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Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​What is ERWC?

ERWC is the Expository Reading and Writing Curriculum from the California State University system. Students successfully completing the modules develop skills, knowledge, processes, and dispositions in the following areas of academic literacy: reading rhetorically, writing rhetorically, listening and speaking rhetorically, and habits of mind. The modules are aligned with the CA State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy (CCSS for ELA/Literacy).

To learn more about ERWC, click here to download the ERWC Q and A - pdf

Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) Multi-Day Training Series:

This professional development training will help teachers prepare students to meet college and university expectations. Teachers will learn the what and why about ERWC.

To view all available ​ERWC classes, click here.


ERWC Introductory Course 

  • A four-week introductory course is available for those who are new to teaching the ERWC course as well as those interested in learning how to incorporate ERWC modules into their curriculum.

  • The course includes a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning to support your new learning.

  • Each of the four learning​ focuses offers a week to complete work with synchronous times on Monday and Wednesday 4:00-5:30 p.m.

How do I register for a virtual introductory training?

Fall 2022 Session                              Winter 2023 Session                       Spring 2023 Session
Week 1 - Sep 26 & 28                               Week 1 - Jan 23 & 25                                Week 1 - March 27 & 29
Week 2 - Oct 3 & 5                                    Week 2 - Jan 30 & Feb 1                          Week 2 - April 3 & 5
Week 3 - Nov 7 & 9                                   Week 3 - March 6 & 8                                Week 3 - May 8 & 10
Week 4 - Nov 14 & 16                               Week 4 - March13 & 15                            Week 4 - May 15 & 17

Introductory Course Flyer​​
2 continuing education units available through CSUF. (Information will be sent to participants)




ERWC 3.0 Update 

ERWC has been through changes in the past couple of years. Version 3.0 is now available and offers support for English language learners. If you would like to learn about ERWC 3.0, OCDE and CSU Fullerton are offering an online update course. As a certified ERWC teacher, this update course is available to you at no cost. We are offering this training in the fall and in the winter.  This course is for ERWC Certified teachers only.

  • ​Each of the learning focuses offers a week to complete work with synchronous times on Tuesday and Thursday 4:00-5:30 p.m.​

  • The course is two weeks long with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous work.​

How do I register for the virtual update course?

September 2022 Session                 October 2022 Session                     February 2023 Session​
Week 1 - Sep 13 & 15                               Week 1 - Oct 25 & 27                              Week 1 - Feb 7 & 2            Week 2 - Sep 20 & 22                               Week 2 - Nov 1 & 3                                  Week 2 - Feb 14 & 16

Update Course flyer
1 continuing education unit available through CSUF.​ (Information will be sent to participants)


​For more information, please contact Dr. Denise Harshman at dharshman@ocde.us

ERWC Team

  • Dr. Chris Street - CSUF Professor of Secondary Education
  • Dr. Denise Harshman - OCDE Coordinator, Advancing Learning
  • Jennifer Beall - OCDE ERWC Facilitator
  • David Cagley - Fullerton Union High School Teacher
  • Christy Jimenez - Buena Park High School Teacher
  • Kimberly Moore - Westminster High School Teacher

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