• Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC)

    ERWC is a curriculum written by CSU faculty, high school teachers, and school administrators to better prepare twelfth grade students for the rigor of college writing. It focuses on rhetorical writing strategies with a focus on expository texts and authentic writing tasks. (For more information, click here).


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    In an effort to support the greater Bay Area in preparing students for college, the Alameda County Office of Education proudly serves as the Region IV ERWC lead. We support seven counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Solano, San Francisco, and San Mateo in certifying 12th grade teachers to teach this course, as well as all other secondary-level teachers in implementing modules that are aligned to ERWC. We also offer trainings for teachers who would like a refresher and updates on the curriculum.

    COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the recent pandemic and subsequent Shelter in Place directive, the requirements for ERWC teachers have changed:

    • Teachers new to ERWC who will be teaching it in Fall 2020 can be granted access to the online curriculum (please contact Maria Vlahiotis at mvlahiotis@acoe.org)
    • Their students will receive ERWC credit for earning a C- or above in the course if Maria Vlahiotis (mvlahiotis@acoe.org) is provided with the teachers' names and contact information, which she will then pass along to the CSU
    • These teachers must agree to professional learning in Fall 2020 (what this will look like has yet to be determined)
    • Note: the curriculum cannot be sold under any format
    • Note: the curriculum (including lessons derived from it) must be posted on a password-protected site ONLY
    • The recommendation is that these teachers partner with a veteran ERWC teacher, if possible, for support
    • FOR ALL ERWC TEACHERS: The CSU has released a two-minute video with instructions on how to access materials on ERWC virtual instruction

    Wondering how the Expository Reading and Writing Course helps 12th graders in their first year at a CSU?

  • Contact Us

    Maria Vlahiotis Maria Vlahiotis
    Program Director, Language & Literacy
    (510) 670-4239
    mvlahiotis@acoe.org