Past Conferences


Great Plains Conference on Acceleration - Overview

Conference Speaker

Susan GabrielSusan Gabriel is the Director of the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) at the Community College of Baltimore County . She has more than 20 years’ experience teaching developmental writing, and as an Associate Professor of English, she has taught all levels of composition at CCBC. She has a B.A. in English and a B.S. in education from Bowling Green State University as well as an M.A. in English (with a composition emphasis) from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE).

Prior to joining the faculty of CCBC, Susan spent eight years as the director of the SIUE Corporate Writing Program where she created custom-designed business writing workshops for corporations in the St. Louis area. She is the co-author of (Irwin/McGraw Hill 1999), and in her role as the ALP director, she has made presentations and conducted workshops at many national conferences, including the League for Innovation, DREAM, the Modern Language Association, the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and CCBC’s Conference on Acceleration in Developmental Education (CADE).


Conference Schedule

Thursday, Feb. 16

Hubbard Welcome Center Lobby - CONFERENCE check-in 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

CLIFFORD STONE ROOM, Hubbard Welcome Center

1:00-1:15         Welcome - Dr. Susan Bradley, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, Butler Community College

                         Introduction of Susan Gabriel - Kathy McCoskey, Butler Community College

1:15 – 2:00      Susan Gabriel, Director, Accelerated Learning Program (ALP), Associate Professor of English, Community College of Baltimore County:  Making the Case for Acceleration

2:00 – 2:15      Announcements

2:15 – 2:30      Break

2:30 – 4:30      General Session

 “Nuts and Bolts:  Starting Up and Scaling Up ALP— Susan Gabriel & Susan Bradley

This practical and interactive workshop will focus on the challenging process of starting ALP co-requisite pilots and the even more challenging process of taking these pilots to full scale so the maximum number of students can benefit. Topics addressed will include creating faculty buy-in, the role of advisors, managing scheduling/registration, facility use, data collection/distribution, and funding for ongoing faculty development. This session will provide helpful tips and strategies for anticipating and overcoming objections/obstacles in starting and scaling up ALP.

4:30                Break. Set-up for dinner & concert

5:30                Gather and converse

6:00                Dinner 

7:00                Concert: Robin Macy, the Cherokee Maidens, and Sycamore Swing


Friday, Feb. 17

Session 1: 8:30 – 9:30      Roundtable discussions (10 tables to choose from for two 30-minute sessions)

CLIFFORD STONE ROOM, Hubbard Welcome Center

  • “Non-Cognitive Issues & Student Success”
      Julie Kratt, Cowley College
  • “Building Bridges:  Community in the Classroom” 
      Amanda Hash & Andrea McCaffree- Wallace, Butler Community College
  • “Scaffolding Assignments Across the Co-requisite” 
      Leigh Adams, Missouri State University—West Plains
  • “May I Have the Definition, Please?  Building Your Students’ Vocabularies”
      Jane Cowden & Kerri Huff, Ozark Technical College
  • “Faculty-to-Faculty Mentoring:  Providing Structure & Support Throughout the Semester”
      Sheryl LeSage & Diana Morton, Butler Community College
  • “Using AVID Techniques to Improve Student Engagement”
      Cory Teubner, Butler Community College
  • “Developing & Teaching ALP Online”
  • “There’s an App for That:  Technology for the Accelerated Classroom”
      Jennifer Dunkel, Ozark Technical College     ***BRING YOUR  LAPTOPS &/or SMARTPHONES!
  • “New Rules (and New Tools) for Grammar Teachers” 
  • “Writing in the Reading Classroom”
      Dr. Elena Allen, Butler  Community College

9:30 – 9:45      Break


“Strand” key:   C & I = Curriculum & Instruction, A = Admin/Advising

Session 2:  9:45 – 10:45

LOWER LEVEL, Hubbard Welcome Center

10:45 – 11:00    Break

CLIFFORD STONE ROOM, Hubbard Welcome Center

11:00 – 11:45:   Keynote Address, Susan Gabriel, Director, Accelerated Learning Program (ALP), Associate Professor of English,  Community College of Baltimore County:    “Developmental Education Reforms:  Moving Away from ‘One Size Fits All"                          

11:45 – 12:45    Lunch and Student Panel, Announcements


Session 3:  1:00 – 2:00

LOWER LEVEL, Hubbard Welcome Center

2:00 – 2:15       Break


Session 4:  2:15 – 3:15

LOWER LEVEL, Hubbard Welcome Center

3:15 – 4:00       Networking & snacks in Welcome Center Lobby.   Please complete the conference evaluation form before you leave!


The Cherokee Maidens