The social media age has caused yet another victim to be added to the “Endangered Species” list: the confident, competent communicator. Reading any news article, blog post, or other online article exposes the sheer ineptitude of most authors and journalists today. Sadly, gone are the Hemmingway’s, Poe’s, and Dicken’s of yesteryear. Without competent and confident communicators, society will continue to be at odds with itself. There is a solution. While it will take time and effort, there exists the Institute for Excellence in Writing, IEW’s accredited instructor network, and an accredited instructor in Alaska.
Andrew Pudewa founded the Institute for Excellence in Writing in the 1990s after working with two other educators to help multi-level students learn how to write. Using techniques acquired from Dr. Webster, Mr. Pudewa’s Structure and Style method was easily and notably incepted since US writing methods fell short. Although these techniques existed prior to the 1990s, they weren’t established as a proven method of writing instruction in our country until then. Thank you, Mr. Pudewa. Across America, average, scholarly students who struggled and wrestled with writing and organizing thoughts are able to excel. Distinctly successful, IEW is able to fulfill its mission of equipping parents and teachers “with methods and materials which will aid them in training their students to become confident and competent communicators and thinkers,” with their accredited instructor network and products.
IEW’s accredited instructor network consists of registered, certified, and accomplished instructors who have demonstrated fluency and competency with the Structure and Style Writing Method. Through a rigorous application process, IEW is able to carefully and undeniably endorse, as pertaining to the Structure and Style Writing Method, these accredited instructors’ teaching abilities on the Registered and Certified levels. Accomplished Instructors are invitation only. What is the hullabaloo about accreditation? Specifically, IEW’s accrediting applies only to IEW’s Structure and Style Writing Method so it is credible only for IEW methods and techniques. Offering classes or private tutoring are just two ways IEW accredited teachers can provide specialized instruction to students. While a rigorous process, it is an important accomplishment when one chooses to take it on and becomes the only Alaskan instructor in IEW’s accredited instructor network.
Until recently, there were no IEW accredited instructors in Alaska. Now there is one. Having a registered instruction is an enormous benefit to the overworked education community, which is often stretched to make ends meet and fill in all of the gaps. Such a resource is valuable for all Alaskans and all forms of education: home, private, public, and collegiate. Independently homeschooling students have the opportunity to participate in classes that utilize the Homeschool law in a credible way without state oversight; privately and publicly schooling students have the opportunity to seek extra help in the form of supplemental classes or tutoring; collegiate students have the opportunity to strengthen and challenge their composition skills through classes and tutoring. While having an IEW accredited instructor is a wonderful benefit to Alaska’s educational community, the hope is more are willing to steadily and triumphantly apply as accredited instructors so Alaska is better served.
Competently and confidently communicating and writing, if done well, will assist in bringing our society out of its self-absorptive, narcissistic social media age. Through the Institute for Excellence in Writing, IEW’s accredited instructor network, and Alaska’s accredited instructors, Alaskan students and citizens can carve out a future for each other and themselves. Because writing and communicating rely upon thinking, Alaska’s accredited IEW instructor is the most significant to this great state for the sole purpose of human interaction and relationships. Conversation fosters thinking. Writing is thoughts on paper. Well-organized thoughts communicate. Alaska has a great opportunity to save confident, competent communicators, as well as their ideas, from extinction.