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First Semester Learning Communities for Developmental Students

Name of Event: NADE Conference 2014
Place of Event: Dallas, Texas
Date of Event: March 6, 2014
Title of breakout or keynote address: First Semester Learning Communities for Developmental Students
Name(s) and Affiliation of Speaker(s): Jacqueline Peca and Adam Porro (absent), Miami-Dade College
What were some sample outcomes of the project or instructional strategies?:

During this presentation, Jacqueline Peca discussed how she started a first-semester learning community for developmental education students, which ran for approximately 3 yrs. She offered suggestions on how to provide the wraparound support for students and faculty and how the program built over time. The program was called Pathway to Academic Confidence and Excellence Program (PACE). The program fostered positive engagement experiences, membership in communities of practice, and retention.

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

Students who were assessed into developmental reading and writing were entered into the program; they also took a Student Life Skills course. There was required study or lab time. The first week of the semester held a 2 hour orientation, and throughout the semester, students experienced specialized orientations in advisement, career development, and college prep. Students also went on service-learning and community service outings.

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

No additional names for research were mentioned.

Reported by: Rosie Banks

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