Hyatt Regency Baltimore on the Inner Harbor

Writing in ELA and Mathematics:
Setting Students Up for Success

A Retreat to Improve Writing Instruction K-12

May 6-8, 2015

Hyatt Regency Baltimore on the Inner Harbor
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Writing is thinking made visible. For students, writing is a way to grapple with issues and problems and discover what they think and know. For teachers, writing is a window into students' minds. It provides insight into what students think and know.

Writing is often relegated to English language arts classrooms, but in order to meet 21st century demands of college and careers, students must become writers in all content areas. As Arthur Applebee and Judith Langer state,

Learning to write effectively within a discipline is part of that discipline's knowledge baseā€”not simply another context to practice English language arts. One learns the content in a subject not merely by reading it but also by writing with and about it in ways that are discipline specific; together with reading, writing is a literate behavior that underlies disciplinary 'knowing.'

At the Institute for Learning, we know that writing entails more than a finished product. In strong writing programs, writing is woven into the fabric of daily classroom life. It is a central way that students think through their ideas. In strong writing programs, students write often and receive support, feedback, and guidance during the writing process. Students practice authentic writing and have regular opportunities to engage with models by professional writers, content experts, teachers, and their peers. In strong writing programs, writing—like talk—is an integral piece of how students learn content.

Join us in Baltimore to explore practices and policies that support high-quality writing instruction in ELA and mathematics classrooms. Learn how to create a school-wide approach to writing instruction that will help all students become knowledgeable and skilled writers. Click here for full agenda.

Teaching writing is teaching thinking.