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WriteSteps Joins LearnLaunch Accelerator; Benefits from Boston-Based Edtech Industry Leader

GRANDVILLE, Mich., Jan. 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LearnLaunch Accelerator, the leading education technology startup program, today announced that WriteSteps, a Michigan-based Edtech company, is joining its 2017 Breakthrough Accelerator Program. Focused on standards-based writing and grammar programs for K-5, WriteSteps has emerged as an important innovator in the growing education space.

"Boston is the leader in Edtech, and LearnLaunch is the leader in Boston," explained WriteSteps founder and CEO Suzanne Klein. "WriteSteps is already a successful company; we have customers in 48 states and 6 countries. Now we need to grow and reach for the next level, and that’s what LearnLaunch’s Accelerator Program is all about."

WriteSteps will join four other Edtech startups in the accelerator program, which is designed to prepare each company for the next stages of funding, deployment, scaling and growth. The companies were chosen from more than 100 Edtech startups because of their potential to achieve scalable business models in the education sector, as well as their impact on society and the broader learning environment.

"As a former educator, Suzanne Klein has a keen understanding of how critically important it is for students to develop writing and grammar skills as early as elementary school, and that’s why she founded WriteSteps," said Eric Cantor, a LearnLaunch Accelerator Venture Partner. "She has built WriteSteps over the past 7 years to a point where it is poised for significant growth. Through LearnLaunch Accelerator, Suzanne will focus on the critical areas that will enable her to successfully scale and achieve her plans."

LearnLaunch’s Accelerator’s Breakthrough program provides WriteSteps with seed funding, workspace in its unique and collaborative Campus located in Boston, strategic guidance on bringing its products to market, and access to a diverse team of over 150 industry-savvy mentors providing continual support and assistance in company growth and raising capital.

Klein will showcase WriteSteps to the Edtech and investment community at a series of events hosted by LearnLaunch. For more information, visit LearnLaunch.com.

About WriteSteps

Founded in 2011 by Suzanne Klein, WriteSteps assists K-5 teachers in writing and grammar instruction with teacher-friendly lesson plans and a student-based digital writing platform. The traditional eWriteSteps program has grown from a one-school solution to a well-respected, international curriculum impacting over 10,000 teachers and 300,000 students. With its new online student-based program, CaptivationStation, WriteSteps is positioned to meet the growing demands of 21st century schools as they transition to blended learning instructional methods. The comprehensive curriculum prepares students for success on each state’s standardized assessments and a lifetime of confident writing. For more information, visit writestepswriting.com.

About LearnLaunch Accelerator

LearnLaunch Accelerator is the leading early stage Edtech startup accelerator. LearnLaunch Accelerator provides the most promising education technology startups worldwide with up to $120,000 in seed funding, a personalized development plan, sector specific curriculum, and a network of industry focused mentors, intensive coaching and all the tools necessary to grow a successful Edtech startup. It offers investors a diversified platform of early stage companies in the rapidly growing Edtech sector. For more Information, visit www.learnlaunch.com/accelerator or follow us @LearnLaunchX.

About LearnLaunch

LearnLaunch is dedicated to connecting, supporting, and investing in the education technology ecosystem to drive innovation and transform learning. We offer a vibrant community, educational events, a collaborative co-working space, and a selective accelerator program to promote the growth of the Edtech sector. LearnLaunch is based in Boston, a world education hub. Learn more about LearnLaunch Accelerator, Campus and Institute at www.learnlaunch.com and follow LearnLaunch on Twitter at @learnlaunch.

Revolutionize Writing and Grammar Instruction! Participate in WriteSteps' Proven Success Partnership

Receive your eWriteSteps Subscription free-of-charge to try CaptivationStation

[Grandville, MI] – August 16, 2016 — For a limited time, WriteSteps invites new schools and districts to participate in its Proven Success Partnership program. For the first time ever, schools can purchase CaptivationStation without having to pay the initial eWriteSteps fee.

Waiving the initial cost of eWriteSteps saves schools and districts $529 per teacher. CaptivationStation subscriptions are just $6.95 per student.

WriteSteps strongly believes that CaptivationStation is a game-changer in the instruction of 3rd-5th grade writing and grammar, and wants to help schools and districts revolutionize writing and grammar, one classroom at a time!

Reasons for the offer include:
  • To create generations to come of competent communicators
  • To evaluate the success of CaptivationStation, and its positive impact on improving student writing and grammar
  • To introduce new schools and districts to WriteSteps

CaptivationStation provides students with standards-based writing and grammar instruction with daily student videos, practice instructions, visual aids, online writing tools, and an authentic writing community. Teachers can now allocate more time to help each student learn the digital and written skills they need to succeed with assessments, college, and careers.

Schools/districts will receive:
  • Teacher access to eWriteSteps (a savings of $529 per teacher)
  • Student and teacher access to CaptivationStation (at $6.95 per student)
  • A free On-Demand Video Kickoff with the purchase of at least three or four classrooms
  • A free live video-conference kickoff with the purchase of five or more classrooms
Schools/districts will agree to:
  • Renew the student CaptivationStation subscriptions for two years at a guaranteed rate of $6.95 per student
  • Have a minimum of three teachers/classrooms participate
  • Take part in three check-ins (via phone call and/or email) to review engagement and teacher/student approval
  • Submit writing standardized test scores from 2016, spring/summer 2017, and spring/summer 2018

This offer is being made for a limited time only for 3rd-5th grade classrooms in qualified states so don't wait to participate! This offer expires on October 31, 2016.

Visit http://edu.WriteStepsWriting.com/APSP for more information.

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About WriteSteps

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The writing and grammar program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company launched nationwide in 2011. Since then, WriteSteps has expanded its offerings with digital eWriteSteps; Engagers, SMART interactive whiteboard writing and grammar lessons; and CaptivationStation, a standards-based blended learning platform for 3rd-5th grade students. WriteSteps is the recipient of the 2013 Learning Magazine Teachers' Choice Award, 2013 eLit Gold Award, 2014 EdTech Cool Tool Award Finalist, 2014 and 2015 District Administration's Readers' Choice Top 100 Products Award, 2014 and 2015 REVERE Award Finalist and a 2014 and 2015 CODiE Award Finalist. For more information visit WriteStepsWriting.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Anjilla Young, Communications Specialist
Anjilla@WriteStepsWriting.com
Phone: 800.689.1408 ext. 21

WriteSteps and Write About Release CaptivationStation: A First-Of-Its-Kind Blended Learning Writing and Grammar Platform

2015 Technology Teacher of the Year is the Creator of Captivators

[Grandville, MI] – August 15, 2016 — WriteSteps and Write About are thrilled to announce the official release of CaptivationStation.

CaptivationStation helps classrooms harness the power of blended learning with a first-of-its-kind instruction and practice platform. 3rd-5th grade students acquire their standards-based writing and grammar instruction through Captivator videos, writing online, and by receiving peer and teacher feedback, ushering in the next generation of competent communicators!

Captivators are the writing and grammar instructional videos found in CaptivationStation and are available for every CaptivationStation lesson.

Depending on the teaching style and technology available, CaptivationStation can be used to teach whole group with one computer per class, small group, or individually in one to one classrooms.

CaptivationStation combines instruction and practice for the entire writing process, developing strong writing and grammar skills in a digital environment.

The Captivator videos were developed by the 2015 Michigan Technology Teacher of the year, Joanna Van Raden. Joanna, a WriteSteps teacher from Manchester Community Schools in Michigan, used her technological know-how and progressive mindset to "blend" her writing and grammar instruction with technology. Upon doing so, Joanna saw student writing scores on both common assessments and state writing scores improve significantly.

After learning about Joanna's success, the WriteSteps team approached her with the idea to develop the student instructional videos for CaptivationStation. The result is truly amazing!

"Up until now, the teaching and practice of writing was difficult and time-consuming for both students and teachers, causing writing to be the most neglected subject taught in schools," said Suzanne Klein, WriteSteps Founder and CEO. "Well, not anymore! Having CaptivationStation available for students to receive their writing and grammar instruction and practice all on one platform is truly a dream come true! None of this would have been possible without my amazingly dedicated team, and our partnership with Write About. This quote from Aristotle fits for this synergistic union we've created, 'The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.' CaptivationStation is surely going to captivate teachers and students around the world. It's an immense game changer."

CaptivationStation is available to 3rd-5th grade teachers with an active eWriteSteps subscription. The cost is $6.95 per student.

Visit WriteStepsWriting.com/CaptivationStation for more information and to see the powerful platform in action.

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About Write About

We believe that writing should be fun and sharing should be easy, so we built a digital writing platform for classrooms.

Write About includes thousands of high-interest visual writing ideas to inspire student writing. There are themed groups that connect students to writing communities based on their interests. Write About has many levels of privacy to provide a safe and simple digital publishing environment from local to global audiences. Learn more at WriteAbout.com.

About WriteSteps

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The writing and grammar program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company launched nationwide in 2011. Since then, WriteSteps has expanded its offerings with digital eWriteSteps; Engagers, SMART interactive whiteboard writing and grammar lessons; and CaptivationStation, a standards-based blended learning platform for 3rd-5th grade students. WriteSteps is the recipient of the 2013 Learning Magazine Teachers' Choice Award, 2013 eLit Gold Award, 2014 EdTech Cool Tool Award Finalist, 2014 and 2015 District Administration's Readers' Choice Top 100 Products Award, 2014 and 2015 REVERE Award Finalist and a 2014 and 2015 CODiE Award Finalist. For more information visit WriteStepsWriting.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Anjilla Young, Communications Specialist
Anjilla@WriteStepsWriting.com
Phone: 800.689.1408 ext. 21

WriteSteps named a “Reader’s Choice Top Product” by District Administration Readers

Nominations from top K12 leaders led to the selection of products that enhance learning across the country

[Grandville, MI] – December 1, 2015 — WriteSteps has been recognized for making a positive difference in education by K12 leaders who named it to District Administration magazine's "Readers' Choice Top Products for 2015."

