Reading and Writing in the Disciplines

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Reading and writing in the disciplines

Programming Overview

Reading and Writing in the Disciplines is a bold new multiple certificate pathway and engagement practice designed to meet the ongoing needs of reading and writing instruction for all disciplines. These programs are done as a mixture of fully-online, self-paced courses, or webinars. Please note a consultation and teaching artifact submission are asked for both certificates. 

Writing in the Disciplines Certificate on Hold and All-New Program!  

Starting this Fall 2020 Semester, join our new program launch of Active Learning Online: Reading Apprenticeship! This new program is specifically for supporting faculty in leveraging their reading in classes through Active Learning Strategies and the Reading Apprenticeship Framework. See below for more details. 

For the Fall 2020 Semester our Writing in the Disciplines Certificate Program is currently on hold. Please look for its hybrid return! 

 

Reading and Writing in the Disciplines: Our Approach

Every year CETL receives many requests from faculty from all different disciplines for support and best practices on reading and writing instruction in their field. In response, our CETL Faculty Fellow for Reading and Writing, Dr. Margaret Finnegan, who has helped us develop two new certificate series that will introduce you to best writing practices and provide tips for lightening the grading load. 

Dr. Finnegan has worked at Cal State LA for over 15 years and received her PhD in History from UCLA. Her work has appeared in American Quarterly, College Composition and Communication, The Los Angeles Times and other publications. She is also the author of Selling Suffrage: Consumer Culture and Votes for Women (Columbia University Press) and her middle-grade novel We Could Be Heroes is forthcoming from Atheneum Books for Young Readers. With her diverse experiences and scholarly practice, Margaret has honed the best and most practical strategies to approach reading and writing at the university level.

We strongly encourage any faculty who assigns reading or writing in their class to join us in this important work!

Consults and Office Hours

To support faculty in completing this program Dr. Finnegan will hold weekly office hours in Fall 2020. Her hours will be Mondays from 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm all semester in the CELT Virtual Support Room. You can also schedule an appointment with her or a CETL instructional designer by emailing us [email protected]

Active Learning Online: Reading Apprenticeship Workshops and Descriptions

This pathway consists of 6 workshops. One required Initial Workshop and 5 Elective Active Learning Teaching Practice, or shorter workshops. You'll need to complete the one initial workshop and 3 of the 5 other electives to qualify for the final practice and certificate. 

To complete the program and earn the certificate, faculty should expect to:

  • Participate in at least 4 Active Learning Online: Reading Apprenticeship workshops.
  • Choose one of the RA strategies that you learn. 
  • Create a video of you introducing and then modeling the strategy.
  • Create a Canvas assignment or discussion board that asks students to use the strategy themselves. You should embed the video you made into the assignment or discussion board. 
  • Submit your completed assignment or discussion board.
  • Do an exit interview/consultation with a CETL staff member.

Active Learning and the Reading Apprenticeship Framework (prerequisite for all workshops in this series)

Threshold Writing Concepts

This webinar provides an overview of the RA model and how we’ve internalized it at Cal State LA. Instructors will learn about the 4 dimensions of reading and practice using one of our favorite Active Learning Reading techniques, the Think Aloud!

Workshop Duration: 1.5 Hours

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Creating Safe & Collaborative Learning Environments 

Feedback that Counts

This active webinar will introduce instructors to the best ways to make reading part of the culture of your course. In this demonstration and practice, we will model how to do a classroom community agreement and reading list, to provide appropriate and safe conditions for teaching reading.

Workshop Duration: 45-minutes

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Evidence Interpretation Charts

Not your Grandma's Grammar WorkshopThis active webinar will introduce instructors to a best practice for making reading into an active process of understanding and reflection. In this demonstration and practice, we will model how to use Evidence Interpretations Charts with readings; both individually and collaboratively.
 

Getting the GIST

Creating Significant Writing Assignments This active webinar will introduce instructors to the power and struggle of making summaries. In this demonstration and practice, we will model how to use the GIST summary strategy as a more dynamic and reflective way to summarize texts both with and for students.
 

Just the Facts

Working with EvidenceThis active webinar will introduce instructors to the best ways to make reading an active process for students. In this demonstration and practice, we will model how to preview readings with your students as well as how to use reciprocal teaching to add to layers of understanding and reading accountability.
 
Workshop Duration:45-minutes

Registration link coming soon!
 

Talking to the Text

Working with EvidenceThis active webinar will introduce instructors to a best practice for making reading an active and metacognitive process. This webinar explicitly focuses on highlighting the Expert/Novice divide when it comes to reading.
 
Workshop Duration:45-minutes

Registration link coming soon!

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Writing in the Disciplines Workshops and Descriptions

This pathway consists of 5 workshops. All workshops are required but focus on techniques for assigning writing and addressing feedback and grading. 

To complete the program and earn the certificate, faculty should expect to:

  • Attend and participate in all five workshops.
  • Incorporate best reading and writing practices into your syllabus/course schedule.
  • Incorporate best reading and writing practices into ONE assignment.
  • Conference at least once with CETL staff about what you've done. 

Threshold Writing Concepts (prerequisite for all workshops in this series)

Threshold Writing Concepts

Threshold concepts get at the heart of not only what you know in a discipline, but how you think and act in one. Unpack key threshold writing concepts and learn how you can use them—paired with your disciplinary expertise--to help students with metacognition, transfer of knowledge, and real-world writing situations.

Workshop Duration: 1.5 Hours

Feedback that Counts

Feedback that Counts

Drowning in papers? Learn best practices for responding meaningfully to student writers without sacrificing your sanity or writing integrity. Please bring a student writing sample to practice on!

Workshop Duration: 1.5 Hours

Not your Grandma’s Grammar Workshop

Not your Grandma's Grammar WorkshopTired of playing the grammar cop? Drawing on meta-analyses of grammar and writing instruction, this workshop shares tips and activities for helping students (and graders) deal with grammar demons.
 
Workshop Duration: 1.5 Hours

Making Writing Matter

Creating Significant Writing AssignmentsResearch suggests that students find writing assignments meaningful when they foster personal agency, build social engagement, and provide opportunities for knowledge transfer. Learn how to design assignments that leverage these powerful factors and improve student learning. Please bring a writing assignment that you think might be ready for updating.
 
Workshop Duration: 1.5 Hours

Just the Facts

Working with EvidenceAre your students struggling with choosing and using evidence? We’ve got you covered. This workshop provides active-learning strategies for helping students identify credible sources, select relevant evidence, and integrate quotations, paraphrases and summaries into writing.
 
Workshop Duration: 1.5 Hours

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Certificates & Transcripts

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Complete the CETL Faculty Development Transcript request form.