Posted in CCCC, CCCC2019, What's New in Basic Writing

CBW 2019 Is On The Way!

As we get ready for CBW 2019, CBW Board Members share what they are most excited about this year!

Marisa Klages, our co-chair is looking forward to connecting with colleagues.

Jason Evans says, “I’m looking forward to a chance to think constructively about basic writing with colleagues from across the country, the first-ever TYCA national conference, and a conference program shaped by Vershawn Young!”

Bill Lalicker says, “At CCCC 2019, we come together to recognize the intellectual and rhetorical gifts bestowed by our students of every color and gender and origin and identity, and to discover new ways to support their voices.”

Susan Naomi Bernstein says, “I am most looking forward to connecting with colleagues.”

J. Elizabeth Clark says, “CCCC 2019 is going to be a wonderful opportunity to focus on teaching in two year institutions as TYCA inaugurates its first pre-conference workshop. We’re looking forward to the cross over between CBW and TYCA with lots of new participants! I’m also jazzed about our poster sessions and learning from new scholars and teachers!”

Posted in CBW 2017, CCCC, CCCC 2017, What's New in Basic Writing, Who is Basic Writing?

Basic Writing at CCCC 2017

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Here’s the 2017 quick guide to CCCC sessions on basic writing, developmental writing, and ALP. The following sessions are full panels devoted to these topics  or have a presentation on a panel.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

W.07 Implementing Long-Term Changes to Basic Writing Programs in Local Contexts

All day pre-conference workshop hosted by the Council on Basic Writing 

Thursday, 16 March 2017

A.04 Emerging Voices in Basic Writing Studies (10:30-11:45 a.m. / Portland Ballroom 255)

A.26 Accelerating Developmental English at Atlantic Cape: The Triad Model (10:30-11:45 a.m. / D-135)

A.37 Cultivating Accessibility & Inclusion through Disability Pedagogy & Universal Design

 (10:30-11:45 a.m. / C-126)

B Poster Session: Taking It to the Streets: Developing Activist Teacher Responses to Basic Writing Placement Processes
 (12:15-1:30 p.m. / Portland Ballroom Lobby)

B.12 “Between Belongingness & Otherness”: Identity, Writing Workshops & the New Demographic (12:15-1:30 p.m. / D-131)

B.19 Reading, Writing & the Identities of Basic Writers (12:15-1:30 p.m. / A-109)

B.35 Implementing Directed Self-Placement (DSP) at Different Contexts: The Struggles & Successes
 (12:15-1:30 p.m. / D-133)

B.37 Re-Placing Literacy: Cultivating Spaces for Alternative Literacies in the Writing Classroom
 (12:15-1:30 p.m. / A-107)

C.11 Cultivating Continuity Across Community College Writing Contexts: A Threshold Concept at the Intersection of ALP, ESL, FYC & Literature (1:45-3:00 p.m. / D-131)

 C.44 Basic Writing Gone, Placement Broken: Reinventing Assessment & Instruction in the Anti-Remediation Era (1:45-3:00 p.m. / A-105)

D.09 Alternative Connections to Basic Writers (3:15-4:30 p.m. / A-109)

D.48 Cultivating Change from the Ground Up: Models for Grassroots Curricular Assessment
 (3:15-4:30 p.m. / E-144)

D.51 Cultivating Writing Students’ States of Mind (3:15-4:30 p.m. / E-125)

D.54 The Politics of Belief in Student Capacity: How Three California Community Colleges Initiated the California Model of Corequisite Composition

 (3:15-4:30 p.m. / D-131)

E.41 Stretching Against the Grain: Blended Stretch in the 21st Century (4:45-6:00 p.m. / B-118)

TSIG.01 Council of Basic Writing SIG: Collaboration, Community, Caucusing (6:30-7:30 p.m. / B-111) 

Friday, 17 March 2017

 F.28 ALP at Ten: A Decade Retrospective of the Accelerated Learning Program at the Community College of Baltimore County

 (8:00-9:15 a.m. / D-136)

F.40 Placement & Assessment in Basic Writing: ALP, L2 & WAC (8:00-9:15 a.m. / A-109)

G.16 Sponsoring Civic Engagement & Activism at the Two-Year College (9:30-10:45 a.m. / E-144)

G.20 Basic Writing Redesign: Cultivating Student Growth & Faculty Collaboration (9:30-10:45 a.m. / C-124)

