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From the Publisher"At last a book that is both comprehensive and up-to-date on the status and importance of writing in America. [This] carefully researched book shows how writing can be marginalized through ineffective assessments yet be a force in student lives. This book is must reading for teachers, school district leaders, and policy makers who wish to restore writing to its rightful place in student learning."
— Donald Graves, professor emeritus, Education, University of New
"Because Writing Matters is a highly accessible, reader-friendly book that reviews what we know about written language and that explains clearly how that knowledge can be used to build effective programs for teaching writing. I predict that this book will become an indispensable guide for policy makers and legislators as well as for professional educators who strive to build research-based instructional programs."
— Sarah Warshauer Freedman, Professor of Education, University of California, Berkeley
"Because Writing Matters makes clear the connection between learning to write and learning to read. It easily explains how children can increase their comprehension of concepts and ideas in all content areas through the writer's craft. Busy principals who want to know what really matters in building a successful school writing program need to read this book."
— Frank Murphy, principal, General George G. Meade Elementary School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania