In academic year 2018-19, the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, the Institute for Teaching and Learning, and the Center for the Advancement of Instruction in Quantitative Reasoning will provide an array of opportunities to support student success in first-year general education math/quantitative reasoning and written communication courses.
Face-to-face summits, webcasts, and digitally supported professional learning communities will connect CSU faculty, academic and student affairs professionals, and national leaders in higher education.
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By drawing upon students' backgrounds, experiences, and prior knowledges, instructors can create asset-based, equitable learning environments in first-year writing and writing-intensive classrooms. In this interactive webcast, Lisa Tremain, Director of First-Year Writing, and Libbi Miller, Assistant Professor of Secondary Education, of Humboldt State University, integrate two frameworks for teaching and writing program design that use asset-based approaches. These frameworks, culturally-sustaining pedagogies (Paris and Alim, 2017) and teaching for writing knowledge transfer, emphasize explicit teaching and learning, but also risk-taking, inductive thinking, metacognition, and knowledge transformation. Participants will brainstorm and share the strategies that they have used to promote students' knowledge transfer into and beyond the first-year writing classroom, and they will consider how culturally-sustaining pedagogies and teaching for writing knowledge transfer can impact both the classroom space and the broader writing program.
Building upon foundations laid this year for continuous improvement, our Year Two Planning meeting will provide an opportunity for teams from all 23 California State University campuses to analyze progress made in Year One and revise goals for Year Two. The agenda includes sessions for teams to examine campus data and identify achievements and challenges and to set student success and equity goals and create plans to achieve those goals. The event will also include a panel with representation from the Chancellor’s Office, a CSU campus, WestEd, and the Dana Center to discuss observations, expectations, and opportunities that they have observed; lunch round-tables for cross-campus discussion of topics such as sharing responsibility for student success, professional development for instructors and advisors, assessment, evaluation, and research, and the principles and practices of supported course structures; and presentations by CSU faculty, administrators, and staff on Effective Uses of Data and Effective Planning and Communication.