Suzanne Klein to Unravel Common Core Writing Myths for Washington State Educators

Suzanne Klein to Unravel Common Core Writing Myths for Washington State Educators

Ann Arbor, MI  (PRBuzz) June 22, 2012 -- Suzanne Klein, a Common Core writing expert and former K-5 teacher, will share insights to help schools transition to the Common Core Writing Standards at the annual conference of the Association of Washington School Principals and the Washington Association of School Administrators on Monday, June 25, in Spokane. Klein is the founder and CEO of WriteSteps, a Common Core writing system used in K-5 schools throughout the country.

"There's a lot of energy and excitement about the Common Core writing standards among middle school and high school teachers," Klein said, "but enthusiasm is not as high among elementary educators. They need to make Common Core changes in many subject areas, and that can be overwhelming."

"School leaders are being battered with information about the new writing expectations," she said. "What's needed is an action plan around the writing cores that is do-able. The good news is, we know what works."

Klein, who served as a writing coach at the national and district levels after achieving remarkable success with her own students, will give a presentation entitled "The Seven Keys to Common Core Success." She draws on her classroom and coaching successes as well as her training in best practices in writing pedagogy and her knowledge of the Common Core Standards, which have been adopted by all but four states.

Emphasizing research on best practices, including a recent study in the Harvard Educational Review that links writing lessons to improved reading outcomes, she will describe how consistent, targeted writing instruction across the grades maximizes student learning. Participants will learn practical strategies that raise student confidence and test scores for all kinds of learners. They will also receive tools their teachers can use in their classrooms.

The theme of this year's AWSP/WASA conference is "Developing a Game Plan for Partnership." All events will be held at the Spokane Convention Center. Klein will make her presentation at 3:30 p.m. on Monday.

Suzanne Klein holds a Master of Arts degree in Teaching, is a National Writing Project fellow, and draws inspiration from educators such as Ralph Fletcher, Barry Lane, Lucy Calkins, Katie Wood Ray, and John Collins. She has worked as a writing coach for thousands of teachers at the district level and led national workshops for the Bureau of Education Research.



In 2007, K-5 teacher Suzanne Klein committed herself to sharing teacher-friendly writing lessons after experiencing remarkable classroom success in a school that had low student outcomes in writing. After coaching thousands of teachers at the state and national level, she made her lessons available to schools, and last year, aligned them to the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. WriteSteps' Common Core release launched nationwide in September, 2011. For complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog, please go to

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