H Poster Session: Researching Basic Writing: Cultivating Multiple Measures Placement (11:00-12:15 p.m. / Portland Ballroom Lobby)

H.29 Composition as Place-Making: Critically Cultivating Place (11:00-12:15 p.m. / D-133)

H.31 Haunted by (Linguistic) Difference: Perceptions of Authority in the Classroom & Writing Center
 (11:00-12:15 p.m. / C-124)

H.44 Hearing Them Out: Understanding Student Self- Placement in California & Beyond
 (11:00-12:15 p.m. / C-123)

I.16 Research-Based Practices for Teaching Underprepared Readers in Writing Courses (12:30-1:45 p.m. / C-121)

J Poster Session: Pedagogical Influence on Writer Self-Efficacy: A Case Study of Basic Writing Classes
 (2:00-3:15 p.m. / Portland Ballroom Lobby)

J.14 Cultivating Promise: Marginalization, Advocacy &Transformative Practice in the FYC Classroom 
 (2:00-3:15 p.m. / B-114)

J.19 Cultivating Engagement through Open-Mindedness, Hospitality & Intercultural Dialogue in Basic Writing Classrooms

 (2:00-3:15 p.m. / D-139)

J.52 K–16 Partnerships & Initiatives: Benefiting Basic Writers (2:00-3:15 p.m. / A-109)

K.06 Self-Perception, Reflexivity & Cultivation in ESL/EFL Student Learning  (3:30-4:45 p.m. / B-117)

K.28 “But We’ve Always Done It This Way”: Changing Developmental Curriculum & Faculty Perceptions
 (3:30-4:45 p.m. / D-137)

K.33 More of the Message: Extending Multimodality Across Composition Stages (3:30-4:45 p.m. / A-107)

Saturday, 18 March 2017

 L.07 Local Research Initiatives in Basic Writing  (10:45-12:00 p.m. / A-109)

M.09 Writing, Humanizing & Recognizing the Role of Emotion in First-Year Composition
 (12:15-1:30 p.m. / A-104)

M.28 The Inver Hills Model: When Change Begins with Student Needs (12:15-1:30 p.m. / E-146)

PDF Version of this Quick Guide (available for download):

Basic Writing Sessions CCCC17

Stay connected with the #cbw community after CCCC 2017!

We have an active FaceBook community.

Look for Council on Basic Writing. We also have a listserv: CBW-L (CBW-L is a listserv focused on basic writing and related issues.) To subscribe to this listserv, send an e-mail message to: The content of the message should read subscribe CBW-L firstname lastname. For example, write subscribe cbw-l jane doe. You should leave the subject line blank and remove your signature for this message.  In response, you will receive e-mail confirmation of your subscription and instructions for sending future mail.

And follow the CBW Blog:



Posted in CBW 2013, CCCC, CCCC 2013

Prepping for CCCC 2013

Hi Everyone,
We are so excited about CCCC 2013! I’m writing to update you on  several CBW-related items.
First, are you a blogger? As you know, over the past several years, we have worked hard to live-blog many of the basic writing related sessions so that our colleagues who cannot attend CCCC 2013 have access to information about the basic writing related sessions. If you are interested in blogging, please e-mail me off-list at lclark [at] lagcc [dot] cuny [dot] edu.
Second: don’t forget to register for CBW 2013! We have a great program scheduled highlighting race and basic writing. You can view the full schedule here:
Also, Pearson is generously sponsoring a Basic Writing Reception on 3/13/13 at 5 p.m. in the same room as the CBW workshop!
Third: I’ve been asked if CBW can again list all of the basic writing sessions at CCCC. We are happy to do that and to share that information on our blog and Facebook page. To do so, I need your help. I will be very happy to compile the information if you send me:
The number of your panel
The title of your panel
Location & Time
A 2-3 sentence description
Your name
Your presentation title
The titles of any other basic writing presentations on the same panel
Here is an example:
A.17: There’s Nothing Basic about Basic Writing
Location:  Riviera Hotel, Royale Pavilion 6, First Floor
Time:  Thursday 3/14 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Join us for a face-to-face exploration of major issues facing Basic Writing faculty and students. This roundtable discussion is the culmination of month-long asynchronous dialogue highlighting issues in Basic Writing.
Chair: John McKinnis Buffalo State College
Co-Chair: Rochelle Rodrigo Old Dominion University
Debra Berry College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas – Teacher Preparation and Professional Development
J. Elizabeth Clark LaGuardia Community College, CUNY – Teaching with Technology
Elaine Jolayemi Ivy Tech College – Who Are Basic Writers?
Leigh Jonaitis Bergen Community College – Who Are Basic Writers?
Marisa Klages LaGuardia Community College – Teacher Preparation & Professional Development
Carla Maroudas Mt. San Jacinto Community College – Student Placement
Amy Edwards Patterson Moraine Park Technical College – Day-to-Day Life in the Classroom
Ilene Rubenstein College of the Desert – Academic Skills/Writing Centers
Please only send basic writing-related panels. Last year, a number of people sent me information like, “I’m A.17” and I had to look up the information. If you’d like to be listed, would you please send me the complete information for your panel? It will help me to put together the list quickly and efficiently. Thanks!
Looking forward to seeing you all at CCCC 2013!
Posted in CBW 2013, CBW Fellowship, CCCC, CCCC 2013, Resources

