Relevance of Handwriting Instruction is a Hot Topic Among Educators; Horizons Helps Advance the Discussion by Documenting the Proceedings at the First National Handwriting Summit in Washington D.C.
As digital technologies become more pervasive and advanced, what role should handwriting play in a person’s education? That is a hotly debated topic among education leaders around the country – and the world – and Horizons is helping to advance that discussion, on behalf of its client Zaner-Bloser. For more than a century, Zaner-Bloser has been instructing students in the art and science of penmanship, and today, the company is one of the premier publishers of research-based reading, writing, spelling, handwriting and vocabulary programs. On January 23, 2012 Zaner-Bloser – in partnership with theAmerican Association of School Administrators – hosted the first Handwriting Summit at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The event attracted scholars from around the country, who shared their research regarding the importance of handwriting to cognitive development, reading competency, communication fluency, academic success, and a host of other areas. In addition to the researchers, more than 150 summit participants from as far away as Alaska came to learn more about the role of handwriting in the age of keyboarding, voice-to-text, and other technologies for interpersonal communication.
In addition to helping formulate the summit, Horizons created a web site that will feature all of the presentations made on site, interviews with the key participants, a white paper summarizing the findings of the event, and much more information as this important discussion moves forward.