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Developmental Education Summary

Friday, 8:00 – 9:15 a.m.
“Changing Students’ Success With Pre-Algebra to College Algebra in 2 Semesters – Using a Team”
Ellen Falkenstein, Professor of Mathematics, Targeted, Accelerated and Developmental Program Coordinator, Central Texas College

Friday, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
“GRIT in the Classroom: Know It and Grow It”
Latoya Hardman Lewis, Professor of Education and Faculty Fellow for the Center for Organizational and Teaching Excellence, Lone Star College–Tomball

Friday, 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.
“Publishing Solutions: Disseminating Promising Practices in Developmental Education”
Michael McConnell, Tamara Shetron, Holly Shinn, and Luann Walker; Graduate Students, Texas State University

Friday, 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.
“The Funny Thing About Math…”
Terry Krieger, Professor of Mathematics, Rochester Community and Technical College, Rochester, MN

Saturday, 7:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Next-Gen Technology in MindTap Changes the Game for Student Success in Developmental Math
Cengage Learning
Nathan Kurtz, Resident Faculty of the Mathematics Department, Glendale Community College, Glendale, CA

Saturday, 7:30 – 8:45 a.m.
“When TWO become One!”
Cengage LearningRajone Lyman, Instructor of Student Success, Houston Community College–Southeast

Saturday, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
“Improving Success for Developmental Students Through Co-Requisite Supports”
Jeff Shaver, Course Program Specialist, Charles A. Dana Center


Friday, February 24th, 8:00 – 9:15 a.m.

“Changing Students’ Success With Pre-Algebra to College Algebra in 2 Semesters – Using a Team”

Are you facing pressure from the State/Administration (acceleration, success points, funding issues)? Do you wonder how to accommodate different levels of knowledge and learning styles? Ever thought about switching the responsibility for learning from the teacher to the student? This presentation will show you why our Team Approach works.

Ellen Falkenstein, Professor of Mathematics, Targeted, Accelerated and Developmental Program Coordinator, Central Texas College

Ellen FalkensteinEllen Falkenstein has been teaching Developmental Mathematics for 13 years. The last five years her main focus and drive has been towards developing successful models of accelerated options for students to complete their developmental mathematics sequences. Ellen is a seasoned presenter over the subject matter.

 


Friday, February 24th, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

“GRIT in the Classroom: Know It and Grow It”

Beginning Fall 2015, Lone Star College–Tomball adopted the Grit, Growth and Greatness initiative. The purpose of this initiative was to increase student engagement, course completion, student success, and persistence. After being trained by Paul Stoltz and receiving sample “GRIT-tified” assignments from Pearson, faculty were divided into two groups: those who would not include any new GRIT into their instruction and those who would be intentional about including GRIT into both their instruction and assignments. Those identified as “With GRIT” facilitated the administration of the GRIT gauge at the beginning and end of the semester, showed an introduction to GRIT by Paul Stoltz himself, and GRIT-tified at least one assignment. At the end of the semester, students completed the GRIT gauge again to see if their GRIT score had grown by the end of the semester. According to the preliminary results of this study, there seems to be a direct correlation between higher GRIT scores with higher GPA, higher credit hours earned, increased persistence from Fall to Spring, and increase in success and course completion. Instructors have also reported that those with higher GRIT scores were also more engaged and put in more effort into their assignments. All of these results were possible because of the efforts around raising an awareness regarding GRIT. This session will focus on specific classroom techniques and suggestions to teach GRIT, reinforce GRIT, and help students grow their own GRIT.

Latoya Hardman Lewis, Professor of Education and Faculty Fellow for the Center for Organizational and Teaching Excellence, Lone Star College–Tomball

Latoya Hardman LewisLatoya Hardman Lewis, Professor of Education and Director of the Associate of Arts in Teaching program, has been working at Lone Star College–Tomball for over eight years and has been an educator for 12 years. Latoya’s passion is professional development for future and current teachers.

 


Friday, February 24th, 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.

Publishing Solutions: Disseminating Promising Practices in Developmental Education

An online collection of resources and blog that features promising practices from college-readiness practitioners throughout the state, the TX DEPCO was designed to supplement the Texas Success Initiative Professional Development (PD) Program, an initiative funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board with the goal of providing Texas developmental education (DE) professionals with access to a high-quality PD system that is research-based and addresses state and regional needs. Out of the TX DEPCO’s growth and applicability extends the formation of a new Texas-specific peer-reviewed DE electronic journal, unnamed at this time. The journal will aim to (a) provide a reputable, statewide means for practitioners to publish their research, (b) act as a medium for practitioners to gain experience by featuring published authors and supporting scholars writing for publication for the first time, and (c) support the lifelong cycle of learning.

