Q & A

Teacher and Pupil

ASSESSMENTS

How are students assessed?

Assessments aligned to each lesson and the teaching rubrics are provided for each unit. Grading by Design provides online assessments and reports.

 

 How do teachers and administrators know how students are performing?

Teachers can share individual and whole-class assessment reports.

 

How do Grading by Design online assessments work?

Click Here: GBD Tutorial

Can I make comments on students’ writing using the online assessments?

Yes

BENEFITS

What are the benefits to using Writing by Design?
 

  • No lesson preparation

  • Easy, consistent teaching

  • Proven proficiency gains for all students

  • Alignment to State and Common Core Standards

  • Elimination of long hours of grading papers with Grading by Design

  • Optional in-class or remote instruction

  • Self-paced, independent student instruction with video lessons and online assessments.

     

What are the benefits to using Grading by Design?
 

  • It’s a huge teaching time-saver, alleviating hours and hours to grade student writing.

  • Because it requires student analysis of their work, it elevate student understanding.

  • It provides individual and whole class reports that allows for targeted re-teaching.
     

What are the benefits to using the video lessons?
 

  • Students can progress at their own pace.

  • Because mastery of each lesson’s quiz is required to move on to the next lesson and teachers can easily monitor and support student progress, it ensures greater student success.

  • It doesn’t require teacher prep or instructional delivery.

  • Students love them!

How will Writing by Design help students meet grade-level standards and succeed on high-stakes tests?
 

  • Students can progress at their own pace.

  • Because mastery of each lesson’s quiz is required to move on to the next lesson and teachers can easily monitor and support student progress, it ensures greater student success.

  • It doesn’t require teacher prep or instructional delivery.

  • Students love them!

How will Writing by Design help students meet grade-level standards and succeed on high-stakes tests?
 

It is aligned to State and Common Core Standards with years of proven proficiency gains for all students.

COST & FUNDING

How much does it cost?

K-2: $395/teacher

3-8: $445/teacher, includes Grading by Design online assessments

Video Lessons, 3-8: $10/student, with purchase of teaching manual

 

How can my school cover the cost to purchase?

21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant

Assessment Funds

COVID Relief Funds

Funding for 1:1 Laptop Initiatives

IDEA – Special Education Funds

Impact Aid

LCAPP

PTA Funds

Remediation Funds

Response to Intervention Funds

State and Local Curriculum Funds

State and Local Technology Funds

Title I, Part A

Title I, Part C – Migrant Education

Title I, Part D-2 – Neglected and Delinquent

Title I, Section 1003(a) and (g) – School

Title II – Professional Development

Title III – English Language Acquisition

Title IV – Safe and Drug-free Schools

Title VI, Part B – Rural Education

Title VII – Indian Education

https://www.writingbydesignk8.com/funding-sources

 

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

What genres are taught?

Narrative, Informative, Opinion/Argument, Summary

How many lessons?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is PD available?

Yes; the program orientation and demonstration lessons are online at no cost.

In-person orientation and coaching days are optional.

Are classroom charts necessary?

No; they can be printed for student writing folders and projected from the teaching manual.

What do I need to know to teach Writing by Design?

A review of the program orientation is extremely helpful for implementation.

How do the video lessons work?

Students watch each lesson and complete the end-of-lesson quiz to move on to the next lesson. Teachers get reports of student progress.

What components of the program are optional?

Professional development, classroom charts, and video lessons

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STUDENT NEEDS

How does Writing by Design support English learners and students with special needs?

Each lesson focuses on a small teachable concept. Differentiation strategies for English Learners and students with special needs are provided for each unit. Writing by Design increases proficiency for ALL students.

Can WBD be used for intervention? 

Yes, online assessments provide General and Special Education teachers and support staff with information to target reteaching. Video lessons provide self-paced instruction with end-of-lesson quizzes to ensure mastery.
 

Does it work for Transitional Kindergarten?

Yes. Please see a sample TK Demonstration Lesson

TECHNOLOGY

Are there reoccurring fees?

No; only for optional annual renewal of the online teaching manual.

Does every student have to have a computer?

No; teaching manuals provide comprehensive lessons and assessments. Students can take notes, complete handouts, and compose writing using pen/pencil and paper. A computer is only necessary to use Grading by Design assessments and video lessons.

Is this program online?

Yes; 1) Teaching manuals, 2) Video lessons, and 3) Grading by Design

What bandwidth is necessary for the video lessons?

Each video averages between 0.5MB and 1MB of bandwidth needed per device.

TIME NEEDED

How long are the lessons?

They range from 15 to 60 minutes.

Do I need to teach Writing by Design every day?

No; however, lessons within each genre are best taught on consecutive days.

Is this program online?

Yes; 1) Teaching manuals, 2) Video lessons, and 3) Grading by Design

How much time is needed to teach a lesson?

Grades 1-8: 45-60 minutes
Kindergarten: Genre lessons, 30 minutes; Letter & Sentence Formation: 15 minutes