More than 60 teachers from 19 local school districts participated in Cal Poly Pomona's first Reading Institute for High School Teachers July 12-17.
Reading was identified as one of the major reasons why many students entering the California State University (CSU) system fail to demonstrate proficiency in English. The university's Reading Institute for High School Teachers is a pioneering effort in fashioning meaningful professional development that involves faculty and staff from the English and Education departments. It includes attention to expository writing as well as reading in recognition of the critical role of writing skills in the success of college students.
The Chancellors Office provided funding to a number of CSU campuses, including Cal Poly Pomona, to offer professional development institutes in reading for high school teachers to help improve the preparation of high school students before entering college. These institutes are an essential part of CSUs early assessment and academic preparation effort and are critical to assist teachers in affecting change in the basic skills of entering freshmen.
Throughout the week, teachers went over topics such as state standards and assessments, reading comprehension, academic vocabulary, language and writing. Ultimately, teacher teams worked on and presented instructional classroom activities to promote academic literacy.
The College of Education & Integrative Studies worked in partnership with the following local school districts to offer the reading institute: Baldwin Park Unified School District, Chaffey Joint Union High School District, Charter Oak Unified School District, Chino Valley Unified School District, Corona-Norco Unified School District, El Monte City School District, El Monte Union High School District, Fontana Unified School District, Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, Los Angeles County Office of Education, Montebello Unified School District, Moreno Valley Unified School District, Mountain View Unified School District, Pomona Unified School District, Redlands Unified School District, Rialto Unified School District, Riverside Unified School District, Rowland Unified School District and San Bernardino Unified School District.