Taking Initiative on Writing: A Guide for Instructional Leaders
Anne Ruggles Gere, Hannah A. Dickinson, Melinda J. McBee Orzulak, and Stephanie Moody
Literacy is the gateway skill to improving student achievement in all subjects.
But writing is often the forgotten part of the literacy equation. Taking Initiative
on Writing: A Guide for Instructional Leaders provides school leaders with both
the what and the how of implementing a comprehensive, schoolwide approach
to improving student writing. School leaders who are serious about improving
student achievement, eliminating the achievement gap, and having all graduates
prepared for postsecondary education and training will want to add this book to
their professional libraries.
– Mel Riddile, Associate Director for High School Services, NASSP
2006 MetLife/NASSP National High School Principal of the Year
Taking Initiative on Writing: A Guide for Instructional Leaders provides
research-based resources for principals who want to develop effective programs
of writing instruction in their schools. Writing is an essential skill for learning in
secondary school and for life after graduation. New national standards feature
writing as a core area for college and career readiness. Following the plan
outlined here will help students meet these new standards.
Individual teachers can make important contributions to the development
of student writers, but only instructional leaders can engender schoolwide
improvement. This guide is designed for busy and cost-conscious instructional
leaders who want to develop an effective program of writing instruction that
includes assessing the current program, developing plans, implementing action
steps, and sustaining innovations over time. With an online component that
enables readers to access resources and communicate with one another, this
guide is designed to help leaders meet the challenge of preparing students to
meet new national standards for writing.