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
Academic Literacy: A Statement of Competencies
Expected of Students Entering California's Public Colleges and Universities
To promote college-readiness across California, the CSU and County Offices of Education partner to provide professional learning workshops for English teachers in locations throughout the state. The CSU Office of the Chancellor's Center for the Advancement of Reading coordinates these offerings in collaboration with the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association's Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee. Those who attend the four-day ERWC professional learning series become certified ERWC teachers, receive all course materials for free, gain access to the ERWC's vibrant Online Community, and are eligible to teach the 12th grade course or the curriculum in grades 7-11. If you are interested in attending a high school professional learning series, you can register here. For information on available middle school workshops, contact your County Regional Lead or CSU Early Assessment Program Coordinator.
High School Workshop Description
The four-day professional learning workshop series introduces high school English teachers to the ERWC materials and familiarizes them with the ERWC's integrated approach to rhetorical reading and writing. Workshops occur throughout the year (see current schedule). Aligned with the California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy, the ERWC emphasizes in-depth reading and writing of expository, analytical, and argumentative texts in a variety of genres. Collaboratively developed by a group of CSU faculty, high school teachers, and high school administrators, the ERWC's rich and detailed yet adaptable resources help students develop the academic literacy skills necessary for success in college, career and community.