Winter quarter “C” / “W” course + internship: Community Literacy Program

The Community Literacy Program (CLP) links English 298A with English 491C (Internship).This linked pair of courses offers an opportunity for UW students from all majors and at all stages! of their UW careers to complete “C” and “W” requirements in a small interactive learning community. CLP is also a great way for students considering teaching careers to get crucial school-based experience.

English 298A will be taught by English faculty member and Community Literacy Program Director Elizabeth Simmons-O’Neill. CLP students meet twice weekly on campus (MW 11:30-1:20) in a seminar focused on learning effective methods of working with public school students, exploring some central challenges and opportunities for public education, and using writing and presentation to inquire into, develop and communicate their thinking about these issues. Career-related writing projects will be offered in partnership with the UW Career Center. As an Interdisciplinary Writing Program (IWP) course, English 298 may be used toward either the UW “C” (composition) or “W” (additional writing) requirement. UW students may take up to 3 IWP c! ourses, so students who have previously taken an IWP or other ! ‘Composition’ course are welcome to register for Community Literacy Program.

In English 491C (C/NC), students will put what they learn on campus into action, volunteering (4-5 hours a week, on a schedule students arrange) in a CLP partner public school. 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 for application to Teacher Education programs.

To request add codes or with questions: contact the Community Literacy Program Director Elizabeth Simmons-O’Neill (

Here are comments from a few recent Community Literacy Programs students and public school partners:

“My eyes have been opened. Many people don’t realize the complexity; they just assume their kids go to school and things are good. I am a different person because of this class.” –CLP Stude! nt, Senior, Business

“The career-related writing sequence was so beneficial. We used the skills, knowledge and experience we learned from CLP and applied them to our future careers and/or further education. It was so helpful to learn how to use skills gained via this course instead of thinking it was just another course @ UW.” –- CLP student, Pre-Health Sciences

“CLP was truly an unparallelled success in my learning here at UW. Never have I experienced a wider range of issues, attitudes, beliefs and people. My new found appreciation for and understanding of education and society stems directly from my experience with CLP and the help, guidance and motivation of Elizabeth.” — CLP student, International Studies

“The combination of classroom experience and a wide variety of reflections really pulled everything together and made it feel extremely meaningful. It made me fully aware of what and how I was learning, and the effect it was having on my work in! the partner school classrooms.” — CLP student, English
“I wish! I’d known about the CLPreader when I switched from an expensive private school. It covers much of what every new teacher to the school district should read: journal articles and information on school testing, classroom issues, diversity, economic and health issues, students of poverty and much more. It has taken me thirty years working with a wide variety of students and avidly reading about educational issues to work as effectively as I do, and Dr. Simmons-O’Neill has distilled that reading and experience into the CLP class and its reader, sending out students who are strong and effective helpers in the classroom.” – CLP Partner School Librarian


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