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Unlock hidden writing skills in all learners through UDL! The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for writing are promising but present a host of challenges in implementation, especially for struggling students. In this valuable resource, Sally A. Spencer demonstrates the potential of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a framework for making the CCSS writing and language standards accessible to all kids. Educators who utilize these strategies will know: •How to leverage the strengths of students to optimize writing instruction and overcome their weaknesses •The ways UDL can minimize the roadblocks in CCSS implementation •How to - and how not to - use technology to teach writing and language conventions With dozens of classroom-ready activities, resources for further reading, and reproducibles, this easy-to-use guide will help you make all students proficient writers. “This is the ultimate guide to successful UDL implementation, with ready-to- use activities and resources that support the Common Core Writing Standards for students in all grades. Energize your classroom with this practical guide that engages all learners and helps you plan your lessons with ease. This is a must-have for all teachers!” -Renee Bernhardt, Ed.S Curriculum and Instruction-Learning Support Cherokee County School District Canton, GA “This is one of the most relatable and relevant teaching books I have read. It is packed with practical ideas, solid background information, and several resources. It is perfect for any teacher struggling to help students with a variety of needs achieve the goals set by the CCSS.” -Kristin Striebel, Teacher Francis Howell School District St. Charles, MO

Strolling Through the Standards
Strolling Through the Standards

“Ugh—I’m grading some papers for one of my 300 level classes and I get overwhelmed sometimes because I feel like there is so much they don’t know in terms of writing and critical thinking. There is so much reteaching that needs to happen....I feel horrible knowing that some of these students are graduating and they don’t even know how to write a real research paper.:-( ”

What you see above is a message recently posted on Facebook by my friend Linda who teaches upper division students at a state university. It’s clear from her impassioned words that, even at the university level, the controversy around writing proficiency (or lack of it) rages strong. She went on to ask ...

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