We have been busy capturing and widely sharing the key themes at large conferences for the Achieving the Dream student success movement in 2017 in San Francisco and this year in Nashville. We’re seeing how visual workbooks and tools truly help participants stay inspired after the event, share the stories and big ideas, and foster quicker strategic action that is relevant to their priorities. Here are the big ideas from this year’s DREAM 2018 Conference, the 14th annual learning event of over 2,000 community college practitioners, policy makers, funders, and partners.  


Selected Graphic Recordings


January Meeting Notice and Agenda

Community Leaders, Educators and Employers, we want to invite you to join us for the second set of Little Rock NSEM Meetings.

West Central Community Center, 4521 John Barrow Road

Sunday, January 21st, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Welcome, Recap of December Meetings and Meet Newcomers

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Digging into the current workforce and opportunity pipeline by the three cycles and cogs: Foundational Education (Experience, Exposure, Network Support), Postsecondary Credential (Educational Experience, Work Experience, Support Network), and Workplace Entry and Advancement (Professional Development, Work Support, Professional Network).

A set of questions around each that surface what we are doing in LR in each cycle and what we need to know to be effective in each. These are at least three small groups, one for each cycle. Subgroups share their initial thoughts and findings with the whole group. There is a whole group reflection on how these three are disconnected and can be better connected so no person falls through the cracks.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM 
Putting expectations and hopes for 2018 on the calendar. Signing up for the working groups. Final reflections on the day and discussion about next steps and the Monday meeting.

Monday, January 22nd , 9 AM – Noon

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Welcome, Recap of Sunday Meeting and Meet Newcomers

9:30 AM – 10 AM
Systems versus Programs Game with three groups who are focused on the three cycles.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Cycle groups meet to discuss what it means for them in their cycle to take a more systemic approach. They come back and report to the full group.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Figure out the calendar, roles and structure going forward for the next six months.

Monday, January 22nd 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Lunch and a working session to go through the data questions presented by NSEM and the NSEM process docs to discuss what data we have and can get.  We working toward having an Integrated Action Plan by the end of the year to present to NSEM.


Thank you for your commitment to improving Little Rock's economic mobility.