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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   


This site is for busy and cost-conscious instructional leaders who want to develop an effective program of writing instruction.


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. Individual teachers can make important contributions to the development of student writers, but only instructional leaders can engender schoolwide improvement.


Here you will find research-based companion materials for Taking Initiative on Writing: A Guide for Instructional Leaders, a key resource for helping you meet the challenge of preparing students to meet national standards for writing. To get a copy of this book, click on Purchase this Book in the upper left-hand corner.


Resources (see links below) to accompany the book include:

  • Reproducible materials to support implementation of steps described in each chapter
  • Surveys
  • Integrative media presentations by other instructional leaders
  • NING discussions of issues raised by developing plans, implementing action steps, and sustaining innovations over time (click on Join TIOW Discussions in upper left-hand corner)





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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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