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Taking Initiative on Writing

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Taking Initiative on Writing: A Guide for Instructional Leaders

Anne Ruggles Gere, Hannah A. Dickinson, Melinda J. McBee Orzulak, and Stephanie Moody   


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.


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  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


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