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WriteBoston's History and Work

WriteBoston was started by former Mayor Thomas M. Menino in 2002 in response to low student scores on the English portion of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) test. Since then, WriteBoston has expanded its reach to support teachers and schools in communities throughout Massachusetts.

WriteBoston focuses on building teacher capacity to teach and use writing to support student learning across all content areas. We have developed an effective coaching model, published hundreds of young people in Teens in Print, and provided direct writing support to more than 2,300 students through our Writing Centers. Moving into our next decade of work, we hope to expand our support to additional middle and high school teachers, develop new writing centers, and find ways for more students to publish and express themselves.

WriteBoston Professional Development Services

WriteBoston provides high-quality professional development in writing instruction to middle and high school teachers from district, charter, independent and technical-vocational schools in Massachusetts.

As new Common Core State Standards place significantly greater emphasis on student writing skills, WriteBoston is uniquely qualified to work with educators across subject areas to transform student writing. Over the past ten years, WriteBoston has significantly improved teacher practice and student achievement through high-quality, customized professional development and support.

The cornerstone of WriteBoston’s professional development model is long-term coaching, ideally over a period of several school years. In addition, we offer short-term workshops and trainings on a variety of topics, including “Making the Writing Process Work for Your Students,” “Rubrics, Revision, and Writing with Purpose,” “Aligning with the Common Core Writing Standards,” and “Beyond the Lab Report: Writing in the Sciences.”

Read more about these services:

Long-Term Professional Development: Sustained Coaching

Short-Term Professional Development: Workshops, Series, Academies, and Institutes