Creating a Community of Writers Using Social Capital and Low-Stakes Writing

Badges, Blogs, and Google+:  Social media offers many tools to support the creation of a learning community and foster the transformation to writer, but strategic planning is necessary to engage students in constructive learning. We will discuss tools and methods that can be used to create connections and foster active engagement. Abstract: One of the…

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Bridging the Writing Gap: Creating Authors

This interactive session will be led by a panel of college instructors and high school teachers, representing the Morehead Writing Project. They will share strategies and best practices endorsed by the National Writing Project for teachers interested in creating writers ready for college and life. Abstract/Rationale:  The National Writing Project was born in the 1970s…

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Review: Agents of Integration: Understanding Transfer as a Rhetorical Act

In Agents of Integration: Understanding Transfer as a Rhetorical Act, a new addition to the Studies in Writing and Rhetoric series by Southern Illinois University Press, Rebecca S. Nowacek addresses one of the greatest challenges facing education: how and why and when students connect and apply learning from one context to another. The issue is…

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Collaboration as Catalyst: Reinventing College Readiness at Morehead State University

Presented with Emma Perkins, Assistant Vice President for University College, at 2013 Kentucky Association for Developmental Education Conference Abstract: This interactive session will feature a discussion of the partnerships fueling new College Readiness Programs including supplemental instruction, co-requisites, and alternate pathways made possible by collaboration with the Morehead Writing Project, First Year Programs, First Year…

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Filling in the gaps: Engaging and supporting the development of writers at Morehead State University

Presentation with Alvin Madden-Grider (Tutoring and Learning Center) and Morehead State University students Megan Ison (peer writer) and Kelly Reid (writing tutor) at 2013 Kentucky Engagement Conference held Nov. 6 at Eastern Kentucky University. Abstract: This session will focus on how the partnership between the Morehead State University Tutoring and Learning Center and the Morehead…

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In Praise of the Day

Led closing plenary session of the 2013 Writing Eastern Kentucky Conference with a session featuring praise poetry celebrating teaching, writing, and the writers and teachers of Eastern Kentucky. In Praise of Toni Cade Bambara How to Write a Praise Poem

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National Day On Writing

Organized regional National Day On Writing celebration Oct. 20-24, 2013, that included collaborative effort on campus of Morehead State University as well as participation of Morehead Writing Project teachers and students throughout the region. The celebration events included daily writing prompts and activities. Learn more about the National Day On Writing celebration on the Morehead…

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Teen Writers Day Out

Led writing marathon including six word stories, Twitter fiction, and slam poetry (with the assistance of Mandy Lawson and her Sheldon Clark High School students) for 140 teen writers from Bath, Martin, and Montgomery counties on Oct. 24, 2013. Previously led a Teen Writers Day Out for 120 students from Boyd, Fleming. and Rowan counties…

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Writers, Tutors, Teachers, Oh my!

Discussion (with Alvin Madden-Grider) at Southeastern Writing Center Association – Kentucky Conference held Sept. 20, 2013, at Eastern Kentucky University Noel Studio. What happens when your National Writing Project site gets into the tutoring business? Come join our conversation about the pros-cons of marrying an NWP Writing Studio with a Tutoring and Learning Center in…

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High- vs. Low-Stakes Writing

Presented at Aug. 13 at Morehead State University 2013 Professional Development Day and Nov. 2 at 2013 Writing Eastern Kentucky Conference at Morehead State University. Avoiding a Grading Avalanche More about Low-stakes writing: San Francisco State University on Low Stakes Assignments includes 2 good sources Specific Uses and Benefits of Low Stakes Writing – Peter Elbow…

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Writing Self-Efficacy and Written Communication Skills

Writing is an essential professional skill. The goal of writing instruction in business communication classes is to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully meet future writing challenges. However, many writers struggle to transfer skills and knowledge from one context to another. The primary reason for this struggle is that despite years of writing…

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Learning Communities/Networks: Harnessing Social Media to Create Social Capital

Kentucky Innovations Conference Community plays an important role in learning and social capital is key for both students and educators. There are many tools available to form and foster community. This session will introduce educators to four social media tools (Twitter, Google, Facebook, Edmodo) which they can use to create their own personal learning networks as well as…

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