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Solutions for                Common Core                Writing SuccessSuzanne Klein            www.WriteStepsWriting.com
“We must improve thequality of our students’ writing if they are to succeed in college      and in life.”                 ...
“Both blue-collar workers (80%) and  white-collar workers (93%) say  writing is important to success in             their ...
Suzanne KleinWriting Coach,K-5 Teacher, National Presenter, National Writing Project        Fellow, Writing Coach, and Fou...
The Common Core Standards and ChangeTechnologyisn’t theonly thingthat ischanging                           www.WriteStepsW...
The 7 Keys to Successful Common     Core Writing in Your Building1. Common Core Readiness2. Instruction3. Classroom Manage...
Purpose & Objectives1. Keys       2. Problems    3. ToolsCommon Core    KnowledgeReadiness                  TimeInstructio...
1st Key: Common Core Readiness                      Tool #1: Cool AppsOur teachers have copies of the Common Core writing ...
1st Key: Common Core Readiness          Our school is 100% compliant with the            Common Core Writing Standards.   ...
1st Key: Common Core Readiness  Have you seen the prototype questions being developed for                   Common Core wr...
1St Key: Common Core Instruction                                         30%                                         opini...
1St Key: Common Core InstructionThe standards emphasize Writing Across the CurriculumWriting instruction belongs in thehan...
“Students need broad-based experiences in which reading and writing tasks  are integrated with their    work throughout th...
2nd Key: Instruction  “Simply put, in the whole range of academic course work, American  children do not write frequently ...
2nd Key: Instruction                       Obstacles             Principal = Remover of Obstacles                         ...
2nd Key: Instruction   Knowledge     “Every district should require each teacher to successfully  complete a course in wri...
Americans want to see teacher-trainingprograms include courses on teaching      writing (79% “good idea”)  and professiona...
2nd Key: Instruction   Knowledge                       Teachers learn best from each other.    TeacherStar celebrates exce...
2nd Key: Instruction             Strategy #2: My Glows & Grows                                        www.WriteStepsWritin...
2nd Key: Instruction  Glows & Grows  Step 1: Pass out packet & go over directions  Step 2: Recruit someone to compile the ...
2nd Key: Instruction             “I don’t have time to teach writing!”    Time 15% of the school day was spent in writing ...
2nd Key: Instruction   Time       If it is important              to you, you will                  find a way.           ...
2nd Key: Instruction   “I don’t have time” often means “I don’t know how.”                          =      I lack confiden...
2nd Key: Instruction                How much time is enough?    Time                                          ELA =       ...
2nd Key: Instruction              Strategy: Crunch the Numbers How Many  Hours?                                           ...
2nd Key: Instruction                    Strategy: Random Drop-Ins  Drop Ins      Visit 2 classrooms per day      Go when t...
2nd Key: Instruction              Strategy: Frequency Checks How Often?                                       www.WriteSte...
2nd Key: Instruction High, Mediu m, and Low samples  H, M, L                       www.WriteStepsWriting.com
2nd Key: Instruction   Materials Lack of materials or lack of quality materials = low achievement                         ...
2nd Key: Instruction   Materials                       Strategy: Real                       Common Core Materials   "Heres...
2nd Key: Instruction   Materials               Strategy: Real               Common Core Materials                         ...
Thank you for joining me…       Suzanne Klein,Common Core Writing SpecialistSuzanne@WriteStepsWriting.com        734-834-4...
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Solutions for Common Core Writing Success

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"Solutions for Common Core Writing," a 30-minute webinar hosted by the Education Leaders Network on September 26, 2012. Suzanne Klein addresses key features of the Common Core Writing Standards for K-5 principals, identifying obstacles and strategies for strong implementation of the standards.

Suzanne Klein is a former K-5 teacher, a writing consultant at the state and district level, a National Writing Project fellow, and the Founder & CEO of WriteSteps, a Common Core writing and grammar program for elementary students.

For more information, please go to http://www.WriteStepsWriting.com.
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Solutions for Common Core Writing Success

