In general, the resources for CU Succeeds are the same for all of those in the Composition Program However, teaching in the high school classroom does have some differences, and the FAQs address some of those issues.

Should I use the syllabus templates?
You may need to make some modifications of policy to meet your school's requirements, but the basics (program outcomes, portfolios, etc.), should be the same.

Can I use assignments and activities on CompTrain? Can I contribute?
Please use them! They are designed to help your course be equivalent to the courses on the UC Denver campus. If you'd like to contribute a resource, please contact the Director (, who can give you access to the wiki.

We don't have the same textbooks. What to do?
Ideally, students use the program textbooks. If this is not possible, consider using the most relevant portions of the these textbooks by photocopying them within fair-use guidelines. To avoid copying the whole book, you might also gather a chapter or two from other textbooks with similar content (again, within fair use guidelines). It may also be helpful to have a few "class copies" and/or copies in the library, if you can.

Also, keep in mind that English 1020 and 2030 are not literature courses. So when choosing outside readings, please consider nonliterary genres. More ideas under "critical reading."

What are the other major differences between teaching at UC Denver and in the high school classroom, and how can I overcome them?
The major differences are that you have more students than most UC Denver teachers, you see them more often, and you don't have the same campus resources.

Having more students (the UC Denver cap is 24 students, yours may be larger) means it might be harder to spend the same amount of time on responding to student papers and engaging in one-to-one conferences. While UC Denver teachers often write personalized feedback, you may want to use a detailed rubric with a shorter personal note, and then really spend time talking through how the students met that rubric (or not), as a class. Individual conferences (usually held once or twice a semester with UC Denver teachers) may also be difficult given your teaching schedule. You may want to try group conferences of 3-4 students, and hold some of these during the class period while other students work independently (UC Denver teachers typically cancel one class for each set of classes, so this would be similar).

The good news is that the pace of the course is probably a bit more reasonable than the 15 weeks UC Denver students face. Hopefully, this allows more time for revision and time for drafts to "lay fallow" while students regroup and recharge.

Your library may have less resources than the UC Denver library. English 1020 is not a research-intensive course, so this should not pose a huge issue. (If you are teaching English 2030, be in touch.) You may also not have access to BlackBoard or Canvas, the course software.

Be in contact with challenges!

Who should I contact for help?
For logistical questions, begin with Lisa Spears, who is a UC Denver Composition Program Instructor and the CU Succeed liasion ( You can also contact Michelle Comstock, Director of the Composition Program ( For questions about how to begin teaching a CU Succeed course, contact CU Succeed directly.