Best Practices in Developmental Education: Strengthening Your Program and Improving Student Success

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Best Practices in Developmental Education: Strengthening Your Program and Improving Student Success 12 February 2009 Online webinar This session will provide an overview of best practices in Developmental Education in an effort to help practitioners and administrators learn how to measure their practices against accepted best practice and how to assess their programs in an effort to both "prove their worth" and to generate plans and resources for improvement. Participants will also have an opportunity to think of their own theoretical perspectives and consider others as they share. Objectives: *Participants will learn data on how Developmental Education is working. *Participants will understand characteristics and needs of "developmental" students. *Participants will learn what works and what doesnt work in Developmental Education programs; they will learn some of the best practices according to the literature and will have an opportunity to do a mini-self-study on some best practice criteria. *Participants will be introduced to the concept of Universal Instructional Design and how to incorporate it into their curricula. *Participants will learn that a theoretical framework is necessary to deliver truly developmental education; drawing from developmental Psychology, the presenter will introduce participants to some theoretical bases for delivering quality developmental education. *Participants will learn how to conduct program assessment to a) recognize their programs strengths and weaknesses and b) get the resources and support needed to strengthen their programs. *Participants will be introduced to resources for further study. SPEAKER: Linda Thompson is Director of the McNair Scholars Program and Professor of Psychology at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. She holds the Ed.D. degree in Higher Education from the University of Memphis, where her dissertation research focused on the effect of centralized vs. decentralized developmental education program structure on student retention and achievement. She is a past president of the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) and a Fellow of the American Council of Developmental Education Associations. Most recently, she co-wrote the revision (with Dr. Karen-Patty-Graham) of the "Guide to Teaching and Learning" for the NADE Self-Evaluation Guides, second edition (in press). Dr. Thompson has held the position of Review Coordinator and is currently chairing the Certification Council for NADE. She has also served on the editorial board of the Center for Research in Developmental Education and Urban Literacy (CRDEUL) Monograph series and is a past president of the Arkansas Association for Developmental Education (ArkADE). She attended the Kellogg Institute at Appalachian State University in 1986, where she received certification as a Developmental Education Specialist. Enquiries: