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Writing Across the Curriculum

Spring 2006 Faculty Workshops

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This spring, the WAC workshops will focus on two topics of crucial relevance not only to LIU Brooklyn but to colleges and universities throughout the country: Diversity and Scientific Literacy . Given the diversity of our students (and the increasing cultural and racial diversity of students entering higher education in the United States ), how can we, as teachers, identify their needs and work with their strengths?

Scientific literacy is a concern that is not limited to the teachers and students of science. As the United States begins to lose its competitive edge world-wide in preparing students in math and in the sciences, we are all struggling to define what it means to be “literate” in the sciences and to identify writing's role in developing that literacy.

Writing in the Multicultural Classroom

On the Brooklyn Campus, we enjoy the richness of a culturally diverse array of students.   While diversity in the classroom is a resource to be taken advantage of in our teaching, it also poses challenges—challenges which arise particularly in the assignment and assessment of student writing.   Writing, however, can also be a way to address these challenges.

In this collaborative workshop, Dr. Shaireen Rasheed , from C.W. Post, and Dr. Kathleen Kesson , from LIU Brooklyn, will define and discuss how to enact the principles of culturally responsive teaching through writing assignments.

Handouts Distributed

Lunch Will Be Served
  Wednesday, February 15 ∙ 12:00-2:00 p.m.∙ LLC 515

Scientific Literacy and WAC

A significant percentage of students at LIU Brooklyn pursue majors in the sciences or in science- and health science-related fields. Beginning this spring, the WAC Program will begin exploring the issues related to science writing.

Our first workshop will be led by Prof. Ezra Shahn ( Hunter College ) and will focus on “scientific literacy,” which he defines as “the functional ability to interpret or ‘read between the lines'”. The content of the second workshop will be determined by the input we hope to receive from a survey we will be sending out to science and health science faculty.

Handouts Distributed

Lunch Will Be Served
Wednesday, March 22, 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 12, 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Seating is limited. To RSVP and for more information contact William Burgos at ext. 1094 or william.burgos@liu.edu .

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