Undergrads: Spring quarter Community Literacy Program: English 298A + 491B = “C” or “W” course + internship exploring the transformative potential of public education

English 298A + English 491B = the Community Literacy Program, an opportunity for students at any stage of your UW career and from any major to combine on-campus learning (for “C” or “W” credit)  with an internship putting your learning into practice working with students in a “high needs” public elementary, middle or high school.

In English 298A (5 credits) students will meet twice weekly on campus (MW 10:30-12:20) in a writing-intensive course focused on understanding and responding to difference and inequality, learning effective inclusive methods of working with each other and with public school students, and exploring some central challenges and opportunities for transformative public education.  We’ll use discussion, writing and presentation to inquire into, develop, and communicate our thinking about these issues as they relate to our academic, personal, civic and career goals. The final assignment sequence will be career-related writing, taught in collaboration with the UW Career Center.

In English 491B (C/NC; 3 credits) you put what you learn on campus into action, volunteering (4-5 hours a week, on a schedule you arrange) at one of our partner public schools.  English 491B will appear on your transcript as an internship. English 491 may be used toward the field work requirement or as an elective in the Education, Learning and Society Minor, and provides documentation of school-based experience needed for application to Teacher Education programs.

For add codes and with questions: contact instructor Elizabeth Simmons-O’Neill, esoneill@uw.edu

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