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Continuing Education

[Cancelled] Writing to Learn ‘Across the Curriculum’

Date: 4:30pm - 7:30pm PDT April 2 Location: TBA


Students need to write frequently in all subject matters and grade levels. Not to help out the English/Language Arts teacher, but to increase and deepen students’ learning in social studies, science, health, and math.

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) is a nationwide movement designed to ensure that students have frequent and significant opportunities to write, revise, and discuss their writing in their classes. The basic philosophy behind WAC is that students will learn more and will leave their education as better thinkers and communicators if they write consistently and repeatedly throughout their courses.

The WAC movement has been around for about four decades, and it has thrived at K-12 schools as well as universities across the country. WAC is defined by its decentered pedagogy, moving away from the lecture mode of teaching to a model of active student engagement.

During this course, participants will:

  • Develop three lesson plans based on genre-based writing strategies presented during lessons
  • Write a narrative reflecting on their experiences
  • The Oregon Writing Project (OWP) is a collaboration program between Lewis & Clark and metropolitan or rural area schools and districts, and offers programs designed to improve the writing of Oregon’s K-12 students and teachers. 

Course Information & Registration

Dates: Thursdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2020, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Tom McKenna, MAT

Graduate Continuing Education credit: CEED 839, 1 semester hour, $350
Continuing education credit registration form (PDF)

Noncredit (PDU):  $250. Includes 15 PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%.

For more information, or to register for credit, contact Kelly Novahom at 503-768-6155 or .

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About the Instructor

Tom McKenna, an Oregon Writing Project coach,  taught Social Studies in the Portland Public Schools for 30 years. After retiring from PPS, Tom continued to teach at alternative schools—Portland Youth Builders and Rosemary Anderson High School—while working as an adjunct professor at two local universities—Portland State and the University of Portland.


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