The winners were compiled from 2,100-plus nominations from the magazine's readers over the past year. The Readers' Choice Top Products has been announced online and in the December 2015 issue of District Administration.

District Administration's Readers' Choice Top Products awards program informs superintendents and other senior school district leaders about products their colleagues around the country are using to help their districts excel in a variety of areas, such as technology, sustainability and curriculum instruction.

"It was inspiring to learn about the products being used in today's schools and classrooms that are helping districts succeed," says JD Solomon, District Administration’s editorial director. "All of our 2015 honorees should be very proud of this achievement."

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About District Administration

District Administration provides K12 leaders with critical news and information for school district management, through its monthly magazine, website, e-newsletters and the District Administration Leadership Institute Superintendent Summits. For more information, visit www.DistrictAdministration.com.

About WriteSteps

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The writing program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. WriteSteps is the recipient of Learning Magazine 2013 Teachers' Choice Award, the 2013 eLit Gold Award, the 2013 and 2014 APEX award for publication excellence, 2014 District Administration's Readers' Choice Top 100 Products Award, and a 2014 EdTech Cool Tool Award Finalist. For complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog, visit http://WriteStepsWriting.com.

eWriteSteps Named 2015 REVERE Award Finalist

May 20, 2015 (PRLOG) – WriteSteps is pleased to announce that eWriteSteps was selected as a REVERE Awards finalist in the Classroom Competition Whole Curriculum Category/Reading and Language Arts subcategory. eWriteSteps was designed to help K-5 educators enhance their writing instruction by using the daily lessons created with writing best practices to improve student writing skills.

The REVERE (Recognizing Valuable Educational Resources) Awards recognize creative resources that engage 21st century teachers and learners. Produced by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) PreK-12 Learning Group, the awards are the only of their kind to recognize learning resources in all media, for all ages, and covering a wide array of educational subject areas and learning environments.

"We've always believed that eWriteSteps is a great asset to a student's education," said Suzanne Klein, Founder and CEO. "To be recognized for a REVERE Award is further acknowledgement that our hard work is making a difference for a new generation of learners."

eWriteSteps is an evidence-based, 100% Common Core writing and grammar program for grades K-5. The comprehensive program gives teachers and students everything they need to develop their craft with confidence. The digital curriculum can be used with interactive whiteboards, visual projectors, computers, tablets, iPads, and document cameras.

REVERE Award finalists were chosen by evaluation of quality content and design, audience engagement and appropriateness, usability and originality and effectiveness, along with comments and recommendations given by judges. More than 100 evaluators in the education and publishing industries judged the applications. Winners will be announced during the REVERE Awards Gala on June 3 in Washington, DC.

Follow or join the conversation about the REVERE Awards on Twitter using @REVEREAwards.

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About AAP

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) is the voice of the US book and journal publishing industry. AAP represents the industry's priorities on policy, legislative and regulatory issues regionally, nationally and worldwide. These include the protection of intellectual property rights and worldwide copyright enforcement, digital and new technology issues, funding for education and libraries, tax and trade, censorship and literacy. Our four hundred member companies represent major commercial, educational and professional companies as well as independents, non-profits, university presses and scholarly societies.

Find us online at www.publishers.org or on twitter at @AmericanPublish.

About WriteSteps

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The writing program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. WriteSteps is the recipient of Learning Magazine 2013 Teachers' Choice Award, the 2013 eLit Gold Award, the 2013 and 2014 APEX award for publication excellence, 2014 District Administration's Readers' Choice Top 100 Products Award, and a 2014 EdTech Cool Tool Award Finalist. For complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog, visit http://WriteStepsWriting.com.

Emil Carafa Selected as Visionary Principal of the Year and NAESP National Distinguished Principal of the Year

May 20, 2015- WriteSteps' principal, Emil Carafa, was selected as Visionary Principal of the Year from the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association. In addition to this award, Emil Carafa is the New Jersey recipient of the National Association of Elementary School Principals National Distinguished Principal Award.

Along with his duties as principal at Washington Elementary School, Emil Carafa has been a leader in the educational community, serving as a board member and past president of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA). In addition, he served on the Educator Leaders' Cadre for Common Core and PARCC, which helped him turnkey transitions that had to be made in order to change instruction. An instructional leader who spends a great deal of time in the classrooms, Emil focuses on the culture and climate of his school to ensure that parents, teachers, and students are involved in the conversation to bring the necessary changes to improve student achievement.

"Emil Carafa has been an invaluable principal that has went above and helping spread the word about WriteSteps after his school purchased our program," said Suzanne Klein, Founder and CEO. "I couldn't think of a principal more deserving of this award. His passion for his students and staff truly shows, and we are very proud of his accomplishments."

Emil Carafa will be acknowledged by the New Jersey State Board of Education. The Commissioner of Education will make a special presentation during the award ceremony.

As a Principal of the Year, Emil Carafa will receive $5,000 to be used towards the students and staff at Washington Elementary School, and a $1,000 personal award.

About WriteSteps

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The writing program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. WriteSteps is the recipient of

Learning Magazine

2013 Teachers' Choice Award, the 2013 eLit Gold Award, the 2013 and 2014 APEX award for publication excellence, 2014 District Administration's Readers' Choice Top 100 Products Award, and a 2014 EdTech Cool Tool Award Finalist. For complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog, visit http://WriteStepsWriting.com.

WriteSteps Named SIIA Education CODiE Award Finalist for Best Reading/English/Language Arts Instructional Solution

eWriteSteps Earns Prestigious Education Industry Recognition

WASHINGTON, D.C. (PRLOG-April 7, 2015) WriteSteps, an evidence-based, 100% Common Core K-5 writing and grammar program, today announced that eWriteSteps was named a finalist for the 2015 SIIA Education CODiE Awards for Best Reading/English/Language Arts Instructional Solution. The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier award for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for 29 years. The awards have over 85 categories and are organized by industry focus of Content, Education, and Software.

This year's program features 28 Education categories, several of which are new or updated to reflect the latest industry trends and business models. New this year, top awards in three overall Education categories will also be presented. Overall categories include Best PK-12 Solution, Best Postsecondary Solution, and Best Education Solution. All winners will be announced during a special awards dinner at the nation's leading education technology conference, the Education Industry Summit, in San Francisco on May 5. The announcement will also be live streamed.

eWriteSteps is an evidence-based, 100% Common Core writing and grammar program for grades K-5. It fuses best practices such as the 6 traits of writing, Writer's Workshop, Multiple Intelligences, and Bloom's Taxonomy. The comprehensive program gives teachers and students everything they need to develop their craft with confidence. The digital curriculum can be used with interactive whiteboards, visual projectors, computers, tablets, iPads, and document cameras.

"We are honored to be listed as a finalist for a 2015 CODiE Award among some of the best companies in the industry," said Suzanne Klein, founder & CEO of WriteSteps. "Founded in 2011, WriteSteps is still a relatively new company that has made a huge impact with the nation's students in a short period of time. To see ourselves next to huge names like Pearson and McGraw Hill, along with others, is very rewarding."

"This year's finalists are breaking ground with new business models and innovative products. We are pleased to recognize the best in educational technology with these 157 products," said Karen Billings, vice president of the SIIA Education Technology Industry Network. "I look forward to honoring them all in May at the Education Industry Summit."

Details about each finalist are listed at siia.net/codies/2015/finalists.asp.

About SIIA

SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to the leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age. For more information, visit www.siia.net.The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide educational software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the K-20 sector. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information on ETIN of SIIA, visit siia.net/etin.

About WriteSteps

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The writing program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. WriteSteps is the recipient of Learning Magazine 2013 Teachers' Choice Award, the 2013 eLit Gold Award, the 2013 and 2014 APEX award for publication excellence, 2014 District Administration's Readers' Choice Top 100 Products Award, and a 2014 EdTech Cool Tool Award Finalist. For complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog, visit http://WriteStepsWriting.com.

WriteSteps Instructional Materials Approved by EQuIP Peer Review Panel

Grandville, MI (PRLOG, January 5, 2015) - WriteSteps announced today that a sampling of third grade lessons in opinion writing have been posted on the EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products) section of Achieve's website along with the quality review feedback from the EQuIP Peer Review Panel.

EQuIP is an initiative of Achieve designed to identify high-quality materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The objectives are two-fold:

  • Build the capacity of educators to evaluate and improve the quality of instructional materials for use in their classrooms and schools.
  • Increase the supply of high-quality lessons and units aligned to the CSSS that are available to elementary, middle and high school teachers as soon as possible.

"Achieve is grateful for WriteSteps' contributions and recognize they will help increase the supply of high-quality lessons and units aligned to the CCSS," said Alissa Peltzman, Vice President for State Policy & Implementation Support. "We believe that educators across the country will benefit from access to these materials."

WriteSteps is an evidence-based, award-winning, digital and print, K-5 Common Core writing and grammar program that covers narrative, informative/explanatory, and opinion writing texts aligned to the Common Core writing and grammar conventions standards. The daily lesson program gives teachers and students everything they need to develop their craft with confidence.

Below are some comments from the EQuIP Review Panel specific to the third grade WriteSteps Opinion Writing lessons submitted:

  • It is obvious that the developer loves teaching writing and the value of writing to post-secondary success. The embrace of opinion writing is also supportive of the spirit of the writing strand.
  • The lesson incorporates a variety of text types and leads students to an authentic writing task of a persuasive letter. The topic of cafeteria food would be a familiar starting point for third grade students as they receive instruction in the area of letter writing.
  • Writing from Sources: The students write their own persuasive essays, using the two text sources, which do provide a balance of informational and literary texts. Students plan for the use of evidence by highlighting potential sources of fact/evidence. The use of Elliott's essay, and the specific study of its construction and features, will really help students to see what is wanted in their own essays.
  • The designer has created a unit of study that demonstrates quality and rigor in nearly all aspects of its dimensions.

