Adams State hosts CoADE Annual Conference


The annual Colorado Association for Developmental Education's (CoADE), hosted by Adams State College, keynote speaker is Karen Patty-Graham. Organized by the College Readiness Program at Adams State, the conference is open to all educators.

The Spring 2012 CoADE Conference is scheduled from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Friday, April 13, in the Adams State Student Union Building. Regional high school faculty and administration are welcome to attend.

The conference will include workshops; roundtables on reading, writing, mathematics, college learning centers, assessment, and administration/program review; and a presentation by Patty-Graham. The Keynote Address, "Reading across the Disciplines," is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 10 am. The roundtables are scheduled from 1:30 until 3 p.m.

Patty-Graham retired in 2007 as Director of Instructional Services at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she had taught, advised, and served as a department administrator for thirty years. She holds an Ed.D. in the Instructional Process, with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction, from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her dissertation focused on retention of academically high risk university students. She is a past president and past vice president of the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE), and she is a Fellow of the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations, CLADEA. She is a recipient of the Henry Young Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to NADE.

Patty-Graham served as NADE's Director for the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education and is currently Review Operations Coordinator for the Certification Council. She is co-author (with Dr. Linda Thompson) of one of the four program self-evaluation guides in the NADE Self-Evaluation Guides, 2nd Edition.

Patty-Graham's career includes teaching at the elementary level, including Title I reading; university reading and study skills courses; and teacher preparation courses in developmental and remedial reading as well as in content reading strategies. She has been a frequent workshop presenter at local and national levels.

Instructional Services, which she directed since 1987, provides developmental and enrichment courses, math tutoring, testing, the Writing Center, Supplemental Instruction, a summer bridge program, and a freshman seminar for SIUE students. Her Instructional Services developmental coursework program received NADE certification in 2004.

Vendors for instructional aides will be on-site. To register for the one-day conference, visit and click on the conference link. Registration deadline is April 9. Lunch and refreshments are included in the registration fee.