A component of the Writing Initiative this year is to make connections with the area high schools that send students to the college.
The Writing Initiative's Connections involves collaborating with area schools to share the best practices in teaching writing across disciplines.
This connection to other schools should help PCCC increase student success by providing coordination prior to and after their PCCC experiences. We also hope to provide faculty and staff development opportunities that support student success.
Research shows that integration of critical thinking and writing skills into all classrooms helps student performance and understanding of the discipline being taught. The Initiative has created Faculty Institutes for PCCC faculty that offer hands-on, collaborative activities designed to strengthen the integration of critical thinking and writing skills in general educations courses. Teachers earn classroom action-research activities and strategies for gaining immediate feedback on student learning.
The Initiative team will hold two 2-day seminars for area high school teachers in any discipline who are interested in fostering writing across the disciplines.
The first of these will be next week - June 28 & 29 - with a second event on August 23 & 24.
During the 2010-2011 academic year, we plan to spread those connections to to the 4-year colleges where our students often matriculate after completing their Associate degrees.
For more on the Connections program, go to http://pccc.libguides.com/connection