Winter 2012 Community Literacy Program

28 Oct


* helping public school students succeed?

* getting real world experience to help you choose a major or a career path?

* completing classroom hours for the Education, Learning and Society Minor

or for application to a Masters in Teaching program?

* improving your research, writing, and collaborative learning and

presentation skills?

* Are you looking for an opportunity (in the words of Paul Farmer) to “use

what you learn to transform yourself and your community”?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Community Literacy Program may be just what you’re looking for.

HOW THE COMMUNITY LITERACY PROGRAM WORKS: Community Literacy Program (CLP) is an 8 credit program linking English 298A and Education 401C. In English

298 you’ll meet on campus MW 10:30-12:20 in a writing-intensive seminar focused on learning effective methods of working with public school students in language arts, exploring some central challenges and opportunities for public education, and using writing to inquire into, develop and communicate your thinking about these issues. English 298A is taught by CLP Director Elizabeth Simmons-O’Neill in collaboration with College of Education Language Arts faculty member Karen Mikolasy. In EDUC 401C you’ll put what you learn on campus into action, volunteering (4-5 hours a week, on a schedule you arrange) at one of our partner public schools in Seattle or

Shoreline: Olympic Hills Elementary, Aki Kurose Middle School or Shorecrest High School.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: To sign up for the Community Literacy Program, contact the Director, Dr. Elizabeth Simmons-O’Neill

( for an Education 401C add code. Once you are registered in Education 401C, you will be able to register for the required linked course, English 298A. English 298 can be used toward either the UW’s 10-credit “W” requirement or the 5 credit “Composition” requirement.

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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