Students Using Our Writing Program are "Super Engaged"

This fall, teachers in 11 DC public schools and six charter schools are using our successful Writing Program in their classrooms. Our Common Core-aligned, teacher-created lesson plans are easily differentiated for multiple learning styles. Students have the opportunity to build their research and writing skills as they learn more about a topic of interest to them.

This month our staff is making classroom visits to see the students in action.

Deputy Director Joy King-Pike made the first visit this week. She found the 18 eighth grade students in Mr. Jerome Price’s class in Capital City Public Charter School to be “super engaged” with the Writing Program and their teacher to be “a great reflection of the amazing work and leadership happening at Cap City.”

A film team joined her to gather footage for OWEd’s new documentary and the students were naturals on camera.

After the visit, Price wrote to King-Pike saying, “I just wanted to personally say thank you for stopping by room 224 today for your classroom observation/video. My kids have spent weeks on the One World curriculum… My students were very excited to see you and remain passionate about this work.” He continued, “I'll be sure to share some of our exemplary argumentative essays with you when we complete our unit.”

The school’s principal Laina Cox attended the observation, too, and congratulated Price on his excellent work. “I’m a super proud principal :)” she shared by email.

Next up, Executive Director Eric Goldstein will visit tenth grade teacher Desiree Raught’s class. This is her second year using the curriculum with her English students. Earlier this week she tweeted photos of her class hard at work.

Other staff will visit the Columbia Heights Education Campus (CHEC) next week. Stay tuned for more updates, and in the meantime, you can read about us in a recent Washington Post article about teaching the world to read.

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