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Literacy team to focus on improving writing instruction

Monday, December 11, 2017

In working toward developing a workshop on improving student writing and learning by improving the teaching of writing, the Statewide Literacy Leadership Team will convene again in February for standards-aligned professional learning.

The professional learning will be taught by Gary Troia, an associate professor at Michigan State University, whose work includes writing instruction and assessment to meet post-secondary writing expectations.

The session is for team members who are Area Education Agency and district leads. The session will build their knowledge in evidence- and research-based writing instruction and assessment using a Multi-Tiered System of Support decision-making framework.

The focus on writing is much needed, said Destiny Eldridge, literacy consultant for the Iowa Department of Education.

"I’ve received feedback from educators that writing instruction and student opportunities to write regularly across all disciplines and for real purposes is lacking in Iowa,” she said.

Eldridge also indicated that the anticipated standards-aligned statewide assessment will include a writing component when implemented.

Based upon the session, the team plans to build a workshop to deliver to teacher leaders, instructional coaches, and teachers designed to build their capacity in the following areas:

  • Understanding the writing standards, including the interdependence among reading, writing, speaking and listening;
  • Implementing research- and evidence-based instructional practices and writing strategies; and
  • Assessing writing.

Eldridge anticipates that members of the Statewide Literacy Leadership Team will be ready to roll out the workshop with educators next June.

For more information, contact Eldridge at or 515-822-2554.

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on September 29, 2020 at 3:25pm.