Writing Our Civic Futures: Marginal Syllabus October Conversation

October 1, 2017

Date/Time
Date(s) - 10/01/2017 - 10/31/2017
12:00 am


Join the National Writing Project (NWP) and Marginal Syllabus for Writing Our Civic Futures throughout the month of October. Visit the 2017-18 Writing Our Civic Futures syllabus for more information!

The Marginal Syllabus convenes and sustains online conversations with educators about issues of equity in teaching, learning, and education. The effort embraces an intentional double entendre; we partner with authors whose writing may be considered marginal—or contrary—to dominant education norms, and public conversations with authors occur in the margins of their texts using online and open web annotation.

In October, the Marginal Syllabus and NWP launched a year of programming and we invite educators to join social reading, collaborative web annotation, and public conversation that explores our civic imaginations and literacy landscapes. As civic engagement changes and evolves, Writing Our Civic Futures will discuss and consider implications for connected learning and teaching.

Throughout the month of October, we are reading and annotating Henry Jenkins’ blog post How young activists deploy digital tools for social change. The post describes how Middle Eastern and Muslim-American youth are creating new ways to use social media and other digital tools to find their voices, educate, and organize for social change. 

Want to learn more?

  • Check out this recent episode of NWP Radio with the founders of Marginal Syllabus and representatives from NWP discussing the power of annotation.
  • Educator Innovator also teamed up with Marginal Syllabus for the 2016-17 syllabus. Read this introductory blog post to learn more about the partnership and the logistics of participating.
  • The full 2016-2017 syllabus can be found at the Marginal Syllabus website.
  • Still wondering how to join in an annotation conversation? Check out this tutorial from Marginal Syllabus.
  • Need some help getting started with hypothesis? See this overview from KQED Teach.


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