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Case Studies

"We saw tremendous growth in our writing scores on my campus, but more importantly we saw great individual growth for our students."
— Keith Thompson Principal, Taylor Intermediate School.

Read detailed studies from school districts below.


Douglas Middle School
Massachusetts | 2018

"We have ABSOLUTELY seen an improvement in reading comprehension. Students are reading for a purpose. They are looking for answers, or at least clues, using a format they know will provide results, they just have to unlock the truth in front of them."

—Mr. Brian Delaney, Principal

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Taylor Intermediate School
Texas | 2018

"We saw tremendous growth in our writing scores on my campus, but more importantly, we saw great individual growth for our students."

—Keith Thompson, Principal

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Arkansas Middle School
Arkansas | 2016

"Last year was my first year to teach 6th grade ELA. I was very worried about teaching writing. During my own education, my teachers didn't teach me how to write well. I started enjoying writing for the first time in my life, and I was excited to share my stories with my students. The lessons were so fun and engaging, and the students gained confidence in their writing skills (just like I did!). When I finally got to see the results of the ACT Aspire test, I was literally in tears. Some of my lowest-achieving students scored above the 90th percentile in writing!"

—6th-Grade Teacher

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Highland Park Elementary
Texas | 2016

"Our first year teaching this program, which was in 2014, our scores for writing were 92%. Remember, in 2013, those scores were 74%. Our scores continued to improve. In 2015, our writing scores were 97%, and in 2016 writing scores were 96%. I don't think we could ask for much better results. I totally believe in this program. We have teachers who are not afraid to teach writing, and kids who love to write. All I have to say is, Thank you so much, Empowering Writers!"

—Karen McGlothin

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Tippin Elementary
Texas | 2015

"Each grade level could see the foundation that would then support the next grade level. Not only did the use of authentic literature build our campus-wide writing program, but it also aided in connecting our comprehension and writing. Our teachers were very pleased as they walked out of each training because they felt as though this training perfectly aligned to the realistic needs of the classroom. Regardless of the State Writing Test that is given each year, I believe Empowering Writers was the foundation we needed."

—Kelly Kelly, Active Learning Leader

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Hyman Fine Elementary
Massachusetts | 2010

“This training and methodology has allowed our district to break an 11-year run of stagnant scores.”

—Cathy White, Principal

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St. Jerome's Catholic School
Alberta | 2007-2011

In 2007, the elementary teachers of St. Jerome's School in Vermilion, Alberta attended Empowering Writers' instruction to improve their students' writing. The results were immediate. The teachers have maintained this high standard of writing for the past four years.

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East Region of Houston ISD
Texas | 2010

"In the 2009-2010 school year, the East Region administration of Houston ISD brought in Empowering Writers to improve student writing and test scores in 35 schools. The lowest-performing schools raised their writing scores an average of 11.3% with Empowering Writers approach to improve writing."

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Title One Schools Results

A Study of 64 Title One Schools in Two Districts

How did Title One schools in Houston ISD achieve double-digit improvement in writing scores? What was it that allowed South Carolina’s Richland 1 School District to see similar results within their Title One schools?

“Because of Empowering Writers training and coaching, our teachers have the skills and strategies to be successful with writing instruction. We are thrilled to see our students’ writing and have achieved increased test results.”

—Rebecca Clark, Elementary ELA Consultant

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