Scaling Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) Research

In multiple large scale SRSD studies and in every school supported by thinkSRSD that uses this writing instruction – this approach has succeeded in significantly raising literacy and SEL (social emotional learning) outcomes. Due to this demonstrated success, the federal government and various professional learning organizations have supported thinkSRSD efforts to scale this method in order to create hubs and to study proficiency outcomes.

We seek schools to participate in this grant-funded work. You will receive free or subsidized PD, delivered by thinkSRSD, and teaching materials.


View Webinar Recording for Teachers Here

Learn an overview of SRSD and what instructional methods you would receive in the free PD as a participant in the research study


View Webinar Recording for School Leaders Here

Learn more about the logistics of the grant and what it would entail for your district or school to participate. 




What is the purpose of the research?

We will scale key components of established evidence-based practices for writing instruction:

Explicit Instruction

Teach students how to take themselves through close reading and using the full writing process, independently.



Empower students to regulate their affective and cognitive  processes as they write.


Writing Sub-skills

Develop the underlying linguistic skills needed to compose sentences that are rich, expanded, varied and cohesive.


What does this project offer to participating teachers?

Schools (and teachers) who participate in this research will receive:

  • Free or subsidized professional learning and materials for this
  • Final reports and data analysis, as available
  • Opportunities to network with SRSD users around the nation
  • Knowledge of the most highly evidence-based practices for teaching writing

Why is this work important?

The ongoing research we lead and support at thinkSRSD helps our schools to address a critical gap in our knowledge about improving writing instruction and reducing achievement gaps. There is strong evidence to demonstrate the impact of SRSD on students’ writing and social emotional skills. This ongoing research will fine tune our understanding of how to scale SRSD in ways that are a low burden on teachers, through the use of technology supports, and by strengthening the emphasis on social-emotional learning and key subskills such as sentence level construction.

To learn more and participate

Please contact Dr. Leslie Laud at

About Us

  thinkSRSD is the community of teachers and researchers who use and study SRSD. We offer SRSD in-person professional development and e-learning courses taught by teachers with decades of experience using SRSD. The teachers at thinkSRSD have taught SRSD courses for over 10 years, since offering the very first open enrollment course in SRSD in 2008.

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