Day Two Concurrent Sessions: Developmental Education Reform in Action – Part II
Centering Student Voices
Facilitators: Lynn Brabender and Yoi Tibbets
Lynn Brabender, director of student success and service provision with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and Yoi Tibbets, research director with Motivate Lab, discussed the ongoing Student Voices Initiative. Specifically, the workshop highlighted ways to authentically integrate student voice into systemic change efforts, along with barriers and potential solutions to engaging in this work.
Facilitators: Victoria Ballerini, Brandon Protas, Sarah Truelsch
This session, facilitated by Strong Start to Finish (SStF) Associate Director, Victoria Ballerini, Complete College America (CCA) Assistant Vice President, Brandon Protas, and Assistant Dean for Policy Research at City University of New York (CUNY), Sarah Truelsch, discussed developmental education reform policy changes at the system and state levels. The speakers presented an overview of SStF’s upcoming State & System Policy Framework for developmental education reform, guidelines for policymakers from CCA and how CUNY operationalized these recommendations for content and process during its reform journey.
Shortened Academic Terms
Facilitator: Paula Talley
Paula Talley, executive director of program development with Achieving the Dream, led this interactive workshop explaining how shortened academic terms can better serve today’s learners. While an increasing number of colleges are adopting the academic term format, this type of complex, organization-wide change, coupled with other reform efforts, requires adjustments to processes and behaviors in almost every department and change leadership knowledge and skills to ensure shared success.
Social Justice and Mathematics
Facilitators: Ann Edwards
WestEd/Carnegie Math Pathways Director of Mathematics, Ann Edwards, taught attendees how integrating social justice teachings into courses can help make decisions for a better society during this session. Using a guide written by and for college mathematics educators to help them effectively integrate elements of social justice in their mathematics instruction, the presentation offered strategies and resources to help create equitable and just learning environments that support students to explore important social topics through mathematics productively.