Resources and Services

The National Center for Developmental Education provides developmental educators and learning assistance professionals with up-to-date resources in the following areas:

Materials Collection

The NCDE maintains the nation's most extensive resource library of over 1500 volumes in the field. This collection includes reference books, journals, periodicals, newsletters, electronic media, and other resources such as research and technical reports, program descriptions, sample instructional materials, etc. Please contact Denise deRibert (kellogg@appstate.edu) for specific information.

Consultation and Technical Assistance

Through its resident and adjunct staff, the NCDE provides highly skilled consultants who work with colleges and universities in all areas of developmental education and learning assistance. To discuss the needs of your institution, please email Dr. Hunter R. Boylan (boylanhr@appstate.edu) or call (828) 262-3057.

Workshops, Conferences, and Symposia

The NCDE, through periodic workshops, conferences, and symposia, contributes to the professional growth options available to personnel working with underprepared adults. The focus of these activities is on research, materials, techniques, and practices that have proven effective in the field. To keep abreast of current findings and NCDE activities request placement on the mailing list.

The NCDE maintains a current listing of state, regional, and national conferences, workshops, seminars, and training programs in the field. For this list see the News & Events page. Also available on an up-to-date basis is a listing of professional development training options for developmental educators. For information, please contact Denise de Ribert(deribertda@appstate.edu) at (828) 262-2805.

Professional Association and Higher Education Organization Links

Adult Basic Skills Professional Development Project

The Adult Basic Skills Professional Development Project is committed to enhancing the quality of Basic Skills instruction in North Carolina and across the nation through building the capacity of community colleges and community-based literacy organizations. Their mission is to provide relevant, timely, accessible and effective professional development for program faculty, develop a cadre of Certified Resource Specialists, and develop better instructional skills for the classroom.

College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA)

CRLA is a group of student-oriented professionals active in the fields of reading, learning assistance, developmental education, and tutorial services at the college/adult level. Inherently diverse in membership, CRLA's most vital function and overall purpose is to provide a forum for the interchange of ideas, methods, and information to improve student learning and to facilitate the professional growth of its members.

Education Commission of the States (ECS)

ECS keeps state policymakers and others on the leading edge of what's happening in the states by gathering, analyzing and disseminating information about current and emerging issues, trends and innovations in state education policy. ECS works on issues ranging from Pre-K to Postsecondary.

League for Innovation in the Communty College

The League for Innovation in the Community College is an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement. We host conferences and institutes, develop Web resources, conduct research, produce publications, provide services, and lead projects and initiatives with our member colleges, corporate partners, and other agencies in our continuing efforts to make a positive difference for students and communities.

National Association for Developmental Education (NADE)

NADE seeks to improve the theory and practice of developmental education in education, the professional capabilities of developmental educators, and the design of programs to prepare developmental educators. The organization is a nonprofit, nonpartisan education association composed of nearly 3,000 from across the U.S. and a growing number of educators from around the world.

National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA)

NCLCA is an organization of professionals dedicated to promoting excellence among learning center personnel. The organization began in 1985 as the Midwest College Learning Center Association and "went national" in 1999. NCLCA welcomes any individual interested in assisting college and university students along the road to academic success.

National College Transition Network (NCTN)

The goal of the NCTN is to support Adult Basic Education (ABE) staff, programs, and states in establishing and strengthening ABE-to-college transition services through technical assistance, professional development, collegial sharing, advocacy and increased visibility for this critical sector of the adult basic education system. Additional stakeholders in reaching this goal are postsecondary educational institutions and workforce development providers.