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1st Grade Authors and Illustrators Third eBook in “Katie’s Farm Adventures” Series Available at Barnes and Noble.com Saturday, July 10th

Katie’s Farm Adventures Series

Book I ~"Katie's Farm Adventure" with Coloring Book and Parent/Teacher Resource

“Katie’s Farm Adventures” is just that, a 32 page children’s literature book that describes all the adventures one can have on a farm through Katie’s eyes. This book is one of four eBooks where all proceeds will go to selected elementary schools to develop literacy funds; the academic focus for this book is sight words. This eBook includes a parent/teacher resource section and 12 coloring pages, the sketches used for the paintings.

Book II~ "Katie's Exploring Adventure" Academic Focus: Sight Words and Includes a Parent/Teacher Resource

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This 23 page book is written and illustrated by a 1st grade class.  “Katie’s Exploring Adventure” is the second book in “Katie’s Farm Adventures” series.  In this book, Katie goes on a hike through the woods with her parents and discovers some colorful insects, falls into a huge pile of mud and through it all maintains a great sense of humor and sense of adventure.

All proceeds from these books go towards promoting literacy at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School at http://www.olqmcatholicschool.org For further information about having your class participate in a “Writing ePublishing Workshop” please contact Unlock the Teacher LLC at  or visit our website at http://www.unlocktheteacher.com

Book III~"Katie's Horse Adventure" Academic Focus: Sight Words, Includes a Parent/Teacher Resource

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katie’s Horse Adventure is twenty pages of colorful and fun-filled reading.  This book focuses on strengthening sight words and each page identifies sight words to help emerging readers.

We had so much fun working with this first grade class and seeing them get so excited about writing, illustrating and reading their collaborative efforts.  Thank you to all who have already purchased one of these eBooks that promotes literacy.  collectively, this series has sold over 50 books thus far.  All proceeds go directly to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School Literacy Fund.  The principal and teachers can then utilize this money for professional development, new technology and/or new books for library. Unlock the Teacher LLC is just thrilled to be a part of this process.

If your district, school or youth group would like us to come and conduct one of our Writing and ePublishing Workshops, please email us at teachme@unlocktheteacherllc.com Additional information on all of our student and teacher workshops can be found at www.unlocktheteacher.com.  We are scheduling events, workshops and conferences now for the 2011/2012 school year.

**We work with schools and youth groups who need financial assistance~together we can make a difference!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

 

 

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USA Today Education a Great Resource for Parents and Teachers

While in Virginia for some training, I have been reading USA Today every morning thanks to Hilton hotels.  I forget what great resource of information it is.  Given this, I wanted to check out USA Today online to see if there was any educational resources that could be shared here on our blog.  Not to my surprise, the following information was given and is such a great resource for educators, that I decided to share:

High Schools That Work (HSTW) is an effort-based school improvement
initiative founded on the conviction that most students can master rigorous
academic and career/technical studies if school leaders and teachers create an
environment that motivates students to make the effort to succeed.

USA TODAY Education sessions at High Schools
That Work are designed to help school leaders and teachers find new ways to
implement school and classroom practices that improve student motivation and
achievement ~ so that more students graduate from high school ready for college,
advanced training and careers in the 21st-century economy.

If this bit of information is not tailored to your classroom, this site also offers a Classroom Newspaper Grant funded by Marriott Hotels.  Newspapers are a great reading resource for students of all ages…

Aut viam inveniam aut faciam~ I’ll either find a way or make one!

May we seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

PS I almost forgot USA Today Education is also sponsoring a Space Shuttle Art contest now for grades 4-12.  Check it out!

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We are so Excited to Hear from Principals Around USA~Here is a Quick Contact List for Unlock the Teacher LLC and as Requested, a Synopsis of our Workshops

We are thrilled with the response to the workshops we have been using this year in some schools and the workshops we just created for the 2011-2012 school year.

A Brief Breakdown of Workshops

Common Core State Standards Workshops

Cornerstone for Successful Implementation –District Leaders,
Principals

Cornerstone for Successful Implementation – Building Leaders

Common Core State Standards “Nuts & Bolts”

Curriculum Alignment Part I

~Collaboration is Key!

Curriculum Alignment Part II

~Presentation and Mini-Group Workshop

Unlock the Teacher
LLC Workshops for Educators and Administrators

“How to Utilize ePublishing in the Classroom” Writing
Workshop for Grades 1-12

“ePublishing as an Educational Revenue Resource” Workshop

Unlock the Teacher
LLC Workshops for Students

Teen ePublishing Workshop

Anti-Bullying “Words Hurt” Workshop Session I (Grades K-3)

Anti-Bullying “You Can Make a Difference” Workshop Session
II (Grades 4-6)

Anti-Bullying “Words, Action, Character” Workshop Session
III Grades 7 & 8

Anti-Bullying “Getting the Big Picture” Workshop Session IV
(Grades 9-12)

“ePublishing and Writing” Workshop for Grades 1-12

 

We are beginning to pencil in training.

