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July 2015 eNewsletter

5 Things Experts Say About the Power of Words

Nominations Open for District Administration Readers' Choice Top 100 Products

Inspirational Classroom Poster Bundle

Writing Giggle of the Month

TeacherFeature: Attention Grabbers for your Students

TeacherStar: Engaging in Accountable Listening

WriteSteps Welcomes Jessie Garcia to the Team

Upcoming Conferences
"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug."
~Mark Twain

5 Things Experts Say About the Power of Words
Writing can truly change the world. The following people, many who you have heard of, agree. Now that it's summer, you can take a moment to sit back, relax, and reflect on the power that words convey. Keep reading for some writing inspiration!
Don't forget, books have to be written first. Writing comes before reading....

District Administration Readers' Choice Top Products Nominations are Open!
Thanks to your nominations last year, we were named a District Administration Readers' Choice Top 100 Product in 2014.

We'd be overjoyed to make it on the list again this year and would appreciate your nomination! If you think other school leaders and districts around the country will benefit using our curriculum, and you want to help spread the word about WriteSteps, click here to nominate us. It takes about five minutes to complete. The nomination deadline is Monday, September 7. As always, we appreciate you taking the time to help us out!

Inspirational Classroom Posters
Whether you are heading on a vacation or just soaking up the sun this summer, one thing remains true-writing can give you an escape from your day-to-day activities. Two of these posters resonate with that, and the third is an inspirational poster about your role as a teacher.


Click here to get your free set of classroom posters!

Writing Giggle of the Month
Writing doesn't have to be serious all of the time. That's why we decided to feature a different piece of writing each month that's sure to make you giggle. This one is from an unruly neighbour. Send your funny writing pieces to Anjilla@WriteStepsWriting.com to be featured in an upcoming eNewsletter!

Credit: SMASH

TeacherFeature
Terri Caldwell-Ayre, a teacher at Sutton Elementary, shares a tip for making the editing process more exciting and engaging for her students.

https://youtu.be/Q7eFEZrml4M

Click here to learn how you can submit your own TeacherFeature tip and earn $25.




TeacherStar
Watch as a third grade teacher has her students engage in accountable listening as they share their fables from Unit 5.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqelchkRXCw

Email Emily@WriteStepsWriting.com to find out how you can become a TeacherStar and earn $200.


WriteSteps Welcomes Jessie Garcia to the Team
A warm welcome to Jessie Garcia, who is joining WriteSteps as our Data Entry Specialist. She is helping WriteSteps with our data information overload.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the WriteSteps team. Everyone is so kind and helpful," explains Jessie. "I feel very fortunate to be part of such a great company."

On writing, Jessie says, "We all sit down at our computers and communicate with the world through writing. It is such an important part of our lives and can be taken for granted. WriteSteps is an incredible program that provides this essential tool to so many."

With summer here, Jessie is spending a lot of time biking, walking, and swimming. Her favorite part of summer is spending it with her family at their cabin on the lake. Jessie believes nothing beats floating in a boat on the water and spending time together around a bonfire.


Upcoming Conferences
July 12-14, Jekyll Island, GA
Are you going to be at the Georgia Association for Educational Leaders Conference? If so, say hello to Marilyn Massey and learn more about our K-5 writing and grammar program that will improve writing scores in your building.

July 18-20, St. Louis, MO
Awareness Ambassador Ben Kutz will be at the International Literacy Association in St. Louis, MO to share with you information about how WriteSteps can assist with writing instruction in your classroom and school.


"Here's to the nights when the sand is your seat and the waves kiss your feet....summertime!"
~Unknown