Michael McConnell, Tamara Shetron, Holly Shinn, and Luann Walker; Graduate Students, Texas State University

Graduate students at Texas State University, Michael McConnell, Holly Shinn, Luann Walker, and Tamara Shetron.Graduate students at Texas State University, Michael McConnell, Holly Shinn, Luann Walker, and Tamara Shetron currently work with initiatives to provide, promote, and source accessible professional development and lifelong learning opportunities and resources for practitioners of college-readiness and post-secondary student success throughout Texas and beyond.

 


Friday, February 24th, 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.

“The Funny Thing About Math…”

This presentation will delve into several math curiosities and humorous anecdotes that I have collected over my 30 year career in math education. The topics come from courses taught at the university, community college, and high school levels. I am presenting several topics that are unique to my teaching experience and will not be universally known. Old and new technology, including Python code with documentation, will be used to analyze and solve some curious problems. While the presentation is intended to be entertaining, there are plenty of useful mathematical ideas presented throughout.

Terry Krieger, Professor of Mathematics, Rochester Community and Technical College, Rochester, MN

Terry KriegerTerry Krieger has taught mathematics for over 20 years at the middle school, high school, vocational, community college, and university levels. His undergraduate degree in secondary education is from Bemidji State University in Minnesota, where he graduated summa cum laude. He received his MA in mathematics from Minnesota State University–Mankato. In addition to his teaching experience in the United States, Terry has taught mathematics in Tasmania, Australia, and in a rural school in Swaziland, Africa, where he served as a Peace Corps volunteer. Terry has been involved with various aspects of mathematics textbook publication throughout his career. In his free time, Terry enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys, physical fitness, wilderness camping, and trout fishing.

 

 


Saturday, February 25th, 7:30 – 8:45 a.m.

“Next-Gen Technology in MindTap Changes the Game for Student Success in Developmental Math”

Today’s developmental math students are different. Their needs and realities are not the same as in the past. So, why continue using digital solutions from the past expecting improved results? Attend this eye-opening session to see how the new MindTap for Developmental Math integrates advancements in next-gen technology to change the game for students’ success.  Unlike any other math program, MindTap incorporates elements of gamification in a personalized instructional design to help students stay engaged, persist through their challenges, increase their retention, learn to transfer new skills, and actually have fun learning math.  MindTap for Developmental Math — Advancing Learning, One Student at a Time.

Nathan Kurtz, Resident Faculty of the Mathematics Department, Glendale Community College, Glendale, CA

Nathan Kurtz, Glendale Community CollegeNathan Kurtz has served as the assistant chair of teaching, learning, and technology, and is a Faculty Senator. Nathan has over 10 years of full-time higher education teaching experience at both the university and community college level and has taught all levels of courses from developmental mathematics through graduate courses. Nathan specializes in the appropriate use of educational technology and innovations, integrating next generation technology into all of his classes whether they are traditional, online, or hybrid. He is passionate about sharing his ideas and best practices with not only his fellow instructors at his institution but instructors across the nation.

 


Saturday, February 25th, 7:30 – 8:45 a.m.

When TWO become One!

Often teaching in a developmental classroom feels a bit like herding cats.  This amplified when Developmental English and Reading emerged as Integrated Reading and Writing (INRW). Our discipline was in search of resources to adopt in the two levels of courses that would meet the teaching style and needs of two separate disciplines while helping students achieve success through the student learning outcomes in the course. This transition could not have been more scarier than watching a suspenseful horror movie… In our time together, we will focus on Aplia’s ability to individualize student remediation, target specific need areas with in-depth reporting in Analytics, as well as ease of use for both faculty and students. Join me to discuss best practices for incorporating the Study Center.

Rajone Lyman, Instructor of Student Success, Houston Community College–Southeast

Rajone Lyman, Houston Community College–SoutheastFor the past 13 years Rajone has been a professor and online tutor of teacher education, integrated reading and writing, and student success courses for Houston Community College, the fourth largest community college in the nation, where she serves on numerous district curriculum committees.



Saturday, February 25th, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

“Improving Success for Developmental Students Through Co-Requisite Supports”

Strong evidence is emerging from the field on the effectiveness of placing underprepared students into college-level courses and providing co-requisite, rather than prerequisite, content. Come join the conversation about structures, staffing, content, pedagogy, and placement.

Jeff Shaver, Course Program Specialist, The Charles A. Dana Center

Jeff ShaverJeff Shaver is a Course Program Specialist at the Charles A. Dana Center, supporting the implementation of mathematics pathways at the state, institutional, and faculty level. Before joining the Dana Center, he taught STEM for 15 years at the high school, community college, and university levels, and developed and implemented curricula to promote college and career readiness for all students.

 

 

Developmental Education Section Chair:
Jenny Shotwell, Central Texas College