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Developing the Writer works to improve teacher reading and writing practices, thus raising student achievement.



Established from the belief that all students should receive equal access to the same quality instruction, Miles formed a writing lab professional learning community (PLC) to investigate and implement research-based, best instructional practices in reading and writing. The team works collaboratively to refine writing instruction on how to use mentor text to teach writer's craft and to make explicit the reading and writing connection. The writing labs serve as an observation and modeling venue for the staff, through the incorporation of cognitive coaching tools and other additional support to allow the PLC to bring these effective strategies to a school-wide, systemic level. In this process, we will create genre specific Conferring Toolkits, implement Lesson Study practices, and examine student work through a systematic process to impact student learning. It is our belief that just like all students can learn, all teachers can teach and that the quality of instruction a student receives should be a guarantee no matter what classroom they may be in.


Miles Avenue Elementary School Information


Miles Avenue Elementary operated on a four-track, year around calendar with nearly 1,800 students and approximately 80 teachers. Considered the largest elementary school within the Los Angeles Unified School District, Miles is eligible for Title I funding as nearly 95% of the students qualify for the free Federal Lunch Program. The student population is 99% Latino, of which 47% are English Language Learners whose primary language is Spanish.


Team Biographies/ Information

Developing the Writer Team Members

The Team is comprised of individuals who have been former students, paraprofessionals and now teachers at Miles Avenue Elementary. They have performed out of classroom duties as instructional coaches and categorical programs coordinator. 

Contact Information

Miles Avenue Elementary

6720 Miles Avenue

Huntington Park, CA 90255

(323) 588-8296 phone

(323) 581-4567 fax


Click here for more information about the Miles Avenue TIIP Team Members.


Click on the following links to explore Miles Avenue's Developing the Writer Project

Reading Strategy/ Workshop Resources

Writing Workshop Resources

Student Work Samples and Data Analysis

Classroom Instructional Videos

Professional Development

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