My partner (David) and I (Jeff) have over 50 years of teaching experience, mostly in the Long Beach Unified School District (CA). We have worked on district-wide writing committees - both design and evaluation. I have designed a vertical writing program for my smaller learning community and for my school's AVID program. Several of my prompts have been included in a nationally published writing text. David has served as our school's English Department chairman and he edited the LBUSD's Reading and Writing Handbook for High School Students (over 100 pages of reading & writing strategies).
Standards-based, but whatever works, works. :-)
Jeff: Who's Who in American Teachers (4 times) David: South Basin Writing Project Fellow (2000), AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year (2003) (He also coaches boys' soccer.)
Jeff: B.A. in English Literature, Single Subject Teaching credential (CSULB, 1976), M.S. School Counseling (University of LaVerne, 1994), numerous inservices, workshops, and training. I am a trained AVID teacher. I also teach a college prep class which includes writing college admission essays & scholarships. David: B.A. in Religious Studies (Concordia University, Irvine, 1986), B.A. in English Literature, Single Subject Teaching credential (California State University, Long Beach, 1989), M.A. in Education (Concordia University, Portland, 2011), and numerous inservices, workshops, and training. I am AVID and GATE trained and I currently teach 9th graders in our school's GATE program.
We have been selling our writing packages for several years. They have been purchased by teachers in the U.S. and Canada. Our goal is to prepare our students for the rigors of college writing.