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From the Publisher"Because Writing Matters has sweeping appeal to teachers,administrators, and parents alike. It is full of pragmatic tools toincrease both the quantity and the quality of writing in schools.Not haughty or esoteric, it is relevant, accessible and, above all,a practical guidebook that presents ways by which writing withinthe educational landscape can be improved."
—Aiken Essays in Education
"I just finished a fantastic book about writing. In about 120pages, the authors synthesize years of insights into writing,instruction, professional development, and assessment…I feltlike I learned something new with each page, or found on each pagesome important new validation for what I already do in my ownclassroom."
—Jim Burke, Burlington High Scholl, California, CATEnet
"You would have to read hundreds of books and articles toacquire knowledge comparable to what you can get by reading thisslim but full packed volume developed by the National WritingProject and written by a journalist and writing teacher."
"Once I started reading, I could not put the book down until Ihad finished. My copy of Because Writing Matters is riddledwith sticky notes to myself about how I can enhance my own effortsto bring writing and the teaching of writing to theforeground."
—Voices from the Middle
"For the first time, in a reader-friendly format, thosestrategies of successful school writing programs have beendocumented in a new book titled Because WritingMatters."
—Town Talk Newspapers
"Timely and persuasive, Because Writing Matters offersclassroom teachers, administrators, and those who work withpre-service teachers more than encouragement; it provides a‘so what’ plus the ‘how to’ necessary tomake real changes in the ways writing is taught and assessed. Oneof the book’s greatest strengths is the way relevantinformation is succinctly presented.
"If you want or need to know more about teaching writing, thebibliography is a comprehensive source. The great writing teachersand well-known researchers listed here have built a knowledge basefor a discipline many of us have taken for granted."
—English Leadership Quarterly
"The NWP and Nagin have written a concise, well-organized primerthat introduces school leaders to writing as a thinking andlearning tool."
—Bryn Mawr/Haverford College Journal of TeacherEducation