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Schoolteachers learn best practices in DWC graduate program

Benefits middle and high school teachers

The M.A. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media (CRDM) program, housed in the CAHSS Department of Writing and Communication, offers current middle and high school teachers an opportunity to enhance their abilities as teachers of writing. Courses such as Teaching Writing, Teaching Writing Online, Teaching and Tutoring Second Language Writing, and Special Topics courses on Grammar and History of the English Language, specifically provide students with the expertise they need as teachers of writing.


“The CRDM program offers schoolteachers a great opportunity to learn about best practices in the teaching of writing,” said Shanti Bruce, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Writing and Communication and Interim Chair of the Department of Multidisciplinary Studies.

Schoolteachers and CRDM students Sophonie Gaspard and Anyssa Gonzalez entered the program to enhance their teaching skills.

“Being in the CRDM program at NSU has been wonderful,” Gonzalez said. “I know that I have learned things that I can take to the classroom to help make myself a better teacher. I can already see the ways that my M.A. will influence my career as an educator.”

“The CRDM program helped me, first, to build my own teaching philosophy," Gaspard said. "I was guided to find out what values I hold as an educator, and then, I honed in on those values to make sure that I stay true to them."

Courses focused on teaching multimodal composing further expand schoolteachers’ repertoires. "The multimodal and design classes taught me how composition teachers can employ different teaching styles and bring out student talents,” said Gaspard.

Throughout the program, students also learn to look at language and grammar with a critical lens. When “students are given an account of the historical development of the English language, they gain a more complex understanding of both language and grammar. This knowledge should complicate simple understandings of "good" and "bad" grammar that circulate in the political realm and have real material consequences. Students learn to apply a more rhetorical and historicized understanding of grammar/grammar instruction in their classrooms,” said Kelly Concannon, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Writing and Communication.

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