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​Expository Reading and Writing Course and ELA Advanced Study Workshops

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As a means to increase college readiness, a California State University task force has developed the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC), a full-year college preparatory English course for high school juniors or seniors. Course assignments, organized into 14 modules and based mainly on non-fiction texts, emphasize the in-depth study of expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing. The University of California has approved the ERWC for area "B" credit (from the "A-G" requirements), and the Course meets college preparatory requirements for both the UC and CSU.

The ERWC has been revised to align with the Common Core State Standards, addresses critical reading and writing problems identified by the CSU English Placement Test Committee, and prepares students to meet the expectations of college and university faculty. The task force has also developed additional modules, four per grade level for grades 7-11, that follow the revised ERWC assignment template and are intended to augment curriculum and expertly promote instruction with expository texts.

The Benefits of ERWC

  • New - Certification for teachers to be to be able to use the ERWC course to advance EAP English Placement Test results from “conditional status” to “college-ready.”

  • UC Pre-Approved A-G Eligibility Course that schools and districts can adopt to fulfill “B” English requirement and increase rigor.

  • Common Core-aligned, research-validated curriculum and instructional model for teaching the new standards with emphasis on expository reading and writing and college readiness.

  • ERWC training includes a series of 14 lesson high interest and current instructional modules of curriculum that build on research-based methodologies for strategically developing student understanding of expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing.​

ERWC Certification for High School 

High school teachers who will either teach the full ERWC 12th grade course or who will use the modules for grades 9-12 as an integrated part of their own course curriculum must attend all days of a 4-day ERWC High School Certification Course. Through in-depth analysis of expository reading and writing, teachers will acquire knowledge of what it means to read and write rhetorically and the ways in which this approach promotes career and college readiness.  By engaging in collegial professional learning around ERWC implementation for all students including English Language Learners, participants will also learn the ways in which the modules strategically develop the ability of students to integrate and build knowledge from complex text in all strands of reading, writing, speaking/listening and language.  Teachers who attend all days of the professional learning will receive print and digital access to ERWC curriculum for all grade levels.

Class hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ​each day. Full attendance of all days is required for the 20-hour ERWC certification. Please do not register unless you are able to attend all four days.

Cohorts in progress

Sweetwater Cohort A

May 3, May 4, Oct. 2, 2017, and Jan. 9, 2018 


Grossmont Cohort C

September 13, September 15, October 4 and November 8, 2017


NEW Cohort- open registration

North County- Spring

February 20, March 6, March 27 and May 15, 2018

Register here

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ERWC Certification for Middle School

Middle school teachers who will use the modules for grades 7-8 as an integrated part of their own course curriculum must attend all days of a 3-day ERWC Middle School Certification Course.  Through in-depth analysis of expository reading and writing, teachers will acquire knowledge of what it means to read and write rhetorically and the ways in which this approach promotes career and college readiness at the middle school level.  By engaging in collegial professional learning around ERWC implementation for all students including English Language Learners, participants will also learn the ways in which the modules strategically develop the ability of students to integrate and build knowledge from complex text in all strands of reading, writing, speaking/listening and language. Teachers who attend all days of the professional learning will receive digital access to all of the course materials.

Cost is $320 per participant which includes coffee, lunch, and all materials.  You must bring an electronic device (laptop or tablet) to receive the full benefit of this training. 

ELA Advanced Study Workshops for grades 7-12

The Advanced Study Workshops are comprised of:

  • One day of intensive professional learning.
  • 1.5 hour after school PLC to examine student work (optional).
  • ELA Advanced Study Certificate for teachers who attend at least three workshops and PLCs.
Workshops are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. PLCs are from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Cost: $150 per workshop

Workshops:

Fostering Rigorous Student Engagement by Design

Getting students to actually do the hard work of listening, participating, and learning can be challenge. Learn how to design interconnected lessons, activities, and projects that make students stakeholders in successfully completed work.

Register: Feb. 6, 2018 (PLC March 6, 2018)

Short Answer Constructed Response to Teach and Assess Writing and Thinking

The short answer constructed response is not only a rich source of evidence of student thinking and comprehension, it is also an efficient tool for writing instruction. learn how to develop effective short answer prompts, provide feedback, and teach students how to respond to that feedback. 

Register: Feb. 7, 2018 (PLC March 21, 2018)

 

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Call our office at 858-569-5397 or email Catalina Andrade.

 Contacts:

Jennifer Currie
Coordinator, Language Arts
858-292-3822

Cherissa Kreider-Beck​
Coordinator, Language Arts
858-569-5425

Cynthia Craft 
Coordinator, Language Arts
858-292-3860