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Pat Tillman Scholarships

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Ebony C. Pope, a Ph.D. candidate in the Adult and Higher Education program in Educational Leadership and Policy, has been recognized for her exemplary teaching in the Edith Kinney Gaylord Expository Writing Program. 

Pope was selected to receive The Provost's Certificate of Distinction in Teaching for "Education, Race, and Power," a first year writing course she taught in Spring 2018. This distinction acknowledges the top 10 percent of all graduate assistants teaching at the University of Oklahoma based on student evaluations.

This is the second time that Pope has received this distinction, which she also received for teaching "Education, Race, and Power" in Fall of 2017.

Pope will be honored alongside other graduate assistant recipients in a formal reception on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 from 4:00-5:00pm at the Jan Marie and Richard J. Crawford University Club.

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Facilitator: Al Harahap

Friday, November 9, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

O.U. Writing Center, 280 Wagner.

Since the industrial revolution, education systems all over have integrated grades toward an efficiency model. As teachers, we assign both quantitative and qualitative values that supposedly represent individual students’ merits. But how effective is the current system? In this interactive session, we will explore the growing popularity of the "grading contract" system that serves to allay both student and teacher stresses through an agreement at the beginning of the semester of what and how much work a course requires for specific grades. Instead of obsessing on minute grades of minor assignments and the seemingly high-stakes assignments, all involved can then focus on moments of learning content. As well, this system can serve as an equalizer for underprivileged groups such as first-generation students, students of color, and students with disabilities who may not come into college with the tools to succeed in the disruptive, efficient grading model. We will also consider how grade agreements can be customized to suit your individual course content and teaching styles.

This is a brown bag event, so feel free to bring your own lunch. Coffee, tea, and water provided.

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Writing as/for Social Justice