The Community Literacy Program links two courses -- English 491B internship in a "high needs" public K-12 partner school (schedule arranged) and an on-campus seminar that meets MW 10:30-12:20 for which students register as either English 298A (open to all UW students, fulfills "C" or "W" requirement) or as English 498A (senior capstone for English majors).
The Community Literacy Program also counts toward the advanced composition course required for ELA, the field work requirement in the Education, Learning and Society minor, and as observation hours required for application to the UW Masters in Teaching Program.
In Spring 2019, the Community Literacy Program will be taught by CLP founding director Elizabeth Simmons-O'Neill. All UW students are welcome in this program, which focuses on building effective, equitable, inclusive learning communities on and beyond campus, and has created successful campus/K-12 partnerships since 1992. UW students have found the program valuable if they are considering a teaching career, but also if they want to go into health care, law, social work, many other professional fields, or simply want to engage in meaningful ways with a small learning community on campus and with a public school community where their work has a big impact.
Assignments include a service-learning journal, short writing about course texts and themes, a collaborative presentation about students' shared work in a partner school, and an individually designed research project, for which research instruction is provided. The instructor meets with students to discuss drafts and revisions of their major projects. Central course goals include testing theory in practice, engaging in effective, reflective work with public school students and teachers, and learning more about both our own writing and learning processes and the impact of CLP on our academic, career, civic and personal goals. The final assignment sequence is taught in collaboration with the UW Career & Internship Center, and focuses on career-related writing applicable in any field.
There are no prerequisites. Add codes are available from the instructor: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information see https://english.washington.edu/community-literacy-program. Feel free to be in touch with questions related to Community Literacy Program, or to the English Department's public school service-learning partnerships.
Director, Community Literacy Program
Associate Director, Expository Writing Program