The Early Credit High School Program in Composition (ECHSP) offers seniors in selected high schools across Rhode Island the chance to study college level composition and to receive college credit for their efforts. In the ECHSP, seniors take Writing & Rhetoric's college composition course, WRT 104. Upon completion, they receive a URI transcript showing they have completed this three-credit course. The three credits may be applied at URI towards the completion of the communications requirement in the general education program, or the credits are usually transferable at other collegiate institutions.
The ECHSP Composition course is exactly the same as the composition course that is taught in Kingston to students who are enrolled full-time at URI. However, as part of the High School Program, the course is taught by a specially trained high school English teacher and is delivered in the high school setting within the regular school day. Students pay a registration fee to participate and they may have to purchase texts.
The high school teachers who participate in this program are committed to the teaching of writing as a distinct discipline. They stay in touch with current trends in composition theory, and they meet each May to learn about current teaching strategies in composition. Teachers who are new to the program receive a one-on-one orientation to the course and training in specific classroom strategies.
The Coordinator of the ECHSP, Jean Zipke, visits each classroom and meets with each teacher at least twice a semester. In addition, she organizes the May workshop.
We invite students, teachers, or administrators who would like to participate in the ECHSP or who would like more information to contact Jean Zipke, Program Co-ordinator, 874-5932.
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Congratulations to PhD candidate, Tim Amidon, who was recently selected as an Assistant Editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.
Professor Caroline Gottschalk Druschke was selected for a summer research position with the EPA's Atlantic Ecology Division in Narragansett. Caroline will be working with them this summer to study the barriers to and opportunities for restoration in the Woonasquatucket watershed in northern Rhode Island. She looks forward to sharing her experience and findings with the Harrington School Communicating Science Cluster in the fall.
Professor Libby Miles has been selected for a national team of curriculum developers/facilitators for the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). "Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success" is a grant-funded project designed to help over 300 college and university librarians create projects to assess their impact on student learning.
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