About Achieve

Achieve is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit education reform organization dedicated to working with states to raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments, and strengthen accountability. Created in 1996 by a bipartisan group of governors and business leaders, Achieve is leading the effort to make college and career readiness a priority across the country so that students graduating from high school are academically prepared for postsecondary success.

About WriteSteps

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The writing program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. WriteSteps is the recipient of Learning Magazine 2013 Teachers' Choice Award, the eLit Gold Award, the 2013 APEX award for publication excellence, District Administration's Readers' Choice Top 100 Products Award, and a 2014 APEX award for publication excellence. For complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog, please go to http://WriteStepsWriting.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Anjilla Young, Communications Specialist
Anjilla@WriteStepsWriting.com
Phone: 800.689.1408 ext. 21

WriteSteps wins APEX 2014 Grand Award for Publishing Excellence in Writing!

[Grandville, MI] (PRLOG)-WriteSteps, an evidence-based, 100 percent Common Core K-5 writing and grammar program, has been awarded the APEX 2014 Award of Excellence for Digital Publishing in the writing category.

WriteSteps is available both digitally and in print. It includes daily writing lessons for teachers with student visual aids, videos of modeled lessons, print and video updates, and parent resources. Teachers can access the award-winning writing lessons anywhere there is internet access. eWriteSteps, the online teaching portal, works well with interactive white boards, document cameras, and iPads.

APEX 2014 -- the 26th Annual Awards for Publication Excellence -- is an international competition that recognizes outstanding publications from newsletters and magazines to annual reports, brochures and websites.

According to the APEX 2014 judges, "The awards were based on excellence in graphic design, quality of editorial content and the success of the entry in conveying the message and achieving overall communications effectiveness."

2,075 entries were evaluated and 100 Awards of Excellence were presented to honor outstanding work in 12 major categories including: newsletters; magazines and journals; megapapers and newspapers; annual reports; brochures, manuals and reports; electronic media; social media; websites; campaigns, programs and plans; writing; design and illustration; and one-of-a-kind publications.

WriteSteps was also the recipient of Learning Magazine 2013 Teachers' Choice Award, the eLit Gold Award for Digital Publishing Excellence, a 2013 APEX Award, a 2014 EdTech Digest Cool Tool Finalist Award, and District Adminstration's Readers' Choice Award.

About the APEX Awards

The APEX Awards for Publication Excellence is an annual competition for publishers, editors, writers and designers who create print, Web, electronic and social media. Communications Concepts, Inc. sponsors the APEX Awards, and advises professionals who write, edit and manage business communications, on best strategies and practices. Concepts publishes business communication reports, including Writer's Web Watch, an e-report for professional communicators, and special reports on topics such as corporate writing and Web publishing.



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About WriteSteps

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The writing program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. WriteSteps is the recipient of Learning Magazine 2013 Teachers' Choice Award, the eLit Gold Award, the 2013 APEX award for publication excellence, District Administration's Readers' Choice Top 100 Products Award, and a 2014 APEX award for publication excellence. For complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog, please go to http://WriteStepsWriting.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Anjilla Young, Communications Specialist
Anjilla@WriteStepsWriting.com
Phone: 800.689.1408 ext. 21

WriteSteps Approved for California ELD Supplemental Instructional Materials Board List

Grandville, MI (PRLOG) – WriteSteps today announced that their evidence-based, award-winning, digital and print, K-5 Common Core writing and grammar program, was recommended by the California State Board of Education as a supplemental instructional program for English Language Development Standards and is included on the California Department of Education's ELD Supplemental Instructional Materials State Recommended list.

"Out of 12 programs, WriteSteps and three other programs were recommended," said Arlynn King, Coaching Director. "We believe that WriteSteps is a program that's very helpful for ELL students. ELL students are being taught mainly in mainstream classrooms by general education teachers. WriteSteps is designed for these classrooms and these teachers."

General education teachers need programs that use time wisely, and teachers need to be able to enhance their students' English while teaching the core curriculum. WriteSteps does this while teaching 100% of the writing and grammar Common Cores. Many experts say the best way to support ELLs is by using Reading Workshops and Writing Workshops (like WriteSteps). By using WriteSteps, California schools will be able to better serve the needs of all of their students.

WriteSteps (K-5) is recommended for approval because it is aligned with the subset of California English Language Development Standards (CA ELD Standards) for a submission and meets the evaluation criteria approved by the State Board of Education for this supplemental instructional materials review.

WriteSteps covers narrative, informative/explanatory, and opinion writing texts aligned to the Common Core writing standards. The daily lesson program gives teachers and students everything they need to develop their craft with confidence. Visual aids such as authentic student writing samples, graphic organizers, and 6 Traits/Common Core rubrics give students of all learning styles effective habits that foster clear written expression.



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ABOUT WRITESTEPS:

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The writing program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. WriteSteps is the recipient of Learning Magazine 2013 Teachers' Choice Award, the eLit Gold Award, the 2013 APEX award for publication excellence, and District Administration's Readers' Choice Top 100 Products Award. For complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog, please go to http://WriteStepsWriting.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Anjilla Young, Communications Specialist
Anjilla@WriteStepsWriting.com
Phone: 1-800-689-1408 ext. 21

Idaho State Board of Education Approves WriteSteps on Recommended Writing Programs List

Grandville, MI (PRLOG) – WriteSteps today announced that their evidence-based, award-winning, digital and print, K-5 Common Core writing and grammar program, has been approved by the Idaho State Board of Education to be used in Idaho classrooms.

“We are thrilled that WriteSteps has been approved by the state of Idaho,” said Suzanne Klein, Founder and CEO of WriteSteps. “We look forward to connecting with Idaho educators and school districts to prepare students for a lifetime of confident writing.”

The WriteSteps curriculum is posted in the Idaho Recommended Writing Component Programs/Resources list, which includes a complete listing of textbooks and other instructional materials approved by the Idaho Board of Education.

WriteSteps covers narrative, informative/explanatory, and opinion writing texts aligned to the Common Core writing standards. The daily lesson program gives teachers and students everything they need to develop their craft with confidence. Visual aids such as authentic student writing samples, graphic organizers, and 6 Traits/Common Core rubrics give students of all learning styles effective habits that foster clear written expression.

The purpose of state recommendation of instructional material is to provide Idaho schools with the best core-related materials. The adoption process also provides for consistent contract pricing of the recommended materials at the lowest price for Idaho schools.

WriteSteps can also be found on instructional material state lists in Utah and Georgia.

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ABOUT WRITESTEPS:

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The writing program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. WriteSteps is the recipient of Learning Magazine 2013 Teachers' Choice Award, the eLit Gold Award, the 2013 APEX award for publication excellence, and District Administration’s Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products Award. For complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog, please go to http://WriteStepsWriting.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Anjilla Young, Communications Specialist
Anjilla@WriteStepsWriting.com
Phone: 1-800-689-1408 ext. 21

WriteSteps Announced as a Finalist for 2014 EdTech Digest Awards Program

Popular recognition program celebrates education technology tools, trendsetters and leaders.

March 19, 2014 (PRLog)— WriteSteps, an evidence-based, award-winning, 100% Common Core K-5 writing and grammar program, was announced as a finalist for the fourth annual EdTech Digest Awards Recognition Program honoring tools, trendsetters and leaders in the education and technology sector. The distinguished awards program recognizes outstanding solutions—and the best and brightest minds—in education and technology.

This year's program features dozens of categories, including best:

  • New Product or Service
  • Mobile (App) Solution
  • Academic Gaming Solution
  • Emerging Technology Solution
  • Professional Development Solution
  • Product or Service Setting a Trend
  • Leader Setting a Trend
  • And more

A distinguished panel of industry influencers and veterans conducted this year's evaluation proceedings. "There is a lot of talent and quality out there, and we're excited to recognize these cool tools, leaders and trendsetters in the education technology space," said Victor Rivero, who oversees the program as Editor in Chief of EdTech Digest. "There are now thousands of startups, apps, and companies working in edtech, more than ever before. Shining a spotlight on the best and brightest, we intend to generate even more activity in this sector to continue pushing forward a slow revolution for the benefit of future generations."

WriteSteps was nominated for the Cool Tool award, which recognizes new, emerging and established technology solutions for education. A full list of this year's award finalists can be found at http://www.edtechdigest.com. Winners will be announced on March 20.

About the EdTech Digest Awards Program

Recognizing cool tools, trendsetters and leaders in the education and technology sector, the mission of the annual awards program is to get workable technology solutions for education widely known about and well thought of with the purpose of reshaping the education culture and creating a new and better future for students. Over the years, the best products and brightest minds have been featured helping millions of students, teachers, parents, administrators and others in and around education.

About EdTech Digest

EdTech Digest is a leading source of cool tools, in-depth interviews and notable trends in the education and technology space. Featuring movers and shakers in and around education dedicated to making a difference for our future generations, read it online at http://www.edtechdigest.com.

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About WriteSteps

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The writing program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. WriteSteps is the recipient of Learning Magazine 2013 Teachers' Choice Award, recipient of the eLit Gold Award, and the recipient of the APEX Award for Publication Excellence in writing. Visit http://WriteStepsWriting.com for complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Anjilla Young, Communications Specialist
Anjilla@WriteStepsWriting.com
Phone: 800.689.1408 ext. 21

WriteSteps Named among District Administration's Readers' Choice Top 100 Products

[Grandville, MI] (PRLOG)-WriteSteps, an evidence-based, award-winning, 100 percent Common Core K-5 digital writing program, has been chosen as a product for District Administration's Readers' Choice Top 100 Products Award in 2013.

