Teaching At-Risk Students: Strategies for Classroom Success, an Interactive Workshop (Spring 2011)

Join Holly Hassel (Associate Professor of English, UW-Marathon) and Joanne Giordano (UW Colleges Developmental Reading and Writing Coordinator, UW-Marathon), along with Sarah Bennett (Associate Professor of Mathematics, UW-Barron) and Scott Friess (Lecturer in Mathematics, UW-Barron) in this interactive workshop as they present both practical and conceptual strategies for working with underprepared and at-risk students in the UW Colleges.  

Learning Objectives


Read some brief summaries about at-risk students and college readiness in the UW Colleges, as well as a brief essay on "remediation" by Mike Rose--and reflect, respond, or interact

Week Two (April 4+):  Identifying the Broader Challenges for At-Risk Students--and Strategies to Help
Review some of the difficulties students face in the transition from high school to college and identify strategies to help them--and reflect, write, and review one of your syllabi

Review best practices for overall course design, reading, writing, test-taking, and quantitative learning; talk with a disciplinary colleague about your courses; and create a learning activity that applies what you've learned

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will 

  • understand the complex challenges that often prevent "at-risk" students from making a successful transition to college-level academic learning,
  • develop an enhanced understanding of the learning needs of at-risk students in the UW Colleges,
  • integrate best practices into their teaching that help underprepared and at-risk students achieve course learning outcomes.

Preview of Activities

In this interactive workshop, participants will do the following: 

  • Read about and understand characteristics that put a student "at-risk" for probation, suspension, or dropping out of higher education, especially for student populations served by the UW Colleges
  • Become familiar with teaching and learning values, strategies, and approaches that help underprepared and at-risk students make a successful transition to college-level learning
  • Identify specific academic challenges or other issues that make it difficult for underprepared and at-risk students to successfully achieve the learning outcomes for the courses that the participant teaches
  • Identify teaching strategies and discipline-specific approaches that will effectively address these challenges and meet student learning needs in the participant's classes
  • Identify a key learning outcome that is difficult for at-risk students to achieve in a specific course and apply learning from the workshop to develop a written plan for helping students achieve this learning outcome
  • Create (or revise) a learning activity that effectively prepares students to achieve the chosen learning outcome