The following is a FAQ sheet about Stretch Acceleration which highlights our program that our committee designed. So far, the early data shows that this cohort model fosters higher levels of student completion of 1A.
What Happens in Stretch Accelerated Composition (STACC)?
Interdisciplinary Reading and Writing Projects: Students read texts from across the curriculum and write for multiple contexts.
Research: Students conduct research as a scholarly habit for all assignments.
21st Century Composition: Students practice online writing and publishing using technology and media.
Development of the Authentic Voice: Students are empowered to nurture their own, distinct voices and modulate them to suit various purposes.
Metacognition: Students routinely reflect on and revise their reading, writing, and thinking processes in order to be self-aware learners.
Social Justice Pedagogy: Teachers create student-centered curriculum, which includes engagement with diverse texts and perspectives.
Community Building: Students are part of a cohort across two semesters.
Community of Educators: Teachers collaborate to develop these shared practices, while honoring our diverse styles and backgrounds.
What is the STACC Curriculum?
Each semester, the STACC Community of Educators selects two shared books and two shared assignments for inclusion in all STACC classes.
The use of common texts and signature assignments allows us to support each other in a scholarly community of educators which routinely assesses and revises our curriculum.
STACC teachers are encouraged to teach the books and modify the assignments to fit with our own distinct teaching styles and individual curriculums.
This year, these are the common assignments and texts:
ENG 100: Freedom Writers + One Book, One College Selection
Research-based Literacy Narrative + ePortfolio
ENG 1A: Writing to Change the World, by Mary Pipher + Borders of Diversity Selection
Research-based Discourse Community Analysis + ePortfolio