  1. Solutions for Common Core Writing SuccessSuzanne Klein www.WriteStepsWriting.com
  2. “We must improve thequality of our students’ writing if they are to succeed in college and in life.” www.WriteStepsWriting.com
  3. “Both blue-collar workers (80%) and white-collar workers (93%) say writing is important to success in their careers.” ~The National Writing Project www.WriteStepsWriting.com
  4. Suzanne KleinWriting Coach,K-5 Teacher, National Presenter, National Writing Project Fellow, Writing Coach, and Founder & CEO of WriteSteps “Often, the evidence of success is slow in coming or impossible to see. Therefore, much good work must be done by faith and by faith alone.” ~Lorraine Monroe, American educator and reformer www.WriteStepsWriting.com
  5. The Common Core Standards and ChangeTechnologyisn’t theonly thingthat ischanging www.WriteStepsWriting.com
  6. The 7 Keys to Successful Common Core Writing in Your Building1. Common Core Readiness2. Instruction3. Classroom Management4. Writing Across the Curriculum5. Responsibilities of Administration6. Teacher Training7. Home/School Connection www.WriteStepsWriting.com
  7. Purpose & Objectives1. Keys 2. Problems 3. ToolsCommon Core KnowledgeReadiness TimeInstruction Materials H, M, L
  8. 1st Key: Common Core Readiness Tool #1: Cool AppsOur teachers have copies of the Common Core writing standards. In the iTunes app store: http://bit.ly/iWZSds In the Google play store: http://bit.ly/UWkSVp www.WriteStepsWriting.com
  9. 1st Key: Common Core Readiness Our school is 100% compliant with the Common Core Writing Standards. www.WriteStepsWriting.com
  10. 1st Key: Common Core Readiness Have you seen the prototype questions being developed for Common Core writing? www.WriteStepsWriting.com
  11. 1St Key: Common Core Instruction 30% opinio n 35% informative 35% narrative www.WriteStepsWriting.com
  12. 1St Key: Common Core InstructionThe standards emphasize Writing Across the CurriculumWriting instruction belongs in thehands of all disciplines.Much explanatory andinformational writing willoccur in the context ofscience, social studies, andreading. www.WriteStepsWriting.com
  13. “Students need broad-based experiences in which reading and writing tasks are integrated with their work throughout the curriculum.” --Langer and Applebee
  14. 2nd Key: Instruction “Simply put, in the whole range of academic course work, American children do not write frequently enough, and the reading and writing tasks they are given do not require them to think deeply enough.” ~Langer and Applebee (1978)In one recent study in grades one, three, and five, only 15 percent of the school day was spent in any kind of writing activity. Two-thirds of the writing that did occur was word-for-word copying in workbooks. ~National Writing Project (2003) www.WriteStepsWriting.com
  15. 2nd Key: Instruction Obstacles Principal = Remover of Obstacles www.WriteStepsWriting.com
  16. 2nd Key: Instruction Knowledge “Every district should require each teacher to successfully complete a course in writing theory and practice as a condition for teacher licensing.” ~ The National Commission on Writing www.WriteStepsWriting.com
  17. Americans want to see teacher-trainingprograms include courses on teaching writing (79% “good idea”) and professional development for current teachers (75% “good idea”). -From the National Commission on Writing, 2010 www.WriteStepsWriting.com
  18. 2nd Key: Instruction Knowledge Teachers learn best from each other. TeacherStar celebrates excellence in teaching by sharing videos of best practices. www.WriteStepsWriting.com
  19. 2nd Key: Instruction Strategy #2: My Glows & Grows www.WriteStepsWriting.com
  20. 2nd Key: Instruction Glows & Grows Step 1: Pass out packet & go over directions Step 2: Recruit someone to compile the Glows & Grows Step 3: Glow Sharing 8:30-8:40 Glow teacher David is sharing to a group of Grows 8:45-8:55 Grow teacher David now listens to a Glow teacher www.WriteStepsWriting.com
  21. 2nd Key: Instruction “I don’t have time to teach writing!” Time 15% of the school day was spent in writing activities of any kind. 2/3 of that writing was word-for-word copying in workbooks.Mantra: www.WriteStepsWriting.com
  22. 2nd Key: Instruction Time If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse. www.WriteStepsWriting.com
  23. 2nd Key: Instruction “I don’t have time” often means “I don’t know how.” = I lack confidence I don’t see myself as a writer I don’t have a consistent routine for writing www.WriteStepsWriting.com
  24. 2nd Key: Instruction How much time is enough? Time ELA = 90-minute • reading ELA Block • spelling • grammar • writingGrades K-1:At least 3 days a week for 45 minutes or longer MinimumGrades 2-5:At least 4 days a week for 45 minutes or longer www.WriteStepsWriting.com
  25. 2nd Key: Instruction Strategy: Crunch the Numbers How Many Hours? 3 R’s • Reading • Writing • Arithmetic www.WriteStepsWriting.com
  26. 2nd Key: Instruction Strategy: Random Drop-Ins Drop Ins Visit 2 classrooms per day Go when teachers have planned to teach writing Are they following through with plans? www.WriteStepsWriting.com
  27. 2nd Key: Instruction Strategy: Frequency Checks How Often? www.WriteStepsWriting.com
  28. 2nd Key: Instruction High, Mediu m, and Low samples H, M, L www.WriteStepsWriting.com
  29. 2nd Key: Instruction Materials Lack of materials or lack of quality materials = low achievement www.WriteStepsWriting.com
  30. 2nd Key: Instruction Materials Strategy: Real Common Core Materials "Heres whats happening right now in textbook land… Theyre not changing anything in the curriculum. They are simply relabeling.” ~Comment on Common Core publishing from Beverlee Jobrack, 25-year editorial director for one of the largest educational publishing companies in the business. ________________________________________________________ www.WriteStepsWriting.com
  31. 2nd Key: Instruction Materials Strategy: Real Common Core Materials Article in e-newsletter www.WriteStepsWriting.com
  32. Thank you for joining me… Suzanne Klein,Common Core Writing SpecialistSuzanne@WriteStepsWriting.com 734-834-4889Confidence + Accountability = Success Contact me for a FREE 20 minute Awareness Session during a staff meeting. www.WriteStepsWriting.com

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