Winners were chosen from over 1,800 nominations that were sent in by K-12 leaders detailing the products' positive impact on their schools.

"We're incredibly honored to have been nominated and chosen as a Top 100 Product by District Administration," said Suzanne Klein, Founder and CEO of WriteSteps. "Thank you to all of the school leaders who nominated us for this honor."

Editors from District Administration Magazine narrowed down the list based on the quality and quantity of the testimonials sent in. As stated from the press release announcing the winners, "the editorial board is confident that this year's Top 100 Products showcases the best of the best."

The award's purpose is to inform superintendents and other school district leaders about products their colleagues around the country are using to help their districts excel.

WriteSteps is an innovative, print and web-based learning portal for teachers that provides daily writing lesson plans and student visual aids, videos of modeled lessons, print and video updates, and parent resources. Teachers can access the award-winning writing lessons anywhere there is internet access. WriteSteps works well with interactive white boards, document cameras, and iPads.

WriteSteps is also the recipient of Learning Magazine's 2013 Teachers' Choice Award, recipient of the eLit Gold Award for Digital Publishing Excellence, and recipient of the APEX Award for Publishing Excellence in Writing.

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About WriteSteps

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The writing program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. WriteSteps is the recipient of Learning Magazine 2013 Teachers' Choice Award, recipient of the eLit Gold Award, and the recipient of the APEX Award for Publication Excellence in writing. Visit http://WriteStepsWriting.com for complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Anjilla Young, Communications Specialist
Anjilla@WriteStepsWriting.com
Phone: 800.689.1408 ext. 21

Suzanne Klein and Team WriteSteps Donate $10,000 to Children's Home Society of Florida

Donation will benefit the children of the Fort Lauderdale Foster Care Home

[Grandville, MI] (PRLOG)-Suzanne Klein, Founder and CEO of WriteSteps, an evidence-based, award-winning, 100% Common Core K-5 writing and grammar program, announced that she has donated a total of $10,000 on behalf of team WriteSteps, to the Children's Home Society of Florida, to help the children currently living in foster care at the Fort Lauderdale foster care home.

The Children's Home Society (CHS) protects and heals children, builds and strengthens families, and rescues and embraces teens struggling to survive on their own-giving them a fighting chance to lead a successful life. Children victimized by their own parents, find hope and security in CHS's emergency shelters, group homes, or foster families. The CHS also helps find infants and children loving homes through private adoption.

"Thanks to the incredible generous donation from WriteSteps, Children's Home Society of Florida will have the opportunity to enhance services to children we serve in foster care. A gift of this magnitude is so appreciated, especially in a time when we are asked to do more with less," said Rebecca S.E. McGuire, Ph.D., Executive Director. "We are extremely thankful for this wonderful gift and look forward to building a strong and long lasting relationship with WriteSteps."

The Fort Lauderdale Foster Care home currently takes care of 12 boys between the ages of 13 and 18. Without Children's Home Society of Florida, they would have no place to live, or would be thrust into "survival mode" on their 18th birthday, responsible for every aspect of their well-being. CHS provides life skills training, educational and career coaching, guidance and safe housing, so all of the boys can learn self-sufficiency as they transition into adulthood and pursue opportunities for life success.

"In addition to the $10,000, I am also volunteering my time to help spruce up the foster home," said Suzanne Klein. "I believe that creating an inspiring place to live encourages children to achieve goals and helps them believe anything is possible."

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About WriteSteps

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The writing program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. WriteSteps is the recipient of Learning Magazine 2013 Teachers' Choice Award, recipient of the eLit Gold Award, and the recipient of the APEX Award for Publication Excellence in writing. Visit http://WriteStepsWriting.com for complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Anjilla Young, Communications Specialist
Anjilla@WriteStepsWriting.com
Phone: 800.689.1408 ext. 21

eWriteSteps wins APEX 2013 Grand Award for Publishing Excellence in Writing!

[Grandville, MI] (PRLOG)-eWriteSteps, a research-based, 100 percent K-5 Common Core digital writing and grammar program, has been awarded the APEX 2013 Award of Excellence in the writing category.

eWriteSteps is an innovative, web-based learning portal for teachers that includes all of WriteSteps' daily writing lesson plans and student visual aids, videos of modeled lessons, print and video updates, and parent resources. Teachers can access the award-winning writing lessons anywhere there is internet access. eWriteSteps works well with interactive white boards, document cameras, and iPads.

APEX 2013 -- the 25th Annual Awards for Publication Excellence -- is an international competition that recognizes outstanding publications from newsletters and magazines to annual reports, brochures and websites.

According to one of the APEX 2013 judges, eWriteSteps is "An impressive online package -- from the No. 2 pencil logo theme, to the appealing pastel spot colors and screens, and the very attractive, inviting look and feel of the site. It does a remarkable job of harnessing design to reinforce the content, in part by making the target audience (teachers) feel right at home. Speaking of content, the copy is crisply written. It's thoroughly researched, prepared and presented. A flawless 'lesson plan', if you will, by teachers teaching teachers."

2,400 entries were evaluated and 100 Grand Awards were presented to honor outstanding work in 12 major categories including: newsletters; magazines and journals; megapapers and newspapers; annual reports; brochures, manuals and reports; electronic media; social media; websites; campaigns, programs and plans; writing; design and illustration; and one-of-a-kind publications.

"This is the third award WriteSteps has received this year for our work in helping teachers succeed in teaching writing," said Suzanne Klein, WriteSteps' Founder and CEO. "It's incredible to see the growth of WriteSteps as we work to help improve student writing across the nation."

WriteSteps was also the recipient of Learning Magazine 2013 Teachers' Choice Award and the recipient of the eLit Gold Award for Digital Publishing Excellence.

About the APEX Awards

The APEX Awards for Publication Excellence is an annual competition for publishers, editors, writers and designers who create print, Web, electronic and social media. Communications Concepts, Inc. sponsors the APEX Awards, and advises professionals who write, edit and manage business communications, on best strategies and practices. Concepts publishes business communication reports, including Writer's Web Watch, an e-report for professional communicators, and special reports on topics such as corporate writing and Web publishing.

About WriteSteps

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The writing program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. WriteSteps is the recipient of Learning Magazine 2013 Teachers' Choice Award, recipient of the eLit Gold Award, and the recipient of the APEX Award for Publication Excellence in writing. Visit http://WriteStepsWriting.com for complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Anjilla Young, Communications Specialist
Anjilla@WriteStepsWriting.com
Phone: 800.689.1408 ext. 21

Georgia State Board of Education Approves WriteSteps on State Recommended List

Grandville, MI (PRLOG) – WriteSteps today announced that their research-based, award-winning, digital and print, 100 percent K-5 Common Core writing and grammar program, has been approved by the Georgia State Board of Education to be used in Georgia classrooms for a period of six years.

"We are thrilled that WriteSteps has been approved by the state of Georgia," said Suzanne Klein, Founder and CEO of WriteSteps. "We look forward to connecting with Georgia educators and school districts to prepare students for the Common Core and a lifetime of confident writing!"

The WriteSteps curriculum is posted in the Georgia Textbook/Instructional Materials Guide, which includes a complete listing of textbooks and other instructional materials recommended by the Georgia Board of Education. It was deemed that WriteSteps meets all of the writing and grammar Common Core Standards and the Georgia Performance Standards.

WriteSteps covers narrative, informative/explanatory, and opinion writing texts aligned to the Common Core writing standards. The daily lesson program gives teachers and students everything they need to develop their craft with confidence. Visual aids such as authentic student writing samples, graphic organizers, and 6 Traits/Common Core rubrics give students of all learning styles effective habits that foster clear written expression.

The purpose of state recommendation of instructional material is to provide Georgia schools with the best core-related materials. The adoption process also provides for consistent contract pricing of the recommended materials at the lowest price for Georgia's schools.

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ABOUT WRITESTEPS:

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The writing program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. WriteSteps is the recipient of Learning Magazine 2013 Teachers' Choice Award. For complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog, please go to http://WriteStepsWriting.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Anjilla Young, Communications Specialist
Anjilla@WriteStepsWriting.com
Phone: 1-800-689-1408 ext. 21

President of New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association and WriteSteps Founder to Co-Present at NAESP

Grandville, MI (PRLOG.org ) July 10, 2013 --Suzanne Klein, WriteSteps Founder and CEO, will co-present with Emil Carafa, immediate past president of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association and principal of Washington Elementary School, at the 2013 National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Conference.

On Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 308 of the Baltimore Convention Center, both Klein and Carafa will present, "Ready, Test, Score! Essential Tools for Common Core Writing Success from Washington Elementary." Participants will learn how to effectively implement Common Core writing standards in order to prepare for the upcoming 2014/2015 Common Core tests. Attendees will receive the tools needed to support their teachers' focus on developing strong Common Core writing instruction in classrooms.

Emil Carafa will speak about the strides he has made implementing the writing Common Cores at Washington Elementary School. Attendees will leave the workshop ready to apply effective Common Core strategies in writing and will take home practical tools for their teachers to use.

Klein, a former K-5 teacher and writing coach, speaks nationally on best practices in Common Core writing instruction. Klein has extensive training in writing pedagogy best practices, including writer's workshop and 6 Traits. She holds a Master of Arts degree in teaching, is a National Writing Project fellow, and has worked as a writing coach for thousands of teachers at the district level and at national workshops for the Bureau of Education Research.

WriteSteps provides professional development and teacher-friendly lessons that include video demonstrations that focus on the widely-adopted Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar.

