• Podcast: Pedagogue

    Today I'd like to highlight Shane A. Wood's podcast: Pedagogue.    Pedagogue is a podcast about teachers talking writing, dedicated to building a supportive community, committed to facilitating convers...
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  • Sueños y Pesadillas

    Hearing the Voices of the Immigrant “Caravan” Over the past several weeks, the Trump Administration has been attempting to create an atmosphere of fear around the “caravan” of refugees fleeing ...
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  • Can There Be Community in Graduate Education?

    A Discussion with Ashanka Kumari, University of Louisville, in Preparation for the Watson Conference  Community is a fraught term in our field. It is used for all manner of purposes. We speak of our classrooms a...
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  • Fund-Raising as Ethical Practice

    Almost all community-based projects engage in a consistent discussion about the need for resources. Often those discussions become focused on strategies to raise grant funds. Our disciplinary training, however, doesn&...
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  • “Cultural Protection” and Working-Class Agency

      Jessica Pauszek is an Assistant Professor of English and the Director of Writing at Texas A&M University - Commerce. She is a co-editor of Parlor Press' Best of Independent Journals in Rhetoric and Co...
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  • Using Writing Communities to Teach Writing Across the Curriculum

    Recently, I gave a webinar on community partnership pedagogies and writing across the curriculum (mentioned in my previous post, Writing Across the Curriculum and the Importance of Writing Communities, leading up to t...
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  • Writing Across the Curriculum and the Importance of Writing Communities

    For the past several weeks, I have been meeting with faculty from across our university. The meetings have been part of an effort to build a Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) emphasis at our institution. When origin...
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  • Community Partnerships and Graduate Education

    How to Choose a Doctoral Program Over the next several weeks, students will be deciding what doctoral program to attend. This decision follows from months of researching potential programs, talking to faculty, and oft...
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  • Professional Writing and Community Partnerships

    I have always considered myself to be a “professional writing” teacher.   I have, however, almost never taught a course called “professional writing.”   I would argue, though, tha...
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  • First Year Writing and Community Partnerships

    This past October, I travelled to Boulder, Colorado for the Conference on Community Writing (CCW). The tone at the conference was celebratory, seeming to announce that community writing/partnership practices had &ldqu...
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  • Tactics for Structuring a Global Partnership

    Global Partnerships, Local Acts During the past year, my students have worked with students and activists in the Middle East/North African region. For many of them, the act of corresponding and writing with students f...
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  • Assessing a Community Project within an Endlessly Moving and Disrupted Global Partnership

      When Things Fall Apart – But the Work Must Continue When the semester began, my students were going to work with a colleague of mine in the Middle Eastern/North African (MENA) region on a project to suppo...
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  • When a Partner Vanishes: The (Counter-Intuitive) Value of Creating Multiple Partner Community Projects

    This semester my class is partnering with organizations in Syracuse, NY, as well as with schools in the Middle East/North Africa. Our goal is to foster a discussion on the meaning of human rights, religious freedom, a...
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  • From Syracuse to North Africa: Using Writing Prompts to Initiate Dialogue

    (A Sample Writing Prompt from Philadelphia-based Project.)   It is the second week of class. Students’ initial enthusiasm about working with Syrian human rights activists and North African students on conf...
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  • Torture, Testimony, and Human Rights: A Semester Long Community Partnership Story

         The accounts below are from survivors of torture conducted by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s police and military. (Warning: Graphic Testimony/Images of Torture in the links.)  ...
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  • Partners Across the Curriculum: Writing, Partnership, and the University

    I have been thinking a lot lately about the work community partnerships can do in classrooms and in communities. And I’ve been trying to understand if there are common frameworks and outcomes that exist across m...
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  • From Impulse to Partnership: Some Guidelines for Starting a New Community Project

    Recently, I was having a meeting with a friend at a local coffee shop to hand him copies of Working, a book in which his writing and his writing group had been featured. Our conversation soon turned, however, to what ...
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  • Worksheet: Coaching Your Teammates' Stories of Us

    Stephen Parks's worksheet Coaching Your Teammates' Stories of Us. See The Story of Us:  Finding Community in Our Classrooms in a Post-Election World 
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  • Coaching Tips: Story of Us

    Stephen Parks's Coaching Tips for The Story of Us. See The Story of Us:  Finding Community in Our Classrooms in a Post-Election World 
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  • Worksheet: Developing Your Story of Us

    Stephen Parks's worksheet for Developing Your Story of Us. See The Story of Us:  Finding Community in Our Classrooms in a Post-Election World 
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