Sp2021 FWS Instructor Workshop Series

By: JSKI Staff, 
Mon, 03/01/2021

The Knight Institute team invites FWS instructors and other teachers of writing to join us for the Spring 2021 Spring Workshop Series. Each week, Knight faculty will facilitate interactive workshops and share instructional resources, lesson plans, teaching strategies, and other pedagogical ideas and inspirations. We hope these sessions will provide remote-access opportunities for ongoing engagement and community building.


Brainstorm & Troubleshoot

Friday, February 5, 11:00am - 12:30pm EST

Meet up with other spring semester FWS instructors to brainstorm and exchange icebreaker activities and first assignments, and/or to troubleshoot lesson plans or Canvas set up and design. Drop in when you can and stay as long as you like. 

We will upload workshop materials to the FWS Instructor Sandbox Canvas Site where we host FWS Assignment Archives and other useful resources. Follow this link to a GoogeDoc that compiles resources shared during our Fall 2020 FWS Instructor Workshop | First Day/Icebreaker Idea Swap.

Activities to Help Deepen Analysis

Friday, March 5, 1:30pm - 2:30pm EST

In this workshop, we will discuss strategies for helping writers to strengthen their analysis through critical thinking work. Cornell Writing Centers Director Kate Navickas will provide a sample reading geared towards students and some broad ideas for activities; participants will be encouraged to either share analysis activities or brainstorm more.

Click here to register for this FWS Instructor Workshop.

FWS Writing Assignment Exchange

Friday, March 12, 2:30pm - 3:30pm EST

Participants bring drafts of FWS writing assignments, and meet in small groups where they will describe the assignment, learning goals, and rationale within the context of the course’s writing sequence. Assignments will be compiled in an archive hosted on the FWS Instructor Sandbox Canvas site. Facilitated by Knight Faculty: Ellie Andrews and Tracy Carrick.

Click here to register for the FWS Instructor Workshop.

What is a Teachable Text? Teaching Reading to Write

Wednesday, March 17, 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST

What makes a text “teachable”? Teachable within the context of a First-Year Writing Seminar? Participants will work together to consider not just what makes disciplinary texts accessible to novice readers and those outside of the field, but also how can such texts be used to teach writing. Facilitated by Knight Faculty: Ellie Andrews, Tracy Carrick, and Darlene Evans.

Click here to register for this FWS Instructor Workshop.

Facilitating (Difficult) Discussion

Friday, March 26, 1:30pm - 2:30pm EST

Associate Director of Writing in The Majors Kelly King-O'Brien will share ideas and strategies about how to foster good discussions in our current circumstances (whether online, in-person, or hybrid). Participants should bring their  own questions and concerns so that we can brainstorm strategies together. Topics we might address are: Does “wait time” work on Zoom? How long should we wait? Should we avoid controversial topics this semester? How do we handle conflicts or tensions on Zoom when it might be easier (or harder) to intervene? How might we prompt engaging and productive discussions on Zoom? Or in-person socially distanced? How do we “create space” for quieter folks when some people may monopolize the discussion at times?  

Recommended reading: “'What if students revolt?'—Considering Student Resistance: Origins, Options, and Opportunities for Investigation" by Shannon B. Seidel and Kimberly D. Tanner

Click here to register for this FWS Instructor Workshop.

CROSS-LISTED EVENT: CNY Humanities Corridor Grant Re-envisioning Graduate Communication Through a Raciolinguistic Lens

Standardization, Racialization, Languagelessness: Raciolinguistic Ideologies across Communicative Contexts

Dr. Jonathan Rosa, Stanford University’s School of Education

Follow this link to Dr. Rosa's masterclass: Masterclass With Jonathan Rosa - Unsettling Race and Language: Toward a Raciolinguistic Perspective

Tuesday, March 30, 3:30-5:00 pm EST

Click here to register for this CNY Humanities Corridor Event.

The Power of Reflective Writing

Friday, April 16, 1:30pm - 2:30pm EST

Facilitators Kate Navickas (Cornell Writing Centers Director) and Tracy Carrick (Writing Workshop and Graduate Writing Center Director) will provide a brief review of reflective writing literature and share sample reflective writing prompts and student writing to consider the logistics and rewards of such work. Participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm and workshop their own activities.

Click here to register for this FWS Instructor Workshop.

CROSS-LISTED EVENT: FGSS Feminist Pedagogy Series

Feminist and Anti-Racist Student Evaluation and Assessment Strategies

Derrick Spires (Department of Literatures in English), Kate Navickas (Knight Institute), and Tracy Carrick (Knight Institute)

Tuesday, April 20, 4:30-6:00 pm EST

Professionalization Panel: Positioning Yourself to Teach Writing

Monday, April 19, 2:30pm - 3:30pm EST

Many graduate students facing an uncertain job market are interested exploring ways to evolve their FWS instructional experiences into careers in teaching writing and related fields. Panelists: Ellie Andrews, Kelly King-O'Brien, and Elliot Shapiro. Moderated by Jessica Sands.

Panelists will address the following questions:

  • Describe your career path. What skills did you use to now work in the Knight Institute?
  • What skills do you look for when hiring candidates to teach writing and/or contribute to program work?
  • What skills can FWS instructors build upon to be hirable in writing programs/writing centers in their future careers?

Click here to register for this FWS Instructor Workshop.

How to Help Students Avoid Plagiarism & What to Do if They Don't

Week of April 26 | POSTPONED

Participants will workshop case studies involving suspected violations of University Academic Integrity Policies, discuss examples of concerning student writing, and share strategies for developing assignments that interrupt bad practices. Facilitators will review University and College protocols and direct participants to instructional tools and resources. Facilitated by Knight Faculty: Tracy Carrick and Darlene Evans.

Click here to register for this FWS Instructor Workshop.

CROSS-LISTED EVENT: CNY Humanities Corridor Grant Supporting Multilingual Student Writers in the US University: Whose Labor and What Kind?

Panel with Guest Speakers | Thursday, April 29, 4:00-5:00pm EST

Workshop for faculty on Creating & Enacting Inclusive Visions | Friday, April 30, 1:30-2:30pm EST

Dr. Angela Dadak, American University, and Dr. Gail Shuck, Boise State University

Click here for more information and to register for this event.

CROSS-LISTED EVENT: CNY Humanities Corridor Grant Re-envisioning Graduate Communication Through a Raciolinguistic Lens

Dr. Laura Greenfield, Hamilton College, Director of the Transformative Speaking Program

Wednesday, May 6, 3:00-4:00 pm EST

Click here for more information and to register for this CNY Humanities Corridor Event.

Follow this link for registration information: Sp21 FWS Instructor Workshop Series

Contact Jennifer Janke (jld246@cornell.edu) with questions and ideas.