Writing Instruction and Technology in the Classroom: Supporting Teachers with the Drive to Write Program

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  • Source:
    MDRC. 37 pp.
  • Publication Date:
    2019
  • Language:
    English
  • Publication Type:
    Reports - Evaluative
  • Additional Information
    • Author(s):
    • Availability:
      Full Text from ERIC Available online: https://eric.ed.gov/contentdelivery/servlet/ERICServlet?accno=ED594081
      MDRC. 16 East 34th Street 19th Floor, New York, NY 10016-4326. Tel: 212-532-3200; Fax: 212-684-0832; e-mail: publications@mdrc.org; Web site: http://www.mdrc.org
    • Peer Reviewed:
      N/A
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    • Abstract:
      Around the country, high school teachers are being called upon to improve student writing, but they often lack the tools and requisite know-how to make a difference. An ambitious new program called Drive to Write is attempting to change that. This report describes an evaluation of the program's implementation in 11 public high schools in New York City during the 2017-2018 school year. Key findings include: (1) The program rolled out as intended throughout the 2017-2018 school year. Coaches tailored their feedback for teachers and helped them focus on writing instruction by using technology to support workflow and data to guide their approach to individual students. Overall, teachers expressed a high rate of satisfaction with, and adoption of, the tools and support provided by Drive to Write; (2) Teachers customized their use of technology tools and writing instruction to suit the needs of their students and the constraints of their classroom. Nevertheless, practices related to writing and technology use among the 15 program teachers in the 11 Drive to Write schools were similar to those of the 17 teachers in 12 comparison schools. Teachers in program schools, however, exhibited greater understanding of, and proficiency with, higher-level writing instruction; and (3) It is unclear whether the program had a positive effect on student writing after one academic year of implementation. The analytic sample included 1,008 program students and 936 comparison students. Several factors could have dampened early effects, such as comparable writing improvement among all students during ninth-grade, similar technology practices between program and comparison students, or a sample of schools too small to detect modest effects. It could also be that the assessment score outcome may reflect student skill at timed test taking (which all schools address), rather than the intervention's core focus on intensive writing composition (on which program schools spent dedicated time). This evaluation contributes to the growing literature that highlights the support teachers require to integrate new technology and data tools into their instructional routines, the role of individualized coaching for teachers, and the sustainability of data-driven teacher feedback to students. An understanding of these elements can lead to better implementation of writing programs in high schools across the country and, potentially, improved student writing.
    • Abstract:
      ERIC
    • Number of References:
      -1
    • Sponsoring Agency:
      Office of Innovation and Improvement (ED), Investing in Innovation (i3)
    • Physical Description:
      37
    • Education Level:
      Grade 9; High Schools; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
    • Journal Code:
      MAY2019
    • Publication Date:
      2019
    • Accession Number:
      ED594081
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      ALTERMAN, E. et al. Writing Instruction and Technology in the Classroom: Supporting Teachers with the Drive to Write ProgramMDRC. [s.l.] : MDRC, 2019. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 19 nov. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Alterman E, Balu R, Haider Z, MDRC. Writing Instruction and Technology in the Classroom: Supporting Teachers with the Drive to Write Program. MDRC; 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=ED594081&custid=s8280428. Accessed November 19, 2019.
    • APA:
      Alterman, E., Balu, R., Haider, Z., & MDRC. (2019). Writing Instruction and Technology in the Classroom: Supporting Teachers with the Drive to Write Program. MDRC. MDRC. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=ED594081&custid=s8280428
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Alterman, Emma, Rekha Balu, Zeest Haider, and MDRC. 2019. “Writing Instruction and Technology in the Classroom: Supporting Teachers with the Drive to Write Program.” MDRC. MDRC. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=ED594081&custid=s8280428.
    • Harvard:
      Alterman, E. et al. (2019) Writing Instruction and Technology in the Classroom: Supporting Teachers with the Drive to Write Program, MDRC. MDRC. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=ED594081&custid=s8280428 (Accessed: 19 November 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Alterman, E, Balu, R, Haider, Z & MDRC 2019, Writing Instruction and Technology in the Classroom: Supporting Teachers with the Drive to Write Program, MDRC, 1 March, MDRC, viewed 19 November 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Alterman, Emma, et al. “Writing Instruction and Technology in the Classroom: Supporting Teachers with the Drive to Write Program.” MDRC, MDRC, 1 Mar. 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=ED594081&custid=s8280428.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Alterman, Emma, Rekha Balu, Zeest Haider, and MDRC. “Writing Instruction and Technology in the Classroom: Supporting Teachers with the Drive to Write Program.” MDRC. MDRC, March 1, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=ED594081&custid=s8280428.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Alterman E, Balu R, Haider Z, MDRC. Writing Instruction and Technology in the Classroom: Supporting Teachers with the Drive to Write Program [Internet]. MDRC. MDRC; 2019 Mar [cited 2019 Nov 19]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=ED594081&custid=s8280428