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