Community Literacy Program is an 8 credit program linking English 298A with Education 401C. This linked pair of courses offers an opportunity for UW students considering careers in education or related fields to gain crucial school-based experience working in partnership with high-needs programs in nearby public schools.
English 298A will be taught by English faculty member and Community Literacy Program Director Elizabeth Simmons-O’Neill. UW students will meet twice weekly on campus (MW 10:30-12:20) in a writing-intensive seminar focused on learning effective methods of working with K-8 students, exploring some central challenges and opportunities for public education (including the transition to English Language Arts Common Core Standards) and using writing and presentation to inquire into, develop and communicate your thinking about these issues. Workshops on Readers/Writers Workshop and book-making will be offered by Seattle Public Schools literacy specialist Gina LaPorta and UW Pipeline Director Christine Stickler. 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 faculty member Karen Mikolasy. English 298 may be used toward the UW “C” (composition) or “W” (additional writing) requirements.
In EDUC 401, students will put what they learn on campus into action, volunteering (4-5 hours a week, on a schedule students arrange) in one of our partner schools: Olympic Hills Elementary School and Eckstein Middle School. Education 401 (3 credits, C/NC) 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.
To register or with questions: contact the ! Community Literacy Program Director Elizabeth Simmons-O’Neill (firstname.lastname@example.org) for an Education 401C add code. Once you are registered in Education 401C, you will have access to registering for the linked English 298A.