Each March, Moorpark College English faculty meet with their colleagues at the local high schools in a spirit of collegiality. 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.

If you are a high school or college English teacher and are interested in attending “Transitions,” or if you wish to be on the planning committee or have a presentation we could benefit from, please contact Tracy Tennenhouse (


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, author of The Little Prince 


Dear English Faculty,


As you probably know, many (more than 40%!) of our local high school students attend or will attend Moorpark College. Wouldn’t it be great if the English faculty at different levels--middle, high school, and college--could meet to discuss common issues, concerns, goals, and dreams?

We are pleased to announce our 11th annual "Transitions," an English educators’ conference, to be held Saturday, March 5, 2011 from 9 am to 12 pm at Moorpark College on the 3rd floor of the Moorpark College Library (LLR 323). Brunch will be served. Transitions is an excellent professional development opportunity, and all attendees will receive a certificate for participating. At the end of the day, we will know more about each other and what we all do to improve literacy for our students.

Each year we examine a different theme related to reading, writing, and the critical thinking skills our students need for academic and professional success. This year we will focus on how writing is used across the curriculum. College professors from history, psychology, philosophy and other disciplines will share how they use writing in their courses.

  Please join us for a morning of sharing and learning. RSVP by March 1 by email or phone. For further questions, please feel free to contact me.

  Thank you, and hope to see you there!

  Tracy Tennenhouse

(805) 378-1400, x 1642