2013 CBW/CCCC Fellowship

The Council on Basic Writing is pleased to announce the 2013 CBW/CCCC Fellowship, including $500 awarded to a teacher of basic writing to subsidize travel to CCCC in Las Vegas, Nevada in March 2013.

Apply Today!

Fellowship applications should include a comprehensive two-page letter that details the benefits of attending the CBW Workshop and CCCC. This letter should clearly and specifically address the following key issues:

How will attending the CBW Workshop and CCCC benefit the interests and needs of the students with whom you work?

How do you plan to share the information and ideas gathered at CCCC with colleagues?

How will this experience help you to become more active in advocating for students in basic writing (or other preparatory/developmental writing) courses?

A completed Fellowship application should include this letter, a current curriculum vita and, if applicable, the title and abstract of an accepted 2013 CCCC presentation.

Questions, concerns, and completed Fellowship applications should be forwarded by email to:

Dr. J. Elizabeth Clark

The CBW/CCCC Fellowship is intended to support basic writing (including preparatory and developmental writing) instructors who might otherwise have difficulty attending CCCC. Priority will be given to applicants who clearly demonstrate how attending the 2013 CBW workshop and CCCC will benefit their own professional development, their students, and their colleagues.

Fellowship applicants need not have had a paper accepted for presentation at CCCC. However, if presenting at the CCCC, titles and abstracts of papers should be included with the application.

The Fellowship winner should plan to attend the CBW Pre-Conference Workshop (the full Wednesday before CCCC). Also, the Fellowship recipient will be recognized and invited to speak briefly at the CBW SIG at CCCC.

January 12, 2013: Applications due

January 30, 2013: Award recipient notified

March 2013: Winner attends CBW workshop. Winner presents on professional interests at the CBW SIG & receives award.


Posted in CBW 2013, CBW Innovations Award, CCCC, CCCC 2013

CBW Innovations Award!

The Council on Basic Writing’s Award for Innovation recognizes writing programs for innovations that improve educational processes for basic writers through creative approaches. Please note that only innovations that have been implemented will be considered for the award.

CBW wants to recognize those college and university programs that are implementing new or unique ways to improve the success of their basic writing students. Is your program doing something especially useful and effective in terms of assessment, placement, pedagogy, curriculum, community outreach, etc.? If so, please nominate yourself for the 2013 CBW Award for Innovation.


Recipients of the Council on Basic Writing’s Award for Innovation will be determined by a review committee. Awards will be given to approaches that clearly benefit students at the winning institution, and that may be extended to other institutions.


· Originality – the creativity and uniqueness of the innovation
· Portability – the extent to which the innovation lends itself to application in other institutions or contexts
· Results and Benefits – specific details, data, and observations derived from the innovation, focusing on specific educational benefits to students


The following will be considered a complete application packet. ALL application materials must be submitted in electronic form, and all applications will be acknowledged. Please send:
1. A descriptive title of the innovation, along with the name, address, phone number, and email of the contact person.
2. An explanation of how the course/program in which the innovation is centered includes students labeled “basic writers” by the institution and, if applicable, a brief (one paragraph maximum) explanation of how students are labeled as such.
3. A complete description of the innovation including:

· justification of the creativity and uniqueness of the innovation compared to traditional methods
· evidence or examples of portability to other basic writing programs
· the measurements and monitoring used; results indicating a significant benefit in achievement in educational goals or outcomes

Please note that Innovation documentation is limited to five (5) pages or less (excess pages will not be read!); single spaced; 11 font or larger; graphs and charts are accepted as part of the page limitation.


