Teacher Professional Development
Planning for EAP Professional Development for Teachers
Responding to requests from high school faculty and administrators, the CSU, working with college and high school faculty, has developed professional development programs that equip high school English and math teachers to foster college readiness through their teaching. In English, there are two programs: (a) four-day Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) workshops for English teachers and (b) 80-hour Reading Institutes for Academic Preparation (RIAP) for teachers in all subjects. In math, the EAP program offers a combination of online professional development and a one-day workshop.
Independent evaluations have shown that schools in which more than five teachers have participated in the English workshops or RIAP programs show marked gains in students' college readiness and 11th grade CST scores. Planning for participation by school site teams in EAP professional development should include best practices such as:
- Providing release time for teams of English and math teachers to participate.
- Identifying teachers across subject areas to participate in RIAP.
- Structuring opportunities for participants to share learning with others at the school site.
Taking Advantage of EAP Professional Development in English
ERWC and RIAP are offered as professional development opportunities in English. The four-day ERWC workshops are offered by the CSU in collaboration with county offices of education. When possible, schools should include teams of 11th and 12th grade English teachers for participation.
Most CSU campuses offer a RIAP that provides a professional development program for teachers across content areas and includes an EAP leadership component for teachers. Since evaluations show large impacts when five or more teachers at a school site participate, schools are encouraged to send multidisciplinary teams. Both options are offered at no charge to teachers or districts. RIAP completers receive an honorarium from the CSU.
Taking Advantage of EAP Professional Development in Mathematics
The CSU offers EAP Professional Development in Mathematics in a number of formats in collaboration with county offices of education. In these workshops, participants examine student performance on the ELM and analyze student strengths and needs.
Teachers learn about approaches for increasing and deepening students' mathematics skills. The workshops now include middle and high school teachers, counselors, site administrators, and others involved with EAP. Additional online resources for teachers addressing high school mathematics diagnostic and instructional strategies are available on the CSU Math Success Website.
Checklist: Planning for EAP Teacher Professional Development
- Include EAP professional development in the school site and district staff development plan with leadership roles for teachers who have already participated.
- Provide information to English teachers regarding ERWC workshops.
- Recommend a team of two or more English teachers to participate in ERWC workshops.
- Provide information to all teachers regarding RIAP.
- Recommend an interdisciplinary team to participate in RIAP.
- Provide information to math teachers at all grade levels regarding EAP math professional development workshops.
- Recommend a team of two or more math teachers to participate in EAP math professional development.