Oct 14

Handwriting in the 21st Century

Because I was speaking at their spring conference last March, I was invited to contribute an article to the annual resource guide for the Houston Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. I chose to write about handwriting for this guide despite the fact that I spoke on syntax and morphology at the conference.  In recent years, in part because of the influx of technology into our instructional practices and into our schools, good handwriting instruction has fallen by the wayside.  Research shows this kind of decision negatively impacts students’ writing but also their spelling and reading.  Here’s my article, which discusses current research, best practices, and useful teaching tips concerning handwriting: “Handwriting in a Modern World: Why It Matters & What To Do About It.”  Research says that teachers need appropriate, intensive professional development in handwriting in order to make their instruction match student needs.  At W.V.C.ED, we can help.

About The Author


  1. Cindy Ulmer-Timlen
    February 23, 2020 at 5:17 pm · Reply


    I attended a couple of William Van Cleave’s presentations at the Dyslexia conference in Albuquerque, NM and learned so much about paragraph skills and vocabulary instruction. Would it be possible to get a copy of the article on “Handwriting in a Modern World: Why It Matters & What To Do About It”?

    Thank you,
    Cindy Ulmer-Timlen

  2. joan oestergaard
    November 17, 2022 at 11:31 am · Reply

    I apologize for the late response, William must not have gotten a notice or he would surely have responded or perhaps he messaged you directly?

    The article “Handwriting in a Modern World: Why It Matters & What To Do About It” is available for a free download if you click on the “resources” link and look under the “Free Downloads” Tab.

    Joan Van Cleave

  3. Jacob
    August 3, 2023 at 8:03 am · Reply

    Hi there! When I go to downloads the article isn’t available there either- it says it doesn’t exist. Is there any other way to access the article?

    • joan oestergaard
      August 10, 2023 at 4:01 pm · Reply


      Thanks for letting us know I have sent the file to our tech people, hopefully they can make that work for us. Please check back later and if it is still not working in 2 weeks let me know.

      Joan Van Cleave

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *