CFP and Invitation: Sustaining Meaningful Assessment

WSU Teaching of Writing Conference

Saturday, February 2, 2019

WSU Student Center

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

The Rhetoric and Composition Program at Wayne State University invites you to attend the WSU Teaching of Writing Conference on Saturday, February 2, 2019, from 9 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in WSU’s Student Center.

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The goal of the WSU Teaching of Writing Conference is to deepen conversations, collaboration, and knowledge about teaching and writing in Metro Detroit and surrounding areas in an annual conference.  Please share this CFP and invitation with colleagues teaching writing courses or preparing to teach writing courses at the secondary and post-secondary level.

The theme for the 2019 conference is “Sustaining Meaningful Assessment”. The conference will include morning workshops presented by WSU Rhetoric and Composition faculty, concurrent sessions on topics of classroom- and program-level writing and learning assessment, and a lunchtime presentation on alternative perspectives on assessment. There is no cost to attend the conference or participate in the meal. However, we ask that participants register by January 15, 2019.

In “The Braid of Writing Assessment, Social Justice, and the Advancement of Opportunity: Eighteen Assertions on Writing Assessment with Commentary,” the authors argue that this is a time for those of us who work in writing assessment to stand with students to advance their opportunities for learning (379). They propose a series of writing assessment concepts that can meaningfully guide present and future work on teaching and learning based in “justice and opportunity” (380). At our individual institutions, we face various responsibilities, pressures, and timelines; our programs hold values about assessment that we may find match our personal values or institutional missions, or might be at odds with our pedagogical and administrative goals. This conference is an opportunity for us to do some self-assessment: where are we at with our assessment practices, procedures, and goals? Where do we want to be? How do we get there?

Assessment is a concluding and a beginning step for educational processes; the moment where we measure accomplishments and determine what is yet to be done. It is the center of a reflexive process in teaching and learning. We assess our students. We assess our programs. We communicate our assessments, how we met goals and how we will now set new goals, to others on our campuses and beyond. We, teachers and administrators at Wayne State University, invite you to join us in dialogue.

For the 2019 Teaching of Writing Conference, we invite proposals for individual or panel presentations on assessment-based topics, including:

  • Case studies of classroom or program assessment
  • Antiracist writing assessment practices
  • Approaches to assessment of teaching effectiveness
  • Best practices for formative learning assessment
  • Strategies for communicating assessment processes and results to stakeholders
  • Directed self-placement and other methods for placing incoming students
  • Program assessment and administrative work in assessment
  • In-progress or completed teacher-research projects/classroom studies
  • Writing center assessment
  • Revision as an assessment criteria
  • Non-traditional assessment
  • Assessing multimodal composing
  • How we *feel* about assessment, or monitoring student/instructor affect around assessment
  • Motivation for assessment–how do we promote engagement and buy in from stakeholders
  • Using assessment for advocacy–how do we harness assessment effectively to promote what matters?
  • Assessment validity and assessment ethos–how do we present credible assessment data?
  • What assessment is and what it isn’t–assessment vs. evaluation

Proposals should be submitted here by Friday, December 14.

Come visit WSU, where we will share our knowledge, pedagogies, and strategies for “Sustaining Meaningful Assessment” in a collaborative, interactive, and community building environment attuned to the specific learning and writing needs of students in our diverse metropolitan area.