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EXTENDED Submission Deadline for TYCA-West 2016

Sep 1, 2016   //   by StephanieM   //   Blog  //  No Comments

The submission deadline for TYCA-West 2016  has been extended until September 15, 2016.  Please send inquiries and/or proposals to  Thank you! 


CFP: Social Action and Student Engagement in the English Classroom

We’re turning 20 and it’s time to celebrate!

In October of 2016, TYCA-West is headed back to Nevada, the site of our very first regional conference in 1996. The theme for our 2016 conference is Social Action and Student Engagement in the English Classroom. As educators, we know that engagement is essential to student success. Recent data from surveys of both two and four year institutions, such as the Community College Survey of Student Engagement and the National Survey of Student Engagement, confirm the importance of facilitating concrete activities that link them to their peers and our increasingly globalized world.

As millennials, the majority of our students have grown up in a world inundated with information, where anything can be Googled at any time. This impacts the role of the professor, who is no longer the proverbial sage on the stage imparting knowledge, but who instead is responsible for creating opportunities for students to apply that knowledge to our world. When we frame information with an eye to current events, when we deliberately “edutain” with pop culture, when we discuss or write about politics or social trends, and when we guide critical thinking on current problems and offer reasoned solutions, we are creating those opportunities for engagement and application.

For the 2016 conference in Las Vegas, we invite proposals about the diverse teaching practices, projects, activities, lessons, or theories you use to foster student engagement in the classroom and/or in our society. This could include anything from a technique for managing student group work or lessons relating skills to current events to service learning or special projects that demand social action.

EXTENDED Submission deadline for proposals: September 15, 2016.
Please send proposals and any inquiries to

Take a Tour of TYCA

Nov 16, 2011   //   by rrodrigo   //   Blog, News  //  No Comments

TYCA members, are you ready to take the Tour?!

The Tour of TYCA features highlights from each of the 2011 regional conferences—PowerPoints, videos, handouts, etc. from sessions that were particularly well-received and are broadly applicable. Pick up strategies for teaching online or using Jing as a commenting tool. Learn more implementing the Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing. Hear what students have to say about teacher comments. Get some fresh ideas for classroom activities and assignments. Address issues that face two-year college instructors nationwide, such as basic writing and accelerated learning programs, college completion initiatives, or dual credit/concurrent enrollment.

The Tour of TYCA kicks off on National TYCA’s official “birthday”; TYCA turns 15 years old on November 25, 2011, and the first event is a TYCA history lesson. In the two weeks following, the Tour will showcase sessions from one of our seven regions each day. (Schedule of “release” dates.) It will conclude with the voices of TYCA leaders discussing TYCA’s past, present, and future. Throughout the Tour, view session highlights and ask questions of the presenters or engage in discussion with fellow colleagues online. Each featured session will be available on the National TYCA Connected Community and will remain on the site in case you miss a day of the Tour or want to revisit a presentation or supporting materials at a later date.

Join us for this inaugural event! Celebrate the work of your two-year college colleagues! Learn from and share with other two-year college English teachers across the nation. The Tour begins November 25

Carolyn Calhoon-Dillahunt
TYCA Chair

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