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Writing Plan - District Elementary

Elementary Education

Schoolwide Writing Programs, Plans and Policies

BCPS Elementary Writing Plan Revised June 2012-2013:   This plan was designed as a template for schools to use and modify as necessary to fit individual building curricular needs.  This plan also includes a sample SBDM policy.

Writer's Workshop Handbook- Joplin, MO Resource  This resource booklet follows the types of writing requirements in the common core.

Addressing the 3 Modes of Writing

Writing Resource Booklet

Developing a School-wide Writing Plan

Developing a School Writing Plan Power Point

Teaching the Writer DVD - KDE

Writing Policy Guidance

Each school-based decision making council or if there is no school council, a committee appointed by the principal, shall adopt policies that determine the writing program for its school.” KRS 158.6451 (2009)


What is the difference between a writing program, plan and policy?


Program - includes the components that will be evaluated in the writing program  review process:

  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Formative and summative assessments
  • Professional development and support services
  • Administrative/Leadership support and monitoring


What is required for a school’s writing program?

        “The writing program shall incorporate a variety of language resources, technological tools, and  multiple opportunities for students to develop complex communication skills for a variety of purposes.” Sec 2(7)(c)(2)


What should a school’s writing program do?

The program should empower teachers to use a variety of teaching approaches to meet  the needs of individual learners.

v  Plan - a schoolwide writing plan describes the action to be taken by teachers in order to implement the school’s writing program, including what will be learned and how  it will be assessed.

v  Policy - the rules and guidelines adopted by SBDM to be implemented in the school’s writing program.  School writing policies should address:

> Communication skills

> Grading procedures and feedback to students regarding their writing and  communication skills

 > Responsibility for the review of the portfolios and feedback to students

> Other policies to improve the quality of an individual student’s writing and communication skills


Program Policy Plan
* instruction (teachers, administrators, and students)*  curriculum (courses, materials, instructors, etc.  -  might include portfolios and opportunities to write across the curriculum)*  assessment (formative and summative)*  infrastructure supports  --writing centers, tutoring, community outreach for writing/communications*opportunities for students to share writing publically* district and administrative support and roles*  professional development to support teacher growth and student learning * the rules and guidelines adopted by SBDM to be followed in writing programs *the actions taken to achieve measurable goals that meet needs of students at each individual school*what will be learned* how it will be assessed* what and how program will be implemented, including strategies for implementing the plan


Bullitt County Public Schools
1040 Highway 44 East
Shepherdsville, KY 40165