Teaching, Learning & Student Development Conference

Word CloudThe 2018 Massachusetts Community College Teaching, Learning & Student Development Conference will be held at Berkshire Community College on Friday, April 6, 2018.

This page contains information about the conference and overnight accommodations, as well as the conference registration form. Please direct any questions to

2018 Conference Program

Because of Berkshire Community College’s commitment to environmentally sustainable practices, we are using Sched, a digital platform, for the conference schedule and presentation descriptions. Presenters also have the ability to upload files to their individual sessions, so please use this tool for resource sharing.  Sched can be accessed from any device, including your mobile phone (just type the URL into your phone’s web browser). We strongly encourage you to go paperless and use this tool for your conference planning needs:

2018 TLSD Conference Sched Site

Cost of Attendance

The cost for the conference is $60.00 per person. Please note that participants will not be asked to pay at the time of registration. Each college will be billed for the number of registrants from their campus.

After the Conference

All conference attendees are invited to join us from 4–6 pm for a post-conference reception with a cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres at the Country Club of Pittsfield, 639 South St., Pittsfield, MA, 01201. 

Conference Theme

Our theme this year is Shifting Paradigms: Re-Imagining Student Success.

This year’s theme asks participants to re-imagine how we define, assess, and support student success. The conference tracks focus on innovative practices in and out of the classroom and the ways we can make our campuses inclusive of all students.

There are four conference tracks:
  • Innovations in Teaching, Learning, and Technology
  • Innovations in Student Support Programming
  • Measuring Success In and Out of the Classroom
  • Creating Inclusive Campuses

Keynote Speaker

David Yeager, PhD

David Yeager, Ph.D.

We can foster the grit needed to be lifelong learners, at school, at work, and in life.

Dr. Yeager will open the day sharing and discussing his research on growth mindset, followed by morning and afternoon sessions presented by sixty community college staff and faculty.

Conference Agenda

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:45 – 9 a.m. Welcome Remarks
9 – 10:15 a.m. Keynote Intro & Keynote
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Session 1
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Session 2
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Session 3

Conference Accommodations & Area Attractions


We hope that you will take this opportunity to spend the weekend here in the beautiful Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts.

The following hotels offer a Government rate, so be sure to request this when booking your accommodations: 

Best Western Plus Berkshire Hills Inn & Suites
1350 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 
Distance: 2.7 miles; approximate drive time 5 minutes 

Berkshire Plaza Hotel
1 West Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 
Distance: 3.3 miles; approximate driving time 7 minutes 

Hotel on North
297 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 
Distance: 3.8 miles; approximate driving time 9 minutes 

Hilton Garden Inn Lenox/Pittsfield
1032 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 
Distance: 6.2 miles; approximate driving time 15 minutes 

Yankee Inn
461 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, MA 01240
Distance: 7 miles; approximate drive time 14 minutes 

Courtyard Lenox Berkshires
70 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, MA 01240
Distance: 9.2 miles; approximate drive time 18 minutes 

Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort
55 Lee Road, Lenox, MA 01240 
Distance: 12 miles; approximate drive time 24 minutes  

Area Attractions

1Berkshire is our regional economic development organization. Their website contains information about local attractions and businesses, as well as an updated list of events.