April 7, 2009


Instructor Presents At 2009 NADE Conference

Northeast Alabama Community College was recently represented at the 2009 National Association of Developmental Educators (NADE) conference in Greensboro, N.C., by Jessica Whitmore, an adjunct instructor with the English department. She has been teaching developmental courses at NACC since Fall 2007. Whitmore’s professional background has been in secondary special education. It was the fusion of these two experiences that led to the development of the paper on which the NADE workshop was founded. The National Center for Developmental Education (NCDE) has invited Whitmore to publish the paper/workshop, “The Individual Education of a College Student,” in The Journal of Developmental Education. This is the official journal of the NCDE and touts over 4,000 subscribers.

The NADE workshop, “The Individualized Education of a College Student,” included a short lecture explaining the theoretical framework of the strategies for instructional delivery to diverse learners in the developmental English classroom; presentation of materials/handouts to guide collection of student learning styles/needs; and an interactive discussion to tailor strategies to the needs of the participating members of the workshop. “Mrs. Whitmore’s workshop had excellent attendance and participation by the attendees, and by the end of the presentation, she was given an exceptional evaluation for a job well done,” stated Shirley Buttram, NACC’s Coordinator of Developmental Studies, who attended Whitmore’s workshop.

Whitmore is the current advisor for the publication of NACC’s 08-09 yearbook Backroads. She is also involved with creative writing endeavors including the contribution of editorial work for NACC’s literary journal, Aurora. In addition, Whitmore is the author of a collection of fictional short stories, The Mountain, which is currently under contract with the Literary Agency Group, Inc. and under consideration at Viking/Penguin and Ohio University Press publishing houses.

For more information, contact Jessica Whitmore at or by calling ext. 728.

NACC instructor, Jessica Whitmore (R) presenting her workshop to NADE attendees, who are developmental instructors in the areas of reading, English, and/or study skills.