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ABOUT WRITESTEPS:

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The writing program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. WriteSteps is the recipient of Learning Magazine 2013 Teachers' Choice Award. For complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog, please go to http://WriteStepsWriting.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Anjilla Young, Communications Specialist
Anjilla@WriteStepsWriting.com
Phone: 1-800-689-1408 Ext. 21

WriteSteps Unveils Revision Four Upgrade

Enhanced Writing Lessons Help Teachers Prepare Students for College and Career as well as Upcoming Common Core Tests

Grandville, MI – In an effort to respond to the changing needs of teachers and to help prepare teachers and students for the upcoming Common Core tests, WriteSteps announced the launch of Revision Four to their research-based, award-winning, digital and print, 100 percent K-5 Common Core writing and grammar program.

WriteSteps' team of gifted curriculum creators completed months of work to re-design and upgrade the K-5 writing lessons teachers' love. The most significant changes are in the areas of Response to Text/Literature.

"The skill lessons we enhanced reflect an emphasis in the CCSS, on the PARCC and Smarter Balanced tests, as well as a need voiced by teachers nationwide." said Arlynn King, WriteSteps' Coaching Director and Curriculum Creator.

The most comprehensive upgrade to date for both the digital and print formats of WriteSteps for the upcoming 2013-14 school year includes:

  • an improved Table of Contents, making resources easier to find.
  • revisions to lessons and units with an emphasis on "response to text" and "writing across the curriculum."
  • a new Conversion Chart in Pre-unit 1.  Teachers will no longer need to do the math when converting a raw score to a letter grade.
  • additional grammar skills.
  • improved rubrics stating specific Common Core standards on each rubric to assist teachers at report card time.
  • increased time for writing within WriteSteps lessons.
  • an update to the monthly references on the Pacing Guides. These were changed to a number of weeks, making it easier for teachers to schedule their year with WriteSteps, regardless of their school calendar.
  • expanded lessons in grades K-2 with a focus on sentence construction.
  • some Reading Cores added to grades 3-5.
  • a new technology list that offers suggestions of great digital tools students can use to publish their work.
  • additional Prezi presentations to eWriteSteps that help teachers get started with the writing curriculum. Teachers can access these by clicking the "Get Started" link in Unit 2 for Kindergarten and in Unit 1 for grades 1-5.
  • new and improved narrative planning sheets.
  • response to Text lessons in narrative, informative, and opinion units in grades 3-5.
  • differentiation Strategies in revised lessons.

Current WriteSteps' teachers who use the print binders can download and print the lesson upgrades by logging into their eWriteSteps account. For teachers solely using eWriteSteps, all of the lessons are automatically updated.

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ABOUT WRITESTEPS:

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The writing program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. WriteSteps is the recipient of Learning Magazine 2013 Teachers' Choice Award, recipient of the eLit Gold Award, and the recipient of the APEX Award for Publication Excellence in writing. Visit http://WriteStepsWriting.com for complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Anjilla Young, Communications Specialist
Anjilla@WriteStepsWriting.com
Phone: 800.689.1408 ext. 21

Utah State Board of Education Approves WriteSteps for State Adoption List

Grandville, MI (PRLOG) – WriteSteps today announced that their research-based, award-winning, digital and print, 100 percent K-5 Common Core writing and grammar program, has been approved by the Utah State Board of Education to be used in Utah classrooms for a period of five years.

"We are pleased that WriteSteps has been approved by the state of Utah," said Suzanne Klein, Founder and CEO of WriteSteps. "WriteSteps empowers teachers to prepare students for Common Core testing and a lifetime of confident writing. We look forward to connecting with Utah educators and school districts."

The WriteSteps curriculum was reviewed by members of the Instructional Materials Commission. The commission is comprised of a variety of state educators and non-educators from across Utah. It was deemed that WriteSteps met the Common Core standards in writing and grammar.

WriteSteps covers narrative, informative/explanatory, and opinion writing texts aligned to the Common Core writing standards. The daily lesson program gives teachers and students everything they need to develop their craft with confidence. Visual aids such as authentic student writing samples, graphic organizers, and 6 Traits/Common Core rubrics give students of all learning styles effective habits that foster clear written expression.

The purpose of state recommendation of instructional material is to provide Utah schools with the best core-related materials. The adoption process also provides for consistent contract pricing of the recommended materials at the lowest price for Utah's schools.

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ABOUT WRITESTEPS:

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The writing program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. WriteSteps is the recipient of Learning Magazine 2013 Teachers' Choice Award. For complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog, please go to http://WriteStepsWriting.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Anjilla Young, Communications Specialist
Anjilla@WriteStepsWriting.com
Phone: 1-800-689-1408

Research-based WriteSteps is the Recipient of the eLit Gold Award!


Grandville, MI (PRLOG) -- WriteSteps, a research-based, award-winning, digital and print, 100 percent K-5 Common Core writing and grammar program, is the recipient of the 4th Annual eLit Gold Award within the Education/Academics/Teaching category.

The eLit Awards are a global awards program committed to illuminating and honoring the very best of English language digital publishing entertainment. The awards program is open to all members of the electronic publishing industry.

“The WriteSteps team is thrilled to be honored with an eLit Award,” said Suzanne Klein, WriteSteps Founder and CEO. “We realize the importance of integrating technology into elementary classrooms. eWriteSteps saves teachers time and helps make teaching writing easier.”
eWriteSteps is an innovative, web-based learning portal for teachers and includes WriteSteps’ entire daily writing lesson plans. It reflects WriteSteps’ commitment to a better, greener environment and the company’s interest in improving teaching and learning through technology. eWriteSteps can be used with interactive white boards, visual projects, document cameras and iPads.

The contest was presented by Jenkins Group Inc., a Michigan-based book publishing and marketing services company that has operated the popular Independent Publisher Book Awards contest since 1996.

The eLit Awards celebrate the ever growing market of electronic publishing in the wide variety of reader formats.

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ABOUT WRITESTEPS:

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The writing program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. WriteSteps is the recipient of Learning Magazine 2013 Teachers' Choice Award. For complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog, please go to http://WriteStepsWriting.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Anjilla Young, Communications Specialist
Anjilla@WriteStepsWriting.com
Phone: 1-800-689-1408


WriteSteps and the American Institute for Enrichment Sign Global Partnership Agreement



Grandville, MI (PRLog)-WriteSteps and the American Institute for Enrichment (AIE) today announced an exclusive partnership that combines the global reach of AIE with WriteSteps, a research-based, award-winning, 100% K-5 Common Core writing and grammar program.

The partnership will expand WriteSteps’ reach across classrooms on a global scale and support its mission to empower K-5 teachers with writing and grammar lessons that provide children with the essential skills they need for a lifetime of confident writing.

“When WriteSteps launched nationally in September of 2011 I never dreamed that two years later it would expand to an international level,” said Suzanne Klein, WriteSteps Founder and CEO. “My main goal for creating WriteSteps was to make a difference in as many classrooms as I could in order to help students become successful writers. I am honored to connect with schools across 16 countries and to see teachers around the world using WriteSteps in their classrooms.”

Under the terms of the new agreement, the partnership between WriteSteps and AIE will allow WriteSteps to expand outside of the United States and reach schools in Australia, Singapore, China, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Indian Subcontinent, UAE, Kuwait, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, and Israel.

"We are excited in our new product partnership with WriteSteps,” said Viral Parekh, Program Director. "Developing writing skills is becoming an increasingly critical part of education's role in preparing students for today’s communication based environment. The American Institute of Enrichment's mission to enrich student's education through concept based education is strongly supported with the WriteSteps writing program and its fundamental approach in developing skills through the elementary years. The potential of this partnership is limitless as we collaborate and impart concept based education at more schools in more regions in the years to come."

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About the American Institute for Enrichment

The American Institute for Enrichment helps schools and parents enrich students with concept based education. We bring concepts to life and bring a new level of fascination in students as they expand into new areas of learning regardless of their board curriculum. The American Institute of Enrichment is home to a world-class group of members who combine academic and professional experiences as attorneys, engineers, medical professionals and entrepreneurs that are committed to students and the quality of education they receive. The AIE believes a concept based education is the key to creating the successful leaders of tomorrow. For additional information on the AIE visit http://www.theaie.org.

About WriteSteps

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The writing program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. WriteSteps is the recipient of Learning Magazine 2013 Teachers' Choice Award. For complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog, please go to http://WriteStepsWriting.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Anjilla Young, Communications Specialist
Anjilla@WriteStepsWriting.com
Phone: 1-800-689-1408

Founder of WriteSteps to Present Essential Tools for Common Core Writing Success at the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals

Grandville, MI (PRBuzz) November 26, 2012 -- Suzanne Klein, the founder and CEO of WriteSteps, a research-based and award-winning K-5 Common Core writing and grammar program, will present a workshop on the keys to successful Common Core writing instruction at the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals location on November 26, 2012, at 3550 Amazonas Dr. in Jefferson City, MO.

Klein, a former K-5 teacher and national writing coach, speaks nationally on best practices in Common Core writing instruction. WriteSteps provides professional development and teacher-friendly lessons that include video demonstrations that focus on the widely-adopted Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar.

Klein will lead workshop participants in exploring how to effectively implement the Common Core writing standards in order to prepare for the 2014/2015 writing test. Participants will receive the tools needed to support their teachers’ focus on developing strong Common Core writing instruction in classrooms. Principals will leave the workshop ready to implement effective Common Core strategies in writing and will take home practical tools for their teachers to use.

The Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals is the only statewide association in Missouri that exists for the purpose of serving the needs of elementary and middle school principals, assistant principals and those educators with an interest in becoming principals.

