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Professional Development

To promote wide-scale adoption of the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC), the CSU and County Offices of Education are providing professional development for English teachers at a variety of locations across the state. Since the introduction of the ERWC in 2004, more than 2,200 teachers have participated in these workshops and piloted the ERWC modules. The four-day series, which includes a two-day workshop in the late summer or fall and two follow-up days (one in fall and another in spring), provides teachers with a theoretical understanding of the ERWC, outlines the benefits of the course for students and school personnel, and offers pragmatic strategies for using the course materials to teach each module. Although districts are responsible for the cost of substitutes, the workshops are free of charge for eligible teachers.


All the elements of academic literacy—reading, writing, listening, speaking, critical thinking, use of technology, and habits of mind that foster academic success—are expected of entering freshmen across all college disciplines.

Academic Literacy: A Statement of Competencies Expected of Students Entering California's Public Colleges and Universities

Those who attend the professional development series receive all of the course materials and are eligible to teach the modules, either as a separate year-long course, one semester course, or as part of their established curriculum. If you are interested in attending an introductory workshop, please click here for a complete schedule and online registration. For more information, please contact Nancy Brynelson, Co-Director, California State University Center for the Advancement of Reading. All 11th- and 12th-grade English teachers, as well as AVID teachers, are invited.

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Last Updated: July 09, 2007