Better reading through better writing.

There is a growing awareness of the link between good writing skills and higher levels of reading comprehension and literacy as a whole.  For the past 20 years, Empowering Writers has provided instructional tools to teachers, schools and districts to help develop and refine writing proficiency in students of all ages, the key to improved reading and comprehension.  Our results speak for themselves: After implementing Empowering Writers methodologies, some schools have improved writing and reading assessment as much as 25% in a single academic year.

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Many classroom teachers understand the need to teach writing to their students, yet most have received little or no formalized training in instructional methods, vocabulary or genres – and they may wonder how to properly measure and evaluate their students’ progress.  In fact, even the most accomplished teachers find themselves unable to:

  • Clearly define narrative, expository, opinion and apply the salient skills of each genre
  • Apply a consistent teaching approach and vocabulary set that builds writing skills
  • Provide productive feedback to student writing that encourages development and progress
  • Make the connection between writing and reading and apply it to every reading experience

A Proven Solution

The first step in achieving student writing proficiency begins with the teachers themselves.  Only by acquiring the foundational principles and practices of good writing can teachers leverage those skills to improve the writing and reading of their students.  Empowering Writers provides teachers with instructional methods proven to develop sustained writing proficiency, support higher levels of reading comprehension and increase student literacy as a whole.

View our list of “Most Frequently Heard Problems in Writing Instruction” to learn more about common instructional issues and solutions.

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Teaching Fundamentals

When teachers identify, then model, genre-specific writing skills and have students apply through guided practice, students begin to recognize the building blocks of effective writing.  They even begin to read differently, with more awareness of the ways in which authors apply these skills to their writing.  Additionally, teachers finally have a common productive language to apply  to the editing process.  The age old cue of “write more” …  now becomes powerful specific feedback!

Using strategies and applying skills to text

Emphasis on the reading/writing connection through close reading and the deconstruction of text not only improves comprehension, but provides students with the necessary skills to excel when responding to source texts in writing.  The benefits? Both comprehension and writing scores soar!

Methodology

Managing a classroom of writers can be a challenge, to say the least!  Our proven researched based methodology is designed for the real-world classroom.

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How do we know it works?

The Application

Teachers, like any other skilled professional, need training and resources.  Whether you’re looking for a comprehensive writing program or a supplemental resource, Empowering Writers offers customizable options for your Professional Development needs.

For the past 20 years, Empowering Writers has provided award winning professional development and comprehensive teacher resources.
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Professional Development

Professional development is designed to maximize teacher learning by presenting comprehensive background knowledge on the discrete skills that contribute to effective writing, demonstrating the methodology, and familiarizing teachers with resource materials.

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Resources 

Our K-8 resources provide comprehensive teacher background and objective-driven lessons in every genre while offering the foundation and vertical alignment for successful writing.

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Empowering Writers Online

Empowering Writers Online provides teachers with videos that help inform and implement instruction. These videos include real world examples of writing instruction in classrooms like yours.

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How To Get Started

If you are ready to get started, click here for the Implementation Options.

If you would like to connect with us, Empowering Writers provides schools and districts with a variety of ways to learn more about our approach to writing instruction.  We offer lunch events, free workshops, webinars, or school and district presentations.  CONTACT US

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Lunch and Learn 

Be our guest at lunch the next time we’re in your area.  Our lunch events are a great opportunity to hear from others using EW and learn more about improving student writing from Empowering Writers.

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School and District Presentations

Whether it’s 1 to 1 or with your team, we will come to your school or district to discuss writing needs.

Workshops

Seeing is believe!  Ask us about attending a workshop as our guest and find out why Empowering Writers’ workshops are the best professional learning in the industry.

AskUs@EmpoweringWriters.com

(203) 452-8301