Teaching and Assessing Writing in an Equitable and Student-led English Classroom
This ongoing program seeks to create a community of learners that will explore assessment practices that support an equitable, student-led English classroom, and collaborate on best practices for teaching writing.
SESSION 1: October 2, 2019 at The Bay School
SESSION 2: February 3, 2020 at The Bay School
SESSION 3: April 16, 2020 at The Bay School
What kind of assessment practices support an equitable, student-led English classroom? How do we make the implicit explicit by getting students to understand and articulate the “why” of their writing choices in both argumentative and creative writing?
This ongoing program seeks to create a community of learners that will explore these questions and collaborate on best practices for teaching writing. In each session there will be time set aside to apply new learning to your unique context.
Topics will include:
- Utilizing SEL practices to invite the whole student into the classroom
- Centering collaboration via the workshop model
- Co-creating rubrics
- Cultivating writing opportunities that feel meaningful to the student
- Designing assessment practices that support risk-taking, fumbling, and learning from their mistakes
In our first meeting (fall), we will focus on community building and the use of storytelling, as well as introduce the workshop model. Our second meeting (winter) will be a deep dive into the research behind various assessment practices. Our final session (spring) will provide space for reflection and time for sharing case studies; together, we will workshop challenges and celebrate successes. Our meetings will be supplemented with webinars to address questions and check in on the application of new learning.
This series is designed for 7th-12th grade humanities teachers, humanities department chairs, academic deans, and directors of 21st century learning. New teachers as well as mid-career and veteran teachers interested in reassessing their approach to teaching writing are welcome.
Melissa Mirza taught English for eight years at San Francisco University High School. At UHS, Melissa taught 9th grade English as well as junior and senior electives of her own design. She and her colleague, Jessica Osorio, pioneered an experiment that shook up how the department teaches writing. In 2018-2019, Melissa led UHS’s strategic design work on assessment, creating a framework to evaluate how well teacher practices promote and measure student learning. Melissa also served as a mentor coach for three years, leading grade-wide student support teams. Outside of UHS, Melissa has led equity workshops on Islam and MENA (Middle East and North Africa) at schools and conferences all over the country through the organization she founded, Bay Area Middle Eastern Educators. She is the newly appointed Dean of Faculty at The Bay School starting in July of 2019.
Date: October 2, 2019
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