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Maja Wilson

331 Shibles Hall
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469-5766

207-581-2488 (Phone)
207-581-2423 (Fax)

EDUCATION

 

University of New Hampshire, graduate student in PhD program in Composition Studies

Eastern Michigan University, BA English Literature and Language, Comprehensive Communications and Theater Arts

 

 

AWARDS

James Britton Award for Rethinking Rubrics in Writing Assessment, presented by the Conference on English Education, National Council of Teachers of English, 2007

Miss Foley Award, presented by Barry Lane, 2009

PUBLICATIONS

Newkirk, Thomas, and Maja Wilson. “Can Readers Really Stay Within the Standards Lines?” Education Week 14 Dec. 2011, pp. 28-29. Print. Wilson-Newkirk edweek commentary

The Next Victim of the DOE’s Campaign of Blame? Parents!” Washington Post Answer Sheet. 1 Dec. 2010.

“Data: my new dirty word” The Washington Post Answer Sheet Nov. 2010

“There Are a Lot of Really Bad Teachers Out There” Phi Delta Kappan Oct. 2010:  51-55.

Rethinking Rubrics in Writing Assessment. Portsmouth: Heinemann, 2006.

“Rethinking A Writing Teacher’s Expertise: Following Students Under the Kitchen Table.” English Journal 99 (2010): 50-56.

(Invited) “Responsive Assessment.” Educational Leadership. 67 (2009): 58-62.

Interview with Jim Burke: Teachers are Talking, Episode 20.

“Moving to the Center: Disorientation and Intention.” English Journal. 97 (2008): 34-39.

(Invited) “The View from Somewhere.” Educational Leadership 65 (2007): 76-80.

(Invited) Contribution to “Dripping with Literacy, A Jazz-Fueled Road Trip, a Place to Breathe.” English Journal. 97 (2007): 71-78.

Interview with Reality Sandwich “The Consciousness of Classroom Assessment.” by Adam Elenbaas, www.realitysandwich.com.

 

“Why I Won’t Be Using Rubrics to Respond to My Students’ Writing.” English Journal. 96 (2006): 62-66.

 

“Apologies to Sandra Cisneros: How ETS’ Computer Grading Program Misses the Mark.” Rethinking Schools 20 (2006).

 

 

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

 

Featured Speaker, Michigan Reading Association, March 2011

Keynote Speaker, Rowan University Emerging Writers Lecture Series, 2010
“What Would Grandma Do?  Responsive Assessment”

 

 

Keynote Speaker, University of New Hampshire Literacy Institutes, 2009
“Responsive Assessment”

Featured Author and Discussion Leader: Professional Book Study, English Companion Ning, 2009

Featured Speaker, Wisconsin Reading Association 2009
“Rubrics:  Friend or Foe?”

Speaker, Greater Edmonton Teachers Association Annual Conference, 2009
“Writing Assessment’s ‘Big Duh!’”

Consultant, College Conference on Composition and Communications, 2008
“Using the CCCC Position Statement on Writing Assessment to Guide Assessment Practices: An Individualized Consultation Workshop”

Speaker, Greater Edmonton Teachers Association Annual Conference 2008
“Reclaiming Subjectivity in Writing Assessment”

Featured Speaker, Crossroads Writing Project Professional Institute, 2008
“Professional Conversations”

Speaker, National Council of Teachers of English, 2008
“Suffering and Silence” (Britton Award acceptance speech)

Featured Speaker, Illinois Writing Project, 2006
“Rethinking Rubrics”

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEADERSHIP

 

Workshop Leader: Rowan University Literacy Series, 2010
Invited to conduct a day-long workshop with K-12 teachers in Southern New Jersey about responsive writing assessment.

School Improvement Committee Member:  Ludington High School, 2005-2008
Responsible for designing and implementing school-wide professional development vision and workshops.

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

College Conference on Composition and Communications, March 2010
“A Rhetorical Case Study: A Collaboration Between Composition and K-12”

College Conference on Composition and Communications, 2009
“How the Department of Education is Dissing Donald and Dewey”

National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, 2009
“Best Practices Test Prep: Social Justice or Capitulation” with Linda Christensen, Nancy Patterson, and Michael Niemczyk

National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, 2008
“Replacing ‘Accountability’ with Engagement: A Twenty-First Century LiteracyAgenda” with Doug Christensen, Chris Gallagher, and Gloria Pipkin
“A Matter of Quality in Writing and Assessment” with Marianna and Tom Romano

Michigan Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference, 2008
“Subjectivity in Assessment”

National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, 2007
“The Problem with Rubrics”
“Grammar in Context”

Michigan Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference, 2007
“Rubrics: Friend or Foe?”

RESEARCH PROJECTS

 

A Rhetorical Case Study, collaborative study with Linda Reif and Jim Webber, in progress

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

 

National Council of Teachers of English, College Conference on Communication and Composition, National Writing Project Teacher Consultant

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Education and Human Development
5766 Shibles Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207) 581-2412
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
A Member of the University of Maine System