Empowering Writers

Empowering Writers Overview

Practical writing instruction that makes students better readers

There is a proven link between solid writing skills, higher levels of reading comprehension, and literacy as a whole.  For the past 20 years, Empowering Writers has provided instructional resources to teachers, schools and districts to help develop and refine writing proficiency in students of all ages.

Empowering Writers’ proven, research-based methodology empowers teachers with the background knowledge, specific skills, instructional strategies and the confidence necessary to dramatically improve writing instruction.  Our interactive workshops, online resources, teacher manuals and other instructional materials for K-8 educators not only provide a positive and lasting impact in the classroom, but on high stakes standardized tests as well.

 

Challenges to improving student writing:

  • State standards are ever changing.  The new standards cover narrative, expository/informational, opinion, literary analysis tasks, research simulated tasks, evidence based writing, and summarizing text.
  • Most teachers have no formal instruction in “HOW” to teach writing.
  • Everyone interprets writing as a process differently.
  • There is little consistency in instruction across and between grade levels. Often times no common vocabulary for discussing writing. 
  • Writing is limited to a “block” rather than extended to all reading experiences.
  • Assessment of student writing that effectively drives instruction is challenging without knowledge of specific skills.
  • Many students have difficulty recognizing the differences in purpose, salient features, and organizational strategies of narrative, expository and argumentative writing.
  • Without knowing the foundational skills of writing, it’s difficult to teach students how to manage the required response to text tasks and assessments.

 

Empowering Writers believes:

  • Reading and writing are flip sides of the same coin.  Teaching a strong connection between reading and writing is critical.
  • Students always know more than they can articulate clearly.  Teacher modeling > is the opportunity to build vocabulary!
  • The best way to learn how to write well is through imitation (the teacher modeling the process.)
  • Every student has the potential to write well. Good writers possess specific skills and techniques that can be practiced and learned.
  • Consistency and basic assured experiences across and between grade levels are necessary for success.  Starting in kindergarten!
  • Good writing shares some attributes across all genres – but each genre also requires specific instruction in purpose, audience, organization and elaboration.
  • Once students learn the fundamental skills of writing, they can apply them to the required response to text tasks.

 

We accomplish this through our 3-point approach:

  1. Comprehensive Teacher Resources
  2. Professional Development
      • Onsite and Hosted workshops
      • Online coaching video resources
      • In-school coaching
      • Webinars
  3. Direct to Student Content

improving teacher practice to improve student writing

Research on the best practices for improving student writing and comprehension:

Laying the Foundation:
Why Good Writing Starts with the Teacher >

 


Learn how author’s craft is the lynchpin between reading and writing:

How Writing Improves Reading image

eBook: How Writing Improves Reading >

 


Are you using Writers Workshop?  Learn how EW’s approach to writing instruction significantly enhances this model:

EW Powers Up Writers Workshop

EW Powers Up Writers Workshop >

 


How do we know it works?

Douglas PS Case Study

30% Increase for Douglas Middle School >

Taylor ISD Case Study

19% Increase for Taylor Middle School >

 


All Case Studies

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