A task force of high school and CSU faculty has developed the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC), a full-year college preparatory English course for high school seniors. The ERWC is aligned with the California English-Language Arts Content Standards and addresses critical reading and writing problems identified by the CSU English Placement Test Committee.
The goals are the ERWC are to help students succeed in three important areas:
- Meeting the requirements of the California English-Language Arts Content Standards;
- Attaining the standards of the CSU English Placement Test; and
- Achieving the expectations of college and university faculty.
Course assignments, organized into 12 modules and based primarily 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 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. Register for the ERWC 12th Grade professional learning series here:
Mathematical Reasoning with Connections (MRWC) is a new fourth year high school mathematics course designed to prepare students for the expectations and rigor of college mathematics courses. It reinforces and builds on mathematical topics and skills developed in Integrated 1-3 (or Algebra 1-2 and Geometry) and is designed as a bridge to college mathematics courses required in either STEM and non-STEM majors. MRWC is intended as a 4th year option for any student who has successfully completed Integrated 1-3 (or Algebra 1-2 and Geometry) and is planning to enter a college or university.
Key features of the MRWC curriculum design:
- Course has a-g area "c" UC/CSU approval.
- Reorganizes the traditional pathway of topics to emphasize the connections between algebra, geometry,
trigonometry, statistics, etc.
- Embeds the Mathematical Practices as an integral part of the curriculum.
- Uses mathematical puzzle activities as an educational discovery and engagement strategy.
- Promotes flexible and strategic thinking and critique of reasoning of self and others.
The unique team approach consists of 2 teachers (minimum), 1 coach, 1 counselor, and 1 site administrator and/or district administrator through a 20 days of professional learning spread over a year. Download the MRWC Key Principles to learn more of this unique professional learning. Schools interested in joining an MRWC may email Dr. Lilian Metlitzky at firstname.lastname@example.org.