Sopris Learning Announces the Step Up to Writing Implementation Guide to Help Teachers Successfully Teach the Three Forms of

Sopris Learning Announces the Step Up to Writing Implementation Guide to Help
Teachers Successfully Teach the Three Forms of Writing Specified in the Common
                             Core State Standards

PR Newswire

LONGMONT, Colo., Nov. 13, 2012

LONGMONT, Colo., Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Sopris Learning, a provider of
research-based assessments, supplemental and intervention materials, positive
behavior supports, and professional development offerings, is pleased to
announce the release of the Step Up to Writing^® Implementation Guide for
grades K–5. This all-new Implementation Guide, by Maureen Auman, provides a
scope and sequence for teaching informative/explanatory, narrative, and
opinion writing and an assessment plan to monitor students' progress.

With the application of the Common Core State Standards under way, this new
Step Up to Writing Implementation Guide provides the "how-to" for teaching
writing and meeting the specifications of CCSS to build college- and
career-ready students.

"The Step Up to Writing Implementation Guide is a valuable resource for
teachers implementing Step Up to Writing strategies," says Stephanie Hensley,
assistant professor and field director in the Teacher Education Department at
Adams State University, Alamosa, Colorado."It provides a framework of units
and lessons specific to informative/explanatory, opinion, and narrative
writing genres that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards."

This all-new Implementation Guide includes:

  oInformative/explanatory, narrative, and opinion writing scope and sequence
    to help teachers easily design a lesson plan that incorporates these types
    of writing in any subject area
  oAdaptable lesson plans following the program scope and sequence for grades
    K–5, so that teachers can successfully teach the three forms of writing
    specified in the Common Core State Standards within a school year
  oGuidelines for aligning Step Up to Writing strategies with 6+1 Trait®
    Writing and Writer's Workshop
  oAn assessment plan, including progress monitoring to ensure that students
    are given the instruction they need at every grade level and skill level

"The Common Core State Standards describe what the writing should look like,
but they do not help teachers understand how to teach the process of writing.
Step Up to Writing provides the scaffolded instruction necessary to teach this
process," says Deana Hippie, Step Up to Writing trainer in Riverside County,
California. "Because teaching writing is so complex, teachers often feel that
they don't know where to start their instruction. The Step Up to Writing
Implementation Guide provides a clear scope and sequence and effectively
breaks down the process into manageable steps, giving teachers a framework for
instruction that includes adequate time for teaching and practicing the

"At Sopris Learning, we are pleased to continue our leadership role in
providing research-based writing materials to schools nationwide," says George
Logue, president of Sopris Learning. "The importance of students' development
of writing strategies and skills continues to grow, and proficiency in this
area is essential in order to advance academic achievement. Step Up to Writing
provides the foundation necessary for success in the high-stakes testing
environment as well as the lifelong ability to communicate clearly and
effectively in all settings."

Step Up to Writing provides research-validated, hands-on, multisensory writing
strategies and activities that help students proficiently write
informational/explanatory, narrative and personal narrative, and opinion
pieces. These strategies also foster development of critical thinking, reading
comprehension, and speaking and listening skills and help establish writing as
a process rather than as an end product.

Step Up to Writing strategies help students actively engage in reading
materials for improved comprehension and demonstrate competent study and
critical-thinking skills. This comprehensive resource creates a common writing
language throughout the grade levels and content areas. With multiple
strategies for each phase of the writing process, Step Up to Writing can fill
in the gaps in the core curriculum or act as the core writing instruction.

About Sopris Learning
Sopris Learning, a member of Cambium Learning^® Group, is committed to
bringing learning to life for students and making professional growth
meaningful for educators. We are proud to represent the life's work of
world-renowned researchers and education leaders. For 35 years, Sopris
Learning has supported teachers and students with a range of proven
assessments, academic interventions, literacy and math supplements, positive
behavior supports, and professional development. With a firm commitment to
translating research into practice, we have helped schools and districts boost
student participation, improve test scores, and increase graduation rates.
Sopris Learning is a business unit of Cambium Learning^® Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:
ABCD) based in Dallas, Texas. For more information, please visit

Media Contact:
Shannan Overbeck
Cambium Learning Group, Inc.

Investor Contact:
Chris Cleveland

SOURCE Sopris Learning

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