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A Principal's Guide to Leadership in the Teaching of Writing will keep you company during the hard work of leading school reform in teaching writing. It will bring you inside a community of practice comprised of scores of principals who have also thought, 'How can I provide my teachers with the support they deserve in teaching writing?' This book will allow you to stand on the shoulders of others who have tackled the challenge of supporting whole school reform in writing. —Lucy Calkins and Laurie Pessah
Schoolwide reform in writing involves all members of the school community. This resource is for the leader in that reform effort. Organized chronologically, like a calendar, A Principal's Guide to Leadership in the Teaching of Writing will help you work strategically throughout the school year. After chronicling the motivations for undertaking such an initiative, Lucy and Laurie map out the behind-the-scenes ground work needed to set priorities, involve key stakeholders, and launch the initiative. From this sound foundation, ensuing chapters detail how to build the infrastructure needed to establish and sustain rigorous and responsive writing workshops, including how to organize professional development, supply classrooms, and observe and support instruction. In addition to describing the management systems that will make this initiative flourish, select chapters offer practical strategies for making and meeting expectations; engaging teachers, students, and parents; and building on success. This resource offers you more than advice. Designed around a community of practice comprised of scores of principals, this resource offers companionship as you lead the beautiful, difficult, exhilarating work of whole-school reform in the teaching of writing.
Components
  • Organized chronologically, the ten chapters in A Principal's Guide to the Leadership in the Teaching of Writing walk principals through the month-by-month demands involved in organizing and implementing whole-school reform in the teaching of writing.
  • The two-part Principal to Principal DVD provides more than 2 hours of video support.
    1. In Making School-Wide Change with the Teaching of Writing, Lucy and Laurie answer questions about implementing reform in the teaching of writing.
    2. In From the Principals, seven principals discuss the introduction and maintenance of effective school-wide literacy programs.
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