Mid-Winter Mini-Conference

Our most recent Mid-Winter Mini-Conference, “Bringing NCTE to RCWP: Raising Our Voices” was held February 9th, 2019 on our campus at Michigan State University.

See below for information on our 2021 Mini-Conference!

The 2021 Mini-Conference, “Equity & Accessibility: Making Space for Writers” will take place virtually on March 27th, 2021 from 9am-12pm. You can RSVP here!

The day’s agenda includes:

  • Sacred Writing (9:10am)
  • “Creating Equitable and Hospitable Spaces: Approaches and Strategies for Face to Face Writing Assessment” (9:40am)  by Jeff Austin, Skyline High School, Ann Arbor MI
    Ann Burke, Michigan State University
    Ellen Foley, Western Michigan University
    Gretchen Rumohr, Aquinas College

    Seasoned secondary and college instructors discuss successful face-to-face assessment. F2F assessment frees educators to co-create equitable literacy learning experiences with students, encourages agency, demystifies the grading process, develops the classroom community, and brings meaningful inquiry about writers’ own skills and practices, ultimately disrupting inequities and inequalities of traditional grading.

  • “Advocating for Writers’ Language Practices Across Campus and Community: A Writing Center’s Language Statement Policy” (10:50am) by Grace Pregent, Michigan State University
    Nick Sanders, Michigan State University
    Trixie Smith, Michigan State University   
    We consider non-classroom sites of teaching around intersections and interactions among language, race, class, and ideology in the context of a university writing center, including its outreach programs across campus and into the community. We invite participants to interrogate and unpack assumptions through structured moments of reflecting, writing, and dialoguing.