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Creating a Writing Plan Advice from NCTE and the ITW Writing Project
KEY CONCEPTS: <ul><li>Common elements among schools with high achievement in writing </li></ul>
Key Concept 1:   TIME & RESOURCES <ul><li>Successful schools give adequate time and resources to advance student learning ...
What does this mean? <ul><li>Schools that have  active, viable WAC programs  are the most successful in writing achievemen...
Key Concept 2: Assessment Matters <ul><li>Successful schools help administrators and teachers understand how to assess wri...
What does this mean? <ul><li>All teachers are trained to use a consistent assessment model – e.g., 6 Traits (analytic), or...
Key Concept 3: The Writing Process Is Promoted <ul><li>A successful school helps teachers gain a thorough understanding of...
What does this mean? <ul><li>Powerful, embedded PD promoting best practice is part of the school culture.  </li></ul>
4. All Stakeholders Included <ul><li>Successful schools provide insights and strategies to administrators, families and co...
What does this mean? <ul><li>LA teachers and departments are  intentional about sharing their knowledge  about the teachin...
5. The Culture of Writing <ul><li>Successful schools commit to building a “culture of writing” across a period of years th...
What does this mean? <ul><li>Schools create and sustain the conditions that impart the message that  writing is valued, ho...
HOW TO ADOPT THE KEY CONCEPTS <ul><li>Becoming a school with high writing achievement won’t just happen.  </li></ul><ul><l...
CONSIDER  E A C H CONCEPT  THROUGH THE LENS OF THESE ACTION STEPS
AUDIT YOUR PRACTICES AND SUPPORT STRUCTURES Action Step 1:
For example,  <ul><li>Look at Concept 1 by taking Action Step 1 –  what does your school’s commitment to time and support ...
<ul><li>Continue to examine  EACH  Concept through  EACH  Action Step </li></ul>
Action Step 2: <ul><li>Evaluate the adequacy of your learning resources and identify untapped strengths in your community....
Action Step 3:   <ul><li>Look closely at learners…not just the latest battery of test scores, but at actual writing sample...
Action Step 4: <ul><li>Assess what is going well, and what appears to be barriers to improvement </li></ul>
Action Step 5: <ul><li>Communicate your findings to staff, family and community members to ensure widespread support and c...
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  1. 1. Creating a Writing Plan Advice from NCTE and the ITW Writing Project
  2. 2. KEY CONCEPTS: <ul><li>Common elements among schools with high achievement in writing </li></ul>
  3. 3. Key Concept 1: TIME & RESOURCES <ul><li>Successful schools give adequate time and resources to advance student learning by writing every day in every subject. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What does this mean? <ul><li>Schools that have active, viable WAC programs are the most successful in writing achievement. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Key Concept 2: Assessment Matters <ul><li>Successful schools help administrators and teachers understand how to assess writing to enrich student learning. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What does this mean? <ul><li>All teachers are trained to use a consistent assessment model – e.g., 6 Traits (analytic), or ISTEP+ (holistic) rather than depending on individual </li></ul><ul><li>judgment. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Key Concept 3: The Writing Process Is Promoted <ul><li>A successful school helps teachers gain a thorough understanding of writing processes and in selecting appropriate strategies to advance every student as a writer </li></ul>
  8. 8. What does this mean? <ul><li>Powerful, embedded PD promoting best practice is part of the school culture. </li></ul>
  9. 9. 4. All Stakeholders Included <ul><li>Successful schools provide insights and strategies to administrators, families and community members to help them work together to advance student writing </li></ul>
  10. 10. What does this mean? <ul><li>LA teachers and departments are intentional about sharing their knowledge about the teaching of writing beyond the classroom. </li></ul>
  11. 11. 5. The Culture of Writing <ul><li>Successful schools commit to building a “culture of writing” across a period of years that will sustain growth and achievement through a student’s academic career and beyond. </li></ul>
  12. 12. What does this mean? <ul><li>Schools create and sustain the conditions that impart the message that writing is valued, honored and celebrated across time and disciplines. </li></ul>
  13. 13. HOW TO ADOPT THE KEY CONCEPTS <ul><li>Becoming a school with high writing achievement won’t just happen. </li></ul><ul><li>To begin, </li></ul>
  14. 14. CONSIDER E A C H CONCEPT THROUGH THE LENS OF THESE ACTION STEPS
  15. 15. AUDIT YOUR PRACTICES AND SUPPORT STRUCTURES Action Step 1:
  16. 16. For example, <ul><li>Look at Concept 1 by taking Action Step 1 – what does your school’s commitment to time and support for writing across the curriculum look like at this time? What would it take to build capacity in Concept 1? </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Continue to examine EACH Concept through EACH Action Step </li></ul>
  18. 18. Action Step 2: <ul><li>Evaluate the adequacy of your learning resources and identify untapped strengths in your community. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Action Step 3: <ul><li>Look closely at learners…not just the latest battery of test scores, but at actual writing samples drawn from day-to-day practice. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Action Step 4: <ul><li>Assess what is going well, and what appears to be barriers to improvement </li></ul>
  21. 21. Action Step 5: <ul><li>Communicate your findings to staff, family and community members to ensure widespread support and cooperation in advancing student writing. </li></ul>
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