I am currently working on two community-based projects.
Intersections: Hacking Spaces for Inquiry
In this National Science Foundation and National Writing Project sponsored grant, the Boise State Writing Project and the Discovery Center of Idaho are collaborating together to lead a week-long workshop in June for teachers and teens. As one of ten NWP/ASTC (Association of Science and Technology Centers) teams around the nation who are participating, our project works at the intersections of science and literacy, formal and informal learning spaces, teachers and teens, and more. During this week we’ll “hack” DCI’s exhibits, programs, and building space as ways to build a learning community, to understand what makes spaces inviting for people to inquire and to inquire with others, and to launch what we hope will be a healthy and sustainable partnership with DCI and BSWP so that we can partner with other local organizations in our region who work with youth.
speakUP: writing for change
This community-based project is a reading/writing workshop series for high school students in Nampa, Idaho. Each time we meet, we read, write, and talk about the process of writing and about issues in our communities. We consider how change happens, what we can do about it, how our writing could help us, and the role the stories people tell play in cultivating and sustaining change. We’re learning and laughing together as we read, write, and talk with one another. We are hoping to publicly share what we write in this workshop – maybe it’ll be a website, maybe it’ll be something else – we’re still working on it together.
In addition to these projects, I work with teachers throughout much of Idaho in my role as co-director of the Boise State Writing Project (BSWP).
Also in my professional community, I am co-chair (with Patricia Dunn) of one working group in the Conference of English Education. Our SIG, the Commission on Writing Teacher Education, created and leads the Teachers, Profs, Parents: Writers Who Care (created by former SIG co-chairs Kristen Turner and Mark Letcher, as well as Leah Zuidema and Sarah Hochstetler – who all still lead the blog). Though I’ve written one post on the blog, they are the ones whose work I wanted to take the opportunity to spotlight. I work with fabulous colleagues.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org