History of The Writing Revolution

Advancing Thinking Through Writing for 30 years

1988 - 1999

Dr. Judith Hochman serves as head of The Windward School, a renowned elementary and middle school for students with language-based learning disabilities in New York. At Windward, The Hochman Method is developed, yields tremendous success for students, and receives international recognition.

1991

The Windward Teacher Training Institute is established. Teachers from schools across the nation begin to attend courses on the writing method.

2008 - 2011

Dr. Hochman consults with New Dorp High School on Staten Island in an effort to embed the method in all subjects and grades school-wide. Improvements were noted in standardized test scores.

2009

Dr. Hochman publishes Teaching Basic Writing Skills: Strategies for Effective Expository Writing Instruction.

2012

The award-winning feature article, “The Writing Revolution,” is published in The Atlantic about the role of The Hochman Method in the turnaround of New Dorp High School. In the same year, The Windward School names the building housing the teacher training institute for its founder, Dr. Judith C. Hochman.

2014

The Writing Revolution is incorporated and receives its 501c3 status as a nonprofit organization. We hire our first faculty members, Toni-Ann Vroom and Dina Zoleo, and begin partnering with Washington, DC and New York City public schools.

2015

The Writing Revolution hires its founding Executive Director, Jacqueline M. Kelly.

2016

The Writing Revolution grows to reach approximately 1,500 teachers and 45,000 students from more than 100 schools.

2017

In August 2017, The Writing Revolution: A Guide for Advancing Thinking Through Writing by Dr. Judith C. Hochman and Natalie Wexler is published as a tool for educators seeking to implement the method.