TYCA Teaching in a Time of Change Webinar Series - National Council of Teachers of English



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Teaching in Times of Change: Writing Successful Conference Proposals
Thursday, August 13, 2020
2:00–3:00 p.m. ET

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In this NCTE webinar, three members of National TYCA—Charissa Che (Queensborough Community College), Joanne Baird Giordano (Salt Lake Community College), and Stephanie Dowdle Maenhardt (Salt Lake Community College)—will share their experiences with submitting proposals, reviewing, and making final program selections for the TYCA National Conference and other NCTE conferences. The webinar will address the following questions: How can I compose a proposal that meets the criteria for the TYCA National Conference and other conferences? What do reviewers look for when they read proposals? What will help get my proposal noticed and on a national conference program? Maenhardt, TYCA Archivist and current TYCA National Conference Chair, will focus on the specific elements of the CFP for TYCA 2021 and will discuss the goals for next year’s conference. Giordano, outgoing TYCA National Conference Chair, will describe how peer review processes for national conferences work and provide practical strategies for writing a successful proposal. Che will provide recommendations from her perspective as a Stage 1 reviewer for TYCA and Stage 2 reviewer for CCCC. The webinar will conclude with an audience-driven Q&A with the speakers.


September 10, 2020, 2:00 p.m. ET

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It’s Everyone’s Responsibility: Antiracist Writing Instruction in the Two-Year College
Speakers: Mara Lee Grayson, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Siskanna Naynaha, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Moderator: Amanda Reyes, California State University, Dominguez Hills

This NCTE webinar, featuring Mara Lee Grayson, Siskanna Naynaha, and Amanda Reyes, will highlight pedagogies and practices that encourage students and instructors to develop explicit knowledges and dispositions about writing as an antiracist practice in two-year colleges. Drawing upon their work together at California State University, Dominguez Hills, the three speakers will emphasize the necessity of collaboration to build curricular cohesion, provide a system of supportive professional development, and recognize and respond to resistance. Grayson, Assistant Professor of English and Interim Writing Center Director, will provide conceptual framing to establish a shared vocabulary about (anti)racism and offer strategies for instructors to model critical self-reflection about racial identity and positionality. Reyes, a lecturer of English at CSUDH, Cerritos College, and Long Beach City College, will moderate this discussion and explain the design of a multivoiced/multigenre project that explicitly challenges white, standardized forms of writing and knowledge. Naynaha, Associate Professor of English and Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator, will explore how broader success in developing antiracist approaches to writing instruction is dependent upon collaboration and cooperation across courses, programs, disciplines, and institutions, including the four-year university. The webinar will include time for Q&A from the audience.


October 15, 2020, 2:00 p.m. ET
Dual Enrollment: Building Partnerships for Uncertain Times
Speakers: Sarah Z. Johnson, Madison Area Technical College
Ruijie Zhao, Parkland College Champaign, IL, Charlie Strader, East High School Madison, WI

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November 12, 2020, 2:00 ET
Unpacking Grading Contracts: Thinking through Labor in Assessment Design
Speakers: Antonio Byrd (University of Missouri, Kansas City), Asao B. Inoue (Arizona State University, Tempe), Jason Kalchik (San Diego Mesa College), Ranmali Rodrigo (San Diego Mesa College), and Virginia M. Schwarz (San Francisco State University)
Moderator: Asao B. Inoue

This NCTE webinar, featuring Antonio Byrd, Asao B. Inoue, Jason Kalchik, Ranmali Rodrigo, and Virginia M. Schwarz, will highlight various approaches to contract grading in first-year composition courses in light of distance learning and the COVID-19 pandemic. Drawing upon their experiences across multiple institutions, speakers will give a brief overview of their teaching contexts and design choices, show how their individual contracts fit into larger classroom goals, and discuss the changes they have made and continue to make as they teach online. The primary goal of this webinar is to collectively unpack several current tensions around grading contracts in undergraduate writing classes, such as the definition and measurement of “labor.” Speakers will also share information about existing communities, networks, and resources. The webinar will include time for Q&A from the audience.

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