Capstone/Dissertation Title

First grade writers: a Saint Paul public school success story

Term

2006

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

This case study documents the transformation of writing in a first-grade classroom from a teacher directed model to a standards-based Writer's Workshop model. Saint Paul Public School district implemented a voluntary standard-based reform effort that proposed all students could achieve at high academic levels of proficiency. Created in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh and its Institute for Learning, the reform effort reflected the cognitive research of Dr. Lauren Resnick (1999) and the research of Richard F. Elmore (2000) that focused on system change and change at the instructional core, the classroom teacher. This teacher changed her instructional practice and her belief system. As a result, the three Hmong fist-grade student documented in this study became writers.

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