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Continuing the Conversation About Dev. Math Re-Design

Name of Event: NADE National Conference
Place of Event: Dallas, TX
Date of Event: March 7, 2014
Title of breakout or keynote address: Continuing the Conversation About Dev. Math Re-Design
Name(s) and Affiliation of Speaker(s): Hunter Boylan (Appalachian State U), Amy Getz (Dana Ctr), Rebecca Goosen (San Jacinto St), Paul Nolting (State Coll of FL), Julie Phelps (Valencia Coll), Paula Wilhite (NE TX Comm Coll)
What were some sample outcomes of the project or instructional strategies?:

This session was a discussion about the state of developmental mathematics re-design from multiple perspectives.

What were some important elements or characteristics of the project or instructional strategies?:

Here are some highlights:
*In the math world, multiple pathways and giving students meaningful ways to tie math to their life experiences is gaining momentum.
*New reforms are creating an atmosphere where we can step up and make changes that are best for where we are at, but it takes administrative support…prof. dev., understanding the theory, understand who you teach, funding, etc.
*There are lots of pieces to re-design, but at some point someone has to be willing to enter the classroom and DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. One person CAN be an agent for change.
*Every system is perfectly designed to achieve the results it gets.
*Step up to the plate and do what it is you want to do before someone comes along and mandates what it is you are going to do.
*Look at research. JRE. Crossroads from AMATYC. We have to teach different ways. One way doesn’t work. We also have to teach students to become better learners.
*Allow faculty who are tired of doing what’s always been done to take the lead. Allow them to be creative, do something different, make changes for the better, try what they’ve always wanted to try.
*Remember the implementation dip. Anytime something new is done, there is a dip in performance because there is a learning curve for the teacher and the students. This is normal and should be expected. We can’t be afraid to make a mistake, learn from it and show and model to our students how to grow from that mistake.

Are there any outstanding names in the research that were referred to in the workshop? Please list.:

Paul Nolting
Hunter Boylan
California Acceleration Project…presenters indicated great results are coming out of this project, especially for minority students

Reported by: Dawn Peterson

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