School Writing Programs Kentucky Department of Education October 2009. Goals of this Presentation. Understand Senate Bill 1 implications related to writing (development of writing program, program reviews, portfolio expectations, interim) Learn what you can do now to support your schools
“Writing means a purposeful act of thinking and expression that uses language to explore ideas and communicate meaning to others. Writing is a complex, multifaceted act of communication.”
Each SBDM council
shall determine the writing program for its school.
Each SBDM council shall adopt policies that determine the writing program for its school.
A school’s writing program fits within the larger realm of a school’s literacy program. A school’s literacy program includes reading, writing, speaking, listening, and observing.
The writing program review is the process for analyzing components of a school’s writing program: the “instructional practices, aligned and enacted curriculum, student work samples, formative and summative assessments, professional development and support services, and administrative support and monitoring.”
Suggested Committee Representation
Teacher council member
Parent council member
Assistant Principal of curriculum/instruction
Students (at secondary level)
“Writing portfolios, consisting of samples of individual student work that represent the interests and growth of the student over time, shall be a required part of any writing program in primary through grade twelve.”
Portfolios are part of the required criteria for the program review and audit process.
A writing portfolio shall be maintained for each student and follow each student from grade to grade and to any school.
the use of the portfolio for determining student’s performance in communication
grading procedures and feedback to students regarding their writing & communication skills
the responsibility for review of the portfolios and feedback to students
other policies to improve the quality of an individual student’s writing & communication skills
Students can collect documents in their ILP
Students can now journal in their IL P
Take advantage of the luxury of time you have before accountability.
of your school’s writing
program as it is NOW
What does the snapshot of your school’s writing program look like
Your planning should be long-range
A school’s writing plan and policy may not encompass all the components of a school’s writing program. Therefore the program review process may certainly reach further than what is included in a school’s writing plan.
Task: Read from the perspective assigned to your team.
Decide the implications for the assigned perspective:
What needs to happen for you to do your part in implementation and/or development of your school’s writing plan?
(i.e. What do you need to do and what support will you need? )
4. Literate Environment
5. School/Family/Community Partnerships
6. Professional Development
7. Literacy Team
8. Valuable Resources
9. Literacy Plan
Developing a Schoolwide Writing Plan