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The High School Connection: Bridging the Gap Between High School and College

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The High School Connection: Bridging the Gap Between High School and College

  1. 1. The Writing Connection: Bridging the Gap between High School and College <br />Passaic County Community College’s “Connections” program to work with area high school teachers across disciplines to create varied opportunities in writing-to-learn rather than the traditional learning-to-write approach that might apply only to the English classroom.<br />
  2. 2. The Writing Connection: Bridging the Gap between High School and College<br />Two Year College English AssociationWashington, DC - November 2010<br />
  3. 3. Who – about us<br />Why – the rationale<br />What – the activities<br />How – lessons learned<br />Continuing the connections<br />
  4. 4. Who<br />
  5. 5. About Us<br />Ken Ronkowitz – Director of the Writing Initiative (Title V Grant)<br />Alexandra Della Fera – Professor of English<br />Elizabeth Nesius – Coordinator of the Writing Center<br />
  6. 6. About PCCC<br />Main Campus - Paterson, NJ <br />with 3 satellite campuses<br />Total enrollment 10,000+<br />Past Year - 9% increase; 36% online growth<br />Enrollment <br />64.4% Basic Skills<br />20.0% ESL<br />15.6% College Level<br />
  7. 7. About PCCC<br />Top 5 Degree Programs<br />A.A. Humanities 16.5%<br />A.A.S. Nurse Education 13.9%<br />A.S. Business / Accounting 7.6%<br />A.A. Criminal Justice 6.8%<br />A.S. Human Services 6.5%<br />Graduation Requirements include<br />One or two writing intensive courses<br />College Writing Exam<br />
  8. 8. Why<br />
  9. 9. About the Writing Initiative<br />5 Year, Dept of Ed. Title V Grant to improve writing<br />Build college-level writing center<br />Design 20 writing intensive GenEd courses across disciplines (40 course sections)<br />Incorporate writing, critical thinking & information literacy<br />ePortfolios<br />Year 3: Connecting with county high schools and Year 4: area four-year colleges <br />
  10. 10. The Connections<br />4-year colleges where PCCC students often matriculate<br />Dual enrollment program<br />Connecting to other writing programs and writing centers, especially at community colleges<br />Sending county high schools<br />
  11. 11. What<br />
  12. 12. Activities: Big Ideas<br />Teachers as Writers<br />Process<br />Writing to Learn<br />Learning to Write<br />Reflection<br />NCTE Beliefs about the Teaching of Writing www.ncte.org<br />
  13. 13. Teachers as Writers<br />Bluebook writing exercise on feedback experiences in our own lives<br />Quotations<br />Blogs and Wikis<br />
  14. 14. Process<br />Pre-Seminar Questions<br />Visual Prompts<br />Best lessons<br />Lessons in Progress<br />Grammar Interactive Sites<br />
  15. 15. Writing to Learn<br />Blogs<br />Instant Messaging<br />Facebook<br />Website Creation<br />
  16. 16. Learning to Write<br />Email exercise<br />audience, purpose, point of view<br />Rubrics<br />Holistic Grading Session<br />
  17. 17. Reflections<br />Portfolio work<br />Reflecting on the teacher as writer<br />Reflecting on how we teach writing<br />
  18. 18. HowLessons Learned<br />
  19. 19. Limitations in the High Schools<br />Limited technology<br />In many places, technology unavailable due to budget or unavailable to students at home<br />Restrictions on websites that can be accessed within schools<br />But…<br />Faculty were still interested in incorporating more technology into their classes<br />They were creative in coming up with solutions or end-runs around technology problems<br />
  20. 20. Limitations in the High Schools<br />Unable to access their campuses during summer<br />Invitations sent to school emails may not have been received.<br />For the second institute: Faculty were unable to test links on campus to gauge access capabilities.<br />But…<br />Many responded to mailed invitations.<br />The links are still provided to them (on the LibGuide) for use when they get back to school.<br />Some faculty had tried similar things and were able to guess at access capabilities<br />
  21. 21. Challenges / Solutions<br />Most respondents were English and social studies teachers<br />Asking teachers to do pre-institute activities was unsuccessful<br />Coming up with session topics – managing time<br />Second Institute: targeted non-humanities departments<br />Possibly contact faculty earlier in the school year<br />Used survey results from the first Institute to inform plans for second <br />
  22. 22. Challenges / Solutions<br />4. Their shared materials were limited<br />In some cases, only hard copies were available<br />Some brought no copies and instead described the materials<br />4. Have faculty send materials with their application<br />Request digital copies in advance so that copies could be made for all<br />
  23. 23. Challenges / Solutions<br />5. Tended to form “cliques” when multiple people came from the same school<br />6. Some personalities dominated<br />5. Tried to choose faculty from a variety of schools<br />Arranged seating to encourage collaboration with new people<br />6. Used “classroom management” techniques<br />
  24. 24. Most popular topics<br />Teachers as writers<br />Using prompts (visual, audio…)<br />Critical thinking activities<br />Portfolios and reflection in the classroom<br />Sharing college level writing and materials<br />Topics suggested for future sessions<br />Technology for writing (blogs, portfolios, podcasts…)<br />Sample materials and lesson plans, especially for writing assignments<br />Survey Results<br />
  25. 25. Additional Benefits Noted<br />Learning about the approaches to writing at other schools<br />Sharing ideas and lessons and getting feedback on them<br />Hearing about the problems other schools face (and that they’re not so different)<br />
  26. 26. Continuing the Connections…<br />Possibility of going into high schools to offer professional development workshops<br />Writing at 4-Year Colleges<br />Other community college writing initiatives – you?<br />
  27. 27. Contact: writingcenter@pccc.edu<br />Presentation and Resourceshttp://pccc.libguides.com/connectionhttp://pcccwriting.blogspot.com<br />

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