On Friday September 28 and Saturday September 29, the Center for Writing and Rhetoric, along with the Division of Outreach, among others, hosted the second annual Transitioning to College Writing Symposium. This gathering, the brainchild of CWR Director Bob Cummings and Associate Director Alice Myatt, is one of the few structured settings where writing teachers from the high school level, the community college level, and the university level can meet to exchange ideas about the best practices for composition instruction.
This year’s symposium saw attendees from all over the state of Mississippi, and even as far away as Chattanooga, Tennessee. Chris Anson, distinguished professor and director of the Campus Writing and Speaking Program
at North Carolina State University, was this year’s plenary speaker. Dr. Anson talked about transfer of knowledge, and worked with teachers to brainstorm new methods of encouraging transfer in our classrooms. On Saturday, Dr. Kerri Jordan of Mississippi College and Amber Jensen of Fairfax County, VA Public Schools talked about building grass-roots writing centers at both the college level and the high school level.
Other topics that symposium attendees tackled this year included the new Common Core curriculum standards, technology in the classroom, peer review strategies, and the challenges of dual enrollment.
With over 60 registered attendees, the 2012 Transitioning to College Writing Symposium was a resounding success.
Planning for the 2013 symposium begins in April 2013. Please contact Alice Myatt, amyatt1 [at] olemiss [dot] edu, with inquiries.