Companion Resources for Taking Initiative on Writing
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 the book 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. Click here to purchase a copy of this book. Taking Initiative on Writing is a copublication of NCTE and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
Resources (see links below) to accompany the book include:
- Reproducible materials to support implementation of steps described in each chapter
- Integrative media presentations by other instructional leaders
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