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NYC Writing Center Offers ALST Workshop for School of Education Teacher Candidates

Posted by Diana.Nygard on Thursday May 1, 2014

NYC Writing Center Offers ALST Workshop for School of Education Teacher Candidates

The New York State Teacher Certification Exam Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) is one of several exams that teacher candidates must pass in order to earn initial certification in teaching. In comparison to the former Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), the ALST requires that students employ more higher-order thinking skills. Among other tasks on the exam, there is a written essay portion where students must compare sides of an argument, correlate them to an accompanying graphic, and write about it in a timed essay.

On the Manhattan campus, Professor Millicent Waterman and the staff of the NYC Writing Center designed a workshop specifically to prepare our School of Education students to prepare for the ALST, one of the new teacher certification examinations.  The students who attended were provided with strategies and analytical tools to glean information from textual material and write an argumentative essay.  In addition, the Writing Center devoted one section of the workshop to interpreting graphs and supporting factual components of the essays with data.

School of Education students working toward teacher certification are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities such as these offered by the Writing Center or workshops scheduled by Nyack College School of Education faculty.

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