The Texas Collaborative for Teaching Excellence
Presents an Interactive Workshop:
“Slaying the Developmental Mathematics Dragon:
Research-based Strategies for Rescuing Underprepared Students”

June 12-13, 2003
Austin Community College-Highland Business Center

The Texas Collaborative for Teaching Excellence is offering a two-day professional development event to explore instructional challenges and successful teaching strategies in developmental mathematics education…

The Developmental Mathematics Dilemma in Texas:
  • Statewide, about one-third of new college students require developmental mathematics courses; about 80% of those students can be found at two-year colleges.  
  • Only 43% of the 9,010 students in math developmental education passed the math portion of the TASP on their second attempt. This passing rate is lower than in reading (57%) and writing (70%).
  • The average passing score on the second attempt was 247, 17 points above the minimum passing score.

  • The workshop begins Thursday evening with a kick-off dinner and examination of  “What Works: Research-Based Practices in Developmental Education,” a 2002 report from the National Center for Developmental Education.
  • The workshop continues Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. with:
o    Instructional approaches that work such as:
  • Project-based learning
  • Critical thinking models
  • Semester review courses
  • Varying course lengths and delivery methods
  • Contextual teaching strategies
  • Hands-on activities for increasing student engagement
o    Departmental and inter-departmental collaboration techniques
o    Strategies for changing the campus culture in developmental education
  • We’ll also take a look at:
o    New twists on staff development for developmental math faculty
o    The Grants Game - How to fund your ideas for program enhancements
  • The workshop will culminate with a roundtable discussion of participants’ own experiences and best practices. Participants are encouraged to bring an outline of a successful lesson to share.
  • The Texas Collaborative Clearinghouse will initiate a Best Practices Discussion Forum following the workshop.
Any full-time and part-time developmental math faculty members at Texas community colleges are eligible to attend. Registration is free, but workshop space is limited. Thursday evening dinner and Friday breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Ann-Claire Anderson at CORD, [email protected] or 254-772-8756 x203.

Funds for this workshop are provided by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board under the auspices of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act of 1998.

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