Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) at PC
SRSD Writing Instruction and Professional Learning Grant
Our Scaling SRSD research project seeks Title One K-5 elementary schools needing evidence-based solutions to elevate writing instruction and boost student performance. Backed by renowned organizations that include Providence College, the American Institutes for Research, SRSD Online Partners, and the National Writing Project and with financial support from the U.S. Department of Education’s Education Innovation and Research program, the Scaling SRSD team is committed to high-quality research and actionable results for your schools and district.
Why Is This Research Study Critical?
Our research is not just academic — it aims to close real-world gaps in writing instruction and achievement disparities. The substantial evidence behind SRSD’s impact on writing skills and emotional regulation underscores the significance of our work. We are committed to finetuning the implementation of SRSD to minimize teacher burden, enhance the role of school-based facilitators, leverage adaptive technologies, and underscore the importance of social-emotional learning across subjects.
Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) is a proven teaching method backed by over 30 years of research, including multiple studies published in peer-reviewed academic journals and receiving approval from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. This level of scrutiny ensures that SRSD meets the highest standards for effective writing instruction and self-regulation techniques that have consistently been shown to improve student writing skills and foster independent learning.
SRSD empowers students to manage their thoughts and emotions during the writing process while developing a unique voice. SRSD addresses the mechanics of writing and tackles students’ motivation and beliefs about their abilities. The approach transforms students from being teacher-dependent to independent learners who set goals. Essentially, SRSD equips students with tailored strategies for specific writing tasks, across genres, enabling them to plan, organize, and self-reflect on their work.
For teachers, it is equipped with formative assessments that make personalizing instruction more straightforward than ever. However, the real magic happens when an entire school adopts SRSD. The method’s focus on social-emotional learning aligns perfectly with whole-school initiatives, paving the way for academic achievement.
As a school leader, you always look for impactful, evidence-based programs to elevate your school’s academic performance. The Scaling SRSD research project offers a comprehensive framework for whole-school, and even whole-district, writing excellence, backed by the U.S. Department of Education and multiple respected institutions. School-wide implementation of SRSD requires a leadership team of three to plan for, champion, and support teachers as they learn and integrate the evidence based practices of SRSD into their writing instruction. Learn more by clicking the button below.
Results: Our approach is data-driven and designed to deliver measurable improvements in student writing skills. Beyond academics, we focus on social-emotional well-being, ensuring a holistic educational experience and generalization into all disciplines.
Whole-School Writing Excellence: This is not just about improving one grade or class but systemic improvement. Your entire school will benefit from a unified, proven approach to writing instruction after a two-year phased in implementation.
Teacher Training: Teachers receive comprehensive teacher training that is online, self-paced, professional learning, tailored to different writing genres and grade levels from SRSD Online partners. Additionally, they provide year-round support, featuring regular webinars and mentorship from experienced educators.
Facilitator Training: Besides the online teacher training, school facilitators will receive extra specialized training throughout the year, with a separate online course and additional mentorship. Administrators will be invited to key Zoom meetings to ensure alignment with broader school objectives.
Experienced Mentoring: Our SRSD Online partners includes experts in the field of education, and you will have regular Zoom touchpoints to discuss implementation strategies, troubleshoot issues, and celebrate successes.
Curriculum Compatible: Are you worried about fitting this into your existing curriculum? Do not be. Our SRSD approach is designed to integrate seamlessly with current teaching methods and subjects. We understand that science of writing and reading approaches are essential for students’ literacy development.
Long-Term Benefits: This project provides an excellent opportunity for school leaders to pioneer a shift toward evidence-based writing instruction that improves student outcomes and supports teacher development. It is a win-win that will leave a lasting impact on your educational community.
We, the Scaling SRSD project@PC, look forward to partnering with you – educators in Title One elementary schools and districts ready to cultivate lasting writing and social emotional outcomes for your students. Space is limited. We are recruiting for the 2024-2026 cohort now! Partner with us before the end of 2023 to be ready for impactful professional learning for the 2024-2025 academic year.
For more information, contact Laura Hauerwas at email@example.com to learn more about our professional learning model and the research design and data collection and you can download our informational flyer below to learn more and share with your colleagues.
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SRSD AT PROVIDENCE COLLEGE
Laura Hauerwas, Ph.D.
Project Director, Scaling SRSD, Professor of Elementary Special Education
Laura Hauerwas, Ph.D., professor of education at Providence College (R.I.) brings extensive expertise and a strong focus on evidence-based strategies to her role as the project director of the Scaling SRSD grant program. With a background in educational research and a track record of managing successful studies, she is deeply committed to providing top-notch support and guidance to participating schools. Inclusive systems perspectives and a commitment to practice-based innovation make Laura not just a researcher, but at heart an education practitioner.
She holds advanced degrees in educational research, has published extensively in respected academic journals, and is a sought-after speaker at national and international conferences on reading and writing instruction, Multi-Tiers Systems of Support and globally conscious teacher education practices. Whether it is delivering benefits to teachers and students, guiding future teachers, or steering impactful educational initiatives, Laura’s credentials and dedication make her the ideal person to lead this SRSD grant project to success.
Providence College Elementary/Special Education Professor Laura Hauerwas discusses her background at PC and shares her vision for the recent $11.3 million grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education, the largest grant award in the college’s history.