District: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Center for Literacy and Disability Studies • Location: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Center for Literacy and Disability Studies
Leaders: Karen Erickson, Ph.D Center for Literacy and Disability Studies
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Through an NCTI-awarded research grant, the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies studied the effects of pairing writing strategy instruction with technology and found that the combination had a bigger impact than either technology or writing strategy instruction alone.
Developed by Educators and Researchers:
SOLO Writing Coach was developed by Dr. Karen Erickson, Director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies, University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill. As a part of the NCTI-awarded research grant, the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies and educators participating in the study developed three curriculum units to teach students in late elementary and the middle grades to write using strategies that address summary-writing, goal-setting, and paragraph-writing.
SOLO Writing Coach has demonstrated dramatic writing gains — proven in real schools with real teachers and students. The graph at right demonstrates students’ pre- and post- scores using SOLO Writing Coach during a 6-week quasi-experimental research grant study awarded by the National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI). Average-performing students made significant gains of 9.8% on the Test of Written Language (TOWL-3), while low-performing students made dramatic gains of 46.8%… truly closing the achievement gap!
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