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Unlock the Teacher LLC Charity eBooks are Almost at 100 in Sales Since March Promoting Literacy Month

Book II in the "Katie's Adventure" Series~"Katie's Exploring Adventure" written and illustrated by 1st Graders

Good Morning Everyone,

We hope you had a wonderful Memorial weekend with family and friends.  Trisha, Sue and I had some much-needed down time with our families.

As the school year is winding down for many, we wanted to give all of our supporters an amazing update on our eBooks we published in March to promote literacy…where proceeds go directly to designated schools to support their literacy funds.  Our sales are exciting as we are close to reaching 100 books sold.  Thank you!

We are also excited to share that the “Katie’s Adventure” series is now giving our Mysteries of the Beach and Phonics Friends a run for their money in sales.  Katie’s Exploring Adventure written and illustrated by Mrs. McMahon’s 1st grade class is selling in the multiple digits in just two weeks out.

What a wonderful thing for these 1st graders to experience…to see the value in  reading and the whole creative writing process.

In fact, we have been approached by a couple of companies to work with us to create book apps and one company out west that we are watching for a possible future relationship in academic eBook apps…please keep us in your thoughts as we discern the best possible way to promote literacy and to make a difference in the world around us.

Next year will be exciting as we will continue to go into schools to provide  “ePublishing and Writing”  Workshops for our youth and curriculum alignment (Common Core State Standards) assistance to our great educational colleagues around the United States…and possible overseas contracts too 🙂 .

We would love to come to your school to provide writing, ePublishing or Anti-Bullying Workshops for your students and get them excited about  learning, writing, and publishing work and collaborating for a better tomorrow.  For detailed information, please visit our website @ www.unlocktheteacher.com or email us at teachme@unlocktheteacherllc.com or you may email me directly at Denise@unlocktheteacherllc.com

Thank you to all the teachers, students and principles that have invited us into their classrooms and schools this year.  Thank you to all the wonderful readers who send us positive encouragements via WordPress, twitter, our website or facebook…THANK YOU!  If we did not have you to help fill our buckets, we would not be able to do all that we try to do.

May your week be filled with many “a-ha” moments!

Denise

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1st Grade Student Authors are Taking The Writing Process to an Excitng Place

We shared with you the wonderful 1st grade class who we worked with a few weeks ago in one of our Writing Workshops. This class was so excited about the writing process and seeing their work published in an eBook that they wrote another “Katie Adventure”.

The first book in this series, “Katie’s Farm Adventures” was written by our very own Denise Ball, with collaboration from our whole team here at Unlock the Teacher LLC. The paintings were illustrated by Denise’s mom, Mary Sharon who lost her battle with cancer in 2005. This was the first book written in Unlock the Teacher LLC’s Promoting Literacy Campaign…where all proceeds from books go directly to designated elementary schools for promoting literacy programs.

Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School receives all proceeds from this series. OLQM’s 1st grade class wanted to write an adventure about Katie, so we went in and conducted our workshop and the response to their work has been great! The 1st grade teacher, Mrs. McMahon has empowered this group of young writers. The six and seven year olds are excited to brainstorm and write down ideas, collaborate and vote on which ones work and which ones do not and then illustrate the scenes for book. After viewing their work in complete form and having their eBook, “Katie’s Exploring Adventure” published at Barnes and Noble online, they were ready to do the process all over again. 🙂

Given this, we are excited to share that sometime next week, the third book in this series will be available for purchase at Barnes and Noble.com. The book is titled, “Katie’s Horse Adventure” and the story is really quite cute. We will announce here and on our facebook page when it is available for all to see. All proceeds go directly to OLQM’s school…thank you for your support!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise, Trisha and Sue
The Unlock the Teacher LLC Team

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Great Educational Resources: Grants, Websites and A Few of Our Favorite Poems Too

The UTT Team in Virginia~Together We Can Make A Difference!

We have listened to your requests for more resources and we have added them to our Unlock the Teacher LLC website.  We like to think our website is like curriculum, living documents that are constantly changing to meet the needs of its audience.

