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2024 MNADE Conference  
September 19- 20, 2024   at Grand Casino in  Hinkley, MN

A Call for New Connections to Inspire Student Success

For the last several years, college faculty, staff, and administrators from around the country have witnessed the transformation of developmental education. We’ve seen most stand-alone developmental-level reading, writing, and math courses fade away. In many cases, we’ve replaced these pre-required courses with co-required courses – a new model in which most students now immediately connect with these college-level gateway courses in their first semester while receiving focused extra support along the way. We’ve evolved from a student support model featuring isolated sections of reading, writing, and math courses to a new model that leverages the inclusive power of intersection to propel more students to successful outcomes in our colleges.


With our call to conference this year, we recognize our present moment as an intersection between our past and our future. MNADE has long been a community of interlinking reading, writing, math, and administrative professionals working together to support a common cause: student success. We must draw upon this tradition of our past to propel us into our new future, one that places intersection at its center and that emboldens us to explore new crossing points between academic disciplines, between faculty and administrative staff, between students of varying strengths and experiences, and between the many other lines of perspective tracing diversity within the higher education community.


With this theme of intersection in mind, we call upon our colleagues across higher education to propose conference sessions highlighting new approaches to supporting student success in reading, writing, and math that focus on connection, intersection, or other novel directions in your work. As always, we will consider all of the proposals we receive, but we especially welcome proposals addressing successes, challenges, innovations, and intersections in the following areas:

•Co-Requisite Course Models (Math, Writing, Reading)

•Learning Communities

•Embedded Reading Instruction

•Equitable and/or Labor-Based Assessment Practices

•Course Placement Processes•Support Service-Academic Course Integration

•Active Learning Strategies•Culturally Sensitive Pedagogies

•Universal Design for Learning


In the spirit of forging new connections, we also encourage all returning attendees to invite at least one new person – a disciplinary colleague, a student, a dean, a director, a tutor, or an advisor or counselor on your campus – to attend this year’s conference, either as an attendee or as a presenter. The more new faces we have, the more opportunity for making new connections and intersections we will have!


All proposals should include the names of all presenters, a primary contact person (including phone number, address, and e-mail), a session title, a brief description of the proposed presentation (100 words maximum), and a short two-to-three sentence biography for each presenter suitable for submission in the conference program. Please indicate your audiovisual needs. We will have projectors available in all conference rooms, but presenters must bring their own laptops.


To submit a proposal, please complete the 2024 Conference Proposal Form. All proposals must be received by August 9th for prioritized consideration. 

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