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How can I access grant and funding sources?
How do I introduce the program?
How do I monitor program progress?
How do I keep writing samples organized?

How can I access grant and funding sources?

  • ARRA Stimulus
  • Charter school funding
  • Federal Technology Funds
  • IDEA — Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Investing in Innovation Fund (i3)
  • Private Foundation grants
  • Race to the Top Funds (RTTT)
  • Remediation Funds
  • Rural Education Achievement Program
  • State and local curriculum funds
  • Title I Part A
  • Title II (Professional Development)
  • Title I Section 1003(g) (School Improvement Grants)
  • Title I (Supplemental Education Services) funds
  • Title I C (Migrant Education)
  • Title I Part D-2 (Neglected and Delinquent)
  • Title II Part D (Enhancing Education Through Technology)
  • Title III (English Language Acquisition)
  • Title VII (Indian Education)

Explore local improvement funding, educational foundations, parent-teacher organizations, and in-service training funds.

How do I introduce the program?

The program is best introduced through a whole-faculty meeting that takes place only after teachers have had an opportunity to look through the Daily Writing Lessons and other materials and read the first part of the Curriculum Guide.

The meeting can be led by the facilitator/team leader or a CraftPlus trainer. Small faculties also can schedule an interactive webinar. Effective schools’ research has shown that leadership from the principal and/or the assistant principal is essential for achieving strong academic outcomes. This is especially true if teachers are being asked to significantly change their writing instructional practices. Commitment and cooperation are considerably more likely if administrators are actively interested and involved.

How do I monitor program progress?

Most successful schools assign someone to monitor implementation and progress with CraftPlus. Teachers have a resource for questions and challenges. The optional Staff Development Package ($199) contains forms, templates, instructions, all curriculum guides, and a specially-prepared compilation of Daily Writing Lessons (K-5 or 6-8) that support the monitor’s CraftPlus implementation management. Grade-level Target Skills expectations clearly lay out teacher expectations, giving administrators favorable accountability.

How do I keep writing samples organized?

Students can keep their writing pieces in a simple three-pronged folder with pockets. Beginning sometime during second grade, students can transition to a loose-leaf notebook with tabbed dividers. Sample notebook sections: ideas, description, writing handouts, genre titles, in progress, Target Skills lists, and finished work.

Occasional weeding of the notebook is necessary, of course. Keep in mind, however, that the notebook belongs to the student. Return all writing to the author, retaining special pieces for a portfolio – and to pass on to the next year’s teacher. Keeping the notebooks organized can be used as a portion of a student’s writing grade.