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Educational LeadershipApril 2018, Vol. 75, No. 7Learning to Write, Writing to Learn
14 Giving Students the Right Kind of Writing PracticeKelly Gallagher and Penny KittleThe one-shot “big essay” approach is not the answer.
22 Demystifying Writing, Transforming EducationMike SchmokerWriting can foster deeper learning in every content area—if we let it.
28 Bringing Cohesiveness to Writing ClassesGeneviève DeBose AkinnagbeEffective writing instruction depends on coordinated support and guidance. Just ask a teacher.
33 Making Student Writing MatterYekaterina McKenneyWhy writing instruction needs to go beyond formulas and mechanics.
38 Let Them Write Plays!Mike MillerGiving student writers a choice of genres can unleash creativity and learning.
44 Creating the Right Conditions for Multilingual WritersTasha Tropp Laman and Amy Seely FlintTo develop as writers, multilingual students must have opportunities for authentic expression.
47 Capturing the Flash of WritingLaurah JurcaDigital cameras encourage English learners to tell their stories.
48 Micro-Writing for English LearnersLarry FerlazzoThis excerpt from a longer online article gives ideas for short writing activities.
54 The Writing-Centered ClassroomPam Spycher, Kim Austin, and Thea FabianA diverse elementary school puts its focus on demystifying language and promoting student voice.
61 The Balancing Act of Kindergarten Writing InstructionElizabeth AugusteTeachers must focus on both mechanics and meaning to develop young writers’ identities as authors.
66 A Common Language and Criteria to Boost Students’ WritingSherry Seale Swain and Linda FriedrichAn analytic writing rubric helps teachers and students see what’s present and possible in a piece of writing.
74 Creating a Mindset for WritingZachary F. WrightHow do we teach our least confident students to write? Convince them that they can—and give them a map.
COLUMNS / DEPARTMENTS
7 Perspectives/A Mom’s Writing LessonsTara Laskowski
78 Research Matters/The Magic of Writing Stuff DownBryan GoodwinIs the pen mightier than the laptop?
80 Show & Tell: A Video Column/Write From the Start Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey Interactive writing empowers the youngest writers to express ideas.
84 The Techy Teacher/Prioritizing In-Class WritingCatlin TuckerBlended learning models help teachers give writers more feedback.
86 Principal Connection/Building Empathy in SchoolsThomas R. HoerrIn an era of rancor and polarization, let’s make schools different.
87 Index to Advertisers
88 Confronting Inequity/Writing for FreedomH. Richard Milner IVTeach students that writing isn’t just an academic exercise.
90 One to Grow On/Writing with ‘Babbling Exuberance’Carol Ann TomlinsonHow can teachers get writers to tap into the need for self-expression?
92 Tell Me About . . ./Readers compare notes on favorite classroom authors.
94 ASCD Community in Action
96 EL Takeaways/Writing Wisdom
Six Roadblocks to Writing Instruction—and How to Find Alternative Routes Brian KisselIf we can give our students more freedom to choose topics and find their writing style, they will thrive in the classroom—and beyond.
Micro-Writing for English LearnersLarry FerlazzoIdeas for short bursts of writing that boost skills and confidence.
Video: Early-Grades Interactive WritingWatch instructional coach Hilda Martinez lead a cooperative writing activity with a group of kindergartners.www.ascd.org/el0418fisherfrey
Good ideas, the best intentions, and a stirring vision aren’t enough to effect change in schools. Unstuck offers a road map to help schools change from the inside out instead of the top down. Inside-out approaches are designed to encourage schools to become more innovative and entrepreneurial, finding better ways to help students learn and pursue their own intellectual passions and talents—while also maintaining a healthy skepticism and reliance on data to make sure new approaches and ideas are working.