Community Literacy Program (CLP): A, B, C…

16 Feb

 …1, 2, 3!

 As students at a top-ranked research University, we know the importance of critical reading. We know the toil and anguish that comes with writer’s block the night before a research paper is do; the frantic reading of fifteen chapters before a final. Reading and writing at the UW, however, can travel back in time to Romano Quimby, The Hardy Boys, The Boxcar Children, Goosebumps, and so many other gems of our childhood! By helping an elementary student develop critical reading skills, you can make such an impact in a person’s life- and not even on an ambiguous level.

 Take a chance on your 10-yr old self that is waiting to break free from Freud, Aristotle, and Shakespeare. Join CLP for a fascinating spring quarter!

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS: Community Literacy Program (CLP) is an 8 credit program linking two courses: English 198A and Education 401C. In English 198A you’ll meet twice weekly on campus, MW 12:30-2:20, in a writing-intensive seminar focused on effective methods of working with elementary school children, on some central challenges and opportunities for public education, on ways to understand and be meaningfully involved in the lives of children and schools, and on using writing to inquire into, develop and communicate your thinking about these issues. In EDUC 401, you’ll put what you learn on campus into action, volunteering (4-5 hours a week, on a schedule you arrange) in one of our partner Seattle public elementary schools: Thornton Creek @ Decatur (AE2), Olympic Hills Elementary or The New School @ Columbia. There are UW undergraduate Head Tutors/Peer Mentors at each of our partner schools, who, along with the instructor, are available to support CLP students in all aspects of the program.

PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS: The Community Literacy Program welcomes students at any stage of their UW careers, and typically includes students from freshmen to seniors, and from a wide variety of majors and interests. Some are upper division students who want to investigate career directions in teaching, social work, counseling, social justice, policy studies, law or pediatric medicine. Some are lower division students looking for a connection between experience and academic learning to help them decide on a major. Some are looking for a small seminar-style course, for an engaging way to earn a “W” or “Composition” credit or, in the words of Dr. Paul Farmer, for a way to “use what you learn to transform yourselves and your community.” CLP is also an excellent way to work toward the classroom experience necessary for the Education, Learning and Society minor, or for applying to Masters in Teaching programs. CLP alums have gone on to teach in Washington, California, Oregon, New York, Hawaii, Brazil, Mexico and beyond.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: To sign up for the Community Literacy Program, register for EDUC 401C (SLN 12581) and then English 198A (SLN 12768). UW students can take up to 15 credits of English 198, and can count it toward either the “W” or the “Composition” requirement, so you’re welcome to sign up for CLP even if you’ve already taken a writing link. No add codes are required for periods 1 and 2.

QUESTIONS? Additional information is available at the program web site: Please feel free to get in touch with the director, Dr. Elizabeth Simmons-O’Neill, if you’ve got questions.


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