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 in New York for students with language-based learning disabilities. At Windward, the Hochman Method is introduced, yields tremendous success for students, and receives national recognition.

1991

The Windward Teacher Training Institute is established. Teachers from schools across the nation attend courses about the Hochman Method. Basic Writing Skills by Dr. Hochman is published.

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. TWR hires its first faculty members, Toni-Ann Vroom and Dina Zoleo, and begins partnering with Washington, D.C. and New York City schools.

2015

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

2016

The Writing Revolution grows and reaches approximately 1,500 educators and 45,000 students.

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.

2018

The Writing Revolution begins training educators and partnering with schools in Louisiana.

2019

The Writing Revolution grows and reaches approximately 5,000 educators and 150,000 students.