As you know, research clearly demonstrates the link between handwriting and academic achievement – even in this increasingly digital age. Yet, despite the clear research results, a decreasing number of students have the requisite handwriting skills for academic achievement – a problem I’m sure you see as well.
DrawnToDiscover.com tackles this problem in a fun and engaging way for both students and teachers. Our research-based, visual literacy curriculum teaches these requisite skills through interactive, video lessons aligned with the NGSS & Common Core.
What Administrators want to know:
- How do I test it’s accountability? Drawn to Discover lessons are designed to provide immediate feedback to both the student and teacher on performance and growth. Additionally, the curriculum has built-in formative and summative assessments to help teachers monitor progress.
- How will it increase test scores and student success? Research clearly demonstrates the link between handwriting and academic achievement – even in this increasingly digital age. Developing fine motor skills, self-regulation and attention, and emergent literacy and numeracy leads to improved outcomes for students academically, socially, and emotionally. Indeed, when attention, fine motor skills and general knowledge are grouped together, they are much stronger predictors for later math, reading and science achievement than early math and reading scores alone. Drawn To Discover lessons are designed to develop precisely these skills. Several studies have shown a clear link between weekly Drawn To Discover lessons and student achievement in the classroom and on standardized tests. You can read more about our research here (insert link).
- How will it help teacher retention?
Drawn To Discover helps teachers in many ways.
- Provides flexibility: The lessons engage the students fully for 45 minutes to an hour allowing the teacher more flexibility with their role.
- Builds student capacity: The lessons develop requisite handwriting and literacy skills that have been shown to increase students’ legibility and amount of writing. Improved handwriting helps students keep up with coursework and makes it easier for teachers to assess progress (it’s much easier to see what a child has learned when you can actually read their writing).
- Easily integrated: When Drawn To Discover is integrated into the classroom, students are more interested in the subjects they are studying. The lessons provide background knowledge and help synthesize new learning. Moreover, this isn’t one more thing piled on for the teacher. The lessons are easily implemented and free up the teacher to focus on student needs.
- Increases job satisfaction: Drawn To Discover lessons build self-confidence and self-efficacy in students and they enjoy the lessons. When teachers have a classroom of happily engaged, self-confident students proud of their work and eager to learn more, it makes their job more enjoyable.
- Builds teacher capacity: The seminal research of Dr. Steve Graham with writing achievement has shown that a vast majority of teachers (approx. 88%) don’t feel adequately trained to teach handwriting. Drawn To Discover lessons complement classroom teaching in a very efficient way. Teachers don’t need to spend time or money receiving extensive training. And, they can learn valuable information along with the students.
- How much does it cost? A site-based license costs $3,000 per school and provides login credentials for all required educators for 1 year. Materials for the program, pencils, box of Crayola 64 crayons, and organizational tools, are available for an incremental per student price. Please submit an RFP for full district pricing or special needs.
Educators are using Drawn to Discover in many ways to help students develop and learn. Lessons are streamlined to keep implementation simple, allowing educators to focus on student growth.
Three common ways to deliver our lessons:
– program administrator in California
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– Poway Unified School Administrator, San Diego, CA
NBC News – Drawn To Discover in the Classroom.
The ProgramSchool districts across the country such as Poway Unified in San Diego are witnessing:
- Improved handwriting skills (legibility & fluency)
- Increased number of words and sentences in writing
- Increased attention to detail
- Fewer grammatical errors
- Teach useful knowledge and skills
- Are a good use of class time
- Keep students on task
- Are beneficial and enjoyable for student