Professional Development

Expository Reading and Writing Courses (ERWC)

The ERWC is a college preparatory, rhetoric-based English language arts course for grade 12 designed to develop academic literacy (advanced proficiency in rhetorical and analytical reading, writing, and thinking). The ERWC also offers curriculum for grades 7-11, with four extended modules per grade level.


Middle School Session - 8/8/17, 8/9/17, 10/5/17 & 11/16/17 

The ERWC units provide students with challenging and engaging expository readings on topics such as Social Networking, Helicopter Parenting, and the Impact of Celebrities on society. These units include well-designed, research-based strategies that support students with reading informative and argumentative texts, synthesizing information from a variety of sources, and writing both explanatory and argumentative essays. Details and registration for this session can be found here


High School Session - 8/8/17, 8/9/17, 10/13/17 & 12/1/17

High School Expository Reading and Writing lessons were designed by high school educators and CSU English faculty to help high school seniors develop CSU entry-level skills in English. Details and registration are at this link


High School Returning Teacher Course - 8/7/17

This one day workshop is for English teachers who have previously participated in professional learning for the ERWC. A guided exploration and explanation of the new template and the revised and updated 12th grade course, plus more! Check out this link for details and registration.  


Early Assessment Program - College Readiness Unconference: Partnering for Student Success - 10/12/17

San Francisco State University and San Mateo County Office of Education are partnering to offer counselors and college readiness experts an opportunity to discuss changes to Early Advancement Placement, increase college readiness in English and Math, and so much more. This will be a forum where participants will drive the topic. Please feel free to email college readiness and CSU-based questions to  We want your ideas and questions to drive the agenda! Click herefor details and registration.