August 18, 2016
As the Write for Texas project continues growing into its third year, so does its reach in promoting effective academic writing instruction in all schools. A recent article by Project Director Ellie Hanlon in Texas Lone Star, a publication of the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), features ways in which school board members can also influence classroom teaching practices to improve student writing.
Emphasizing that change requires commitment from all levels, "The Write Stuff: How to Create a Cadre of Strong Readers and Writers in Texas" engages school board members to consider focusing policy discussions and agendas on the importance of research-based instructional practices. It further supports board members to become knowledgeable about expectations for student writing skills at various grade-levels, and encourages them to look for evidence of strategies that promote reading and writing in all content areas. Also referenced are “10 Key Writing Policies and Practices,” as developed by The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at The University of Texas at Austin, where Dr. Hanlon is based.
View the entire August 2016 edition of Texas Lone Star.