Writing is Thinking through Strategic Inquiry (WITsi) is an approach to closing literacy skill gaps through direct instruction in writing strategies across the curriculum and embedding them in the work of inquiry teams who analyze student work to see how the strategies have landed, make adjustments, and select and design needed instructional responses.

Learn more about WITsi at one of our free webinars
See how WITsi can be implemented at your school. Webinars are offered on three dates in June and August. 

WITsi is a proven method of school improvement.  Its success was documented in The Atlantic's  “The Writing Revolution” (Oct, 2012).  It has been a prime turnaround strategy in NYC Renewal High Schools, as chronicled  in Mind/Shift's  "Is It Time To Go Back To Basics With Writing Instruction?" (Feb, 2017).  For first hand testimonials about Strategic Inquiry in New York City's Renewal High Schools, click here.  To read about how the underlying approach to teaching writing works, click here.

The writing component (WIT) improves student writing, content knowledge, academic vocabulary, oral language, reading comprehension, standardized exam performance, and student thinking.  It enables otherwise struggling students to meet the demands of the Common Core Learning Standards.  It is a particularly powerful strategy for English Learners, because it also teaches students how the English language works.  In combination with strategic inquiry, WIT is a powerful whole school improvement tool.

At this time we offer in-person and online workshops in WIT (Writing is Thinking).  In-person workshops are held in New York City.   

Recognized by New York State Education Department (NYSED) as an approved sponsor of CTLE for Professional Classroom Teachers, School Leaders and Level III Teaching Assistants in New York State.