January 15, 2013: Nominations due
February 2013: Award recipient notified
March 2013:   The Winner will be honored with the presentation of a plaque at the CBW Special Interest Group (SIG) at CCCC in Las Vegas. The winner will be invited to give a brief presentation about the winning program to the SIG attendees.

Greg Glau at Northern Arizona University:

Posted in CBW 2012, CBW Exec Board, CCCC, CCCC 2012, Sense of the House Motion

CBW Sense of the House Resolution, 2012

If you were at this year’s CCCC, or if you followed along virtually, you know that the role of basic writing was greatly increased in the program. This trend continues with the 2013 Call for Papers. The CBW Executive Board wanted to publicly thank Chris Anson and Howard Tinberg, so we introduced this sense of the house resolution this morning. It passed unanimously.

Sense of the House Resolution Thanking Chris Anson and Howard Tinberg

WHEREAS Chris Anson raised the visibility of Basic Writing through a featured session and prominent references in the program and documents of CCCC 2012; and

WHEREAS Chris Anson has supported Basic Writing as a field, Basic Writing faculty as vital practitioners, and Basic Writers as students deserving of our strongest scholarly and teaching support; and

WHEREAS Howard Tinberg is continuing this vital work of recognizing Basic Writing’s place in the field of Composition with the 2013 CCCC conference theme and call for papers; and

WHEREAS Howard Tinberg has restored Basic Writing as a conference strand; and

WHEREAS this support of Basic Writing has furthered the pursuit of social justice, inclusive education, and educational excellence vital to the highest principles of Composition;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the CCCC, the Council on Basic Writing, and the entire Basic Writing community recognize and laud Chris Anson’s and Howard Tinberg’s vision, leadership, and pursuit of social justice in higher education.


The Executive Board of the Council on Basic Writing (CBW): Hannah Ashley, J. Elizabeth Clark, William B. Lalicker, Marisa A. Klages, Steven Joseph Lamos, Deborah Mutnick, Gregory Glau, Peter Adams, Sarah Kirk, Rebecca Mlynarczyk, Alan Meyers, Shannon Carter, Susan Naomi Bernstein

Posted in CBW 2012, CCCC, CCCC 2012, What's New in Basic Writing

CCCC for Everyone, Even If You’re Not Attending!

There’s something for everyone this week, whether you’re coming to CCCC or not! We’re working hard to make CCCC a great experience for those who are attending and for those who want to follow along on-line. Here are the plans:

Not Traveling to CCCC?

We’re excited to announce that Karin Evans, Marisa Klages, J. Elizabeth Clark, Jeannie Irene Waller and Beth Wheeler will be blogging basic writing sessions at CCCC. Later today, we’ll “introduce the bloggers” here at the CBW blog. Follow along all during CCCC on the CBW Facebook Page and right here on the CBW blog.

Want more than blogging? No problem! On Saturday, 24 March 2012, we’ll have a special LIVE EVENT to continue our discussions about the state of Basic Writing:

Continue hanging out with us LIVE at CCCCs. The roundtable “There’s Nothing Basic about Basic Writing” will be on Saturday, March 24, 2012, from 12:30-1:45pm (CDT). If you are at CCCCs, please join us in the Renaissance Hotel, Landmark Ballroom, Salon 2, Lobby Level. If you are not making it to CCCCs this year, join us online here:
We will be using Adobe Connect. Test your computer to make sure you can join us by going here:

Coming to CCCC in person? Here’s a quick guide to Basic Writing events at CCCC and places to connect with other basic writing faculty:

Wednesday, 21 March 2012: Join us all day for the Council on Basic Writing pre-conference workshop (W7) featuring Bruce Horner, Mike Rose, Peter Adams and many others!

Wednesday, 21 March 2012from 5:00-6:30 p.m.: Join us for a Wine, Cheese, and Technologies Reception sponsored by Pearson and CBW in Room 223 at the Conference Center.

Thursday, 22 March 2012: Join us for the Basic Writing Special Interest Group (SIG) TSIG.13 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

We’ve also gathered a listing of panels on Basic Writing at CCCC this year. See the day-by-day schedule here:

And, be sure to attend the featured BASIC WRITING SESSION (!!!!) with Mike Rose, Peter Adams, and Lynn Troyka on THURSDAY, 3/22 at 1:45-3:00 p.m.

