Thanks you for checking out the Writers Matter Program. It was created in 2005 for middle school adolescent students, grades six through eight, in order to motivate and encourage them to become better writers. In recent years, we have brought the Writers Matter Program into our Elementary Schools as both part of the curriculum and as an after school program. Since the inception of the Program, over 13,000 students in Grades 3-8 have participated.
Additionally, The Writers Matter Program has become international —Writers Matter: Israeli and Palestinian – Cultural Narrative Building through Writing began in September, 2011, engaging students in the region between the ages of 12–14 in grades 6th-8th. It is comprised of Israeli Jewish and Israeli Arab students residing in Israel and Palestinians living in the Palestinian territories. In 2016, the WM program was implemented at the Shanti Bhavan School in Bangalore, India with students coming from the poorest communities. The WM program also began in Goteborg City, Sweden with refugees and immigrant students coming from Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Bosnia, and Albania.
Through an analysis of the research data and contributions from our Writers Matter teachers, many newly-tested teaching strategies have been designed and implemented related to the teaching of writing. The research consistently demonstrated that Writers Matter fosters more than just improved writing skill development among middle and elementary school students. These results include a more nurturing learning environment, stronger teacher-student relationships, and more effective classroom management because of the trusting and mutually respectful relationships that develop between teachers and students.
Please read the books and articles found on this site that have been published about the various program initiatives or to learn how to incorporate Writers Matter into your school.
This Program is generously supported by the PTS Foundation (Pam and Tony Schneider), Tyler Aaron Bookman Memorial Foundation (Neil and Jill Bookman), Jeff and Dana Burstein and Moses Feldman Family Foundation (Moe and Susan Feldman). A heartfelt thanks to these special individuals for their vision to help those less fortunate then themselves.
Founding Director, Writers Matter Program at La Salle University
Professor Emeritus, Department of Education, La Salle University
Associate Director, Writers Matter Program at La Salle University
Associate Professor, Department of Education, La Salle University