Going Public: Sustaining School and Community Literacies Conference (CFP Deadline August 7, 2010, Conference October 7 & 8)

The Kansas Association of Teachers of English invites proposals for practical and experiential 45-minute sessions that explore students’ development as readers and writers both inside and outside our classrooms. The 2010 conference theme--"Going Public:
Sustaining School and Community Literacies"--may address questions such as the following: How can we best support our students’ literacy development? How do our school-based reading and writing activities relate to our students’ extracurricular reading and writing? What should the public roles of teachers be? How can we best inform the public about our educational concerns? How can we encourage our students—and ourselves—to become more critical and active participants in our communities?

Though the final abstract deadline is August 7, screening of abstracts will begin immediately. The 99th KATE Conference will be held October 7 and 8 in Wichita, Kansas. Please go to KATEonline.org for more information.

Phillip P. Marzluf
Kansas State University


I'm writing on behalf of Vanessa Cozza, a doctoral student of mine whose dissertation research looks into the current state of Latino/a students in higher education and first-year writing programs. Part of her study involves a brief online questionnaire for writing program administrators who are currently directing first-year writing programs and who have taught or are teaching first-year writing courses. Vanessa would like to hear from current FYW directors who are willing to get an email about the survey and think about whether or not to they would like to participate. Vanessa Cozza's email address is vcozza@bgsu.edu.


Richard C Gebhardt
Professor of English
Bowling Green State University
Director, Rhetoric & Writing PhD Program