New Resources for a Fresh Start to Your New Semester!

Check out the ever evolving CBW Resource Share Site for new ideas for a new semester! Thanks Elizabeth Baldridge!

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Submitted to CCCC 2015? We want your info!

Happy Labor Day Colleagues,

The Council on Basic Writing would like to start to get a handle on how BW will be represented at CCCC in 2015. If you had a paper, panel, or roundtable accepted at CCCC that will have a primary focus on BW, can you please send me an email? In your email, please include your session title and any relevant abstracts.

Our purposes in collecting this information is two-fold. First, we would like to start thinking about how we might promote BW panels ahead of CCCC in order to encourage robust participation both by CBW members and by the larger CCCC community. Second, we would like to start considering how and why BW panels are accepted by the larger CCC organization in order to consider how we might foster more BW scholarship at CCCC.

Please send me your acceptance information by September 15. You can get my email address on the listserv or on the CBW blog (see “Board” info) or you can IM me on FB. At this time, please send this information to just me so that we do not burden the list with these announcements. In the future, we will send out another email asking you if you’d like to be included in the BW session pamphlet that we create for CCCC. As CCCC approaches, we will also encourage you to advertise your sessions on the email list and on our FB page.

In solidarity,
Mike, Co-Chair of the CBW Executive Board

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CBW 2014, Complete Schedule

Please join us for the CBW 2014 Pre-Conference Workshop 

19 March 2014 at the CCCC National Convention!

Open Futures? Basic Writing, Access, and Technology

Council on Basic Writing Pre-Conference Workshop 2014

So often, technology is touted as the promise and answer to everything. We are told that technology makes everything easier, simpler, and more accessible. But when we consider technology and Basic Writing, is that true? Does technology provide open access for our students to achieve their educational goals, moving from developmental writing courses through graduation? What is the impact of technology on basic writing classrooms today? What are the political consequences of eschewing digital pedagogies? Of adopting them? Who controls these technologies? What are the implications of who creates and controls them? What does responsible basic writing pedagogy look like in a digital age? This pre-conference workshop will work to explore the possibilities, realities, and restrictions of technology and basic writing pedagogies.

9:00 a.m. Welcome

Session Chair: Sugie Goen-Salter, San Francisco State University

9:15-10:00 a.m. The 2013 Innovation Award for Teaching of Basic Writing

Session Chair: Sugie Goen-Salter, San Francisco State University

Presenters: Anne-Marie Hall, University of Arizona; Aimee C. Mapes, University of Arizona; and Christopher Minnix, University of Alabama at Birmingham

The University of Arizona Writing Program will discuss the “Adapted Studio Model” for basic writing (BW) in a two-part presentation. First, we will define our curricular innovation as an adaptation of a variety of successful approaches in the field. Our reinterpretation blends strategies from a studio model, an intensive model, and the accelerated learning program with an emphasis on increasing student and instructor interaction. Importantly, adapted studio model contributes to two major goals: fostering expansive student learning and improving retention of students at higher risk of dropping out. The presentation will overview institutional exigencies for improving BW instruction in our program and then outline the success and portability of the adapted studio model. Workshop participants will learn about:

•     intricacies of course enrollment and scheduling, including credits and implications for students and instructors,

•     professional development for instructors in a weekly teacher collaborative,

•     scope and sequence of the composition course,

•     integration of the studio into the composition course,

•     and student retention.

At The University of Arizona, this model has been successful at increasing retention of underprepared writers from 46% under the traditional “extra remedial course” model to 81%. We contend that the combination of the composition course with the studio accomplishes a “slowing down” of the pace of the curriculum in a way that draws out the metacognitive aspects of writing for students. The additional face-to-face time with instructors and extra instructional support effectively closes the gap between academically underprepared students and students whose high school experiences have geared them toward success in college.

The second part of the session will focus on studio curriculum, emphasizing the workshop as a space where instructors can teach to their strengths related to writing and where students can address what they feel are weaknesses. Typically, studio workshop offers opportunities for stronger personal engagement. We will demonstrate how creating a more flexible environment for reflection through the studio model also sustains more enriching interactions between students and faculty. In studio, students participate in a range of craft lessons. We will feature three exemplary studio lessons on invention, the intersection of sound and meaning in language, and a thesis workshop.

10:00-12:00 noon: Basic Writing, Literacy Narratives, and the Collective Power of 2.0 Projects 

Keynote Address by Cynthia Selfe, The Ohio State University

Session Chair: Lynn Reid, Fairleigh Dickinson University

In this session, Selfe explores ways in which Basic Writing teachers/scholars can multiply and amplify their individual efforts by undertaking 2.0 projects (Anderson, 2007; O’Reilly, 2005) that leverage the power of collaboration and digital expression.  Even as Basic Writing faculty struggle with heavy work loads, minimal staff, and a lack of material resources, they can help build 2.0 projects and, perhaps more importantly, make these projects pay off in their own institutions, colleges, and/or departments.

As part of her talk, Selfe will show autobiographical literacy stories that undergraduate students have contributed to the Digital Archives of Literacy Narratives (DALN) and explore what kinds of work these accounts can accomplish for both teachers and coaches. She will also preview a new project of “digital curated exhibits,” Stories That Speak to Us, that she is undertaking with colleagues Scott L. DeWitt and H. Lewis Ulman and fellow teacher/scholars from across the U.S.

12:00-1:30 p.m. Technology Café and Interactive, Digital Poster Session (and Lunch)

Session Chair: Lynn Reid, Fairleigh Dickinson University

This technology café asks basic writing educators to share local models for successful integration of technology into the Basic Writing classroom. Basic Writing faculty from two- and four-year institutions will showcase technologies and how they are used in practical lessons. Participants will have the opportunity to hear about the practical application of a new technology in the classroom and then try out the technology with the assistance of an experienced practitioner.

