In our second episode of Slow Agency, we spoke with Dr. Asao Inoue, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University, author of Antiracist writing assessment ecologies: Teaching and assessing for a socially just future (2015) and Labor-based grading contracts: Building equity and inclusion in the compassionate writing classroom (2017). Our conversation centered on Inoue’s work on labor-based contract grading and the writing classroom; and writing centers and antiracist pedadogies. Click the respective titles to listen.

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Labor-based Contract Grading and the Writing Classroom

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Writing Centers and Antiracist Pedagogies


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Resources in Labor-based Contract Grading and the Writing Classroom

Elbow, P. (1998). Writing without teachers (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press.

Yagelski, B. (2011). Writing as a way of being: Writing instruction, nonduality, and the crisis of sustainability. Hampton Press.

Adichie, C. Ni. (2013). Americanah. Alfred A. Knopf.

Inoue, A. B. (2020). Stories about grading contracts, or how I like through the violence I’ve done? Journal of Writing Assessment, 13(2).

Kimmerer, R. W. (2013). Braiding sweetgrass: Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge, and the teachings of plants. Milkweed Editions.

Inoue, A. B. (upcoming). Above the well: An antiracist literacy argument of A boy of color.

Resources in Writing Centers and Antiracist Pedagogies

Yagelski, B. (2011). Writing as a way of being: Writing instruction, nonduality, and the crisis of sustainability. Hampton Press.

Inoue, A. B. (2015). Antiracist writing assessment ecologies: Teaching and assessing writing for a socially just future. Parlor Press.

Kimmerer, R. W. (2013). Braiding sweetgrass: Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge, and the teachings of plants. Milkweed Editions.

Inoue, A. B. (upcoming). Above the well: An antiracist literacy argument of A boy of color.

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