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The Cal State Northridge Writing Project

"Adolescents entering the adult world in the 21st century will read and write more than at any other time in human history. They will need advanced levels of literacy to perform their jobs, run their households, act as citizens, and conduct their personal lives."

-Richard Vaca


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Cal State Northridge Writing Project
Kathleen D. Rowlands, Director
Michael D. Eisner College of Education
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8265

Disciplinary Literacies and the California Common Core State Standards

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No matter what your content area--math, social studies, science, ESL, foreign language, art, music, or English--your students need to to read, write, and speak effectively in order to be successful in your subject. In this workshop, you will work with other teachers to explore the links between teaching, literacy, and content area learning. Our goal is to improve student learning by connecting pedagogical practice with disciplinary content.

Will you be ready? The most recent word from the California Department of Education is that the California Common Core State Standards--and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium assessments will be fully implemented by 2016.

In addition to placing greater emphasis on students' ability to use the English language in increasingly complex and proficient ways, the CCCSS explicilty charges ALL teachers with responsibility for developing the specific reading and writing literacies required for disciplinary success.

Teachers in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (mathematics, the arts, world languages, etc.) are now expected to give students reading and writing instruction and experiences aligned with CCCSS expectations.

Our four day workshop will help you prepare for the challenge of these new obligations.

As part of an inquiry group, you will focus on:

  1. understanding the literacy conventions of YOUR discipline.
  2. clarifying the new literacy standards and how to infuse them into your curricula.
  3. recognizing how the literacy work you do in your classroom will be supported and reinforced across all classrooms.
  4. developing strategies and instructional routines that will not only help develop student literacies, but will help students become stronger learners of your content material at the same time.

Meeting Dates, Times, and Location: March 16, March 23, April 20, April 27. All meetings are on Saturdays between 9:00 am and noon in the Michael D. Eisner College of Education at Cal State Northridge. Map HERE.

Cost: $150 includes all materials and a free copy of Subjects Matter. One CEU that may be used toward salary points will be available for an additional $90. CEU paperwork will be available at the first meeting.

How to Enroll :

You can enroll in one of two ways:

You may complete a registration form and mail it with a check for $150 made out to The University Corporation to:
Kathleen Rowlands, Director
Cal State Northridge Writing Project
College of Education #176
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8265


  • You may complete the Online Registration Form.

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