Nebraska Developmental Education Consortium

Explore the website for opportunities for interaction and sharing expertise, and new directions. 

About the Consortium

We are a group of teachers from Nebraska community colleges who invite other developmental English teachers (reading & writing) to build this state-wide community that shares resources and energizes one another. Please explore the website & attend the conference. To contribute a resource or idea, email us:

From Our Blog

On Patricia Lear’s “Pomodoro Technique” (With Regards to Francesco Cirillo)

August 15, 2016

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 fiction mentor and author of Stardust, 7-Eleven, Route 57, A&W, and So Forth. Her…

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Developmental Education Increases Public Safety

July 17, 2016

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. Each Friday I get pat-searched, brought through a series of locked steel doors and a razor-wire fence to be…

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Developmental Education and Textbooks

June 18, 2016

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 purchase them at all. This can pose challenges for both the student and the instructor. The student doesn’t…

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