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Background reading: NROC staff have produced three reports examining different elements of developmental English: the curriculum, existing resources, and the  research-base for effective practice. These reports can serve as additional background for people to familiarize themselves with current trends in developmental English. Treat these documents as starting points for discussion, not the final word.

  1. Dev English Curriculum Review (pdf) (doc)
  2. Dev English Products Review (pdf) (doc)
  3. Dev English Research Review (pdf) (doc)


How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching (2010) 

The book... has been helpful for discussions among faculty on student learning in higher education. I recommend reading the sample Chapter 1, which provides a vignette on prior learning with methods and strategies to use in the classroom.” - Joseph


Bartholomae and Petrofsky's Ways of Reading

“The text is very sophisticated, but was originally intended for Dev Ed classes in Reading and English.  I've had colleagues tell me that they thought it was above the heads of our Community College students, but I regularly teach it with great success in my FYC as well as sometimes in DEv Ed.  Essentially, the authors posit that reading, writing, and thinking are all linked activities.” - Malkiel


Yancey's "Writing in the 21st Century"

"A Call to Support 21st Century Writing" by NCTE past president Kathleen Blake Yancey. 


"Saying Yes to Cell Phones in Class"

"A developmental writing teacher describes his very slow conversion to valuing cell phone in the classroom. Author gives some great examples of how he now has students use mobile phones for assignments." - Claudia


The Rigor/Relevance Framework

“Assessing what students know is more easily done when the context used is relevant to the students.  When context is relevant, students are triggered to work at a higher level of thinking thereby gaining ‘ownership’ of the knowledge enabling application and creative thinking.” - Rhonda


NCTE Research Brief on Writing

"This is a writing research brief by NCTE which summarizes the last 30 years or so of writing research." - Malkiel


"The 60-second Guide to Texting in the Classroom"

Classroom ideas such as group texting, silent discussion, and polling.


"Writing Without Networks"

According to this article, "Networks have permeated culture, changing not just where and how we write, but... taking part in the formation of our thoughts." This articles explores the how and why of addressing networked writing in the classroom



Contextualized Grammar Instruction for College Transition Students

A variety of strategies for "somewhat contextualized," "mostly contextualized," and "entirely contextualized" grammar instruction. 



Make Beliefs Comix

“A website showing how to use comics in the classroom.” - Eileen



Create slideshows and presentations with voiceover or text narration and commentary.  


Chomp Chomp

Fun and interactive grammar activities


Poll Everywhere

"A great site for creating instant polls that students can respond to using their cell phones." - Rhonda


Tools for Non-standardized Assessment

A list of mostly free online tools, compiled by EdSurge (March 2012). These types of online tools come and go, but this is a great list that has notes on activities for how the tools might be used with students. 



"I use Punchbowl to send out invites to professional development for my staff.   It makes the invitation special and saves on paper.   Plus, I have one place to go to access all the RSVP's and keep track of who is making the most of the training offered to our tutors." - Nabb



"Diigo, or another social bookmarking site, has also proved to be a useful tactic to get students used to annotating texts." -- Nabb



Northampton Community College, Smart Path Math Pilot Program

“The Math Project is going into its third year.   We received a FIPSE grant to fund an online, self-paced acceleration through the develomental math sequence.” - Nichole