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A CCCC Summer Conference

July 6-7, 2021

Registration is closed. And the conference is under way.

If you have registered for the conference on the NCTE site, please also register on this site to gain access to Zoom links and materials.

We are excited to host the virtual Northeast CCCC Summer Conference from July 6-7, 2021. While it is unfortunate that we had to postpone our in-person conference planned for the summer of 2020, the conference committee is putting the health and safety of conference participants first and has moved the entire conference to a virtual platform. This site will be updated regularly as the plans for the virtual conference come together.

This two-day conference offers New England-area college writing instructors the opportunity to develop ideas for the classroom, build a network within the region, and become actively involved in the national organization. The virtual platform, however, allows folks from beyond the region to attend, and we look forward to extending the reach of this conference while remaining committed to our regional charge.

The NE CCCC Summer Conference is especially committed to connecting high school and college educators from the region. Although students’ literacy education happens on a continuum, high school instructors and college instructors rarely have opportunities to engage with and learn from each other in professional development settings. This conference provides opportunities for both populations to participate together in interactive sessions that will give them research-based practical approaches to teaching literacy in their classrooms.

We have chosen Critical Literacies in the 21st Century Classroom as the conference’s theme to emphasize reading and writing equally. In recent years, the field of composition and its flagship organization, CCCC, have begun to recognize the importance of teaching critical reading alongside writing. Most notably, perhaps, CCCC awarded Deep Reading: Teaching Reading in the Writing Classroom the Best Book honor (in the edited collection category) in 2019 at its annual meeting, and the CCCC has released a position statement on the role of reading in the college writing classroom. This conference builds upon this momentum by offering participants opportunities to explore the connections between reading and writing, as well as the importance of offering students versatile and flexible reading strategies necessary for navigating both their academic careers and our contemporary information landscape.

Registration Fees

To encourage participation and attendance, registration fees will be $30 for graduate students and retirees and $40 for professionals (part-time and adjunct faculty, full-time faculty, and secondary teachers).

Please note that all attendees must be CCCC and NCTE members.

In order to receive the $40 rate for professionals, you will need to be a CCCC member. For those who are already NCTE members (but not CCCC members), the charge is an additional $25 to become a CCCC member. (CCCC membership is $75, or $37.50 for students, and includes NCTE membership and a subscription to the CCC journal.)

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Full details about the presentations here.

Tuesday, July 6

8:30-9:30 am ET - Keynote - Anne Ruggles Gere

“So What’s Critical about a Reading-Writing Connection?”

9:45-11:45 am ET - Concurrent Session 1

Workshop: Ellen Noonan and Matthew Noonan - From Peer Review to Peer Reading: Towards a Peer Workshop Practice of Observation, Generation, and Intention

Workshop: Alice Horning - What to do Monday? Taking Reading into Writing Classes

Workshop: Ann Dean - How Do We Read in Co-Requisite Courses?

Workshop: Anne Shea - Critical Reading Through a Translingual Framework

Workshop: Karen Shaup - Building Environmental Literacy with Design Thinking

12:15-2:15 pm ET - Concurrent Session 2

Workshop: Ellen C. Carillo - Addressing Reading in the Writing Classroom

New Project Working Group - Open to Participants: Ashley Pendleton and Britta Bletscher - Transfer, Transition Supports, and Prior Knowledge Activation for First-Year Composition

New Project Working Group - Open to Participants: Michael Turner and James F. Reardon - Beyond Good and Bad: Writing Centers and Writing Assignments

Workshop: Sarah Ehrich and Rachael McIntosh - Visual Thinking Strategies in the Writing Classroom

New Project Working Group - Open to Participants: James Austin and Elizabeth Brewer Olson - Access Sponsorship: Basic Writing & Disability Studies

Workshop: Shawna Shapiro - Cultivating Critical Language Awareness in the Writing (and Reading) Classroom

3:00-4:30 pm ET - Concurrent Session 3

Interactive Panel: Christopher W. McVey, Aleksandra Kasztalska, and Stephen Hodin - Students Hate Them. I Hate Them. The Challenges and Affordances of Portfolios in FYC Classes

Interactive Panel: Elizabeth Hutton, Anita Long, Danielle Hart, and Brenda Tyrrell - From the Writing Center to the Classroom: Scaffolding Better Asynchronous Peer Review

Interactive Panel: Alexander Champoux-Crowley, Carrie Kancilia, and Jessica Ouellette - Technology Mediated Community Building in Literacy Learning Contexts: Critical Reflections from an Instructor, a Writing Center Director, and a WPA

Wednesday, July 7

9:00-11:00 am ET - Concurrent Session 4

Workshop: Anne Wheeler and Rebecca Lartigue - Scaffolding Strategies for Reading in the Writing Classroom

Workshop: Kimberly Rotter - Teaching How to See Truth Online in the Era of Divisive Digital Deception

Workshop: Arlene Wilner and Rick Zdan - Beyond the Basics: What does it Mean to “Teach Reading”?

Workshop: Gwen Kordonowy, Ken Liss, and Sarah Madsen Hardy - Affective, Attitudinal, and Valuing Dimensions of Reading for Research

Canceled: Orienting First-Year Students to Savvy, Scholarly, and Engaged Reading

12-1:30 pm ET - Concurrent Session 5

Interactive Panel: Esther Hu, Jonathan Benda, Mary Shertenlieb, and Mary Caulfield - Critical Literacies in the 21st Century Classroom: How Instructors Might Best Prepare Students to Participate in a Democratic Society that Depends on its Citizens’ Abilities to Read Critically

Interactive Panel: Victoria Tischio, CJ Deskie, Camryn Carwll, and Olivia Mancarella - Across Oceans and Continents: Critical Cultural Literacy in the 21st Century

Interactive Panel: Kelly Garneau, Talia Vestri, and Amy Patterson - Listening Online: Fostering Engaged Communication Across Remote Spaces

2-3:30 pm ET - Concurrent Session 6

Interactive Panel: Jason Courtmanche, Rhianna Bennett, Megan O'Connor, and Samantha vanValkenburg - Reading Like a Writer: Deep Reading and Mentor Texts

Interactive Panel: Kitty S. C. Burroughs, Stephen Ohene-Larbi, and Anastasiia Kryzhanivska - Writing about Writing in the Classroom and Writing Center Settings: Critical Literacies for English Language Learners

Interactive Panel: Pamela Saunders, Nick Frangipane, Kelsey Stocker, Ruth Prakasam, and Valerie Vancza - Breaking Old Habits and Raising the Stakes: Suffolk University Pilots Project-Based Learning in First-Year Writing

Interactive Panel: Zainab Salejwala, Meesh McCarthy, Katie Raddatz, and Andrea V. Molina Palacios - Critical Literacy & Participatory Reading: Educating for Self-advocacy in a Democratic Society

Session formats

This will be an interactive virtual conference.

Interactive Panels
(Length: 1.5 hours)

Panels will be comprised of 3-4 speakers who will present their work in a way that involves audience participation throughout sessions rather than just during a question-and-answer period.

(Length: 2 hours)

Workshops will be led by an expert or experts on their chosen subject relating to the conference theme and will be entirely interactive for the duration of the session.

Working Groups: New Project Groups
(Length: 2 hours)

These sessions are focused on a particular subject and are open to all conference goers who are interested in developing a project (e.g., a research study, an article, an advocacy project, an edited collection) on that subject.