CBW 2011–Join Us!

JOIN US at the CBW preconference workshop at CCCC.

Wednesday, 4/6/11
9-5 p.m.

Atlanta, Georgia

You can register on-line at:
http://www.ncte.org/cccc/conv

WE ARE NOT ALONE; STRATEGIC COALITION BUILDING ACROSS CONTESTED SPACES SERVING BASIC WRITERS

In the context of the systematic dismantling of basic writing programs across the nation, how can we build productive, strategic coalitions with “all our relations” and, perhaps, our “beautiful enemies?”

Session Description:

CBW 2011 will be a working conference. Expert panelists will prompt participant conversation toward specific recommendations for the future of the Council on Basic Writing, specifically in response to BW’s increasing vulnerability. These interactive roundtable discussions will be designed to move the Council on Basic Writing toward greater focus on serving its current constituents as well as broadening those constituencies and helping those constituents cross institutional, communal and theoretical boundaries.

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9-9:45 SETTING THE STAGE: HISTORY AND FUTURE OF BASIC WRITING

Mary Soliday

This featured presentation will outline the history of BW, especially as it played itself out at one of the most famous BW programs in the country.

Rebecca Mlynarczyk

BW professionals are once again being asked to do more with less. Many BW programs have been shut down or forced into community colleges at the same time that colleges are flooded with unprecedented numbers of “non-traditional students.” Data from BW students themselves–in this presentation, filmed interviews–starkly demonstrates the continuing need for BW programs despite widespread attacks on by state legislators and university administrators. However, by calling attention to some new models for providing more effective BW instruction within the college mainstream, the presentation will suggest what the future of basic writing may be.

9:45-10:45 “ALL OUR RELATIONS” PANEL 1: HISTORY TO AVANT-GARDE
Panelists will be selected from the open CFP, with a focus on offering a robust examination of the workshop theme from various historical, activist, innovative and theoretical perspectives. Questions addressed might include:
-Studies like Ritter’s Before Shaughnessy and Soliday’s The Politics of Remediation remind us BW didn’t begin with Open Admissions. What can we learn by investigating different origin stories, perhaps those from which our own institution’s BW programs originated?
-Given increasingly scarce resources for all Americans, what might BW’s future be?

11:00-12:00 STATING OUR MISSION: THE MULTIFACETED WORK OF CONTEMPORARY BW PROGRAMS

Steve Lamos

This session will overview the ways in which CBW must redefine its mission in the current milieu, while not losing sight of BW’s core values, in order to acknowledge the multifaceted work of student support, retention, and diversity being performed by many contemporary BW programs. Facilitated discussion toward a new CBW mission statement will follow.

1:00-1:45 THE LOCAL MATTERS: DEFINING BASIC IN LOCAL CONTEXTS

Kelly Ritter

This talk will discuss the role of local curricula and learning conditions in the history and development of basic writing. The speaker will argue for an historical re-examination of “basic” writing as a local, rather than national, phenomenon.

1:45-2:45 “ALL OUR RELATIONS”PANEL 2: HEARING U LOCAL
Again, individual panelists selected from the open CFP, with a focus on presentations that balance the (realistic) institution-specific constraints often placed on BW programs and classroom practices with serious attention to the national context. Questions addressed might include:
-What has already been lost, who has lost it and what can we do to make these losses visible to our colleagues and the general public?
-What can we do to improve working conditions and opportunities for professional development for all BW and especially contingent faculty?

3:00-4:30 Roundtable Discussions: TOWARD RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CBW

Roundtable discussion topics will include “Developing Regional CBWs,” “Partnering with NADE,” “Aggregating Online Resources for CBW,” and “Toward a CBW Mission Statement,” and others that arise during the day. Each table will offer specific recommendations for CBW.

4:30-5:00 Group Discussion: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CBW
Reports from Roundtable Discussions (see above) regarding next steps for an increasingly responsive and relevant CBW, and action plans for CBW Executive Board and membership.

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