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Strengthening Teaching and Learning Seminar Series

Application Due: August 2, 2024

Join the 2024–25 series! 

Community colleges nationwide recognize that evidence-based pedagogies and student supports are key to advancing equity, student success, and career preparation. High-impact professional learning engages front-line educators in efforts to scale such equity-focused change. 

ATD’s Strengthening Teaching and Learning Seminar Series, previously known as Building Capacity for Change, is designed to help ATD Network colleges strengthen their ability to engage educators and build student success. Tailored for cross-sectional teams, this interactive series empowers you to apply a comprehensive framework for high-impact professional learning to your own campus needs and goals. 

Applications are now open for the 2024–25 series.  

Learn effective capacity-building strategies, develop a professional learning action plan with your team, and build connections to a national network of support. Apply to join the next cohort of educators building capacity for change! 

Instructions: Download and fill out the ATD Strengthening Teaching and Learning Seminar Series Application. Send completed application materials, including the letter of support from your president or CAO, to: [email protected].   

Final application deadline: August 2, 2024

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About the Program

The Building Capacity for Change series uses insights from ATD’s Teaching & Learning Toolkit and links leadership teams from across the ATD Network. With coaching from professional development leaders, teams collaboratively help each other assess current capacity, identify challenges, and develop strategic action plans to move forward.

At the program’s conclusion, teams come away with resources for research-based pedagogies and student support structures, strategies proven to advance equity-focused change, a cohesive action plan for professional learning impact, and strong connections with peers throughout the ATD Network.

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Initially piloted with three small cohorts of colleges in 2020–21, the professional learning seminars have drawn rave reviews.

“Having a framework to approach our work was excellent.”

“I am gaining a lot of insight because of the intentional, deeper level conversations with our campus team members. In addition, we are learning strategies and practices from other colleges to help strengthen our program.”

“It was an invaluable experience … I feel that there has been a shift collectively in our focus on professional learning and equity-minded implementation of the practices we learned in the program.”


The program was also highlighted in a cover story in the March/April 2022 edition of Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning.

Read the Open-Access Article

Cover of Change: The Magazine for Higher Learning

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