Commission Co-Chairs:Mark Letcher
, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, INKristen Turner
, Fordham University, New York, NY
Leah Zuidema, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA
We seek to bring attention to the professional development of writing teachers at elementary, middle, secondary, and college levels, with particular emphasis on bringing together writing teacher educators from the English education community with those from college composition.
Specifically, we will
- make recommendations about best practices in preparing new teachers of English language arts to teach writing, including concepts, practices, pedagogies, and resources
- work towards establishing stronger connections between CEE and CCCC in terms of the common work of teacher development
- raise the profile of writing teacher education throughout NCTE
- The commission proposed, sponsored, and led a roundtable workshop, “Igniting Our Professional Work Through Collaboration,” featuring several commission members. From this session, a writing group emerged, leading to the publication of a collaboratively-written article in Teaching/Writing: Journal of Writing Teacher Education. The article, “Collaboration: Talk. Trust. Write,” was published in January 2013.
- The commission proposed and led a strand at the CEE Summer Conference in July 2013. The strand, “Re-positioning Writing Teacher Education: Advocacy in a Time of Competing Standards and Pressures,” was a working group devoted to finding ways for the commission to advocate for best practices in writing instruction across K-16 settings, and to reach more general, non-academic audiences.
- As a result of the discussions at CEE, four commission members led an effort to develop an advocacy-based blog, focused on issues of writing instruction across K-16 settings. “Teachers, Profs, Parents: Writers Who Care” launched in September 2013, and to date has garnered thousands of views from across the globe. Early posts were solicited from members of the commission, and key figures in the field of teacher education, but posts can be submitted by anyone with an interest in writing for the blog. The four commission members who started the blog currently serve as the site’s Editorial Board and are composing a piece documenting the process of developing the blog to be submitted to T/W: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education.
- Experienced commission members have also committed to mentoring graduate students who attended the November 2012 commission meeting. Two graduate students wrote, under the mentorship of Kristen Turner, a proposal for NCTE 2013. This commission-sponsored session features the research of over 20 commission members.
- The aforementioned blog is, and will continue to be, an ongoing project, and we hope to expand the Editorial Board and quantity/frequency/scope of posts after the commission meeting at NCTE.