THE COLLINS WRITING PROGRAM
Collins Writing ProgramSM
designed to simultaneously improve students' thinking and writing
skills. The unique program develops thinking skills through Five
Types of WritingSM assignments and can be easily used in any content
area. Collins Writing is based on two essential principles:
1) thinking and writing skills develop with experience and practice,
and 2) it is almost impossible to be both a creative thinker
(generating new ideas) and a critical thinker (evaluating existing
ideas) at the same time.
Our goal is to give teachers, schools, and
districts a unified program that can be used in all classrooms and in
all subject areas from grades K-12. To achieve this goal, the
program provides techniques that require the student to be the
intellectual worker in the room. The Collins Writing Program
is a challenging program for students and an effective,
easy-to-manage program for teachers.
Writing is the most difficult activity we
ask students to do and the stakes for improving writing skills
continue to escalate. State and national performance assessments
increasingly require written responses from students that explain
thinking processes — in all content areas. The Collins Writing
Program will enable students to become comfortable thinking and
writing, to develop the essential writing skills they need for future
academic success, and to perform well on state and national
COLLINS WRITING MODEL
The Collins Writing Program presents
a model for writing-across-the-curriculum. At its very core is the
belief that writing enhances the learning process of any subject at
any level. To help teachers encourage students to think and write,
we have developed a proprietary model for a
writing-to-learn, writing-across-the-curriculum program that defines
Five Types of Writing assignments and the outcomes
expected for each.
These Five Types of Writing provide the
overall framework for the program. For each writing type the program
establishes clear expectations and outcomes and provides extensive,
practical strategies for students to employ. The
Collins Portfolio and the
Writing folders keeps track of the proficiencies each student
demonstrates for each type of writing.
We work with each school district
to develop a plan that meets its specific needs. Together, we'll
assess your current writing practices, set district/school goals and
create a detailed implementation plan with all associated costs. See
Three Steps to a Successful Program
Implementation to learn more.
John Collins, Ed.D., founder of Collins
Education Associates LLC (CEA), is an acknowledged expert in converting
research on writing and thinking into practical and timesaving
teaching techniques. John is the author of the highly successful
Collins Writing Program which is the culmination of over twenty
years of work with students, teachers and school districts. Dr.
proven techniques have benefited more than two million students and
have been singled out for recognition by the National Council of
Teachers of English (NCTE). Dr. Collins has taught from elementary
through graduate school and is the author of numerous publications.