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Developmental Education & Basic Skills Program



Information and Resources for Faculty

General information


Student Support Services

The Center for Academic Support
In-class Tutoring

Counseling Partnership SP15 Update


Professional Development


English 90: Grammar Research and Practice I
Building a Course

Technology in the Classroom


Reading Apprenticeship

Reading Apprenticeship Portfolio

English 70: Reading Apprenticeship

English 90: Reading Apprenticeship


The Teaching Community

Participating in a Teaching Community

Teaching Community Reports:

Fall 2004, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

Teaching Community Projects:

Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015


Acceleration Project

Participating in the Acceleration Project

Acceleration Curriculum Projects:

Spring 2015


Assessment Reports

Holistic Scoring of English 90 Argument Essays:
Fall 2004, Spring 2005, Fall 2005, Fall 2006, Fall 2008, Spring 2010

Developmental English Committee
DE Program Review Fall 06


Developmental education in the English department is part of Los Medanos College’s decentralized yet highly coordinated model of developmental education. Our mission is to provide students with a coordinated curriculum and comprehensive support services that will engage, challenge and support them as learners.


Instructional methods include lecture, lab, collaborative learning/peer review, demonstration/modeling, discussion, and computer assisted instruction. Instructors commit to a theme-based approach that engages students and speaks to their issues and concerns, emphasizing an integrated teaching of reading and writing.  The classroom environment is supportive yet challenging. 


Along with our pursuit of the developmental education mission, members of the department have been actively involved in the pursuit of greater educational and institutional equity and access for traditionally underserved student populations (such as, but not limited to, students of color and low-income students) through collaborating in thematic learning communities, creating and participating in programs such as Puente, Umoja, and Avid, and taking leadership roles in academic support services such as departmental tutoring programs.

Our instructors have opportunities for professional development each semester. Our teaching communities meet during the semester to focus on integrating research-based pedagogy into the classroom, and assessing results in terms of how they improve student outcomes.


Developmental English Courses and Teaching Resources


English 70:Fundamentals of English: Reading, Writing and Thinking

This course is two levels below transfer-level English (English 100).

English 90: Integrated Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking

This course is one level below transfer-level English (English 100).

English 95: Accelerated reading, Writing and Critical Thinking

This course is one level below transfer-level English (English 100). Students placed into English 70 or 90 are eligible to enroll in the course.

English Developmental Education Faculty Leads


Developmental education within the department is coordinated by the Developmental Education faculty lead position, who acts as a liaison between the instructors of developmental education in the department, and the college-wide Developmental Education committee (which is, in turn, part of the college-wide Teaching and Learning Center Committee).


Faculty Leads' contact information

Sara Toruno-Conley


(925) 473-7865


JoAnn Hobbs


(925) 473-7860


Ongoing Assessment for the Purpose of Program Improvement

Different stages of the developmental sequence participate in ongoing program assessment. The Counseling Partnership in English 70 requires a student and instructor survey be completed each semester, and all instructors in English 90 participate in a holistic scoring of essays in order to formulate action plans for curricular and instructional change to improve student success. Information about the Counseling Partnership as well as as the holistic scoring reports can be found on the Program Evaluation page of this website.