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Writing Commons Participates in Writing Center Scholarship: March 3-5, 2011

Posted Mar. 6, 2011
Nine members of the Writing Commons staff traveled to Western Michigan University to make presentations at the annual conference of the East Central Writing Centers Association March 3-5, 2011 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  The East Central Writing Centers Association is the world’s oldest Writing Center professional organization, representing over 475 writing centers in high schools, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and specialized centers throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, as well as other regions nearby. Director Jeanne Smith (NTT-Kent), Lead Tutor Erin Maxwell (MAT-Kent), and Senior Tutors Doug Sheldon (Post BA, ESL-Kent), Heather Kaley (Undergrad English-Kent), Will McSuley (Undergrad English-Kent) will present "Assessing Our First Draft: Negotiating Roles in a High School-University Writing Center Collaboration," with Mrs. Margana Fahey, English Department Chair, Theodore Roosevelt High School.  Assistant Director Diana Awad Scrocco (PhD-Kent), will present "How Do You Think You Did?: Involving Tutors in Self-Assessment and Peer-Assessment During OWL Training."  Senior Tutor Rachel Nordhoff (Undergrad English-Kent) and Volunteer Tutor Curtis Scheck (BA, English, Kent 2010), will present "Should Writing Tutors Play the Part of Psychologist?”  Assistant Director Anthony Garrison (PhD-Kent), Assistant Director Diana Awad Scrocco (PhD-Kent) and Director Jeanne Smith (NTT-Kent), will present "Ethical and Effective Tutor Assessment in Changing Writing Center Environments."  An affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English, ECWCA brings together tutors, directors, and faculty and is a scholarly and professional community as well as a network and resource for people involved in writing center work.