"In the Know" Weekly Newsletter - The International School

News from Robert - May 6

Dear Parents,

This piece is about the third initiative for the coming school year. In the past weeks we reviewed an initiative focused on kindergarten literacy screening, and a yearlong concentration on peer aggression or bullying to support the social/emotional development of our students. In this article, we will look at an initiative to support the development of student writing.

Writing occurs in several arenas for TIS students. They learn one process concerning writing in their target language. They may learn another approach to the writing process while in English. As they pass from grade to grade, students may again be introduced to different approaches to the writing process with each consecutive teacher. The purpose of this initiative is to establish an institutional approach to the writing process. This approach will be used across language tracks where appropriate. An institutional or common method will also allow for better continuity of the writing process from grade to grade.

Like our other initiatives, the writing process initiative is designed for study and implementation over the course of an entire year. We have identified a well-established writing framework, 6 + 1 Trait Writing, as our methodology. We are currently negotiating with Education Northwest to arrange a series of teacher workshops and follow-up sessions throughout 2013-2014.

Once operational and fully implemented, this initiative will create a more cohesive learning environment for TIS students. We view this as another step in moving TIS forward and are committed to continually reviewing our practice to provide the highest quality education for your children.

Robert Woods, Head of School, RobertW@intlschool.org, 503-226-2496 x122 
Robert will be out of the office at a conference Monday & Tuesday this week.