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Baltimore Must Support Summer Learning Opportunities

The Sun article "Baltimore school board debates summer school cuts" (March 25) elevates the critical issue of summer learning and the impact proposed cuts to programs like Read to Succeed will have on thousands of Baltimore youth and families. Eliminating summer programs will deeply affect working families who have come to depend on them while accelerating the cumulative effects of summer learning loss that land more than 40 percent of Baltimore students in remedial classes in our public universities — hardly the answer to achieving CEO Gregory Thornton's goal of college and career readiness for all students.

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The Importance of Good Writing Skills in the Workplace

Walk into any fifth-grade English class and you are likely to hear kids asking when they will ever need to know this, but the truth is that writing skills play a larger part in your professional life than you may realize. Good writing skills can help you come across as more credible, more capable, than a colleague who frequently has typos and grammatical errors.

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NCTE Beliefs about the Teaching of Writing

Just as the nature of and expectation for literacy has changed in the past century and a half, so has the nature of writing. Much of that change has been due to technological developments, from pen and paper, to typewriter, to word processor, to networked computer, to design software capable of composing words, images, and sounds. These developments not only expanded the types of texts that writers produce, they also expanded immediate access to a wider variety of readers. With full recognition that writing is an increasingly multifaceted activity, we offer several principles that should guide effective teaching practice.

Everyone has the capacity to write, writing can be taught, and teachers can help students become better writers

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