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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 rhetorica​lly, 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 Information Sheet​ or go to the ERWC Online Community​.

Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) 24-Hour Training Series: This professional development training will help teachers prepare students to meet college and university expectations. Teachers will learn the what and why of ERWC.

To view all available ​ERWC classes, click h​ere​.​

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 2023 Session
​​Winter 2024 Session
​​Spring 2024 Session
Week 1 - September 25 & 27
Week 2 - October 2 & 4
Week 3 - November 6 & 8
Week 4 - November 13 & 15

Week 1 - January 22 & 24
Week 2 - January 29 & 31
Week 3 - February 26 & 28
Week 4 - March 4 & 6

Week 1 - March 18 & 20
Week 2 - March 25 & 27
Week 3 - April 29 & May 1
Week 4 - May 6 & 8

Introduct​​ory Course ​Flyer​​ (coming soon)
2 continuing education units are available through CSUF. (Information will be sent to participants)


The ERWC-ELD 4-day workshop is designed to offer high school ELA and ELD teachers opportunities to learn how to implement evidence-based practices and address culturally relevant topics in both ERWC-ELA and ELD classes.  The overarching goal is supporting all students, but especially English learners and multilingual students, as they develop advanced proficiency in rhetorical and analytical thinking, reading, writing, and discussion in order to prepare them for college and the workplace by the end of 12th grade. While focused on ERWC-ELD modules with integrated and designated ELD instruction, the workshop will prepare teachers to teach the full ERWC curriculum.

​Fall​ 2023 Session
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Orange Couty Department of Education
Day 1 - Tuesday, September 19
Day 2 - Wednesday, September 20
Day 3 - Tuesday, October 10
Day 4 - Wednesday, October 11

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

​For more information, please contact Dr. Denise Harshman at


  • 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 Kenny-Kitchen - Buena Park High School Teacher
  • Kimberly Moore - Westminster High School Teacher