Mark your calendars: 2014 national conference on acceleration, June 18-20

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Given the explosion of colleges offering accelerated courses in English, math, and ESL across the state, we hope that many California community college teachers will share their experience at this year’s national conference. Last year, a team of 11 faculty from CAP presented, and this year, CAP leader Katie Hern will once again offer a pre-conference workshop on integrated reading and writing.

This annual event is hosted by the Community College of Baltimore County, where the successful Accelerated Learning Project began. The ALP model of acceleration enables students placed one-level-below college writing to enroll directly in a college English course, with an attached small group support class taught by the same instructor. At CCBC, accelerated students complete college English at rates more than 20 points higher than students in the traditional sequence, and the model has been scaled to more than 100 colleges across the country.

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