Labor-Based Grading Contracts as Anti-Racist Classroom Assessment

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 1:00pm
CTL Glassroom (LIB 317) (Room change!)

Dr. Asao Inoue will be leading a Faculty Workshop on:

"Labor-Based Grading Contracts as Anti-Racist Classroom Assessment"


This interactive workshop gives participants a hands-on experience with labor-based grading contracts, which can be used in a wide range of courses across all disciplines. The grading practice takes all grades out of the classroom on a day to day basis, yet still produces a final course grade. Among many benefits to students, labor-based grading contracts encourage a critical space for students to interrogate judgement itself, take lots of risks in their learning, experience “failure” without being overly-punished by it, and cultivate critical, reflective stances toward the politics of language in the world. Participants of the workshop will get a number of resources: a sample labor-based grading contract, sample labor log for students, and a handout with other electronic resources for teachers who wish to explore this practice in their own classrooms.

Sponsors: Composition Program (the first-year writing program), DHSI: Education, Center for Teaching and Learning

Join us in the CTL Glassroom (LIB 317) or from your computer by following this Zoom link:

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Speaker Bio

Asao B. Inoue is Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University. He is the 2019 Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. He has been a past member of the CCCC Executive Committee, and the Executive Board of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. Among his many articles and chapters on writing assessment, race, and racism, his article, “Theorizing Failure in U.S. Writing Assessments” in Research in the Teaching of English, won the 2014 CWPA Outstanding Scholarship Award. His co-edited collection, Race and Writing Assessment (2012), won the 2014 NCTE/CCCC Outstanding Book Award for an edited collection. His book, Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching and Assessing for a Socially Just Future (2015) won the 2017 NCTE/CCCC Outstanding Book Award for a monograph and the 2015 CWPA Outstanding Book Award. More recently he has continued his scholarship in socially just classroom writing assessment through a co-edited collection, Writing Assessment, Social Justice, and The Advancement of Opportunity (2018), and a book, Labor-Based Grading Contracts: Building Equity and Inclusion in the Compassionate Writing Classroom (2019).


 Dr. Asao B. Inoue