See you on-line or in St. Louis!

Posted in CCCC, What's New in Basic Writing, Who is Basic Writing?

Still More Ways to Connect With Other Basic Writing Faculty & CCCC!


We are thrilled to invite you to participate in “There’s Nothing Basic About Basic Writing,” an asynchronous prelude to a 4C’s Roundtable discussion. Our discussion forum will post new prompts monthly on a variety of issues affecting Basic Writers and those who teach them. We are initiating this dialogue to engage as many people as possible in a discussion about issues related to Basic Writing. We hope that in these discussions individuals will share resources, best practices as well as develop a national community that can also help members respond to local issues. Please join us as we discuss many of the issues that face us in our daily work including:

•Who Are Basic Writers?
•Academic Skills and Writing Centers
•Teaching With Technology in the Basic Writing Classroom
•Teacher Preparation and Professional Development in Basic Writing
•Building Community and Grammar Instruction Within Basic Writing Classrooms

You can find us at: On-line discussion begins today and will continue building! Please join us online early & often. In March, join us in St. Louis (in person or virtually)!

Posted in Calls to Action, CBW 2011, CCCC, CCCC 2011

Update on the Sense of the House Resolution

I know that many of you have been following the Sense of the House Resolution at CCCC over the past two days. We will send a full update later this weekend, but Peter Adams sent this word from the floor of the house.

“The resolution just passed unanimously at business meeting and that Chris Anson, the program chair for CCCC 2012 indicated his support for improving the visibility of BW.”

I cannot thank you enough for all of your support both at CCCC and virtually. It has been amazing to watch this unfold over the last 3 days. I think we are all feeling a collective sense of immediacy in our work around Basic Writing right now and this spoke to our shared concerns.

Again, a full report will follow later, but many folks were involved in seeing this through: William Lalicker, Shannon Carter, Peter Adams, Mike Hill, and Sugie Goen-Salter worked tirelessly behind the scenes collecting signatures, making copies, gathering statements so that those who could not be in attendance were well-represented. Many others came to the business meeting this morning to speak in support of the resolution and to read statements from those who could not attend. (Full list to follow later). We also released a press release to Inside Higher Education (Thanks Mike!). I’m hoping we’ll see that in IHE later today. Also, many, many thanks to William Lalicker, who proposed the idea in our preconference workshop on Wednesday. And, thanks to all of you who took time from your very busy lives to send statements of support!!! I also thought that you would be interested to know that David Bartholomae, Bruce Horner, and Rebecca Mlynarczyk sent in very eloquent statements about the importance of Basic Writing to be read on the floor in support of our motion.

I think this marks an excellent moment in Basic Writing. We need to seize the moment and run with it.

In the coming weeks, we will be posting more information on the listserv about a concerted effort to get BW into CCCC 2012. Please stay posted for this and be thinking of sessions you would like to propose!

Many folks are traveling from CCCC today, but once everyone has arrived home and rested, we will post a full account of the meeting here and on CBW-L. We will also compile a complete list of signatories on the motion. Right now those signatures are in digital and handwritten form.

Finally, I cannot thank you enough for all of your support and your work for our community of Basic Writing faculty, staff, and students!

(J. Elizabeth Clark, posting on behalf of the CBW Executive Board)

Posted in CBW 2011, CCCC

State of the House Resolution for CCCC, April 2011

The Executive Board has put together the following State of the House resolution to be presented Saturday morning at CCCC’s business meeting.
The text (which has to be less than 50 words) reads:
“Be it resolved that Basic Writing is a vital field and its students and teacher scholars a productive force within composition; is under attack by exclusionary public policies; and therefore must be recognized publicly and supported by CCCC as a conference cluster and with featured sessions.”
1. At tomorrow night’s SIG, we will distribute a list for people to sign in support of the statement.
2. If you can be at the meeting on Saturday morning in Atlanta, please be there by 8 a.m. You can read or give a speech of 2 minutes or less in support of the statement.
3. Bill Lalicker and Shannon Carter will be presenting the statement on Saturday.
4. If you cannot be there, but would like to offer a statement to be read in your absence, please send it to the CBW-L by Friday morning. Shannon Carter will be compiling these statements to offer in support on the floor.
Thanks to everyone for your work in support of Basic Writing!