanding the K-12 Landscape to Build Rigorous Postsecondary On-ramps for Non-traditional Students
This session is designed for college teams looking to enhance their enrollment pipeline by strengthening their understanding of the K-12 landscape in their communities. Teams will get a chance to roll up their sleeves and work to map out the gaps and opportunities that exist within their own school district partnerships. 

College teams will leave the session with a plan to ask the right questions of their local partners, understand student outcome data coming out of state accountability-focused K-12 systems, and build and strengthen existing partnerships with districts and community partners with an eye to create highly supportive, rigorous postsecondary on-ramps designed to foster a sense of belonging and college success for high school students on campus.


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