TWR Newsletter – October 2023

Louisiana ELA Guidebooks Lauded by Knowledge Matters Campaign

The Louisiana ELA Guidebooks Grades 3-5 Curriculum, which has TWR writing strategies embedded, has been recognized by the Knowledge Matters Campaign.

The Knowledge Matters Campaign promotes the impact of knowledge-building curricula on reading comprehension and critical thinking. Louisiana’s ELA Guidebooks are one of eight curricula selected for their substantive content and impact on teacher effectiveness and student achievement.

Knowledge Matters’ evaluation of the curriculum includes this note: “The superb sentence-level focus in The Writing Revolution writing activities boosts students’ ability to read and understand increasingly complex syntax—a frequent source of challenge in upper elementary grades.”

Louisiana’s place in this selective list is a reminder of the State’s dedication to high-quality education, and their commitment to providing effective writing instruction to all students.

Partner School Visits

TWR’s faculty regularly visits partner schools to see how the writing strategies have been embedded into classroom instruction.

In October, the TWR team visited several schools in Newark, N.J. including Ironbound Academy, First Avenue Elementary School, Rafael Hernandez Elementary School, Ridge Street Elementary School, and Elliott Street Elementary School.

They also went to Staten Island to visit P.S. 21 – Margaret Emery-Elm Park School and John W. Lavelle Preparatory School.

On each visit, our team saw explicit writing instruction, as well as engaged students who were excited to write using the new strategies they learned.

TWR Publishes Its First-Ever Impact Report

For the first time in its history, The Writing Revolution has published an impact report.

“This has been an extraordinary year for TWR, defined by both progress and promise,” said co-CEOs Drs. Toni-Ann Vroom and Dina Zoleo. “This impact report is a testament to our collaborative efforts towards empowering educators and students with the Hochman Method.”

The report includes highlights from FY23, as well as updates from partner schools and districts.

TWR Makes Its First Appearance at DyslexiaCon

TWR traveled to Columbus, OH, to exhibit for the first time at IDA’s annual Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference, better known as DyslexiaCon.

TWR team members Christine Teahan, Madalyn Roig, and Katie Kennedy met with many conference attendees, including school leaders and educators from around the country, who were eager to learn how to launch a writing revolution in their schools and districts.

Spreading the Revolution

TWR continues to expand its reach throughout the U.S. and around the world. This October, our team began training cohorts of educators from Dover City Schools in Ohio and Meridian Public Schools in Mississippi. We also partnered with South East Wales Education Achievement Service to train educators throughout the region.