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Many of our client schools with writing initiatives already in place use our routines to increase the impact of their current practices. Our clients depend on Writing to Win to increase the retention of new knowledge in non-language arts classes.
In numerous schools we serve, Writing to Win co-exists with most every other writing initiative available. It helps both teachers and students use their time more efficiently.
Year 1: Begin with UNDERSTANDINGS, our interactive journal routine that develops fluency in writing to learn core standards in any subject area.
Year 2: Move to STRUCTURES, our simple scaffold of tools and strategies that teaches students the classic structures such as compare-contrast or character analysis to develop their mastery of extended writing tasks in all core genres.
Year 3: Complete the implementation with PATTERNS, our research-based approach to teaching grammar through writing.
We see our three routines as spinning three plates in a balancing act. Get one routine spinning continuously. Then start the second routine and then the third until all three routines continue to spin, their focus and power on improved critical thinking through writing.
Writing to Win routines have a strong track record of changing a school or district’s writing culture. Permanent change happens when
- Two or more building leaders attend our Model Classroom workshops.
- A Writing to Win trainer partners with building leaders onsite for several professional learning events.
Changing a school’s writing culture requires a thoughtful, ongoing plan for supporting teachers. Ideal implementation for each of our routines includes the following 10 essential PL events.
Best completed by a Writing to Win trainer
- Orienting all teachers to materials and routines
- Demonstrating Writing to Win routines in classrooms while teachers observe
- Conducting micro-teaching modules that fine-tune teachers’ writing routines
- Training all teachers to score student writing in a reliable scoring session
- Analyzing student performances on state tests to plan a scope and sequence for writing for the following year.
Best completed by building leaders
- Coaching teachers as they demonstrate their writing routines
- Administrating mock writing tests in preparation for state testing
- Posting student exemplars and publishing final drafts
- Recording teachers’ use of the five key practices of writing-based learning
- Helping teachers create effective writing prompts for unit and lesson plans
The basic costs of any implementation?plan can be customized to your needs and resources. We work with small and large school districts to insure full orientation and on-going support for all teachers. Teacher ($15 to $129) and student materials ($2.50 to $9.50) are reasonably priced and friendly for home school use. Elements of any plan need to include:
- Onsite Professional Learning (PL) training events
- Coaches Model Classroom workshops for district and building leaders
- Teacher manuals and instructional tools for each routine
- Professional learning texts by Dr. Combs
- Student materials in hard copies or interactive software applications
- Banks of writing prompts related to Common Core State Standards for ELA, math, science and social studies, K-12.
- Public schools
- Urban, rural and suburban schools
- Home-school associations
- Parochial schools
- Islamic day schools
- Montessori schools
- Seventh-Day Adventist schools
- Other private schools and academies
- Charter schools
- Career and technical schools
- Centers for adult education
The schools we serve have a single trait in common: a strong, intentional commitment to systematic writing that prepares students for life-long learning. None of them approach?WtW?routines with a one-time embrace and then move onto other demanding concerns. Instead, WtW?routines become integral to learning in all classrooms. They commit to our routines for the long-term; we’ve seen hundreds of WtW?kindergartners graduate high school as confident, independent, college and career-bound writers.