1:30-2:30 p.m. MOOCs and Basic Writing

Session Chair: Sara Webb-Sunderhaus, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Discussants: Jeff Grabill, Michigan State University; Steven Krause, Eastern Michigan University; Ben McCorkle, The Ohio State University at Marion; Leigh Jonaitis, Bergen Community College.

This afternoon roundtable discussion will focus on MOOCs and their potential–and potential issues–for basic writing instruction. Our roundtable discussants represent a range of institutions and have a variety of histories with, and attitudes towards, MOOCs. Some have created and taught MOOC writing courses, while others have enrolled in these courses to understand as much as possible what a MOOC student’s experience is like.

2:30-4:00 p.m. CBW Talks Back

Session Chair: Michael D. Hill, Henry Ford Community College

Discussants: Susan Naomi Bernstein, Arizona State University; Wendy Olson, Washington State University Vancouver; Michelle Stevier-Johanson, Dickinson State University; Michael Hill, Henry Ford Community College

So often our courses in BW are constructed and/or dominated by our teaching tools: our textbooks, our exams, our writing-based computer programs.  The use of these tools is marketed by large companies; demanded by administrators and bookstores; and, at times, mandated by departments.  The unfortunate reality is that these tools tend to define the terms, the activities, and the pedagogies of our classes and they often do so poorly.  As the professionals in the BW classroom, BW teachers, along with our students, should be the ones who define the field.  In this session, the participants of the workshop will determine in what ways the CBW might speak back to the producers, the administrators and to our colleagues about the efficacy of these tools.  We will start with short presentations by practicing teachers critiquing the effects of specific products at their institutions and in their classrooms.  We will then break out into small groups, each examining and discussing separate products.  The goal in these groups will be to empower the individual teacher who must attempt to instruct salespeople, editors, bookstores, deans, and perhaps even WPAs about what basic writers needs.  The entire workshop will then reconvene to determine what type of work the CBW should be doing as an authoritative organization to combat the domination of BW products in the teaching of BW.

4:00-5:00 p.m. Basic Writing Town Hall Meeting

And don’t forget to join us for the CBW SIG on Thursday night to congratulate Bill Riley of Penn State University for receiving the 2014 CBW Travel Award and Our Lady of the Lake University’s QUEST First-Year Writing Program, winner of the 2014 Innovations in Basic Writing Award.

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Bring Technology Examples With You to CBW 2014!

Plan now to join us for our CBW pre-conference workshop, “Open Futures? Basic Writing, Access, and Technology.” The full day workshop will be Wednesday, 19 March 2014 at the CCCC convention. As part of your plans, please bring examples (posters, laptops, examples) of innovative uses of technology and basic writing for our cafe session over lunch!

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2014 Award Winners!

CCCC is just a few weeks away! Make your room on dance card for all things Basic Writing! We’ll be posting the schedule for the CBW pre-conference workshop (Wednesday, 19 March 2014, all day!) later this week. But for now, please plan to attend the CBW Meeting on Thursday, 3/20 at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate our 2014 award winners and to meet fellow basic writing faculty from around the country! On Thursday we’ll honor Bill Riley of Penn State University for receiving the 2014 CBW Travel Award and Our Lady of the Lake University’s QUEST First-Year Writing Program, winner of the 2014 Innovations in Basic Writing Award. Congratulations!

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CBW@ TYCA Northeast

 CBW will be presenting at TYCA Northeast this fall. Those of you who have regularly attended CBW know that finding more links between CBW and TYCA has been a goal of both groups. I’m delighted to say that thanks to Leigh Jonaitis’ leadership, we will be presenting 2 sessions on CBW at TYCA Northeast this fall. If you’re in the regional area, we hope that you will join us for this great conference!
Barbara Gleason, Marisa Klages, Lynn Reid, Thomas Peele and J. Elizabeth Clark will all be presenting on behalf of CBW.
I’m including some conference highlights below. You can read all about the whole conference here:
We are hoping, for those of you in other regions, that this can begin to serve as a model for other conferences to strengthen our Basic Writing community work.
Please consider joining us if you can for this great conference!

Two‐Year College English Association Northeast (TYCA‐NE) Annual Conference
October 3‐5, 2013
Morristown, NJ


2:30‐3:30: Breakout Session A
3:45‐4:45: Breakout Session B (includes Conference on Basic Writing workshop) 5:00‐6:00: Breakout Session C (includes Conference on Basic Writing workshop) 6:00‐7:00: Cocktail Party sponsored by Pearson
7:00: Hosted Dinners


8:15‐9:15: Breakfast and Panel: “From Professor to Administrator” 9:30‐10:30: Breakout Session D
10:45‐11:45: Breakout Session E
12:00‐2:00 Lunch and Keynote Speaker Gary Shteyngart

2:15‐3:15: Breakout Session F
3:30‐4:30: Breakout Session G
5:00‐6:30 Cocktail Party sponsored by Bedford


8:15‐9:15: Breakfast and Panel: “The Future of Journalism” 9:30‐10:30: Breakout Session H
10:45‐11:45: Breakout Session I
12:00‐2:00 Lunch and Keynote Speaker Richard Miller 2:15‐3:15: Breakout Session J

4:00‐8:00: Meeting of the TYCA Regional Executive Committee

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Call for Papers: BWe Special Issue

2014 BWe Special Issue: Call for Submissions

Basic Writing, Community Engagement, and Interdisciplinarity

Guest Editor: Tom Peele, Long Island University, Brooklyn

Click here for the on-line version of the CFP:

Click here for the PDF of the CFP: CFP Basic Writing and Community Engagement

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