Improving Students' Academic Writing (ISAW): Traveling the Road to Success
February 11, 2010 • Los Angeles, California
Do you want to empower all students to write academically, analytically, and engagingly? If yes, the
California Writing Project invites you to join its statewide community of ISAW teachers, middle school
through university, for a day of workshops focused on improving students' academic writing and critical
Over eighteen workshops led by classroom teachers who are CWP and ISAW teacher leaders will address, but are not limited to, the following topics:
Accelerating the writing improvement of all students—the college-bound, English learners, those in the middle,
struggling writers—and preparing more of them for college going
Building analytical skills—analysis of experience, observation, personal opinion, texts, and multiple texts
Developing text- and issue-based writing prompts and the scaffolding that individual writers need to write with
Creating and using text sets that enlarge the classroom base for reading, provide differing perspectives on the
same issue, and serve as models for the writing
Teaching and practicing close, critical reading strategies
Revising and editing for rhetorical effectiveness
Supporting students to examine the issues they care about in an analytical context
Preparing for gatekeeper, high stakes writing—from CAHSEE to college—without sacrificing student and
Engaging students in challenging writing projects and lessons that connect with their cultures, communities, and
Making academic writing an integral part of the curriculum by focusing on improvement
Using embedded writing assessments that provide students, teachers, and parents information about student
progress and writing quality.
ISAW is classroom tested and research supported: A current CWP study, funded by the U.S. Department of
Education and the National Writing Project, is comparing the writing achievement of students whose teachers
are participating in ISAW programs to that of students whose teachers are not. An independent group of readers
evaluated students' improvement across eighteen dimensions of writing and found that students in ISAW
classrooms outpace their comparison counterparts in all eighteen dimensions. Evaluators found the differences
to be large enough to be considered statistically significant. These findings hold true for students with different
racial and ethnic backgrounds, English learners, students from low socio-economic status, and males and
females. For more information about ISAW link to: http://californiawritingproject.org/Teachers/isaw.html.
Pre-convention registration includes:
A very special luncheon showcasing California's student winners of the Scholastic Writing Awards.
A wealth of curriculum resources and instructional materials
Time to browse and buy California and National Writing Project publications and resources.
Cost: $125 for CATE members; $165 for non-members. The Pre-convention is included in Package A, or you can
choose it as an "a la carte" option. Refer to the CATE 2010 registration form or www.CATEWeb.org for more information.
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