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The Cal State Northridge Writing Project

"Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity.... For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right.... Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential. "

― Kofi Annan


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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

Unlocking Literacy: Understanding the Reading-Writing Connection

academic writing imageThe California Common Core State Standards have put a renewed focus on content-area literacy. Words and phrases like rigor and text complexity, text types and purposes, and interdisciplinary approach, along with the expectations that come with the types of writing included in the standards, can be intimidating.

In (Re)Imagining Content-Area Literacy Instruction, Roni Jo Draper writes, “Change begins with imagination. Just as the composition of a poem begins with the imagination of the author, change in classroom instruction must begin with the imagination of teachers.”

The standards provide us with the framework and the freedom to do great things with students. Unlocking a better understanding of literacy helps us adjust to the changes in our educational environment.

For most of us, this means that we will be working with more texts and different texts, both the texts our students read and the ones they create themselves. This open institute will create a space for inquiry into reading and writing, into literacy as it applies to our content in our classrooms. Embedded in this inquiry are discussions focused on formative assessment, content-area literacy, and analytical writing.

When: July 8-July 10, 2013 (9:00 am-3:00 pm) and Saturday, September 28, 2013 (9:00 am- 3:00 pm.
Where: The Michael D. Eisner College of Education, Room 3117. See MAP.
How much? $300 includes a Continental Breakfast each morning and all materials. Schools can purchase multiple registrations by using a P.O.
What else? Three CEUs will be available for purchase through Tseng College for $270. Registration information will be available at the first meeting.

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Please note: In order to complete your registration, you need to complete the form below for EACH participant (it will turn blank when it has recorded your information), and pay with a credit card via, or mail a check made out to The University Corporation for $300.00 per registration to:

Kathleen Rowlands, Director
Cal State Northridge Writing Project
College of Education #176
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8265