Please utilize the following information to contact us for teacher, principal or superintendent recommendations or availability:

Denise Ball

Unlock the Teacher LLC

Chief Executive Officer

Denise@unlocktheteacherllc.com

 

Trisha Vaughn

Unlock the Teacher LLC

Chief Financial Officer

trisha@unlocktheteacherllc.com

Sue Atwell

Unlock the Teacher LLC

Chief Marketing Officer

Sue@unlocktheteacherllc.com

Leave questions or comments on our website: www.unlocktheteacher.com

or teachme@unlocktheteacherllc.com

Our Mission

At Unlock the Teacher LLC, our mission is to make a difference for all by opening doors of education; the doors are many, they are unique and tailored to each individual, each student and each business.

“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.” — Carl Rogers

May we seek kowledge in all things,

Denise

 

 

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Unlock the Teacher LLC Enters Chase Community Giving Facebook Contest…Please Check Out & Share

Chase Community Giving FB Contest:

How would your organization utilize $500,000 to give back to the community?

Our Response:
Unlock the Teacher LLC would utilize money in urban schools across U.S. by providing Writing ePublishing Workshops for students grs. 6-12. We teach students and their parents how to utilize their gifts and talents to create eBooks to earn and save college money for their future. Please visit Chase Community Giving FB page and “like” our comment, if you like our idea.

Thank you for support,

Denise Ball, Trisha Vaughn and Sue Atwell

The Unlock the Teacher LLC Team

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Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy, A Director of Family Medicine at a Beaumont Hospital and a Seasoned Teacher=Great Collaborative Team

Hello World,

Stay tuned as Unlock the Teacher LLC has some great news to share about an upcoming project we will be launching this summer.  We are collaborating with an Education Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy, a Director of Family Medicine at a William Beaumont Hospital. We have completed a needs assessment, we are working with groups of educators and parents, and we have listened to all the wonderful input given.  We cannot wait to share with you.

More details will be coming soon…

May your weekend be filled with adventure,

Denise, Trisha and Sue

Unlock the Teacher LLC Team

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Check Out Two Great Sites for Creating Free Apps

We love sharing the good in education, together we can make a difference!

“Like” Unlock the Teacher on Facebook and while your visiting our new page, check out two new sites we found for creating FREE apps.  When we travel into middle and high schools to teach our “How To ePublish for Teens” Workshop, when we talk about Angry Birds and the successful business plan behind it, one of the main questions asked is where can one develop free apps online.  There is a plethora of sites.  We posted two sites on our Facebook page, that provide a detailed step-by-step process. 

For all of the students who read our blog, we thank you and appreciate all your input.  However, please do not utilize any of the free app, free publish websites alone if under 18 years of age.  Have some fun and create with a parent or parent’s approval…be smart and safe!

May we seek knowledge in all things,

Denise and the entire Unlock the Teacher LLC Team 🙂

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“Mysteries of the Beach” on Sale Now at Barnes and Noble,Written by Educators to Promote literacy and Enhancing the Learning Process

 Mysteries of the Beach is on sale now at Barnes and Noble and can be downloaded for your child’s enjoyment and to utilize as an educational tool.  This is a complete science unit (k-2) on the ocean, all inside one book.

We have included hyper links throughout, which make it an ideal teaching tool for classrooms with Smartboards.  Regardless if you are teaching a class, small groups or an individual student, this book is a great resource.

We have recommended additional websites and resources to enrich both the academic and enjoyment areas.

Check out  Mysteries of the Beach at Barnes and Noble and let the learning fun begin!

Barnes and Noble ~FREE~ Nook Apps to Download and Read all eBooks:

Nook Kids ipad app ; Nook App for iPad ; Nook App for iPhone ; Nook App for Android Cell Phones ; Nook App for PC (Personal Computer)

Thank you to everyone for the outpouring of support!   For those who have already purchased the book, please share your experiences and/or children’s comments about Mysteries of the Beach.  We will be publishing the coloring book attachment piece for 99 cents soon.

We are excited to share with you the books being launched March 1st for our Unlock the Teacher LLC Promoting Literacy Campaign.  We appreciate and look forward to all comments.

As many have already requested, we will donate any of our eBooks to schools, libraries, hospitals or any facility that helps children and promotes literacy.  Our goal is to share knowldege and promote all that is good in education!

May we seek knowledge in all things,

Denise & the whole Unlock the Teacher, LLC team 🙂

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