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Practical Strategies for Supporting the English Language Learner

The first class I ever taught was a developmental English class. I didn’t do a very good job with it. I was a first-semester graduate student in my early 20s, filled with big ideas about philosophy and literary theory, and those topics probably mad
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Keeping it Real: Readings for Developmental English

On August 19th, a handful of developmental English instructors at SCC sat around a table and talked books. One was Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses. Another was Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age. We d
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On Patricia Lear’s “Pomodoro Technique” (With Regards to Francesco Cirillo)

I was confused by what a “Pomodoro,” an Italian word for “tomato,” could possibly have to do with writing. In my third of five residencies at the University of Nebraska Omaha MFA in Writing program, I attended a lecture by Patricia Lear, a fi
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Developmental Education Increases Public Safety

The benefits of developmental education are innumerable, but I’d like to add a perhaps underappreciated benefit to that list. Developmental education has the ability to reduce recidivism and increase public safety. Yes, you heard that correctly. Ea
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Developmental Education and Textbooks

As an instructor of Developmental Reading and Writing classes, I often see students struggle with purchasing their textbooks. Some students purchase them right away, some students purchase them several weeks into the course, and some students don’t
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Working for the Public Good

I’ve been thinking about the purpose of education recently. For me, education is a public good. It is not a market commodity. It is meant to be one of the primary engines of human development in our society. I understand that this notion is idealis
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General Education Goal: Personal Development

General education goals occupy an important place in a community college; however, because of the varied nature of community college programs, working toward a shared vision can be difficult. In the past, we at Western Nebraska community College (WNC
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Let’s Work Together

An open call across our state: Let’s work together It’s my hope that the Nebraska Developmental Education Consortium (NDEC) becomes a network of professionals who encourage one another to continue to evolve as teachers, researchers, and leaders i
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