Wednesday, August 3, 2011

What standards?

Yesterday's pre-institute included reading several pieces that address standards. Included among the pieces was the Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing. Part of the Executive Summary is excerpted and hyperlinked below. Do take a look. (Note: following the link will get you to a link that will allow you to read a pdf of the whole framework).

The concept of “college readiness” is increasingly important in discussions about students’ preparation for postsecondary education.

This Framework describes the rhetorical and twenty-first-century skills as well as habits of mind and experiences that are critical for college success. Based in current research in writing and writing pedagogy, the Framework was written and reviewed by two- and four-year college and high school writing faculty nationwide and is endorsed by the Council of Writing Program Administrators, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the National Writing Project.

Habits of mind refers to ways of approaching learning that are both intellectual and practical and that will support students’ success in a variety of fields and disciplines. The Framework identifies eight habits of mind essential for success in college writing: