2015 Conference Schedule

Breakout Session 5, 11:40-12:30 a.m.

Newport Beach 1
Accelerating Students’ Preparation for Statistics: High Challenge and High Support Classrooms Across California

Myra Snell, Los Medanos College, Pittsburg, CA
Matt Davis, Chabot College, Hayward, CA
Daniel Najjar, Berkeley City College, Berkeley, CA

This session will provide a window into three accelerated developmental math classrooms from colleges that are participating in the California Acceleration Project. We will discuss flipping the classroom, student projects, and strategies for engaging students in a thinking-oriented curriculum.

Newport Beach 2
Doing It Our Way (Even Though We Know Better): a roundtable discussion guided by ALP newbies

Larry Giddings, Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs, CO

This guided “rap-session” for ALP colleagues who recreated ALP in their own image will examine the institutional, philosophical, budgetary, and other constraints (you know the drill) that we must juggle to get ALP off the ground. Let’s share our experiences and our optimistic ideas for ALP in the next semester.

Integrated Reading and Writing
Newport Beach 3
From Here to There: How to Develop a Thematic Course and Progression of Assignments for the Accelerated Classroom

Tricia K. George, Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria, CA
Julia Raybould-Rodgers, Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria, CA
Rebecca Kaminsky, Irvine Valley College, Irvine, CA
Summer Serpas, Irvine Valley College, Irvine, CA

Two California community colleges share how they used thematic course design to create and grow their accelerated writing programs: one in the early stages of developing a thematic course using the principles of acceleration; the other scaling up its program by creating new thematic courses modeled after their pilot.

Balboa 1
Scaling the ALPs: Climbing to the Peak After Falling in a Crevice

Suzanne Spoor, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD
Vivian Gist Spencer, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD
Jen Dix, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD
Becky Berger, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD
Cailin Iverson Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD
Jim Finnegan Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD

While the personal attention from the teacher and the small class size of an ALP are keys to student success, they can also lead to new problems. This session will reveal where those hidden crevices reside and provide strategies for climbing out of (or leaping over!) them so that teachers and students can reach the peak of their ALPs.

Balboa 2
Backward Research: A Demonstration of Research Writing Instruction Using Backward Design
Managing Life’s Issues: One Path to Retention and Student Success

Presenters and Abstracts:
Elsbeth Mantler, Community College of Baltimore County, Essex, MD

This presentation will demonstrate different methods of instructing research writing in an accelerated developmental course. Using backward design, the talk will provide hands-on activities that take place in the developmental classroom. The demonstration will show how these assignments bolster a research essay in a composition course.

Melvin D. Berry,
 Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville, MD

A front-line discussion of the rationale behind discussing “life issues” in an ALP classroom, with particular attention paid to the kinds of non-academic issues that impact long and short-term student success and retention.

Statewide Redesign
Emerald Bay 1
Promoting Faculty Development through a Student Success Center: The Michigan ALP Story

Jenny Schanker, 
Michigan Center for Student Success,
Michigan Community College Association

The Michigan Center for Student Success provides support for Michigan’s 28 community colleges by serving as a hub for connecting educators, researchers and policy makers. Faculty-led innovations have been a key component of the center’s work since its inception. Hear how MCSS is leveraging its experience with ALP to design additional opportunities for statewide implementation in this decentralized state.