Klein has extensive training in writing pedagogy best practices, including writer's workshop and 6 Traits. She holds a Master of Arts degree in teaching, is a National Writing Project fellow, and draws inspiration from educators such as Ralph Fletcher, Barry Lane, Lucy Calkins, Katie Wood Ray, and John Collins. She has worked as a writing coach for thousands of teachers at the district level and at national workshops for the Bureau of Education Research.

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ABOUT WRITESTEPS:

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The writing program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. WriteSteps is the recipient of Learning Magazine 2013 Teachers’ Choice Award. For complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog, please go to http://WriteStepsWriting.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Anjilla Young, Communications Specialist
Anjilla@WriteStepsWriting.com
Phone: 1-800-689-1408

WriteSteps Joins Group of National Collaborators to Host the 2013 Bammy Awards



Educators, advocates, organizations and companies across the education village come together to celebrate what’s right in American education. 

Grandville, MI- (PRLOG) – WriteSteps announced today that the organization has joined the national initiative to host the 2013 Annual Bammy Awards in Washington D. C. on September 21st at the landmark Arena Stage. Presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International, the Bammy Awards is a cross-discipline honor recognizing educators throughout the education field. Based on the notion that it takes a village to educate a child, the Academy hosts the Bammy Awards to identify, recognize and celebrate what’s right in American education across the entire field -- from teachers, principals and superintendents to school nurses, support staff, advocates, researchers, early childhood specialists, education journalists, school facilities maintenance staff, special needs professionals, school board members, education school professors, parents and more.

“The Bammy Awards are just what educators need to feel the worth that they are,” said Suzanne Klein, WriteSteps Founder & CEO. “The WriteSteps team is honored to support an event that recognizes the men and women from across the entire education field who inspire greatness and change lives."

The awards program was created in response to the tremendous national pressure on educators and education leaders to improve student outcomes and the intense scrutiny that today's educators face as a result. The Bammy Awards honor the contributions made by all of the various stakeholders in the education field. The awards aim to elevate education successes in the public eye and raise the voices of the many undervalued and unrecognized people who are making a difference.

“The positive response to the inaugural Bammy Awards in 2012 was overwhelming. Clearly the notion of collaboratively acknowledging what is going well in American education is an idea whose time has come,” said Errol St. Clair Smith, executive producer of the Bammy Awards. “We commend and appreciate all of the early supporters of this national initiative.”

Modeled on the broad scope of the Oscars, Grammys and Emmys, the Bammy Awards accepts nominations in dozens of disparate categories, selects nominees for awards and holds a red-carpet event that brings together constituents from the entire education community to recognize the honorees. The nominations and first round of voting will be done online at www.bammyawards.org starting April 2nd.

Nominations are made by the public on the Bammy Awards website, and two honors, the Educator’s Voice Award and the Bammy Award, will be presented in every category. Educators Voice Award honorees are selected by popular online vote and will be announced in June. Bammy Award honorees are then selected by members of the Academy of Education Arts & Sciences and will be announced at the Bammy Awards red carpet event on September 21st in Washington, D.C., at the Arena Stage Theater.

Nominations may be submitted at http://www.bammyawards.org.

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About the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences

The Academy is comprised of a Board of Governors, Council of Peers and the executive committee, and includes a cadre of some of the nation’s most prominent educators, education leaders, professors, journalists, activists, visionaries, and pioneers. The Academy also includes the executive directors from the leading national education associations, including the American Association of School Administrators, the National Association for Middle Level Education; National School Plant Management Association; the National Association of School Nurses, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National School Boards Association, the National School Supply and Equipment Association and the National PTA, among others. The full list of Academy members is available at http://www.bammyawards.com/index.php/about-us/academy-of-education-arts-and-sciences.

About WriteSteps

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The writing program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. For complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog, please go to http://WriteStepsWriting.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Anjilla Young, Communications Specialist

Anjilla@WriteStepsWriting.com

Phone: 1-800-689-1408

Suzanne Klein to Present Tools for Common Core Writing Success at Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association Conference


Grandville, MI (PRBuzz.com) December 4, 2012 --Suzanne Klein, founder and CEO of WriteSteps, a research-based, award-winning, 100% K-5 Common Core writing and grammar program, is returning to her roots in Michigan to present “Ready, Test, Score! Essential Tools for Common Core Writing Success” at the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association Conference on December 6.

On Thursday, December 6 at 9:00 a.m. in the Detroit Marriot at the Renaissance Center, Klein will lead workshop participants in exploring how to effectively implement the Common Core writing standards in order to prepare for the 2014/2015 writing test. Participants will receive the tools needed to support their teachers’ focus on developing strong Common Core writing instruction in classrooms. Principals will leave the workshop ready to implement effective Common Core strategies in writing and will take home practical tools for their teachers to use.

Klein, a former K-5 teacher and writing coach, speaks nationally on best practices in Common Core writing instruction. WriteSteps provides professional development and teacher-friendly lessons that include video demonstrations that focus on the widely-adopted Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar.

WriteSteps is a corporate sponsor of the 2012 MEMSPA exhibit show and will have an exhibit set up from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A one year subscription of WriteSteps has been donated to MEMSPA. One lucky winner will receive the year-long subscription by purchasing raffle tickets. Raffle award winners will be announced during the exhibit show.

Klein has extensive training in writing pedagogy best practices, including writer's workshop and 6 Traits. She holds a Master of Arts degree in teaching, is a National Writing Project fellow, and draws inspiration from educators such as Ralph Fletcher, Barry Lane, Katie Wood Ray, and John Collins. She has worked as a writing coach for thousands of teachers at the district level and at national workshops for the Bureau of Education Research.

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ABOUT WRITESTEPS:

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The writing program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. WriteSteps is the recipient of Learning Magazine 2013 Teachers’ Choice Award. For complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog, please go to http://WriteStepsWriting.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Anjilla Young, Communications Specialist
Anjilla@WriteStepsWriting.com
Phone: 1-800-689-1408

WriteSteps’ Curriculum Creator to Present Common Core Writing Tips at California Charter Schools Conference


Grandville, MI (PR Log) March 1, 2013 -- Denise Dusseau, curriculum creator for WriteSteps, will present success strategies for Common Core writing to educators at the 20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference and Anniversary Celebration in San Diego, CA. WriteSteps is a research-based, award-winning, digital and print, 100% K-5 Common Core writing and grammar program.

On March 12 at 3:45 p.m., Dusseau will present Ready, Test, Score! Essential Tools for Common Core Writing Success to teachers and administrators. She will explore effective ways teachers can build strong Common Core writer's workshop through the use of authentic student writing samples, planning tools, and student conferencing. Educators in attendance will take home techniques they can put to immediate use in their classrooms. The session will be held at Exhibit Hall EFG, Poster 6.

Dusseau holds a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, has served as a K-5 writing coach, and created the lessons for WriteSteps Common Core lessons. She is also an adjunct writing professor at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL.

The mission of the California Charter Schools Conference is to inspire academic excellence, operational integrity and unity among charter schools throughout California. The annual event connects charter school experts from across the country who lead sessions on balancing your budget, obtaining a new facility, creating a safe school environment, building a productive and excellent board and how to strongly advocate for you school on the local, state and federal level.

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ABOUT WRITESTEPS:

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The writing program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. WriteSteps is the recipient of Learning Magazine 2013 Teachers' Choice Award. For complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog, please go to http://WriteStepsWriting.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Anjilla Young, Communications Specialist
Anjilla@WriteStepsWriting.com
Phone: 1-800-689-1408

Writing Prompts and Inspirational Posters Honor Sandy Hook Elementary School


Grandville, MI (PRLOG.com) – In honor of the victims and families of Sandy Hook Elementary following the December 14, 2012 tragedy in Newtown, CT., WriteSteps is participating in the Acts of Kindness campaign. The WriteSteps team created writing prompts to help students express themselves during a time of grief or tragedy and designed inspirational We are a Family school posters.

Most experts say when children experience grief or tragedy it is wise to give them an opportunity to express their feelings. Writing can be very therapeutic and is a wonderful expressive outlet for students.

“Because writing is a medium we teach at WriteSteps and something we are passionate about, we felt it was important to create writing prompts to help students,” said Suzanne Klein, WriteSteps Founder and CEO. “We want to continue to honor the memory of the children and educators who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School.”

The inspirational We are a Family posters can be downloaded for free. The posters can be sent to a local printer to print in 11x17 poster size, or they can be printed in the standard 8 ½ x11 format.

Schools are encouraged to hang the posters in school hallways and classrooms.  Help WriteSteps spread the message that together, as an education community, we are working to create a better world for our children.

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ABOUT WRITESTEPS:

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The writing program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. WriteSteps is the recipient of Learning Magazine 2013 Teachers' Choice Award. For complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog, please go to http://WriteStepsWriting.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Anjilla Young, Communications Specialist
Anjilla@WriteStepsWriting.com
Phone: 1-800-689-1408

Study Reveals WriteSteps Improves Students’ Writing Development with its Common Core Writing and Grammar Program

Grandville, MI (PRBuzz)— A study conducted this fall proves that WriteSteps, a 100 percent K-5 Common Core writing and grammar program, is effective in improving students’ writing capabilities.

Results of the study show great promise for WriteSteps’ role in assisting teachers with meeting and exceeding the future Common Core testing goals in their classrooms. The aims of the study were to measure students’ writing development during the WriteSteps program and to measure students’ and teachers’ satisfaction with the WriteSteps program.

The study is the result of a statistical analysis, prepared and analyzed by Pawel Paczuski, University of Michigan graduate student in Biostatistics, and Carrie R. Kind, Ph.D. and Psychologist. The results of their findings are listed below.

