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Connecting You to Success in Writing Proficiency
> PreK-8th grade comprehensive writing curriculum and grading program
> Professional development
Serving public and private schools and orphanages, we are dedicated to advancing writing proficiency with innovative solutions.
Differentiated Writing Instruction with Ease
Rest assured, we are here to provide your TK-8th grade students with the tools and skills needed to be confident, proficient writers in writing narrative, informative, and argument/ opinion essays that exceed state standards. Students progress at their own pace, and the grading program idenifies areas for re-teaching.
Products & Services
Comprehensive Writing Curriculum
EDCON will be releasing a comprehensive TK-8th grade Common Core writing curriculum complete with videos for students in April 2023.
Professional Development for Writing Instruction
Remote and in-person trainings can be customized to meet the needs of your teachers and students.
Don’t have EDCON’s writing program? No worries–an expert writing instructor will review your ELA curriculum and develop an excellent training that will give your teachers skills and tools to advance writing proficiency.
"You walk on water! I can't believe you completed that entire project in just a couple months! 146 videos, over 1,500 slides -- the videos are amazing!"
President of Writing by Design
"My middle schoolers love your videos! If you came to our school, you'd be a rock star!"
Teacher From Our Lady Queen Of Angels, Huntington Beach, CA
"Thank you so much for your excellent training! It was very informative and perfectly paced. Teachers said that it was just what the needed and they’re excited now to implement the program. Many thanks to you!"
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the foundations of EDCON's writing program?
EDCON’s research-based program follows State writing standards (primarily Common Core) , the Six Traits of Writing, the Writing Process (Plan, Research, Outline, Draft, Revise, Edit), and systematic instruction (objective, direct instruction, modeling, practice, partner share, self-assessment with the rubric).
How many lessons are in a genre study? How long do the lessons take?
The number of lessons per genre study varies per grade level, for example, there are about six lessons for TK and 17 lessons for 8th grade. Similarly, the duration per lesson varies, ranging from 5-20 minutes, which can also vary if students adjust the playback speed. Because students are required to pause the video to complete specified tasks, a single lesson takes 20-60 minutes to complete. Ideally, students progress through each genre study 1-3 times with different topics in a school year.
Since EDCON genre studies are meant to be completed in consecutive days, teachers will need to devote sections of the school year to writing, ideally half of the ELA time. For grades PreK-1, EDCON can be implemented easily with the ELA program daily within a one-hour block (30 minutes each). For grades 2-8, EDCON lessons need 45-60 minutes, which means teachers will need to devote the entire one-hour block to writing–Ideally, this would be done half the school year. If the ELA block is closer to two hours daily, then EDCON can be implemented daily throughout the year.
How can EDCON's writing program be implemented with an ELA (English Language Arts) program?
Compatible with any ELA curriculum, EDCON replaces/supplements the “Essay Writing” section. Typically, ELA programs lack the instruction and resources teachers and students need to complete well-written essays–This is where EDCON meets these needs. Since EDCON genre studies are meant to be completed in consecutive days, teachers will need to devote sections of the school year to writing, ideally half of the ELA time. For grades PreK-1, EDCON can be implemented easily with the ELA program daily within a one-hour block (30 minutes each). For grades 2-8, EDCON lessons need 45-60 minutes, which means teachers will need to devote the entire one-hour block to writing–Ideally, this would be done half the school year. If the ELA block is closer to two hours daily, then EDCON can be implemented daily throughout the year.
How does the program work?
1. Schools/Districts/Teachers sign up.
2. A registration link is emailed to the administrator, which needs to be forwarded to the writing teachers.
3. Teachers create a class (only a few clicks) and an assignment (again, just a few clicks), then share the assignment link to students. Alternatively, teachers can simply show the video lessons whole-group.
4. Teachers provide students with the digital/hardcopy handouts (rubric, revision, and editing checklists).
5. After completing the series of lessons within a genre study, students in all grades, ideally grades 2-8, can upload their paper and highlight specific portions of their paper that meet the rubric components. This further builds the concepts and analytical skills, while helping teachers with the grading process.
6. While providing a nurturing, respectful classroom environment, teachers can display and discuss student work whole-class, providing rich classroom discussions. Research shows that increased learning is achieved within the context of peer examples.
7. Teachers administer the assessment.
Can EDCON's PD be customized to fit the needs of individual schools or orphanages?
Yes, EDCON’s professional development for writing instruction can be customized to meet the needs of specific teachers and students. Both remote and in-person trainings can be tailored to include program orientations, demo lessons with or without students, debriefs with teachers, grade-level team planning and problem solving.
When will EDCON's comprehensive TK-8th grade writing curriculum be released?
EDCON will be releasing its comprehensive TK-8th grade Common Core writing curriculum complete with videos for students in April 2023. Please join our interest list to be notified with updated information.
Since 1999, we’ve been providing hundreds of schools and corporations across the world a wide range of PreK-8th grade education services. Schools and corporations that benefited from our work and trainings include the following:
- Aurora Borealis Charter
- Skagway School District
- Ackerman Charter SD
- Chico USD
- Coverdale USD
- Don Callejon School
- Edison-Brentwood Academy
- Evergreen SD
- Fairfield-Suisun USD
- French American Charter
- Harmony USD
- Healdsburg USD
- Hydesville ESD
- Lucerne Elementary School
- Mark West USD
- Oakland Hebrew Day School
- Old Adobe USD
- Pacific Grove USD
- Bethlehem Christian Academy
- BIA Charter School
- Elbert County Elementary
- Fulton Science Academy
- Grady County Schools
- ILM Academy
- Immaculate Conception Catholic School
- Oglethorpe Elementary School
- Westside Elementary School
- Gordon Park School
- Helen Barrett Montgomery School
- Hyde Leadership Charter School
- Putnam Northern Westchester Boces
- Ralph Bunche School
- Williamsburg Northside School
- Arthur Grade School
- Christian Hills School
- City Elementary School
- Galatia Community School
- Harvey School District
- Our Savior’s Lutheran School
- Robertson Charter
- Robertson Charter School
- St Malachy School
- St. Bartholomew School
- St. John’s Lutheran School
- Tri County Special Education
- United North Elementary
- United West Elementary
- Vandalia Community School
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Achieving Writing Success with EDCON
At EDCON, we're all about building strong bonds between teachers, students, and success. With our wealth of expertise and innovative technology, we empower educators and learners to achieve writing proficiency, PreK-8th grade.