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NADE 2016 Call to Conference

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It’s time to register for the NADE 2016 Conference!


National Association for
Developmental Education Conference
March 16-19, 2016
Anaheim, California | Anaheim Marriott

The 2016 Conference will be a celebration of 40 years of NADE, an organization that brings together educators who make a difference for literally hundreds of thousands of students in colleges and universities each year. NADE members are administrators, faculty, tutors, and learning center professionals who believe in the possibilities of success for all students. We invite to you join in this celebration and to network with educators from the United States and abroad.

This 40th Annual Conference will include the opportunity for educators to come together to celebrate the great work being done in developmental education and to share their work in more than 200 concurrent sessions. The conference also will highlight milestones in developmental education and NADE leaders who have helped to shape the organization.


Some exciting conference highlights include:

  • The National Mathematics Summit (March 15–16)
  • An On-Course pre-conference institute (March 16)
  • A variety of pre- and post-conference institutes, including NADE Certification/Accreditation; redesign; theory and best practices in English instruction; integrated reading & writing; using technology for math, English, and student success, and many more!


You also won't want to miss…

  • Plenary Session (March 17)
    Jeff Duncan-Andrade Jeff Duncan-Andrade, associate professor of Raza studies and education at San Francisco State University and co-founder of the Teaching Excellence Network
    Dr. Duncan-Andrade will inspire us as he shares his work and approach to pedagogy that has produced high levels of social and academic success for students.
  • Town Hall Session (March 18)
    Hunter Boylan, Ph.D., director of the National Center for Developmental Education and a NADE past president, will moderate this session, which will include leaders in higher education as well as state and national policy makers.

Access more information here.

Register today!

National Math Summit:
NADE Preconference

March 15-16, 2016

This pre-conference summit will begin on Tuesday, March 15, at 1 p.m., with a panel discussion led by representatives of AMATYC, NADE, the National Center for Developmental Education and other organizations. Concurrent sessions will follow that afternoon and all day on March 16. These sessions will present how instructors have successfully implemented developmental mathematics reform and will provide information on the initiatives that have been developed by AMATYC, Carnegie Learning, the Dana Center and others. This NADE preconference also will offer attendees time to meet with presenters to discuss issues related to the implementation of reform at their individual institutions. The National Math Summit is co-sponsored by NADE and AMATYC. Visit nade2016.net for registration information.

What's New

Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Remedial Educators Warn of
    Misconceptions Fueling a Reform Movement
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NADE Executive Board comment on the Higher Education Reauthorization Act
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Journal of Developmental Education Outstanding Articles:

  • Addressing Flawed Research in
    Developmental Education
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  • Effective Student Assessment and Placement: Challenges and Recommendations
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The College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) is pleased to announce that our second white paper, Assessment of Learning Assistance Programs is now available online for free download.

The Terrain of College Reading (CRLA Whitepaper)

A Common Framework for Remedial Reporting: Response to Remedial Reporting Task Force Recommendations. Download PDF.

A Cure for Remedial Reporting Chaos: Why the U.S. Needs a Standard Method for Measuring Preparedness for the First Year of College. Download PDF

As You Requested: Copies of Boylan and Saxon Presentations from NADE 2014 Conference

Critics Say White House Summit Sidelined Community Colleges

CLADEA White Paper "Meaningful Access and Support" (August 2013)

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