  • Of the 48 classes that participated in the study, 47 showed significant improvement in students’ writing skills.
  • 80% of the teachers who used WriteSteps were highly satisfied with the emphasis on Common Core, the clarity and organization of the lessons, and the appropriateness of the lessons.
  • 98% of the teachers who used WriteSteps would recommend the program to others.
  • Prior to using WriteSteps, 21.8% of students reported enjoyment in writing.
  • 71% of students reported enjoyment in their writing upon completion of the WriteSteps program.
  • Student confidence in their writing abilities grew steadily as WriteSteps lessons continued.

"We are very pleased to now be a research-based product that has positive results. These finding are very encouraging for our K-5 Common Core writing and grammar program," said WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein. "We’ve received a loud, clear message that we are on track!"

The statistical data was voluntarily collected by teachers from four elementary schools that have been using WriteSteps in their classrooms. Three of the four schools were Title 1 schools. Two out of the four were charter schools.

The study analyzed pre- and post-tests, writing samples, student perception surveys after each unit, and teacher satisfaction surveys. The results of the study are applicable to a large range of students. Analysis was given to children of different races, socio-economic statuses, and school type.

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ABOUT WRITESTEPS:

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The writing program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. WriteSteps is the recipient of Learning Magazine 2013 Teachers’ Choice Award. For complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog, please go to http://WriteStepsWriting.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Anjilla Young, Communications Specialist
Anjilla@WriteStepsWriting.com
Phone: 1-800-689-1408

WriteSteps Donates Five Percent of Profits to assist in the Aftermath of Storm Ravaged areas Following Hurricane Sandy

Grandville, MI (November 13, 2012) -- WriteSteps is donating five percent of its profits to the organization, Save the Children, to assist with the East Coast recovery of Hurricane Sandy and help the 40,000 children and families impacted.

WriteSteps wants to assist Save the Children in its mission and is thankful to be able to help those in need through the work of the organization. When disaster strikes around the world, Save the Children is there to save lives with food, medical care and education and stays to help communities rebuild through long-term recovery programs.

"Our hearts go out to all of those whose lives have been disrupted by the hurricane," said Suzanne Klein, Founder and CEO. "The WriteSteps team wants to assist with the recovery efforts. We are standing behind the schools and children affected in the wake of the storm."

Until January 1, 2013, five percent of the remainder of profits from every teacher kit sold at WriteSteps will go towards providing basic necessities for young children. These may include items such as baby blankets, nutritious food, clothing and hygiene supplies. The donation will assist in providing relief to families in need and will help with the long-term recovery to the region.

Save the Children was chosen due to its proximity to the storm area. WriteSteps is focused on making sure its donations get into the correct hands in a timely manner in order to reach as many people in need as possible.

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ABOUT WRITESTEPS:

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The writing program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. For complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog, please go to http://WriteStepsWriting.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Anjilla Young, Communications Specialist
Anjilla@WriteStepsWriting.com
Phone: 1-800-689-1408

WriteSteps Common Core Writing Program Honored with Learning® Magazine 2013 Teachers' Choice℠ Award

Ann Arbor, MI (November 8, 2012) -- WriteSteps, a 100 percent K-5 writing and grammar Common Core program for teachers, is a recipient of the 19th Annual Learning® Magazine 2013 Teachers' Choice℠ Award.  The Teachers' Choice Award is one of the most prestigious awards in the education market today.

WriteSteps is a research-based program, perfect for principals seeking a teacher-friendly support system that has proven results. WriteSteps is the combination of Writers' Workshop and six traits of quality writing. The system provides students and elementary teachers with all of the tools they need to become effective writers and teachers in the 21st century.

"It is an honor to be chosen for a Learning® Magazine 2013 Teachers' Choice℠ Award," said Suzanne Klein, WriteSteps Founder and CEO. "This is a real exciting time for the WriteSteps team. We have worked so hard to create the only award-winning, digital and print, research-based K-5 Common Core writing and grammar program on the market today."

Products that are nominated for the Learning® Magazine 2013 Teachers' Choice℠ Award are evaluated on quality, instructional value, ease of use, and innovation. Each product is evaluated on its own merit and winning products are only selected that meet the stringent standards of the judges.

"I would recommend WriteSteps to other teachers because I believe my students' writing has improved due to using this product," said one of the teacher evaluators. "It is correlated to the Common Core, which will be helpful next year!"

Learning® Magazine 2013 Teachers' Choice℠ Award is the only awards system in the United States that is exclusively judged by a nationwide panel of teachers.  All of the judges used the WriteSteps Common Core writing and grammar program in their own classrooms of K-5 students.  WriteSteps will be featured as a winner of the Learning® Magazine 2013 Teachers' Choice℠ Award in the January, 2013 issue of Learning Magazine.

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ABOUT WRITESTEPS:

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The support system she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. For complete information, free lessons, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog, please go to http://WriteStepsWriting.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Anjilla Young, Communications Specialist

Anjilla@WriteStepsWriting.com

Phone:  1-800-689-1408

WriteSteps Founder to Reveal Keys to Common Core Writing at Education Administrators Conference

Ann Arbor, MI (PRBuzz.com) March 26, 2012 -- Suzanne Klein, the founder and CEO of WriteSteps, an innovative K-5 writing program, will share successful approaches to Common Core teaching at the annual conference of the National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators (NAFEPA) this week. Klein, a former K-5 teacher and national writing coach, addressed elementary principals over the weekend at the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) conference in Seattle. This week, she heads to Washington to place K-5 Common Core writing strategies in the context of federal education policy and programs.

"I'm looking forward to sharing Common Core success strategies with members of NAFEPA," Klein said. I hope we'll have lively discussions about the kinds of of professional development and teacher resources that best position schools for instruction that addresses the Common Core Standards."

Klein will present to new federal program administrators on Tuesday, March 27 at 1:00 p.m. in the Executive Room at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Attendees will receive a 15-day trial subscription to eWriteSteps, allowing them online access to Common Core lesson plans, teaching demonstration videos, and visual aids for K-5.

Klein has extensive training in writing pedagogy best practices including writer's workshop and 6 Traits. She holds a Master of Arts degree in teaching, is a National Writing Project fellow, and draws inspiration from educators such as Ralph Fletcher, Barry Lane, Lucy Calkins, Katie Wood Ray, and John Collins. She is a Common Core specialist who has worked as a writing coach for thousands of teachers at the district level and at national workshops for the Bureau of Education Research (BER).

The theme for the 2012 NAFEPA conference is Educating Students to Excel for America. Activities run from March 25-28 and feature a wide array of education policy presentations and forecasts.  



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ABOUT WRITESTEPS:

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. For complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog, please go to http://WriteStepsWriting.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Lindsay Passmore, Communications Specialist

lindsay@writestepswriting.com

(734) 904-8475

WriteSteps Founder to Describe 7 Keys to Common Core Writing at National Principals Conference

Ann Arbor, MI (PRBuzz.com) March 13, 2012 -- Suzanne Klein, the founder and CEO of WriteSteps, will reveal the keys to successful Common Core writing at the annual conference of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) on March 24. Klein, a former K-5 teacher and national writing coach, speaks to educators across the United States on best practices in Common Core writing instruction. The company she leads, WriteSteps, fuses best practices in writing instruction and provides professional development, teacher-friendly writing lessons, and teaching demonstration videos focused on the widely-adopted Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar.

The theme of this year's NAESP conference is "Best Practices for Better Schools." It will be held in Seattle, WA, at the Washington State Convention Center and at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Klein will make her presentation at 9:15 a.m. in Rooms 3A-3B of the Convention Center. She will lead principals in an exploration of research-based instructional approaches including writer's workshop and the use of graphic organizers to help students plan their writing.

Emphasizing research on best practices, including a recent study in the Harvard Educational Review that links writing lessons to improved reading outcomes, Klein will describe how consistent, targeted writing instruction across the grades maximizes student learning. Principals in attendance will learn practical strategies that raise student confidence and test scores by creating a high-success atmosphere that helps all kinds of learners strengthen their writing skills. Attendees will also receive practical tools their teachers can use in their classrooms.

Klein has extensive training in writing pedagogy best practices, including writer's workshop and 6 Traits. She holds a master of arts degree in Teaching, is a National Writing Project fellow, and draws inspiration from educators such as Ralph Fletcher, Barry Lane, Lucy Calkins, Katie Wood Ray, and John Collins. She has worked as a writing coach for thousands of teachers at the district level and led national workshops for the Bureau of Education Research.



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ABOUT WRITESTEPS:

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. For complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog, please go to http://WriteStepsWriting.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Lindsay Passmore, Communications Specialist

lindsay@writestepswriting.com

(734) 904-8475

WriteSteps Founder to Present 7 Keys to Common Core Writing at Missouri Principals Conference

Ann Arbor, MI  (PRBuzz.com) March 7, 2012 -- Suzanne Klein, the founder and CEO of WriteSteps, an innovative K-5 writing program, will describe the keys to successful Common Core writing instruction at the annual conference of the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals (MAESP) next week. Klein, a former K-5 teacher and national writing coach, speaks nationally on best practices in Common Core writing instruction. WriteSteps provides professional development and teacher-friendly lessons that include video demonstrations and focus on the widely-adopted Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar.

Klein will make her presentation on Monday, March 12 at 1:20 p.m. She will lead workshop participants in exploring best practices including the writer's workshop model and the use of graphic organizers to help students plan their writing. Emphasizing research on writing pedagogy, she will describe how targeted writing instruction with a consistent approach utilizing best practices across the grades maximizes student learning.

Workshop participants will learn practical strategies that raise student test scores by creating a high-success atmosphere and improving the skills and confidence of all kinds of learners. They will take home practical tools for their teachers to use in their classrooms.

Klein has extensive training in writing pedagogy best practices, including writer's workshop and 6 Traits. She holds a master of arts degree in teaching, is a National Writing Project fellow, and draws inspiration from educators such as Ralph Fletcher, Barry Lane, Lucy Calkins, Katie Wood Ray, and John Collins. She has worked as a writing coach for thousands of teachers at the district level and at national workshops for the Bureau of Education Research.

