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Workshop Redux: Reconsidering Graduate Education and Teacher Training in Basic Writing Contexts


Yesterday, we held our annual CBW Pre-Conference Workshop from 9am-5pm in Kansas City Missouri at the 2018 Conference on College Composition and Communication. Our focus for this workshop was Reconsidering Graduate Education and Teacher Training in Basic Writing Contexts.

Karen Uehling

Our keynote speaker, Karen Uehling focused on her successful graduate class ENGL 540 at Boise State University. A hybrid course, partially online and partially on campus on Saturdays, this class covers content that appeals to teachers of developmental writing. It’s one of the very few courses within a graduate program in the United States with this type of focus. Uehling generously shared her one-pager on the course and her latest syllabus. We paused the workshop at 10:00am in honor of the National Student Walkout to protest gun violence. After her keynote workshop participants shared how they became basic writing teachers through a brief writing exercise.

Our second session was presented by Lynn Reid from

Lynn Reid

Fairleigh Dickinson University and focused on Social Justice in the Basic Writing classroom. After a brief review of the 2008 CBW Statement on Social Justice, Lynn handed out a list of scenarios in student behavior that teachers might face in the classroom. She elicited discussion about why students might behave in these ways and discussed how to communicate to new faculty and graduate students that while some student behavior might seem like students don’t care about the course that there could be underlying issues at hand ranging from students in Basic Writing courses having deeply complicated lives to students having mental health concerns. Many participants were eager for more information about how to best support students through classroom policies and assignment flexibility.

After lunch we reconvened and heard about Faculty Professional Development in ALP from Bob Miller of the Community College of Baltimore County. Bob described the genesis of ALP (Accelerated Learning Program) at CCBC, the close and small group of faculty who had initiated the program and the struggles with faculty development as CCBC attempted to scale the model. Miller suggested that successful faculty development involves faculty ownership of the professional development experience rather than a mandated top down experience— and food. Food always helps.

Lynn Reid and Jack Morales

Next, we had a workshop on Sponsoring Revision in the Basic Writing classroom presented by Lynn Reid and Jack Morales from the Community College of Allegheny County. Lynn and Jack discussed the idea of a multi-faceted single paper that grows and expands through a revision process within the course of a 15 week semester. Workshop participants were put into groups and asked to do a variety of things include: drafting a memo to all faculty about how to provide feedback for revisions and creating a PR kit to help explain to faculty outside an English department about why and how this model would effectively teach students to write.


One of the most intriguing workshops of the day was offered by Darin Jensen (DesMoines Area Community Colllege) and Christie Toth (University of Utah) on Reimagining Graduate Preparation for Teaching Basic Writing in the Two –Year College. They shared details from their recent TETYC article which demonstrates how woefully underprepared new faculty are for teaching Basic Writing. Indeed, there are less than 24 programs that offer any preparation for teaching Basic Writing. Toth eloquently noted “the fact that graduate programs refuse to acknowledge the existence of two year college students is functionally classist and racist.” After their presentation workshop participants discussed their own narratives of teacher preparation and discussed what they thought two year colleges teachers would need to know in order to be successful faculty at community colleges.

Wendy Olson and William Lalicker

Our final workshop of the afternoon investigated a draft of the CBW’s “Position Statement on Basic Writing” facilitated by Bill Lalicker from West Chester University and Wendy Olson at Washington State University. While there was a presentation/workshop scheduled, as English teachers once someone says “revise,” that goes out the window. Bill and Wendy managed the collaborative full workshop revisions with finesse and there are plans to circulate the document to CBW membership in the very near future.

All in all, the workshop was a wonderful day spent with colleagues from diverse institutions with a range of specialties. If you couldn’t join us in Kansas City, we do hope that you’ll consider joining us next year in Pittsburgh, PA! Watch this space for more information and exciting directions for CBW.

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Interested in Basic Writing at 4C’s 2018?

Give these sessions a try!

