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Pioneer? Exemplar? Innovator!

posted: 3.26.13 by Traci Gardner

One of the things I inherited when I was appointed chair of the CCCC Committee on Computers inComposition and Communication (7Cs) in 1999 was a list of suggestions and to-do’s from the committee’s meeting at CCCC that year. The first thing on the list was a suggestion from Marcy Bauman to “Give an award to Fred [Kemp] to recognize his work.”

That to-do led me to draft criteria and guidelines for what was to become the 7C’s Technology Innovator Award. I remember several things about the process of bringing the award into being. First, there was the struggle with the name. We bounced around several possibilities on our committee discussion list, and a number of the members were in favor of something along the lines of “Technology Pioneer Award.” I was vehemently against it, based on a belief that the word pioneer was frequently gendered. I had found too many references to “pioneers and their wives” and to “pioneer women.” I would have none of that name. Ultimately, we settled on “Technology Exemplar Award.”

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National Day on Writing

posted: 10.20.09 by archived

Today, the NCTE asks us to recognize “the remarkable variety of writing we engage in” by celebrating the National Day on Writing. Congress proclaimed that October 20th, 2009 would

  • celebrate the foundational place of writing in Americans’ personal, professional, and civic lives.
  • point to the importance of writing instruction and practice at every grade level, for every student and in every subject area from preschool through university.
  • emphasize the lifelong process of learning to write and composing for different audiences, purposes, and occasions.
  • recognize the scope and range of writing done by the American people and others.
  • honor the use of the full range of media for composing.
  • encourage Americans to write and enjoy and learn from the writing of others. (see more at “About the National Day on Writing“)

To give life to this celebration, the National Gallery of Writing–a national, digital archive of composition–opens its virtual doors today. The NCTE and its partners have already collected and posted submissions in their galleries that writers can use as inspiration. The Bedford/St. Martin’s Writers’ Room features thoughtful (and fun!) responses to the questions: What’s in the room where you write, and what does it say about you?

Visit the Gallery today and in the coming months to add your voice and to see how important writing is nationwide, especially as technology makes tools for digital composition more widely available. Start a gallery with your students to encourage them to explore and discover how they compose every day—inside and outside of the classroom.

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