 
Over the next couple of weeks, we will be processing all of the information coming in to our site (i.e. lesson plans and favorite websites) and uploading them as we get to them.  Thank you for all of the wonderful educators adding your blog to this blog and sending it to our website via comments section.  We just love that educators and parents are taking time out to share…and will be adding them all. 
 
If you have sent your blog or recommended an educational resource for us to share, and we forget to add, please send us a gentle reminder and we will happily add it.  UTT strongly believes that knowledge is meant to be shared and collaboration is an important component for the future success of our students.
 
 
 
 
Please check out the new resources and send us your comments.  We will be adding a photo gallery of bulletin boards too…if you send us a JPEG with detail information of school, teacher etc. we  love to share the good in all things.  Please send all information to us at teachme@unlocktheteacher.com 
*NO spam please.
 

Hope is the dream of a man awake.
~French Proverb

May we seek knowledge in all things!

The Unlock the Teacher LLC Team

Denise, Trisha and Sue

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Literacy Campaign +Website Receives 600 Hits This Week…We Are Grateful, Thank You!

 

Unlock the Teacher LLC - "May We Seek Knowledge in All Things"
Welcome!
Unlock The Teacher was born out of the understanding that we are all teachers. In what we do, how we act and who we are, we educate others at all times. From its inception, Unlock the Teacher has always been about helping all those who play a role in the life of a child to “unlock the teacher” within. Our goal is to share knowledge, not hoard it. We believe if we continue to choose what is right and good, to be the difference, a beacon of light, our efforts will be fruitful.
Through project-based learning, Unlock the Teacher tackles academic curriculum in ways that are engaging, meaningful and adaptable to a variety of learning styles.
Unlock the Teacher specializes in curriculum and instruction packages, CCSS curriculum alignment workshops, training and development for educators and industry employees, familiarity with needs assessment, grant writing, business plans, teen writing workshops in schools, ePublishing workshops, writing and publishing children’s literature books and producing non-fiction educational books and materials.
We’re prepared to meet the educational needs of teachers, students and YOU!
To learn more, please contact us.
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This is a THANK YOU blog for all of you who have so generously responded to our invitation, passed on the word and through your generosity, allowing us to share the good in education.  Our new website @ http://www.unlocktheteacher.com has received over 600 hits in the first week…we have received approximately 30+ emails of comments about our literacy campaign for elementary schools.  The comments about all the art work my mom painted has been both touching and healing for me as well.

Our Unlock the Teacher LLC team is so grateful for the support, the positive comments and the dialogue with local and …not so local school districts about our training packages.  Our “ePublishing Workshop for Teens” is a hot topic and we will post some mini clips of our next workshop this Friday on our website, to share the enthusiasm that young people are having when they see the wonderful opportunities for their writing.  As an educator, it always gives me goose bumps to see students get excited or find validity in the work they produce in the classroom; it is a win-win for educators, students and families.

Recently, our company was asked to provide a min-ePub training for 8 students and parents at a private home.  Everyone in attendance came prepared with laptop and samples of writings: short stories, poetry, cartoons etc.  It was a teachable/learning moment for me as an educator, for the parent realizing the amazing work their children were capable of producing and for the teens as they discovered that their authentic work, their ideas, dreams and creativity were not only good, but inspiring for all the adults in the group.  The coup de grace of the training was when all participant realized the opportunities that were available with ePublishing this authentic work. They discovered, that they could utilize proceeds to  establish college funds, travel adventure funds etc. with publishing authentic, creative and current writings for the reader of today…exciting!

We give our next ePublishing Workshop this Friday to 100+ teens for a local school district, and personally…I cannot wait!

Did you know that the author of that amazing Eragon series was a teen when he published Eragon as an eBook? Of course, Knopf Publishing, a part of Random House, picked it up and signed the whole series within two months. 🙂  An example of “daring to dream” and living intentionally!  A true family affair…

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things…and again we are truly grateful for the support and kind words,

Unlock the Teacher LLC Team

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