“The College-Ready Writing Guy”

Better Rhetor Co-Founder & President | Author, College-Ready Writing Essentials | Speaker, Educator, Consultant

Hi & welcome! If you could tackle one problem in education, what would it be? For me, it’s college readiness. Far too many students leave high school either thinking that college isn’t for them or unprepared for college-level academics once they get there. It’s a persistent problem that has serious consequences both for individual students & for society as a whole.

My wife, Becky, and I are dedicated to putting a college degree within reach of more students. To that end, we founded BetterRhetor and developed College-Ready Writing Essentials, an online instructional resource aimed at building a bridge between high school and college writing. Research shows that competent writing is the single most important academic skill for students entering college, across majors. CRWE is built on college-readiness research that identifies the writing competencies students need most. Our mission is to help all students who want a college education achieve their goal, no matter their income or background.

Before launching BetterRhetor, I spent ten years in test development at ACT, Inc., lastly as Director of Writing Assessments. Over the course of my career as a writer, editor, and educator, I’ve worked extensively with student writing and have gained a deep understanding of the college-ready writing gap and its causes. My PhD in American Studies gives me an interdisciplinary orientation; I believe that foundational knowledge, critical thinking, and strong communication skills are the keys to student success, regardless of major or career choice. We worked hard to build those keys into College-Ready Writing Essentials, so that students—as well as their teachers and parents—might have full confidence that they’re prepared for college-level academic work and ready to succeed.

I am also a contributing columnist for Getting Smart. My LinkedIn profile can be viewed here, and my thesis and other published academic pieces are available on ResearchGate.

Want more CONFIDENCE teaching high school or college writing? I offer a FREE 1hr virtual COLLEGE-READY WRITING WORKSHOP for teachers & admins—sign up now for Summer 2021!

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