TWR Newsletter – September 2023

Ensuring Access to Revolutionary Resources

The Writing Revolution (TWR) is thrilled to announce that it is now offering a complimentary one-year access to its comprehensive online Resource Library for all educators who are trained in one of its courses. TWR is providing this service retroactively to educators trained since July 2020.

The Resource Library is curated to support educators in implementing TWR’s Hochman Method effectively. Educators can find templates for crafting slide presentations and creating student worksheets, content examples tailored to various subjects, instructional videos, and a host of other helpful materials. This initiative ensures that all educators have access to the latest and most effective tools to support and enhance instruction around the strategies learned in TWR’s courses and workshops.

Through the Resource Library, TWR aims to foster a community of educators while strengthening its mission of revolutionizing the way writing is taught.

TWR Launches Partnership with Rutgers University – Newark

TWR has entered into a partnership with Rutgers University-Newark to prepare undergraduate teacher candidates from the Department of Urban Education with an effective method of writing instruction before entering into the classroom.

This collaboration has the potential to develop a first-of-its-kind pipeline between Rutgers-Newark and the Newark Board of Education (NBOE), a district that recently began a multi-year partnership with TWR to support every school in implementing its writing method.

Under the direction of Associate Dean Dr. Lynnette Mawhinney, Urban Education undergraduate students preparing to teach English Language Arts, social studies, science, mathematics, and ESL, along with their professors, began TWR training during their education classes. As the Urban Education students frequently complete their student teaching and begin their careers in Newark Public Schools, a goal of the TWR-Rutgers-Newark partnership is to equip these educators with the same instructional methodology used in the district.

With the challenges new teachers face in the profession, TWR also hopes to study the impact of the pre-service training, with a focus on the teachers’ experience and retention.

Board Chair Lisa Amato Receives Outstanding Philanthropist Award

Lisa Amato, TWR Board Chair and longtime advocate for education and the arts, received an Outstanding Philanthropist Award during the Excellence in Philanthropy Awards, sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals – New Jersey Chapter.

The ceremony, held September 21 in Maplewood, NJ, recognizes the achievements of notable citizens and organizations based in New Jersey who have dedicated their efforts towards making the State a better place.

“Lisa has spent two decades providing philanthropic leadership to education and the arts, and her work has enriched lives in New Jersey and beyond,” says Toni-Ann Vroom, co-CEO, TWR. “This award is a testament to her passionate advocacy.”

TWR Featured in AFT’s American Educator

An article co-authored by TWR leaders has been featured in the Fall 2023 issue of American Educator.

The article, “Helping Your Child Become a Writer,” highlights strategies that can be used at home to enhance students’ oral and written skills. Written by Dina Zoleo, Toni-Ann Vroom, and TWR founder Judith C. Hochman, the article stresses that, while TWR’s strategies are targeted to educators, families can play a role in supporting their children as writers, readers, and critical thinkers.

Spreading the Revolution

This September, TWR began training cohorts of educators from the Napa Valley Unified School District and Los Angeles Unified School District. We also began 5 Advancing Thinking Through Writing and 5 Advancing Thinking Through Writing K-2 courses sponsored by the Arkansas State Department of Education.