AB 705 and High Challenge, High Support Classrooms in English, Math, and ESL

One-Day Workshops

Separate workshops for English, math, and ESL faculty, including new activities not previously included in CAP events. 

$25/person + $3.16 Eventbrite fee

The English workshop will focus on classroom triage and addressing common classroom struggles as we work through the first semester of full AB 705 implementation. There will be time to work with colleagues from other campuses to troubleshoot issues coming up in your own classroom.


How do we support students in the AB 705 math classroom, maintain rigor and cover all of the required content? CAP's fall math workshop will focus on new lesson planning strategies for teaching Precalculus and Statistics with corequisite support, as well as techniques for addressing common problems that arise in interactive classrooms. This workshop will include new activities led by facilitators experienced in high challenge, high support pedagogy.


The ESL workshop will engage instructors in developing integrated reading-writing assignments for ESL classes across a range of skill levels, from high-beginning through advanced courses that transition students to transfer-level English. Participants will explore ways to select authentic texts; develop and scaffold meaningful, text-based prompts; and incorporate contextual, just-in-time language instruction. The presenters will also provide updates from the most recent meetings of the AB705 work group and resulting guidance regarding credit ESL program structure and placement practices.

Skyline College, San Bruno, CA
English/ESL: Friday, Sept. 6, 2019
Math: Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019

Cerritos College, Norwalk, CA
English/ESL: Friday, Sept. 20, 2019
Math: Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019

UC Merced Fresno Center, Fresno, CA
English, Math and ESL: Friday, Nov. 1, 2019

Campus Open Houses

Corequisites and Accelerated ESL in Action

These events showcase colleges that are seeing large completion gains from corequisite English and math remediation and/or accelerated ESL pathways. The Open Houses include:

  • An opportunity to observe corequisite and/or accelerated ESL classes in action
  • Time to ask questions and receive guidance from faculty who teach these courses

$25/person + $3.16 Eventbrite fee

As colleges have begun implementation of AB 705 this fall, many are still concerned with how this looks in the classroom. Cuyamaca College has been working on transforming remediation since fall 2016, using high school grades for placement and offering corequisite courses for students who need support in transfer-level English and math. In addition, ESL students can go from the "false beginner" level to completing transfer-level English in as few as three semesters through the BOOST accordion model and the classroom looks very different.

In all three disciplines, Cuyamaca has seen substantial increases in transfer-level completion of English and math and decreases in equity gaps, and faculty are remarking that students' in-class conversations are deeper than they've ever seen.


In Fall 2018, Citrus College became the first community college in California to eliminate remedial English courses, allowing every student to begin their English coursework in a transferable, college-level course, either in a standard section or one with additional corequisite support. Despite this dramatic increase in access, the course success rates remained steady.

That same semester, Citrus College's math department launched a corequisite support model of college statistics open to all students, regardless of their test scores or high school grades. The course enables students to bypass traditional remedial courses and enroll directly in math that counts toward a bachelor’s degree, also known as “transfer-level” math, providing additional corequisite support to help them be successful. This change allowed twice as many students to complete transfer-level math in one year.

Thursday, October 17, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Monday, October 28, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.