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What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Writing

Discover practical strategies for supporting and assessing writing instruction in all content areas while equipping teachers with instructional practices that emphasize this critical skill, which students need to adapt to the demands of the CCSS and thrive in the 21st century. This guide offers the pedagogical expertise every administrator needs to serve as an effective leader.


  • Assess the teaching and learning of writing in your school or district.
  • Acquire best practices for step-by-step assessment to evaluate students and staff.
  • Align your current practices with the Common Core State Standards.
  • Understand the importance of writing for students' academic and lifelong success.
  • Explore the link between reading skills and students' writing skills.

What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Writing


Chapter 1: Assessment and the Writing Classroom
Chapter 2: Writing in the Common Core Era
Chapter 3: Dynamic Writing Instruction
Chapter 4: Assessing Student Writing
Chapter 5: Assessing the Teaching of Writing
Chapter 6: Knowing the Writing Program Is Working


Chapter 4: Student Scoring Guides

Teacher Scoring Guides

Chapter 5