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Three Ways That Data Can Transform Your Writing Instruction

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

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Presented by Joni Degner, Territory Director, Texthelp; and Mark Schwartz, Product Evangelist, Texthelp

Sponsored by Texthelp

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Poor writing skills are a crisis in our public schools. Two thirds of K–12 students are not writing at grade level, according to The Nation’s Report Card. “Writing has been under-represented as a priority and by middle school, it is impossible to teach because of class size.” Add to this, the learning loss that will be experienced as a result of the forced move to remote and blended learning practices, and we’ve got a bit of a crisis on our hands.

Watch Joni Degner and Mark Schwartz to learn more about how you can use data to inform and transform your writing instruction. In this edWebinar:

  • Hear from Joni and Mark on how data can help you to personalize writing instruction, using it to pinpoint where, and what interventions are necessary
  • Learn how you can track progress to assess the impact of interventions put in place, as well as the achievement of individual students
  • Take a look at how learning analytics and data can provide meaningful feedback for educators too, helping you to see where you can improve upon your own instruction

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to K-12 teachers and school and district leaders.


Joni DegnerAbout the Presenters

Working shoulder to shoulder with learners and educators, Joni Degner is a recognized international expert on the implementation of UDL for schools, districts and institutions of opportunity. A member of the CAST Professional Learning Cadre and now full-time Texthelper, Joni is passionate about Universal Design for Learning, for instructional designers, teachers and leadership. Having previously worked as a UDL facilitator for Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation, Joni brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the session.


Mark SchwartzMark Schwartz taught a range of social studies and ELA classes for over 15 years at both the middle and high school levels, in both urban and suburban districts in Massachusetts, before joining Texthelp as the product evangelist for WriQ, Texthelp’s online assessment tool. Mark has a passion for making teachers’ jobs a little easier while also improving the writing skills of students at all ages and skill levels. He strives to balance the data analysis of WriQ’s writing metrics with the understanding that successful teaching is an artful mix of science, patience, caring, communicating, and collaboration.



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Tuesday, September 15, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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