ALP Institute 2019

Professor with student

“Having the opportunity to take ALP has given me hope. I feel I have a good chance to succeed in college.”

CCBC ALP Student


The two day 2019 ALP Institute focuses on CCBC’s ALP model, and how that can translate to other institutions. Topics will include: acknowledging effects of non-cognitive issues on student success, backward curriculum design, Integrated Reading Writing (IRW) and critical thinking, coordination of the co-requisite course, including scaffolding activities for ALP students, active/collaborating learning, and grading.

CADE 2019 Hotel

CADE 2019 will be held at the beautiful San Diego’s Grand Hyatt Hotel.

The cut off date to make reservations at the CADE2019 price is May 14, 2019.

The Manchester Grand Hyatt is sold out for the night of Tuesday, June 4th.
We have been assured that there are plenty of rooms open for Wednesday June 5th-Friday, June 7th. Please see these links for overflow hotels that have been recommended for Tuesday night:

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CADE 2019 Schedule


Wednesday, June 05

Time Event Presenters Location
9:00 AM-12:00 PM Nuts and Bolts of ALP (Plus Data!)

Dr. Haleh Azimi and Professor Elsbeth Mantler are the current Co-directors of ALP, and Patrick Kelleher is the Director of Research and Planning at The Community College of Baltimore County. This interactive workshop will focus on the essential elements of the ALP model including, but not limited to: Integrated Reading and Writing, thematic units, non-cognitive issues, and structuring the course. Patrick will also bring in institutional data from CCBC’s 10+ years of ALP to understand how this model has and is impacting students. This session will be helpful for faculty, staff and administrators as it is focusing on both andragogy and data to paint a picture of ALP from many facets of the institution.

Haleh Azimi, Co-Director ALP, CCBC
Elsbeth Mantler, Co-Director, ALP, CCBC
Patrick Kelleher, Director Planning, CCBC

9:00 AM-12:00 PM Mathematics Acceleration for Beginners, Part 1: The Nuts and Bolts

Are you interested in developing a math acceleration model at your institution? Attend this session to learn about a replicable and successful cohort model used at the Community College of Baltimore County. Participants will receive an extensive overview the model; topics of discussion include accelerated course design, faculty training models, marketing, scale-up, and the latest data.

Jesse Keifner, Director of AMP, CCBC
Danielle Truszkowski, Math Faculty, CCBC

9:00 AM-12:00 PM A New Paradigm for Placement and Remediation in English and Math

Under a new law (AB705), all 114 California community colleges will need to stop using standardized tests and rely primarily on students’ high school grades for placement in English and math. Further, colleges are prohibited from placing students into remedial courses if doing so makes them less likely to complete transferable, college-level courses. What this means in practice is that, by Fall 2019, the vast majority of students will have the right to begin directly in transferable, college-level courses, with concurrent/corequisite support provided to those with weaker high school backgrounds. This interactive workshop led by Katie Hern, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the California Acceleration Project, will present the research driving the changes in California, with space for participants to ask questions, consider implications for their local context, and leave with implementation tools they can use to spark local conversations about transforming placement and remediation.

Katie Hern, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the California Acceleration Project

9:00 AM-12:00 PM Telling (and Illustrating) Stories with Data

Data can be intimidating and many people feel overwhelmed by collecting, analyzing, and presenting data about their programs. In this workshop, participants will learn a simple model for storytelling with data, including the types of data they could gather and how to use data to effectively tell their story to a variety of audiences, with an emphasis on data visualization and reporting strategies. This workshop will be highly interactive and participants should bring their laptops to allow them to practice applying data visualization techniques. No advanced skills needed – if you’ve made a graph in Excel you have plenty of experience!

Dawn Coleman, Independent Evaluation Consultant

9:00 AM-12:00 PM Accelerated ESOL

In this interactive 3-hour workshop, participants will receive an introduction into accelerated pedagogy for the ESL classroom. Additionally, the presenters will provide a window into an accelerated, integrated reading/writing/grammar course, 1 level below transfer English. This will include sharing texts, writing prompts, and description of assignment sequence. Finally, participants will engage in two instructional cycle activities in which they will experience accelerated pedagogy for the ESL classroom as students: one activity will focus on reading comprehension and the other will focus on building analysis for writing.

Jose Cortes, English/ESL Instructor, Solano Community College
California Acceleration Project: CAP ESL Coach
Melissa Reeve, English/ESL Instructor, Solano Community College
California Acceleration Project: CAP ESL Coach

12:00 PM-1:00 PM Lunch on your own

1:00 PM-4:00 PM ALP Triage

Peter Adams and Susan Gabriel, past directors of the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), will tackle a variety of issues confronting ALP initiatives at schools around the country. Often, problems related to starting up, scaling up, faculty development, integrating reading/writing, equity, and placement can derail co-requisite programs or lessen their effectiveness. This interactive workshop will address these issues and offer solutions for overcoming these roadblocks, using the philosophy of triage: assigning levels of priority and determining the most effective methods for dealing with issues relating to ALP. This workshop will be valuable for both faculty and administrators from schools that are considering ALP to schools that have created an ALP initiative but are struggling with various concerns related to their program.

Peter Adams, Professor Emeritus, CCBC
Susan Gabriel, Retired ALP Director, CCBC

1:00 PM-4:00 PM Mathematics Acceleration for Beginners, Part 2: Learning Activities and OER

The structure of the Accelerated Math Program at the Community College of Baltimore County allows instructors to integrate engaging (and fun) learning activities. Participants will have the opportunity to experience these activities from the student perspective. In addition, open educational resources are integrated in accelerated math classes to alleviate student expenses. The adoption and integration of open source materials will be discussed.

