4C’s Presentation: Counternarratives, Social Justice, and College Composition

Note: This post is subject to updates through this Friday, May 25th! This Friday I’ll be presenting at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, which VCU will be hosting for the second year. My topic this year is “Counternarratives in the Classroom: Rethinking College Composition as Storytelling for Social …

RPS walk in, 7:55am on May 8th

Virginia public schools have been defunded, eliminating essential support staff like nurses and social workers, driving up suspensions and judicial referrals, emptying classrooms of supplies, degrading infrastructure, and reducing outcomes for students and families. Virginia public colleges and universities have also been defunded, reducing expenditures on instruction, converting staff into …

The federal government has announced they’re no longer supporting 2016 guidance to schools on the rights of transgender students. Below is a summary from Trans Equality of what this means. A screenreader accessible summary is available online at the Trans Equality website. The Washington Post has a fairly substantial summary of this …

Virginians: VA Budget and NVM on MLK Day

New Virginia Majority invited community organizers and Virginian constituents to use the 2017 Martin Luther King day to approach their representatives and demand change in the following areas: Criminal Justice Reform and Rights Restoration Voting Rights Immigrant Rights Affordable Higher Education, Lowering Student Debt Economic Justice: Medicaid Expansion, Raising Minimum Wage …

Contingent Academic Labor

This is the story of OSU breaking promises (and contracts) to fund FT contingent teachers of first year writing. #contingentacademiclabor https://t.co/j7l0DlaGQZ — David M. Perry (@Lollardfish) October 24, 2016 Earlier this week a colleague linked me to the above tweet summarizing an ongoing debate over the employment status of the …

In which I need to stop rage tweeting and cannot

#HowToConfuseAMillennial make income inequality worse, let student debt hit $1 trillion nationwide, then tell them the system worked — Sarah Jones (@onesarahjones) September 4, 2016 I’m in Ohio for the long weekend (yay!) meeting my new niece (YAY!), and I’ve happened across Steven’s Pearlstein’s “Meet the parents who won’t let their …

Resources for teaching Just Mercy

Hello beloved colleagues! Here is a starter kit on teaching Just Mercy, mass incarceration, and racial reconciliation in the classroom. There’s more. There’s so much more. Just ask. Mass incarceration – the data:  “The Whole Pie” – Prison Policy Institute State-by-State incarceration data – The Sentencing Project State-by-State incarceration racial demographics – Prison Policy Institute One in … Continue reading Resources for teaching Just Mercy