Six members of the Integrated Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) program traveled to Atlanta, GA November 17-20, 2016 to attend and present at the annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Teacher candidates Kate Markey, Glenda Vargas, Emily Miller, Sandra Loredo, Robert Moser and Victoria Hulett collaborated with their advisor, Dr. Noah Asher Golden, to share findings from a classroom field study conducted in Spring 2016.

Their presentation, titled “Authenticity Through Co-Authorship: The Power of Writing Alongside Our Students,” spoke to the importance of engaging young writers in personally relevant literacy practices and the manifold potential benefits of teacher-student collaboration. The group represented MACI and the Chapman University College of Educational Studies to an audience of educators from across the country and received positive reviews from their appointed discussant, Dr. Limarys Caraballo of Queens College of the City University of New York.

After presenting, the teacher candidates were able, thanks to generous grants from the Student Government Association and Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, to attend insightful lectures and workshops, network with other educators and meet top scholars in the educational field. This included meeting with researchers whose scholarship the group had previously read in their Teaching of Writing (IES 412) and Secondary Literacy (MACI 420) courses. Other presenters at NCTE included former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch and authors Ta-Nehisi Coates, S.E. Hinton, Sharon Draper and Jason Reynolds. The six teacher candidates and their advisor are in the process of submitting their work to a peer-reviewed journal.

Photo caption: NCTE presenters and teacher candidates Robert Moser, Sandra Loredo, Kate Markey, Glenda Vargas, Victoria Hulett, and Emily Miller immediately following their presentation in Atlanta, with Dr. Noah Asher Golden (far left).