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Math Pathways: Designing for Success featuring Julie Phelps

04/27/2012 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Why is curriculum reform necessary?
How much change is needed to make a meaningful (and measurable) difference?
What are different schools doing?
What challenges can one expect to face while doing a significant redesign? How can one overcome these obstacles?
What kind of support is available for a college that wants to do a redesign?

Join Us for a day-long workshop in which we explore national and local best practices for increasing math completion in three areas:

  1. Before Algebra
  2. STEM Pathways
  3. Non-STEM Pathways

Who should attend?

College teams including Math faculty, counselors, administrators, researchers, math lab specialists, and developmental education enthusiasts.

What will participants gain?

  • A perspective on curricular and institutional redesign efforts in support of Math Completion taking place across the U.S. from Keynote Speaker Julie Phelps.
  • An opportunity to hear about specific redesigns, including “Before Algebra,” “STEM Pathways” and “Non-STEM Pathways,” which are currently underway at Pasadena, Pierce, and College of the Canyons.
  • A chance to share their own ideas and ask questions. Round table discussions and Q and A’s will be encouraged.

Breakfast and Lunch Included

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About the Keynote Speaker:

Julie Phelps’ work centers on studying and refining three types of learning community strategies: Supplemental Instruction (Supplemental Learning), Paired Courses (Learning in Community, LinC) and expanding the offerings of the Student Success Course for “the students who need community colleges the most.” Her goal is to use data to inform decisions about closing the achievement gaps in student performance. This data driven work is one of the reasons why Valencia College is the inaugural Aspen Prize recipient and named the number 1 ranked community college in the nation.

In addition to her current professor duties at Valencia, Julie is serving multiple roles in the education community: 1) Technical Assistance Provider for the Developmental Education Inititative, 2) American Mathematical Association Communication Liaison for the Carnegie/Dana Center Pathways project, and 3) Resident Faculty for the Center for Commnity College Student Engagement (CCCSE).

Among her other accolades, Julie was recipient of the 2010 Virginia B. Smith Innovation in Higher Education Leadership Award. Additionally, she has received various awards for her teaching and college leadership.

The title of Julie’s Keynote is Pathways to Math Completion: A National Perspective on Innovation and Success


8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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