In December 2016, the Fresno County Office of Education (FCOE) was selected as one of three FY 2016 grantees for the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) Validation Grant. The $11.9 million award will enable the expansion and refinement of the California State University’s Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC). The ERWC was initially published in 2008 and has been adopted throughout California by nearly 700 high schools.1
“The Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) is an innovative high school English course ‘that effectively integrates multiple theories from the fields of reading comprehension, rhetoric, literacy, and composition to foster college readiness, academic literacy development, and literate identity formation at the high school level” (Katz, Brynelson, & Edlund, 2013, p. 978). Taken together, the ERWC fosters abilities referred to as rhetorical literacies.2 The ERWC helps students avoid remediation in English in their first year of college, addressing a significant challenge with 27.5% of first-time freshmen at the California State University identified as needing this remediation.
With the award from the U.S. Department of Education i3 Validation grant program, the ERWC will be expanded to serve 12th grade students in addition to 11th grade students. In addition, the ERWC will be scaled within California and into Washington. The FCOE grant application abstract and full narrative are available online on the U.S. Department of Education Office of Innovation & Improvement website.
GPG is proud to have provided support to the FCOE and CSU team in their pursuit of this grant and their efforts to improve the college and career readiness of high school students in California and Washington.
1. Expository Reading and Writing Course”. California State University. https://www.calstate.edu/eap/englishcourse/ ↩
2. Fresno County Office of Education i3 FY 2016 Validation Application Narrative. https://innovation.ed.gov/files/2016/12/fceNAR.pdf ↩