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In 2003, a task force of a dozen high school teachers and administrators and California State University (CSU) faculty members began developing the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC)--a rigorous, rhetorically based, full-year college preparatory English course for high school seniors designed to support college-readiness in English for California's diverse students. The course was published by The California State University Press (1st edition, 2008; 2nd edition 2013) and has currently been adopted by upwards of 700 comprehensive high schools throughout the state. Notably, the ERWC aligns with the California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy, addresses critical academic literacy challenges identified by the CSU English Placement Test Committee and ICAS (the Intersegmental Committee of the Academic Senates of the three segments of public higher education in California), and successfully prepares students to meet the academic demands and expectations of college and university faculty.

The course's 12 modules, which include a wide variety of expository texts and some literature, emphasize the in-depth study of expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing. The University of California (UC) has approved the ERWC for area B credit (of the A-G requirements), and the Course meets college preparatory requirements for both the UC and the CSU.

To promote wide-scale adoption of the ERWC, the CSU partners closely with County Offices of Education to provide professional learning for English teachers in their local regions. The four-day professional learning workshop series, spread over a two- to four-month period, includes all course materials and access to the ERWC's vibrant Online Community. Workshops provide teachers with theoretical as well as practical understandings of the ERWC, familiarize teachers with the many benefits of the course for students and school personnel, offer pragmatic strategies for using course materials to teach each module, and provide teachers generative tools for developing their own ERWC-style modules around texts of their own choosing. Although districts are responsible for the cost of substitutes, the workshops are free of charge for eligible high school teachers. In addition to the full course for grade 12, four supplementary modules per grade for grades 7-8 and 9-11 are also now available. Teachers who attend the high school workshop series will automatically receive access to the grades 9-11 materials. Grades 7-8 teachers interested in using the ERWC curriculum can attend an 18-hour workshop specifically designed for middle school educators. Contact your County Regional Lead or CSU Early Assessment Program Coordinator for more information on high school and middle school workshops.

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