HonCC Attends “Achieve the Dream” (from February 2018)


Photos by Brenda Coston

Written by Brenda Coston

Achieve the Dream is a wonderful collaborative event that unites more than 2,000 community college practitioners, policy makers, funders, and partners in the commitment of student success. Dream provides an opportunity to connect and share knowledge with colleagues on issues, such as building pathways, advising, improving pedagogy and curriculum.

The conference also provides an opportunity to learn about Dream’s initiatives and Open Educational resources (OER). Over 70 sessions are created with fundamentals of institutional capacities in mind. At this event held in Nashville, Tennessee, from February 20-23, Hawaii was represented in a 20/20 presentation as well as a learning workshop.

For the first time, ATD held a 20/20 presentation given by Brenda Coston from Language Arts and Ming Chi (Coco) from Math. The 20/20 presentation, Embedded Tutors: A Strategy for Student Engagement and Academic Achievement, revealed tips for student success by using tutors effectively in the classroom.

The next presentation involved a workshop given by Faith Saito and Kalei Lum-Ho. This workshop entitled: Kukala’ula: “Growing” Native Hawaiian Scientists revealed the importance of teaching Hawaiian culture to students while promoting sustainable living in Hawaii.

These two presentations were so successful, Hawaii was asked to present again at next year’s conference to be held in Long Beach, California.