CADE 2020

The Call for Proposals is live for CADE 2020! Proposals are due by: March 27, 2020. Notifications for acceptance will be sent by: April 17, 2020.
Information on Proposals and Proposal Submission Here

CADE 2020 will be held in Annapolis, MD at the Westin Hotel, June 15th-June 17th. The pre-conference workshops will be on June 15th, and the general conference will be June 16th & 17th.
CADE Pre conference schedule 2020

CADE 2020 Plenary Speakers
A trolley coming down Main street in Annapolis.
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Registration is $375 for the conference and $75 per pre-conference workshop.
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Conference on Acceleration in Developmental Education (CADE):
2019 Mid-Atlantic Teaching & Learning Summit

Friday, November 8, 2019 8:30AM-3:00PM
The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) Catonsville Campus
Student Services (SSRV) 004
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Full Program

The Accelerated Learning Program’s (ALP) Mid-Atlantic Teaching and Learning Summit will bring together faculty and staff engaged in the work of acceleration in the Mid-Atlantic region to foster a strong and growing community of practitioners. As Developmental Education reform efforts continue to influence our classroom Best Practices, we apply new approaches to our teaching and institutional structures in order to best serve our students.


The first ALP Mid-Atlantic Teaching and Learning Summit will empower faculty and staff as leaders in addressing issues of student access, achievement, persistence, completion, and equity in teaching and learning through focused discussions and presentations geared towards sharing strategies and fostering a strong regional acceleration community of practice.


The ALP Mid-Atlantic Teaching and Learning Summit program will feature the following focused tracks: Addressing non-cognitive factors to promote student equity, Co-requisite courses, Online Acceleration, Equitable Assessment Practices, Placement Reform and Student Success Initiatives.

Registration will be available August 2019.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Emeritus Peter Adams

Emeritus Peter Adams

Professor Emeritus Peter Adams

After 36 years of teaching at the Community College of Baltimore County, Peter Adams retired in 2014.  Over the years, his responsibilities at CCBC have included coordinating the writing program, chairing the college’s committee on general education, and chairing the English Department.  In 1993, a longitudinal study he conducted revealed that only 33% of the students who were placed in the basic writing class one level down from first-year composition ever passed composition.  Over the next decade or so, Peter developed, first, the concept of mainstreaming basic writers into first-year composition and, later, the model for redesign of basic writing now known as the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP).  A Community College Research Center study in 2012 revealed that 74% of students who enrolled in ALP were successful in first-year composition, more than double the success rate under the traditional program.  As of fall of 2017, CCBC has integrated reading and writing into ALP and scaled it up to almost 100%.

For the past eight years Peter has travelled extensively around the country presenting on ALP to individual schools and to state-wide gatherings, and he has conducted faculty development workshops for schools that have decided to adapt the ALP model.  As of fall of 2017 more than 300 schools are offering sections of ALP, and 7 states have made large scale adoptions.

Peter has argued widely that higher education has not provided the resources or the priority needed to make developmental education the success it could be.  He observes that the current structure of developmental education in America has resulted in the most marginalized students being taught by the most marginalized faculty in the most underfunded institutions.

CADE 2019 Call for Proposals

Deadline: March 22, 2019.

Notifications will be sent the week of April 7, 2019.


CADE 2019 will be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego Wednesday, June 5th – Friday June 7th.


The 2019 Conference on Acceleration in Developmental Education is approaching. This year, as always, we are eager to see engaging proposals for 60-minute Breakout Sessions grounded in current research in the field of acceleration in developmental math, writing, integrated reading/writing, and ESOL. We welcome proposals from schools that have been engaged in this work for years, as well as schools new to acceleration. We are looking for data-rich proposals, proposals that focus on pedagogy, and proposals that are culturally relevant.

We are particularly interested in proposals that address the following topics in fresh, engaging, and forward looking ways:


  • AB 705 Implementation: Successes and Strategies
  • Placement Reform, including Multiple Measures and Directed Self-Placement
  • Culturally Responsive Assessment Practices and Pedagogy
  • Contextualization in English/Reading
  • Contextualized Pathways to Credit Mathematics
  • Online Instruction
  • Equity
  • Dual Enrollment and Acceleration
  • Instructional strategies and systemic changes aimed at addressing non-cognitive challenges


We will give priority to dynamic and thought-provoking presentations that actively involve participants. Examples may include successful units or lesson plans, strategies for teaching adult learners, and ways to address non-cognitive issues.


Please click here to submit your proposal.

Proposals (250 words), Abstract (50 words)

Thank you from CADE 2017!

Thank you to presenters and attendees for making CADE 2017 a success! We had two fantastic plenary speakers this year, and the energy was palpable. We can’t wait to do it all again next year – stay tuned for location and dates, coming soon!

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