Transitions

 

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Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.

 —Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince 

 

 

The goal of “Transitions” is to help students transition from high school to college English. In order to accomplish this, “Transitions” seeks to foster relationships and understanding among faculty at both levels.  Many (more than 40%!) of our local high school students attend or will attend Moorpark College and it is the goal of Transitions to encourage the English faculty at different levels—middle school, high school, and college—to meet to discuss common issues, concerns, goals, and dreams.

Faculty from Moorpark College’s English Department are currently partnered with schools in the Moorpark, Simi Valley, Conejo Valley, and Las Virgenes Unified School Districts. And, as you read this, more partnerships are being formed with middle schools, high schools, community colleges, and 4-year universities across California.  Members of Moorpark College’s English faculty bring the discussions to their partners, visiting their host schools and acting as a point of contact for them throughout the academic year.   

Past and current topics of discussions include:

  • The Language of English Instruction (Common Core, AP, IB, ERWC, College)

  • Approaches to Teaching Reading and Writing

  • Grading principles and practices

  • Student Learning Outcomes

  • Reading Lists and Expectations

  • Best Practices Sharing

If you are interested in getting involved with Transitions, as a faculty member at Moorpark College or as a faculty member at a middle or high school, community college or 4-year university, please contact:

Transitions Coordinator: Dr. Katie Booth (kbooth@vcccd.edu)