LONGMONT, Colo., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sopris Learning, a provider of research-based assessments, supplemental and intervention materials, positive behavior supports, and professional development offerings, is pleased to share that author Judith Hochman and her program, Teaching Basic Writing Skills, have been recognized in the October 2012 volume of The Atlantic, an award-winning publication that focuses on current affairs and cultural trends.
In the article, "The Writing Revolution," Peg Tyre chronicles the transformation of New Dorp High School in Staten Island, New York, which was one of the lowest-performing schools in the nation in 2006/2007. Tyre writes: "Faced with closure, the school's principal went all-in on a very specific curriculum reform, placing an overwhelming focus on teaching the basics of analytic writing, every day, in virtually every class. What followed was an extraordinary blossoming of student potential, across nearly every subject—one that has made New Dorp a model for educational reform."
Contributing to New Dorp's extraordinary growth was Dr. Judith Hochman and her expository writing program, Teaching Basic Writing Skills, published by Sopris Learning. As noted in the article, Hochman became "a frequent visitor" to New Dorp, providing professional development and working with teachers to revamp their curriculum to have a heavy focus on analytical essay writing. Some outcomes of this curricular focus included:
- Number of Students eligible to take College-Level Classes increased 64% from 2006 to 2011
- Graduation Rate is expected to hit 80% this year (2012/2013)—up from 63% before "The Writing Revolution"
- Pass Rate for English Regents increased 22% in two years (2009-2011)
- Pass Rates for Global History Regents increased 11% in two years (2009-2011)
George Logue, president of Sopris Learning, comments: "It is an honor to represent the work of Judith Hochman and to be part of such an incredible story of student learning. Teaching Basic Writing Skills is not just a program; it is the representation of years of study in what makes a difference in student learning and thinking. Additionally, with the rigorous writing and analytical requirements of the Common Core State Standards, Teaching Basic Writing Skills should be considered a cornerstone to any comprehensive curriculum."
Teaching Basic Writing Skills provides teachers with flexible, targeted strategies for the development of written language. It offers research-based techniques to add clarity, structure, and precision to their expository and narrative writing. The activities can be adapted for a wide range of abilities and has been successfully implemented in grades K-12 in every content area.
To view the full article in The Atlantic, visit www.soprislearning.com/tbws or http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/10/the-writing-revolution/309090/. Also view a response to the article from Dr. Judith Hochman at http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/09/academic-writing-isnt-a-throwback-to-the-1950s/262626/.
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