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ERIC Number: EJ916301
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Taking Initiative on Writing
Gere, Anne Ruggles
Principal Leadership, v11 n3 p36-40, 42 Nov 2010
A strong schoolwide writing program supports learning across disciplines and provides a focus for collaboration and professional development for all teachers. The elements for schoolwide writing initiatives include: (1) Setting schoolwide goals for student achievement in writing; (2) Developing and implementing action steps that address both content-area and grade-level writing; (3) Providing appropriate professional development for teachers; (4) Structuring institutional support for writing; (5) Assessing student writing and learning; (6) Recruiting effective teachers of writing; and (7) Conducting regular programmatic assessment. As this list suggests, developing an effective program of writing instruction takes time, but that time is well spent because writing fosters learning in all disciplines (Thaiss & Zawacki, 2006).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A