Jesse Keifner, Director of AMP, CCBC
Danielle Truszkowski, Math Faculty, CCBC

1:00 PM-4:00 PM High-Challenge, High-Support Pedagogy for English Composition

In recent years, 80% of California community college students were classified “unprepared” and required to take remedial courses in English, math, and/or ESL, and College English was comprised of only the highest scoring students and the survivors of remedial sequences. However, under a new law (AB 705), the vast majority of students have the right to begin directly in transferable, college-level English, with or without corequisite support. With these changes, faculty must be ready to uphold rigor while supporting a broader population of students to be successful. In this interactive session, Summer Serpas, Assistant Director of the California Acceleration Project and Professor of English at Irvine Valley College, will share classroom activities and CAP’s design principles for high-challenge, high-support instruction that fuels student success in college composition.

Summer Serpas, Assistant Director of the California Acceleration Project and Professor of English at Irvine Valley College

1:00 PM-4:00 PM ACLT Pumping Up the Pedagogy for Students’ Academic Success

This workshop focuses on Academic Literacy, the current CCBC model that accelerates developmental reading and writing by employing a thematic approach. Pedagogy focuses on assignments which generate critical thinking based on real academic tasks and expectations. During this workshop, participants will explore the day-to-day execution of this accelerated model through proven course materials and assignments. Presenters will also discuss the training and support necessary for faculty teaching this model as well as innovative strategies for addressing challenges to student success.

Sharon Moran Hayes, Director of ACLT, CCBC
Denise Parker, ACLT Coordinator, CCBC

1:00 PM-4:00 PM Designing for Equity: A Framework for Ensuring Equitable Outcomes in an English Co-requisite Course

Although acceleration improves outcomes for all student groups, it does not automatically guarantee equitable outcomes. How do we design a co-requisite course that ensures equitable outcomes in both the co-requisite and the transfer-level course? In this session, we will co-create an equity lens tool through which we will evaluate the curriculum, policies, and assessment practices in our courses. Using this framework, participants will (re)design these elements to ensure equity and eliminate achievement barriers. This interactive session is designed for faculty from colleges that already offer a co-requisite model and for those who are in the process of creating one

Carrie Marks, Professor of English and AB 705 English Coordinator, Sacramento City College
Dawna DeMartini, Professor of English and Equity Coordinator, Sacramento City College
Jesus Limon Guzman, Professor of English and Puente Instructor, Sacramento City College

CADE 2019 Plenary Speakers

CADE 2019 Plenary Speakers will be Erica Buddington and Pamela Burdman.

Erica Buddington

Erica BuddingtonErica Buddington (@ericabuddington) is a culture curator that designs culturally relevant curriculum, writes and performs work that reflects the diaspora, and is passionate about defying and decolonizing the status quo. She’s been a Brave New Voices slam champion, HBO Def Poet, and opened up for many famous emcees, and still, none of these could compete with the biggest stage she’s ever been in/on: the classroom.

Today, Buddington makes a living as a Dean of Students in the heart of Bushwick Brooklyn, by day, and runs a curriculum company (Langston League) out of a downtown WeWork, at night. She’s the author of four books and has been featured on The Steve Harvey Show, Forbes, Buzzfeed, Black Enterprise, and more for combining the three things she’s most passionate about: performance, education, and representation. Buddington is a WeWork Creator Award Winner, Former Harlem Children’s Zone Director + Innovation Award Winner, 4.0 Schools Essentials Fellowship Recipient, and middle/high school English/History classroom educator. Using her unconventional methods, responsive strategies, and vast knowledge of pop culture, she creates engaging human learning experiences, like no other, in and out of academic spaces.

Pamela Burdman

Pamela Burdman

Pamela Burdman is an expert on college access, readiness, and success and founder of the Just Equations project. Working at the intersection of education research, policy, and practice, Pam synthesizes knowledge from the field to define problems and advance strategies that support student success.

A recognized authority on the role of mathematics in education equity, Pam has authored numerous reports and articles  on math opportunity issues. This work helped lay the groundwork for new policies designed to improve postsecondary success and diminish equity gaps in California. She has also been a featured speaker, convener, and advisor to education leaders, policy makers, foundations, and think tanks.

Pam began working on issues of postsecondary readiness and success more than 20 years ago as a reporter covering education — including the reversal of affirmative action at the University of California — for the San Francisco Chronicle. Subsequently, as a program officer for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, she created and implemented investment strategies for strengthening college readiness and community college student success in California, which led to several statewide initiatives that continue today.

Important Change in the ALP Model

Our ALP co-requisite course sequence has undergone an important change; the developmental co-requisite class is now a fully integrated reading and writing course, Academic Literacy (ACLT) 053. The ALP co-requisite structure remains the same. Students with upper-level developmental placements in reading and writing register for a 10-student section of ACLT 053 and are also mainstreamed, as a cohort, into a 20-student section of college-level composition (ENGL 101), joining 10 college-ready students. Both classes are taught by the same instructor. Continue reading

Findings from Year Two of a Nationwide ALP Study Available

study-logosThe results from year two of a nationwide study, funded by the Kresge Foundation and overseen by Achieving the Dream, are now available in the report, “Replicating the Accelerated Learning Program: Updated Findings. ” This study, conducted by the Center for Applied Research, examines the implementation of ALP at institutions other than CCBC, with the following goals:

– Assess the extent to which ALP can be replicated by other institutions and still achieve the level of success achieved at CCBC,
– Assess student success rates for schools that have made modifications to the CCBC model, and
– Determine which characteristics of ALP are critical for its success and which characteristics allow for more flexibility.

The entire report for year two, as well as a summary of the findings, is available now for download: