2016 Conference Schedule

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

A Randomized-Controlled Trial Evaluation of a Modular Developmental Math Program: Implementation and Early Impacts

Loch Raven I

Alissa Gardenhire, MDRC
John Diamond, MDRC
Greta Harris-Hardland (retired, formerly of Tarrant County College)

ModMath, a computer-assisted, modularized approach to developmental math built using Pearson’s MyMathLab, was developed by math faculty at Tarrant County College. ModMath is being evaluated by MDRC, an independent, non-profit research organization. Presenters will discuss the design and implementation of ModMath, as well as early estimates of the program’s effectiveness.

Contextualizing and Integrating Developmental Mathematics and Writing Across the Curriculum

Mathematics and Writing
Loch Raven II

Jonathan Cornick, Queensborough Community College
Margot Edlin, Queensborough Community College
G. Michael Guy, Queensborough Community College
Karan Puri, Queensborough Community College
Amy Traver, Queensborough Community College

Mathematics and Writing instructors from accelerated developmental programs will discuss aligning curriculum and contextualizing skills into, and from, introductory courses in other disciplines.
Participants will think about and review sample activities, with a focus on growth mindset interventions in Elementary Algebra, Intro to Sociology and Fundamentals of Chemistry

Courting Controversy While Nurturing Critical Thinking in an Accelerated ESL Writing Course

Harborview I

Florence Kabba, LaGuardia Community College
Wenjuan Fan, LaGuardia Community College

This interactive workshop will explore how instructors teaching an accelerated writing class can prepare their ESL students for a university-wide developmental exit essay writing test while addressing critical issues of importance in society, such as race, gender, class, and global issues. Workshop participants will work with each other, authentic student essays, and news articles to create classroom activities that will enhance ESL students’ academic and critical thinking skills as well as their ability to pass the test.

Strategies for Deeper Engagement and Critical Thinking in an Integrated Reading/Writing Classroom

Integrated Reading/Writing
Harborview II

Osen Bowser Jr., Community College of Baltimore County

You’ve been charged with teaching an integrated reading and writing model, but are you perplexed by how to foster engagement and critical thinking? The presenter will demonstrate practical strategies he uses in an integrated reading/writing classroom to foster engagement and critical thinking to achieve student success.

Rethinking Our Approach to Incoming Students in English: Three High-Leverage Strategies

Integrated Reading/Writing
Camden Room

Katie Hern, California Acceleration Project, Chabot College

Changes to placement and remediation are a powerful — and often under-utilized — addition to our equity toolkits. This session highlights three high-leverage strategies for increasing student completion of college English, narrowing racial achievement gaps, and unleashing student capacity. It will include attention to research, pedagogy, and implementation.

Film and Discussion: “Backward Design: Insights into Reading, Writing and Research at SBCC”

Backward Design
Potomac Room

Margaret Prothero, Santa Barbara City College

“Backward Design: Insights into Reading, Writing and Research at SBCC” Presentation of Film with Discussions

Why do many of our students come to class without having done their assigned reading? What struggles do our students face when writing and conducting research? How can we help develop our students’ critical thinking skills?
Seventeen SBCC instructors from social sciences, arts, sciences and humanities participated in the development of this film exploring these questions and possible solutions. The film is paused after each section for discussion.

Please join us and join in the conversation and collaboration!