Basic Writing Sessions at C’s

(as identified in the program by #BW)

Please refer to the Program Book or App for locations 

Thursday, 10:30-11:45am

A.09 The Un-Research Project: Turning the Research Process Upside Down

A.19 Using Technology in the Classroom: Attitudes, Labor, and Transformation

A.21 Labor, Embodiment, and Embeddedness in Accelerated Learning Programs

Thursday, 12:15-1:30

B.15 Toward Equity: An Exploration of Academic Roles in Corequisite Courses

B.47 Is This My Class? Placement in First-Year Composition

Thursday, 3:15-4:30

C.09 Theorizing Work in Peer Review

C.46 I Can’t Go for That: Basic Writing, Standard English and the Language We Use

Poster Session: Ready, Set, Go! Dual-Enrollment Composition Students’ Writing Experiences and Self-Efficacy for Writing

Thursday, 4:45-6:00

D.11 Bridging the Gap: Developing College/High School

Transition Courses

D.32 Examining Feedback: Favored Traits, Question-Based Lessons, and Online Assignments

D.35 Getting Over Ownership: Blurring the Labor and Pedagogy for Composition/Creative Writing

Poster Session: On the Outside, Looking In: Affective Practices of First-Generation College Students in the Writing Classroom

Poster Session: Transferring In: Exploring the Values and Language of High School to College Writing Transitions

Poster Session: OneNote: Revision and Reinvention

Thursday, 6:30-7:30 SIGs

TSIG.08 Network of Directed Self Placement—Changing

Assessment & Placement Practices

TSIG.19 Languaging Grammar, Grammaring Language:

Progressive Approaches to Grammar in the Writing Classroom

Friday, 8:00-9:15am

*****E.01 Council of Basic Writing Meeting: Collaboration, Community, Caucusing

E.41 Self-Efficacy as Transformation: Four Studies on Working with Student Writers to Help Them Believe in Themselves

Friday, 9:30-10:45am

F.18 Understanding and Addressing the Language Challenges of Academic Writing: What New Language Studies Show

F.19 Writing about Writing at the Community College: Transforming Practices for Diverse Student Populations

F.25 Mindfulness Writing: Innovations in Reflective Writing

F.29 Promoting Reflexive Reading Practices in the Writing Classroom

Individual Presentations 9:30-10:45am

Kansas City Marriott Downtown: Jay McShann B

F-IP.04 The Trouble with Translingualism: Instructor Ideology vs. Student Agency

F-IP.05 Context, Access, Identity: On Mainstreaming Adjuncts Like Basic Writers

F-IP.06 Transforming the Conversation of Laboring at the Two-Year College, OR Why I Love Teaching the One Course That Everybody Must Take but Nobody Really Wants to Take, or Teach!

Friday, 11:00-12:15pm

G.27 Reconsidering Course Design: Doing Ethnography, Reading Texts, and Keeping Commonplace Books

Friday, 12:30-1:45pm

H.08 How They See Themselves: Learning from Students’ Self-Perceptions as (Non)Writers/(Non)Revisors

H.12 Inclusive Pedagogies: A Framework for Redesigning Writing Programs to Support Access and Retention

H.36 Languaging in Sites of Writing: Three Case Studies across Two Universities

H.49 Building Purposeful Infrastructure around Extended Basic Writing Programs

Poster Session: Implementing Corequisite FYC Models at the HSI Two-Year College

Poster Session: Secondary-Collegiate Connections: Promoting Knowledge Transfer in First-Year Composition

Friday, 2:00-3:15pm

I.10 Over the Load: Revisiting the Labors of Assessment

I.18 Here to Dance: An HBCU Arrives at the Writing Center Party

I.44 The Unexpected Transformative Power of a Mandated Corequisite

Friday, 3:30-4:45

J.38 Demystifying Academic Research Genres through Rhetorical Analysis

Friday SIG 5:00-6:00pm

FSIG.09 Teachers of Adult Learners in Diverse Contexts

Saturday 9:30-10:45am

K.07 Transforming the Labor of Feedback

K.31 Bridging the Gap: Building Ethical Awareness across Institutional Sites

K.35 Seeking Justice for Basic Writing and English Language Administration through Networked Theories

Saturday, 11:00am-12:15pm

L.14 Not Just Text-to-Text: Incorporating “Outside” Perspectives, a Translingual Framework, and Non-Linguistic, Material Ecologies in Languaging Work

Saturday Workshop

SW.06 Reimagining Plagiarism as Educational Opportunity: A Transformative Workshop