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The Summer Before Monograph

Tierney reflects on the Pullias Center’s decade of serving college-bound youth through its SummerTIME Writing Program.

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KPCC Report on SummerTIME 2012

“Many UC, CSU students aren’t ready for college-level writing; USC program tries to help,” noted that for the past 10 years, SummerTIME has provided students with one-on-one instruction, peer assistance, and many opportunities to revise and refine their writing.

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The Looming Crisis of Remedial Writing

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/college-inc/post/guest-post-four-ways-to-teach-students-to-write/2011/11/01/gIQARk8mfM_blog.html

William G. Tierney and Stefani R. Relles collaborated as guest bloggers on The Washington Post, College Inc. based on 10 years of teaching remedial writing, as well as other research, point to four ways to get students to write better.

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Background


Our SummerTIME program (Tools, Information, Motivation, Education) serves low-income underrepresented college-bound students representing Los Angeles Unified high schools where over 90% of attendees are eligible for the federal school lunch program. Students who attend low-income urban schools are frequently unprepared for college. Most participants live in homes where English is a second language and are the first in their families to graduate high school and continue on to college. Based on previous years’ participants, approximately 65-75% of our students are Latino, 10-20% are African American, and 10-15% are Asian/Islander. Approximately 80% of the students attend colleges in California.

Project Description


When students enter SummerTIME program, their reading and writing levels are low, their time management skills are weak, and their knowledge about what it takes to succeed in college is frequently non-existent. Our program impacts these realities; we understand the effects of poverty and inequality in these students’ lives and provide them with the critical tools needed for their transition to college life. The Pullias Center’s SummerTIME program has a proven track record pertaining to academic enrichment. The program focuses on improving writing levels and college knowledge of college-bound youth so that they are better prepared to navigate university life.

The SummerTIME curriculum is an intensive program of college level writing, supplemented with information related to the transition to college. The objectives of the program are fourfold:

  • To increase students’ expository writing abilities
  • To improve students’ grammar and language capabilities
  • To increase students’ ability to revise and evaluate their own work
  • To provide students with resources and tools for transitioning from high school to college.

SummerTIME Archives


SummerTIME 2012 Reunion

The SummerTIME 2012 cohort returned to USC for the annual Pullias Center SummerTIME reunion. Staff and instructors checked in with last year’s students to see how they fared in their first semester/term at colleges across the US.

KPCC Report on SummerTIME 2012

“Many UC, CSU students aren’t ready for college-level writing; USC program tries to help,” noted that for the past 10 years, SummerTIME has provided students with one-on-one instruction, peer assistance, and many opportunities to revise and refine their writing.

Read More

The Looming Crisis of Remedial Writing

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/college-inc/post/guest-post-four-ways-to-teach-students-to-write/2011/11/01/gIQARk8mfM_blog.html

William G. Tierney and Stefani R. Relles collaborated as guest bloggers on The Washington Post, College Inc. based on 10 years of teaching remedial writing, as well as other research, point to four ways to get students to write better.

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Requirements


Students from many LAUSD high schools have participated in SummerTIME, including those from our current and past partner high schools such as: Belmont, Bravo Medical Magnet, Crenshaw, Dorsey, Downtown Magnets, Foshay Learning Center, Fremont, Locke, Manual Arts, John Marshall, New Designs, Roosevelt, and Roybal Learning Center.

Requirements:

  • MUST be a graduating SENIOR entering a 4-YEAR college or university in the upcoming fall
  • Be committed to daily program attendance, class participation, and timely completion of assignments
  • Be presently or formerly eligible for free or reduced school lunch program
  • Be currently attending a high school in the Los Angeles area
  • Be accessible by e-mail, Facebook, or by phone once a semester while in college
  • Personal statement: 2 pages; 400 word minimum; double-spaced; 12-point font (Times New Roman); include a full introduction, body, and conclusion to your essay.
  • High School Transcript: Submit a current transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable).

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