Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

NADE News: Winds of Change

Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

NADE News: Winds of Change

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"Like the Okie winds that go sweeping down the plains, change blows in and around developmental education in wisps and gusts." -NADE17 Conference Team

What a perfect sentiment to consider as we prepare to meet in Oklahoma City (OKC) for our 41st year of networking, supporting each other, learning, laughing, and celebrating the incredible field that is developmental education.

This year's conference takes place at the Cox Convention Center (which should bode well for internet), which is connected to the Renaissance Convention Center Hotel, and a quick walk from all of the other conference hotels. They are also a short distance from the amazing Bricktown. The area now called Bricktown was OKC's first warehouse district founded in the late 19th century, but, as with most cities, it began to decline in the 60s and 70s when people and businesses moved out to the suburbs. With the help of a major projects initiative in the 1990s, Bricktown gained a baseball stadium, a canal with a water taxi, river improvements, and a concert and sports arena.

Fast forward to today. I was just there, and I can attest it is now a hopping entertainment district with more than 45 restaurants; almost as many bars, clubs, and retail shops; along with family-friendly attractions, museums, and galleries. Live music spills out of almost every door, and the canal walk is entertaining in and of itself. The area is teeming with activity, and if you want to go out after a hard day of learning, everything is a short walk away.

We were fortunate enough to have over 300 proposals from which to choose plus a plethora of pre- and postconference session proposals. So far, our speaker lineup includes Major Ed Pulido, U.S. Army (Ret.) and the Sr. VP of the Folds of Honor Foundation, a Veteran's charity which provides the spouses and children of the fallen and wounded educational scholarships. …

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