Sunday, April 10, 2011

Great Panel including Ethnic Studies at CCCC Atlanta

Punishing Writing/Writing as Punishment 

(Aja Martinez and I with Speaker Curtis Acosta)

At the 2011 CCCC in Atlanta, University of Arizona PhD students/authors/activists presented on the importance of presenting literacy to students as a discipline rather than a punishment that doesn't match the offense. Curtis Acosta, above, a teacher at Tucson High School targeted by the HB 2281 anti-Ethnic Studies law, spoke on the framework of his literature class, asking students to reflect on themselves and culture to better understand the world around them.
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Kathryn Ortiz heads the UA Reads Project through the University of Arizona bookstore.

Cathy Amanti is one of the authors of Funds of Knowledge, highlighting cultural practices of Latin@ families in Tucson that can be transferred over into classroom strategies.

Funds of Knowledge: Theorizing Practices in Households, Communities, and Classrooms

According to the panel description:

 Punishing Writing/Writing as Punishment. It is an ironic fact that schools are contexts where writing is both highly valued and punished. When literacy is used as a discipline event, schools are often blind to the literacy aspects of unofficial and non-sanctioned student writing. The fact that some literacy [ More ]
ParticipantAffiliationSpeech Title (if known)
Carlos Salinas, PhD
University of Texas El Paso
Cathy Amanti
(Speaker 1)
University of ArizonaPunishing Writing/Writing as Punishment
Kathryn Ortiz
(Speaker 2)
University of ArizonaCase Studies of the Long Term Consequences of Using Writing as Punishment
Curtis Acosta
(Speaker 3)

University of ArizonaRewarding writers: Liberating and empowering Chican@ youth through prose

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