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June 2017 eNewsletter

Kudos to CaptivationStation!

5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Writing Over the Summer

Teacher Feature

Social Media Spotlight

ICYMI—PledgeCents Partnership

Writing Giggle of the Month

Coming to a Conference Near You
"The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see."
~Alexandra K.Trenfor

Kudos to CaptivationStation!
Nearly 6000 students had the opportunity to experience CaptivationStation in its inaugural year. We are thrilled about the success that students and teachers all over the country are having with this student instruction and practice platform! A recent teacher survey showed these results:
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Want to learn more about CaptivationStation and how it might work in your school? Click here to sign up for a free demo. Our Awareness Ambassadors, Blending Learning Specialists, and Professional Development Coaches are happy to share success stories with you and discuss ways that you can implement CaptivationStation into your classroom regardless of whether you have limited technology or 1:1 devices!

For a limited time, if your school purchases 6 or more CaptivationStation licenses, you will receive the CaptivationStation School Success Package for free! Our development team will make sure you have everything you need to implement CaptivationStation with ease. Contact Cheryl at [email protected] for details.

Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to see how teachers near you are using CaptivationStation!

5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Writing Over the Summer
  1. Give students an envelope addressed with your contact information. Explain that if they write a letter to you, you will write one in return!

  2. Create a way for your students to share writing over the summer. Try Kid Blog to create a class blog, or try Write About to create a writing group for your students or pick one of the public writing groups for students to write and share their work. Give students time before the end of the year to register and write a post so that they’re comfortable with the program you choose.
    KidBlog Write About
  3. Show students how to use some fun apps that help bring writing to life. We love Chatterpix and Storyboard That.
    ChatterPix Storyboard That
  4. Teach your students how to use Padlet. Create various Padlets over the summer and notify parents periodically that they’re ready for the students.
    Padlet
  5. Introduce your students to Story Bird. Students choose an image and create books and poems and then publish their work. Encourage them to share their work with you.
Teacher Feature
Katie Rickenbach (middle), a language arts and writing teacher at Woodlynne Elementary School, tells us what it is like to teach writing with WriteSteps.

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WriteSteps: What advice would you give to a teacher who is new to WriteSteps?
Katie: My advice for any teacher that is just getting started is to stick with the plan. This is a system that has been proven to work. In just the 5 short months I have been with my students, their growth in writing has been phenomenal.

WriteSteps: What is the reaction of your students? Does this differ from other writing programs you have used?
Katie: My students LOVE using CaptivationStation, which is a program aligned with WriteSteps. Using CaptivationStation in my centers allows for my students to feel like they are their own teacher. They log in to start where they left off from the day before. They never feel pressure because they feel comfortable working in their own writing workspace.

WriteSteps: Many teachers tell us they feel more confident as a writing teacher when using WriteSteps. Does that describe your experience?
Katie: Yes, I feel 100% more comfortable as a writing teacher by using this program. It gives me the graphic organizers I need to provide for my students, so I never have to search around the Internet to find something that matches up correctly. Having everything I need for a lesson just one click away, cuts my preparation time in half. And, I think it’s safe to say that any prepared, non-stressed teacher definitely feels more confident with any lesson.

WriteSteps: Tell us about your biggest student success story since using WriteSteps.
Katie: I started mid-year with my fifth graders due to a teacher’s retirement. When I asked my students to respond to a sample piece so I could measure their writing skills, they just demonstrated the bare minimum. Now, after following the WriteSteps program and using CaptivationStation in my ELA centers, my students are using powerful descriptive words; they are including transition words, and their topic sentences are spectacular! They are excited for me to read their pieces, and I am even more excited “to make them famous,” by reading their pieces aloud to their classmates.

If you would like to nominate a teacher to be showcased in our Teacher Feature, please email [email protected].

Social Media Spotlight
Congratulations to Rosio, the winner of our ISTE giveaway!

ICYMI—PledgeCents Partnership
Loving your experience with our free trial or want to use CaptivationStation but your district can’t afford it? Because of our commitment to building empowered writers, we are now giving you the opportunity to raise funds with our partners at PledgeCents. To see how it works visit: https://www.pledgecents.com/how-it-works

We know that budgets are tight, but we don’t want that to prevent your students from receiving the benefits of a quality writing program that they deserve. We have partnered with Pre K-12 crowdfunding experts to help you raise funds for WriteSteps' products.

If you or your school is interested in this funding opportunity, simply click https://www.pledgecents.com/signup/event/write-steps! It’s quick and easy. You’ll begin raising funds immediately.

Writing Giggle of the Month
Do you have a funny or heartwarming student writing piece that you’d like to share? If so, email it to [email protected] to be featured in an upcoming eNewsletter!

Need a smile? Read an excerpt from Michael’s informative writing piece about his dog, Batman.

Coming to a Conference Near You
June 12-June 13, Washington, DC
Herman Humes, WriteSteps’s Awareness Ambassador, will be exhibiting at the National Charter School Conference at Booth 437. Stop by, and he will be happy to answer all of your questions about WriteSteps and CaptivationStation.

June 26-28, 2017 San Antonio, TX
WriteSteps will be at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)conference. Visit Kim Gates, National Presenter; Joanna Van Raden, Blended Learning Specialist; and Sofia Scott, Awareness Ambassador at Booth 1558 to learn all about our Teacher Platform (eWriteSteps) and our Student Platform (CaptivationStation).

July 10-July 13 Las Vegas, Nevada
Kim Gates will also be at the Staff Development for Educators (SDE) Conference. Swing by Booth 221 and ask her to show you our new digital writing platform: CaptivationStation!

July 15-July 17 Orlando, FL
Stopover at Booth 500 during the International Literacy Association Conference in sunny Florida to see how WriteSteps can help you to implement a standards-based writing and grammar program in your school with fidelity! Kim Gates will be there to answer all of your questions. Ask her how you can sign up for a free trial!

"What I enjoy most about CaptivationStation is the opportunity for my students to become global citizens. It exposes them to a different type of learning style and allows them to take ownership of their education."
~Jacqueline Wing, 3rd Grade Teacher, Morenci Area Schools, Morenci, MI