News | April 22, 2019

Handwriting Without Tears Adopted By More Than 100 School Districts In Texas

Innovative curriculum uses engaging, multi-sensory instruction to teach foundational communication skills

Cabin John, MD /PRNewswire/ - Learning Without Tears, an early education company, today announced that more than 100 Texas school districts have announced the official selection of Handwriting Without Tears for their handwriting instruction for the 8-year adoption cycle that begins with the upcoming school year.

The districts who have adopted Learning Without Tears, and have had their selection approved by the school board, include Alice ISD, Conroe ISD, Cypress Fairbanks ISD, Frisco ISD, Georgetown ISD, Grand Prairie ISD, Gregory- Portland ISD, HEB ISD, Highland Park ISD, Houston ISD, Huffman ISD, Hutto ISD, Joshua ISD, Katy ISD, Keller ISD, Leander ISD, Liberty Hill ISD, Magnolia ISD, Plano ISD, Prosper ISD, Richardson ISD, SCUC ISD, Splendora ISD, Tomball ISD, Weatherford ISD, and Wylie ISD.

Among the districts voting to adopt the Handwriting Without Tears curricula was Houston Independent School Board, which adopted the K – 5th grade curriculum for the next 8 years based on a unanimous committee vote. In reporting to the Houston Independent School Board, Dr. Annie Wolfe, Office of Secondary Curriculum and Development shared that the committee evaluating the curriculum utilized a rigorous process to determine if the curriculum was right for their students and unanimously agreed to recommend it to the Board. At least two Board members highlighted their belief in the value of teaching cursive.

Selection committees have been particularly impressed with their review of the Spanish language offerings for their ELL students, as well as the digital teaching component, Handwriting Interactive Teaching Tool (HITT), that saves time on teacher prep and makes teaching easy.

The Handwriting Without Tears curriculum provides developmentally appropriate, multisensory strategies for early writing. The program involves innovative teaching, includes multisensory activities and manipulatives, and was created based the research on how children learn best. The materials address all styles of learning.

Handwriting Without Tears has been adopted by more than 2,100 public school districts and 1,500 private schools throughout the U.S. for use by their K-5 students, and is also utilized in numerous other countries.

About Handwriting
Students need to be well-rounded communicators in order to succeed academically, and for a wide-range of post-academic pursuits. If a child's writing is slow or illegible, it can adversely affect the child's school performance across all subjects, including math, and directly impacts a child's overall academic confidence. Even for college students, handwriting is an invaluable skill. According to a UCLA/Princeton study, college students remember lectures better when they've taken handwritten notes rather than typed ones. Many fields, such as healthcare, engineering, education, public utilities, and law, require legible handwriting. Successful handwriting is a skill that carries benefits long after it is learned in elementary school.

About Learning Without Tears
Learning Without Tears is an early education company that offers a unique approach to teaching and learning from crucial readiness skills in Pre-K to foundational writing and keyboarding skills in elementary school. The programs benefit all learners with its multisensory, developmentally appropriate, proven practices.

SOURCE: Learning Without Tears

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