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Clear writing and critical thinking are essential to students' success in school and in life. WriterCoach Connection™ (WCC) brings trained community volunteers into the classroom to give students at all levels of ability the one-on-one help they need to master these skills.
Community Alliance for Learning (CAFL) recruits, trains, and organizes community volunteers to work one on one with middle school and high school students on their classroom writing assignments. Working in close collaboration with English teachers, CAFL's WriterCoach Connection program provides indiivudalized attention and feedback from caring adults to every student in the class, helping students develop their ideas, strengthen their skills, and build their confidence as writers.
From its inception in 2001, when 30 community volunteers worked with 180 students at Berkeley High School, the program has spread to eleven schools in four school districts (Berkeley, Albany, Oakland and West Contra Costa). Last year, approximately 700 trained community volunteers served 2,300 students in 86 English or English Language Developement classes, conducting more than 18,000 individual writing conferences. Over its fifteen year history, WriterCoach Connection has trained hundreds of community volunteers who have helped more than 25,000 students become more confident and competent writers and thinkers. Currently, additional principals and school communities in Oakland and West Contra Costa are asking to bring WriterCoach Connection to their schools.
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