Are you a school or teacher interested in being part of this study? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is this study?
The goal of the Writing Pathways Initiative, a project at Quill.org, is to bring coherence to writing instruction by:
- collecting daily data on the methods and tools used to teach writing from over 100 classrooms for a full academic year
- using this data to build a logical progression of writing skills—a writing pathway—that educators across the country can use in their classrooms
Who is being included in this study?
Any middle or high teacher who incorporates writing into their instruction, regardless of which content area they teach, is eligible to participate.
What will I be asked to do as a participating teacher?
Throughout the course of the school year, we will ask you to complete a daily 5-minute survey about your writing instruction on SurveyMonkey.com. Note that it is not necessary that you teach writing every day. Whenever you do not teach writing on a given day, you can simply indicate this on the survey. Before you begin taking the daily surveys, we will provide a brief norming training and have you submit an intake survey. The intake survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
What benefits will I receive from participating in this study?
All participating teachers will have access to a private, password-protected data dashboard that aggregates the data from your daily survey submissions. This data dashboard will give you the ability to see trends in your teaching, which may be helpful for planning purposes.
You will also have the opportunity to attend optional monthly virtual learning sessions with the study team to discuss overall trends in the research and help to formulate proposed pathways based on these trends.
In addition, your participation will contribute to the creation of an open-source website that will provide guidance on how to sequence writing instruction. Since this website will be completely free, we expect it to benefit millions of teachers and students across the country.