I recently read a fascinating white paper by Steve Graham, Ed. D., titled “It All Starts Here: Fixing Our National Writing Crisis from the Foundation,” in which Dr. Graham outlines numerous compelling truths about why writing instruction is so critical and must be made a priority in children’s education.
Being a competent writer is no longer an option for our youth. If academic success isn’t enough of a reason (I’ll blog on that later!), it’s an absolute necessity for success in the 21st Century workplace.
Dr. Graham’s research shed light on some striking reasons why writing, now more than ever, is a necessity in the workplace.
In order for our students to succeed in higher education and have productive careers, Dr. Graham is right; we must guarantee that all students achieve grade-level proficiency in writing. And to do this, we have to start at the beginning, with the foundational skills in the early grades that prepare students for higher-level writing.
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Sandie is a speech-language pathologist with more than 30 years of experience in the private practice sector. She is Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders at University of North Carolina Greensboro, and founder/owner of the Language & Learning Clinic, PLLC, a private practice in Elkin, NC, and Greensboro, NC, specializing in communication disorders, including disorders of reading and written language.