Community Literacy Program (CLP) is an 8 credit program linking English 298 and Education 401. Nearly 1000 UW students have participated in CLP since it began in 1992. The program welcomes students at any stage of your educational career and from any major. CLP students are often interested in careers in education, and CLP students have gone on to teach in K-12 and higher education across the United States and in several countries. Many CLP students have also gone on to careers in public policy, law, social work, Anthropology, Medicine and more. And some students choose CLP because of the small class size, individual conferences with the instructor, opportunity to advance career and major planning, or because of a commitment to put what you’re learning on campus into meaningful action.
English 298A will be taught by CLP Director Elizabeth Simmons-O’Neill. Students meet twice weekly on campus (MW 10:30-12:20) in a writing-intensive seminar focused on learning effective methods of working with Pre-K and elementary school students, exploring some central challenges and opportunities for public education (including early childhood education and out-of-school literacy organizations) and using writing and presentation to inquire into, develop and communicate your thinking about these issues. Students meet in conference with the instructor to discuss drafts of essays. Writing projects focused on education-related careers and Teacher Education Program applications will be offered in partnership with the UW Career Center and College of Education. English 298 may be used toward either the UW “C” (composition) or the “W” (additional writing) requirement.
In Education 401C students put what you learn on campus into action, volunteering (4-5 hours a week, on a schedule you arrange) in one of our partner programs, all located in the Lake City neighborhood in north Seattle: Head Start Pre-K at Olympic Hills, Olympic Hills Elementary School and Jackson Park Youth Tutoring Program (an afterschool program located at Seattle Housing Authority’s Jackson Park community). Education 401 may be used toward the field work requirement or as an elective in the Education, Learning and Society Minor, and provides documentation of school-based experience for application to Teacher Education programs.