Two of our department’s doctoral candidates, Raquel Corona and Danielle Bacigalupo, will be hosting a workshop at the NeMLA Convention in Baltimore, Maryland this upcoming March 2017. Workshops are free, but space is limited as registration is capped at 25 persons. If you are interested in joining or coming to support, please do so as this will be a very exciting workshop!
Raquel and Danielle will be hosting Workshop #2: Integrating Socially Just Practices in the College English Classroom (Pedagogy and Professional).
Description: “In Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching and Assessing Writing for a Socially Just Future, Asao Inoue calls for instructors to consider notions of race, including its connection to language, asserting that holistic classroom ecologies remove racism in writing assessments to allow for equality in assessing students from all racial backgrounds. [For this premise…] Using Inoue’s philosophical and pedagogical tools, this workshop will present participants with pedagogical tools to use in composition and literature classrooms in order to build a classroom that is open to and acknowledges the various learners in the room.”
Workshop: “In his seminal and innovative text, Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching and Assessing Writing for a Socially Just Future, Asao Inoue calls for instructors to consider notions of race, including its connection to language and the consistent valuing of Standard Academic English in the writing classroom. He calls for both teaching practitioners and administrators to advocate and create a sense of equality in our teaching practices and especially our assessment practices. To do so, he presents an alternative way of thinking about and creating a writing classroom in which students are assessed based on their labor and effort used in producing writing, rather than just evaluating the product itself as a stand-alone project. Using Inoue’s philosophical and pedagogical tools, this workshop will provide attendees with various opportunities to build a classroom that is open to and acknowledges the various learners in the room.
This workshop session will be multifaceted. The first component will consist of self-reflexive activities regarding attitudes concerning writing assessments and an explanation of Inoue’s concepts, as well as develop the meaning of social justice. After having an understanding of our own outlook on writing and the ideas surrounding Standard Academic English, we will present the pedagogical tools Inoue provides about labor-based classrooms, and discuss how we have been able to tailor them to our own classrooms. At the end, participants will collaborate in small groups to determine in what ways they can begin incorporating these ideas into their own classrooms.
Ultimately, the goal of this workshop will be for participants to leave with a plethora of options for how they can begin creating more socially just English classrooms (writing-based and literature-based classrooms at that).”
Workshop registration will be advertised later, but to pre-register for NeMLA, go to https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/Login and click on “Convention Registration”. There you will also find a wide range of other workshops and CFPs to submit to!