2021 NCTE College Webinar Series

There are three sessions remaining in the 2021 NCTE College Webinar Series. Scroll down to learn more and register for each session. (Please note that each session requires a separate registration.)


Session 2: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 1 p.m. ET

From Judy Blume to Junie B. Jones: Reimagining Reader Identity through Personal Reflection and Social Connection

In this session, Ann Shadden will discuss the Reading Apprenticeship framework that informs her approach to reading instruction with a specific focus on the personal and social dimensions of reading. She will then share a Personal Reading History Timeline activity (with options for using in a single class session or as a longer, scaffolded learning project). Finally, she will invite conversation around additional strategies to help students develop and strengthen their reader identities. This event is open to all NCTE members. Register here.


Ann Shadden is a lecturer in the English department at California State University, Sacramento, and former adjunct assistant professor at Sacramento City College. Recognizing that students at all levels benefit from explicit support in college-level reading, Ann has worked to infuse Reading Apprenticeship strategies at every level of instruction from advanced/accelerated to stretch/support classes. She recently redesigned the department’s stand-alone reading class, transitioning from independent speed-reading drills to collaborative problem-solving that builds skills for life-long reading.

Session 3: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 1 p.m. ET

Strategies for Supporting Disciplinary Reading in the First College Year

This webinar will provide attendees with practical ideas for teaching students how to adapt their reading strategies to the varying literacy conventions of different fields of study. The presenters will report on research about college students’ reading habits and readiness for reading in the disciplines. Next, they will discuss practical examples of learning activities and assignments that introduce students to disciplinary literacy strategies in first-year writing, reading, and integrated reading and writing courses. The session will end with a hands-on activity to help attendees identify ways to support disciplinary literacy development in one of their own courses. This event is open to all NCTE members. Register here.


Joanne Baird Giordano chairs the Two-Year College English Association Task Force on Reading. She teaches at Salt Lake Community College. Her research focuses on two-year college students’ literacy development and transitions to postsecondary reading and writing. Her work on teaching at open-access institutions has appeared in College English, CCC, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, Pedagogy, The Journal of Writing Assessment, WPA Journal, Open Words, and edited collections.

Rachel Ihara is a member of the Two-Year College English Association Task Force on Reading. She teaches composition courses at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY, where she serves as one of the coordinators of composition. Her research on two-year college students’ experiences with reading and writing across the curriculum has appeared in Teaching English in the Two-Year College and Across the Disciplines.

Session 4: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 1 p.m. ET

Bodies in Motion: A Critical Embodiment Perspective

Professor Christina V. Cedillo will discuss how bodies influence our writing practices. Drawing on critical race and disability scholarship that highlights writers’ embodied needs and experiences, Cedillo explains why erasing bodily difference enables linguistic, ideological, and physical violence. Cedillo then shares practical suggestions for teachers aiming to center bodies in writing.  This event is open to all NCTE members. Register here.


Dr. Christina Cedillo is as an assistant professor of writing and rhetoric at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and the lead editor of the Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics. Her research focuses on the role of embodiment in communication, particularly in relation to race, gender, and disability. She also examines how mainstream teaching practices affect students from minoritized populations to consider how we can make education more inclusive of people from all cultures.

The events in the 2021 College Webinar Series are open to NCTE members only. Registrants will receive email confirmations with Zoom access information 24 hours before the event and one hour before the event.