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Education and Academic Support / Literacy Programs

The Writing Revolution

The Writing Revolution (TWR) trains teachers and school leaders in expository writing instruction, introducing proven strategies that enable students to improve their writing skills, become better readers, speak more coherently, and elevate the complexity of their critical thinking. The training is based on the Hochman Writing Method, an evidence-based model developed by Dr. Judith C. Hochman, former Superintendent of the Greenburgh Graham Union Free School District and former head of The Windward School, an independent school focused on students with learning disabilities. Results at Windward showed dramatic improvement in exit exams, with scores between 96 percent and 98 percent in reading, writing, and vocabulary.

In 2014, the foundation provided an initial grant to The Writing Revolution through a funding partnership with the Edwin Gould Foundation to train 126 educators, reaching 7,000 students from seven partnership schools in New York City.

In 2016, the foundation partnered with the Charles Hayden Foundation to fund an expansion, supporting TWR to train 75 teachers from 13 New York City public schools in evidence-based writing instruction, and provide teachers with new strategies for supporting their students in developing critical college preparatory writing skills.