Klein will also present at the National Association of Elementary School Principals annual conference in Seattle on March 24.

The MAESP conference, which runs March 10-13, will be held at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, MO. The theme for the event is "Power of One - Strength of Many."



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ABOUT WRITESTEPS:

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. For complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog, please go to http://WriteStepsWriting.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Lindsay Passmore, Communications Specialist

lindsay@writestepswriting.com

(734) 904-8475

Writesteps to Present Common Core Writing Strategies at Conference of Michigan Reading Association

Ann Arbor, MI  (PRBuzz.com) March 7, 2012 -- Denise Dusseau, a WriteSteps Curriculum Creator, will present success strategies for a Common Core writing workshop to teachers attending the annual conference of the Michigan Reading Association in Grand Rapids this month. WriteSteps is an innovative K-5 writing program that provides a teacher-friendly approach to instilling the writing and grammar skills outlined in the Common Core Standards.

On Sunday, March 11 at 1:15 p.m., Dusseau will lead teachers in an exploration of engaging and effective ways to build a strong writer's workshop through the use of real models, planning tools, and student conferencing. Participants will receive strategies and techniques they can use right away in their classrooms. Dusseau, also a third grade teacher and K-5 writing coach, holds a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from St. Mary's University. She was named teacher of the year in 2011.

The theme of the 2012 conference is "Literacy in an Age of Rigor, Relevance, and Reform." It provides an array of professional development opportunities with sessions that feature well-known educators and authors, including Barry Lane and Ruth Culham, addressing K-12 reading and writing, technology, literacy assessment, instructional leadership, interventions, and legislative updates. Events will be held at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, March 11-14.

A pre-conference on "Research-to-Practice" approaches will be held March 9-11 in the same location, featuring literacy expert Mike Schmoker, who will give a keynote address entitled "Changing Practice, Changing Results."



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ABOUT WRITESTEPS:

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein, a former K-5 teacher and national writing coach, committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school prioritized writing due to low student test scores. The program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that Klein expanded its scope in 2010 to fully address the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. The WriteSteps Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Lindsay Passmore, Communications Specialist

lindsay@writestepswriting.com

(734) 904-8475

WriteSteps Founder To Discuss K-5 Writing and the Common Core Standards on Lifetime Television

ANN ARBOR, MI (PRBUZZ) February 9, 2012 - Suzanne Klein, Common Core specialist and founder of WriteSteps, an innovative elementary school writing program, will make two television appearances this month to discuss the new Common Core State Standards. She will be featured on the Parent Teacher Corner segment of The Balancing Act, airing on Lifetime Television February 21 and 28 at 7:00 a.m.ET/PT.

Klein is a former elementary school teacher who speaks nationally on best practices in teaching the Common Core Standards for writing. WriteSteps is an award-winning company that offers more than 500 daily lesson plans and 28 teaching videos addressing the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. The Common Core Standards have been adopted by 46 states. As a result, instructional leaders are re-evaluating curricula in English language arts and mathematics to meet the new standards.

"Writing is a significant teaching challenge for many K-5 educators, yet the Common Core elevates its importance beginning in kindergarten," Klein said. "I'm excited about sharing writing tips with television viewers, because we want every child in the U.S. to be successful learning the writing skills outlined in the new standards. A strong foundation will give all students the skills they need for college and career readiness."

WriteSteps integrates best practices including writer's workshop and the 6 Traits of effective writing into daily lesson plans that break the complex process of writing into manageable parts. The program was founded in 2007 and launched nationally in September with a major expansion focusing entirely on the Common Core Standards for writing and grammar.

"We foster thriving communities of writers starting in kindergarten, and we're successful because we demystify the writing process for teachers and we know how to engage students," Klein said. "We're teacher owned and operated, so we understand the realities of today's classrooms. Schools using WriteSteps have seen excellent results, increasing test scores as much as 30 percent in just a few years, and I'm proud to say that 98 percent of WriteSteps teachers recommend our lessons to colleagues." 

"With the right tools, teachers can motivate all kinds of learners, even struggling writers," Klein added. "The Common Core Standards in writing are an exciting step forward for our nation's children, and I'm grateful to Lifetime Television and The Learning First Alliance for helping us spread the word with parents and educational leaders across the country."

Klein will be joined on The Balancing Act by Cheryl Williams, executive director of The Learning First Alliance, who will educate the audience about the Common Core State Standards and the need for teacher-friendly instructional materials that will help schools transition before Common Core assessments are fully implemented in 2014-2015.



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ABOUT WRITESTEPS:

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating "teacher-friendly" writing lessons after her school took up writing as an initiative due to low test scores. The program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in Michigan that the company launched a national release in September, 2011, with a significant expansion focusing entirely on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Lindsay Passmore, Communications Specialist

lindsay@writestepswriting.com

(734) 904-8475

WriteSteps Announces K-5 Writing Lessons and iPad2 Offer to Mark Common Core State Standards Launch

ANN ARBOR, MI  / PRBuzz.com / February 8, 2012 -- WriteSteps, an innovative writing program for K-5 students, today announced a bonus incentive to mark its latest release, which features more than 500 daily lessons focused on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. WriteSteps' curriculum expansion also debuts a web-based teacher resource, eWriteSteps, as well as 28 teaching videos that demonstrate Common Core lessons while integrating best practices such as writer's workshop and the 6 Traits of effective writing.

"We know that teaching writing is a significant challenge for many K-5 educators, yet the Common Core elevates writing substantially in K-5 classrooms," said Suzanne Klein, WriteSteps Founder and CEO, a former elementary teacher who speaks nationally on best practices in teaching the Common Core Standards for writing. "We want teachers in every U.S. school to experience for themselves how easy it can be to give students strong Common Core writing skills. That's why we're offering all K-5 teachers a complimentary 30-day trial of our lessons, as well as a newApple® iPad2® for their classrooms when they inspire their instructional leaders to adopt our program school-wide - and we believe they will!  Students of all learning styles are able to succeed with WriteSteps, and we want the world to know."

Focused on demystifying writing instruction, WriteSteps features daily lesson plans that fuse the writer's workshop approach with the 6 Traits using Madeline Hunter lesson steps to reach all kinds of learners and break down the complex process of writing into manageable parts. The program also provides more than 500 visual aids to teach organization and grammar/ conventions. It includes more than 100 authentic student writing samples that motivate and guide K-5 learners to internalize Common Core skills in a variety of genres, including opinion writing and research.

"There is a well-established body of best practices that truly works in K-5 writing instruction," Klein said. "The challenge is that many K-5 teachers aren't familiar with them. We've integrated best practices with the Common Core in a comprehensive, easy-to-use approach that immerses students in valuable skills development but doesn't require months of extra study and planning to put them together in a Common Core approach. Elementary teachers are generalists, and they're busy. They need effective, teacher-friendly instructional resources. The reality is that without a strong Common Core writing program, few will be able to piece together the kinds of writing lessons students need."

"WriteSteps fosters thriving writing communities starting with our youngest learners in kindergarten," Klein continued, "and our students also perform well when they take standardized tests. We can help teachers be successful in implementing these standards so that all students are ready for the Common Core assessments in 2014-2015."


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ABOUT WRITESTEPS:

In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating "teacher-friendly" writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The program was so successful in Michigan that the company expanded its scope and refocused its lessons to address all of the Common Core State Standards in writing and grammar/conventions. The expanded program won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in the fall of 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011.  

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Lindsay Passmore, Communications Specialist

lindsay@writestepswriting.com

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WriteSteps Launches Common Core Standard Writing Program

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- WriteSteps, an Ann Arbor-based K-5 writing program focused on innovative writing improvement programs for students, recently announced that it has incorporated the new Common Core State Standards into its programs, in an effort to prepare students for national writing tests that will begin with the 2014-2015 school year.

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Forty-five states have now embraced the new Core Standards and are in the process of re-evaluating their school's instructional materials as a result. The Core Standards require a higher level of student writing that's more closely connected to the demands of college and career.

WriteSteps increased the number of students who met or achieved state standards by 30% in one year. The lessons have been tested, refined, and proven in classrooms with different teaching styles, class sizes, and socio-economic levels. The program guides teachers and motivates students so effectively that 98% of teachers using WriteSteps recommends it to colleagues.

"We are the only Common Core compliant writing program available to elementary schools," explains Suzanne Klein, founder and CEO of WriteSteps and former elementary school teacher. "We look forward to spreading our message to school leadership and teachers across the country."

In addition to being compliant, WriteSteps stands out because it delivers complete lesson units that utilize technology in innovative ways such as modeled video lessons for teachers, visual aids, and anonymous student writing samples that teach students to analyze the qualities of good writing. WriteSteps also includes daily lesson plans and an online clickable calendar for teachers, with a complete "downloadable binder" full of classroom materials.

"It has been a gift and blessing working with so many gifted teachers on such a meaningful project, really a dream-come-true. Our hope is that WriteSteps will be a dream-come-true for the elementary teachers, too," said Klein.



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ABOUT WRITESTEPS:

In 2007, WriteSteps founder Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating "teacher-friendly" writing lessons after her school took up writing as an initiative. Her program was so successful in Michigan she aligned its lessons with the new Core Standards to appeal to schools nationwide. Last fall, Klein won a Best of Entrepreneurs award for her work with WriteSteps from Ann Arbor SPARK, a Michigan-based economic development non-profit. For more information and interviews, contact Suzanne Klein at Suzanne@WriteStepsWriting.com or 800-689-1408.

Allasyn Rossell
Public Relations
Ally@WriteStepsWriting.com
(989) 245-5713

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