Special Professional Interest Networks (SPINs)

In order to enhance connectivity between NADE members who share areas of interest, NADE offers 10 Special Professional Interest Groups (SPINs). Dr. Emily Suh acts as the Coordinator of all SPIN activities; please contact her if you have questions about SPINs or would like to see another SPIN started.

Each SPIN is led by one or more SPIN leaders, and throughout the year, SPIN leaders contact NADE members who have joined the SPIN to share information, encourage collaboration, and open discussion. Each SPIN also meets as a group at the NADE national conference each year. NADE membership includes membership in one SPIN fee of charge; additional SPIN memberships are only $5 each with membership.

For SPIN Leaders...

List of SPINs

ADJUNCT FACULTY (Joanne Mechmech): This SPIN recognizes that adjuncts are important professionals in Developmental Education. The Adjunct Faculty SPIN provides a forum for adjunct instructors to share ideas and concerns, network with others in their field, and share best practices both in the classroom and in the workplace.

ADMINISTRATION (Mitchel Burchfield and Karen Tompson-Wolfe): The purpose of the Administration SPIN is to provide opportunities through conference meetings, networking, and correspondence for members to meet and interact with other professionals interested in issues that impact administrators and the programs they lead. This SPIN group allows professionals to network at the NADE conference and through correspondence to address the issues facing colleagues. The SPIN group offers a professional avenue for growth by increasing interaction among the SPIN group members.

ADVISING & COUNSELING (Bev Maxton): A group of individuals who collaborate on current issues involving advising and counseling. Specifically, we discuss the Core Values of counseling and current trends in the field. Moreover, we collaborate on the six ethical core values that all advisors should adhere to: 1) Advisors are responsible to the individuals they advise; 2) Advisors are responsible for involving others, when appropriate, in the advising process; 3) Advisors are responsible to their institutions; 4) Advisors are responsible to higher education; 5) Advisors are responsible to their educational community; 6) Advisors are responsible to their professional practices and for themselves personally. In addition, we review topics that address when is it appropriate to serve as advisor and/or to serve as a counselor. Counselors are licensed personnel and advisors are not.

BRAIN-COMPATIBLE TEACHING AND LEARNING (Jerry Giles): This SPIN focuses on teaching practices based on brain research. Its goals are to help educators understand (1) how the brain learns, (2) how to translate educational neuroscience knowledge into brain-compatible curricula and instructional strategies in their classrooms, and (3) how to use this knowledge to engage and empower students, regardless of learning differences, gender, age, and culture, to become the successful learners they were born to be.

ENGLISH/WRITING/ESL (Patrice Johnson and Julia Laffoon-Jackson): This group is committed to the success of NADE's academic community. Our SPIN affords opportunities for developmental educators to grow professionally as educators and administrators. We provide valuable avenues for networking and skill acquisitions that can be incorporated into the best practices that are readily employed at the various member colleges and universities to assist in promoting student success. When we think of the English, Writing, and ESL SPIN, we often think of excellence and achievement; accordingly, we look to grow our network to ensure further opportunities for our members to achieve excellence.

MATHEMATICS (Meredith Anne Higgs and Christina Cobb): This group discusses issues pertaining to Developmental Math students, teaching and research. Members are teachers, administrators and those interested in the field.

ONLINE EDUCATORS (Jarmese Sherrod): Our purpose is to compare various delivery methods, share steps for creating cohesive community and discuss other areas affecting the online delivery of foundations-level curriculum. Our website is located at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NADE_Online_Educators_SPIN/.

TUTORING and PEER-ASSISTED LEARNING (Shelby Gannott): Provides support for colleagues directly involved in student success programs where student leaders, tutors or peer mentors are used. Subscribers receive at least two online newsletters per year containing announcements of relevant upcoming workshops/symposiums/conferences, reviews of presentations or books, an exchange of effective mentoring methods, and discussion of current issues surrounding this type of academic assistance.

READING (Tammy Donaldson): The NADE Reading SPIN is a community of learners, researchers, and practitioners who share ideas about teaching developmental reading at the college level. Toward this goal, the members are encouraged to share teaching ideas, research, syllabi, course outlines, and resources to help meet the challenges of preparing developmental readers for the rigors of reading in the 21st century. Additionally, the NADE Reading SPIN provides a forum where research and practice related to content area reading can be presented and discussed for the purpose of promoting reading comprehension in all disciplines.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT (Maxine Elmont): The goal of the Workforce Development SPIN is to share information, ask and answer questions, brainstorm ideas as they relate to grants, programs, courses, the needs of present and/or prospective student populations, etc. Workforce development is a very broad, dynamic topic. This SPIN is committed to "looking at" any area that its members feel is a viable subject.

What's New

NADE Digest, Fall – 2016

“The New (Old) NADE”

  • A Position Paper by the Executive Board on the State of the Association
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Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Remedial Educators Warn of
    Misconceptions Fueling a Reform Movement
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NADE Executive Board comment on the Higher Education Reauthorization Act
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Journal of Developmental Education Outstanding Articles:

  • Addressing Flawed Research in
    Developmental Education
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  • Effective Student Assessment and Placement: Challenges and Recommendations
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The College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) is pleased to announce that our second white paper, Assessment of Learning Assistance Programs is now available online for free download.

The Terrain of College Reading (CRLA Whitepaper)

A Common Framework for Remedial Reporting: Response to Remedial Reporting Task Force Recommendations. Download PDF.

A Cure for Remedial Reporting Chaos: Why the U.S. Needs a Standard Method for Measuring Preparedness for the First Year of College. Download PDF


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