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Teaching and Assessing Writing in an Equitable & Student-Centered Classroom

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What kind of assessment practices support an equitable, student-centered classroom?

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This ongoing program seeks to create a community of learners that will explore these essential questions and collaborate on equitable practices in the humanities classroom:

Questions we will explore:

  • What did we learn from the many ways we had to adapt and transform our classrooms throughout the pandemic? What new practices do we want to take back with us into the “new normal”?
  • What kind of assessment practices support an equitable, student-centered 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?
  • How do you successfully advocate for and implement change in your classroom, department, and school?
  • How can we develop practices that create a sustainable workload and prevent teacher burnout?

In each session there will be time set aside to apply new learning to your unique context.

  • Participants will explore these pedagogical practices:
  • Utilizing SEL practices to invite the whole student into the classroom
  • Centering collaboration via the workshop model
  • Co-creating rubrics and utilizing standards-based grading
  • Cultivating writing opportunities that feel meaningful to the student
  • Designing assessment practices (such as a portfolio model) that support risk-taking, fumbling, and learning from their mistakes

We will begin with a focus on community building, as well as an introduction to the workshop model. From there we’ll dive into research behind various assessment practices and spend time reflecting on which practices uphold our values as educators. In our last session, we’ll hear from a panel of students who have benefited directly from these pedagogical practices. Throughout, we will provide space to share case studies and to apply our learning to your own classroom setting. We will workshop challenges and celebrate successes.


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.


Session 1: September 29 from 9am-11:30am

Session 2: November 5 from 9am-11:30am

Session 3: January 14 from 9am-11:30am

Session 4: March 1 from 9am-11:30am

Session 5: April 28 from 9am-11:30am


This workshop series will be held online via Zoom and may be recorded for CATDC's archives. By registering for this event you are consenting to be recorded and photographed by CATDC.


For our Virtual Ongoing Programs, refunds are available up to 14 days before the first session. Please contact us directly or make the request within Eventbrite.

Registration may be transferred to a different person up to 7 days before the first session. However refunds will not be given, and a session missed for any reason will not be refunded.

Please contact us by email as soon as you know you cannot attend a workshop and cannot transfer registration. This will allow us time to contact our waitlist and hopefully fill your spot.

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