English Leadership Quarterly
English Leadership Quarterly helps department chairs, K–12 supervisors, and other leaders in their roles improving the quality of literacy instruction.
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Upcoming ELQ Themes
Redesigning Writing Instruction
The biggest challenge for teachers is the need for more professional development, the need for more knowledge about the teaching of writing. Expectations for what students should be able to do—
and what teachers should be able to do—have skyrocketed. What used to be considered great instruction is no longer enough. In particular, there’s a tremendous emphasis now on teaching a wider variety of writing types—including argument writing and informational writing—and on supporting those kinds of writing even in kindergarten and 1st and 2nd grade. And then there’s a tremendous emphasis on transference, so that what kids learn in a writing workshop can to be brought into the writing they do in every discipline.
—Lucy Calkins, 2016
This issue reflects on the challenges facing writing instructors in the classroom. How does a teacher, department, or school (re)design writing instruction to meet the demands of today’s learners? What approaches and practices can help support this type of learning? What resources are needed to support this change? What is the role of the teacher in this environment? What are some short- and long-term effects of this shift in writing instruction on the student? On the teacher? On education?
Submission Deadline: April 20, 2019