Achieving the Dream Workshop Presentation

A Curriculum Based Model of Student Engagement: Examples from the Field

Diego Navarro's ATD Presentation focuses on an innovative curricular approach to student engagement and support for developmental ed students that is both scalable and sustainable. This approach, based on an Intrinsic Student Engagement Model, does not require additional support outside the classroom beyond what is already available to all students of the college. 

The ACE model uses a teach-the-teacher, multi-level professional development approach for faculty, staff, and administrators so the college can scale the program using its own resources once ACE trained. Navarro shares evidence of ACE's success with each of the models highlighted above, citing longitudinal, multi-college studies on intrinsic student engagement, teach the teacher, and professional development.

View various ways in which colleges can replicate and implement the ACE program in this workshop recording.

Faculty from Broward College, Delaware County Community College (DCCC), and Los Medanos College present their unique experiences with ACE and share how they made this educational model their own.

  • Broward College focuses on scaling the ACE program and dealing with the state requirements, sharing how they managed to do so and, as a new ACE college, the issues they are still working out.
  • Delaware County Community College (DCCC) explains how they created a developmental education program that provides transfer-level credits and the lessons they have learned from that. Additionally, DCCC shares important tips regarding student integration no matter their academic level and how they learned this the hard way.
  • Los Medanos College (LMC) provides tips regarding their one-semester Math and English acceleration program, particularly lessons learned through their Statistics acceleration approach.