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Unlock the Teacher has Regained Control Over our unlocktheteacher.wordpress Blog

Wow, what a long week of trying to figure out why someone would manipulate our system, to take over our blog.  However, once we figured out the who…all it took was effort.

We want to thank Google Security and the WordPress team for working so diligently on our behalf and in such a professional manner.

We realize that our logo has been modified as well as many lost articles.  We will get our blog back into shape and appreciate your patience.

Give us a few days to repair and we have some exciting articles to share with you on utilizing Google in education and some great educational conferences coming!

For all of the well wishes this past week, knowing that someone had hacked our blog, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Our goal is to be a beacon of light and to help make a difference for children, parents and teachers.

Have a super weekend…we will be getting our tools ready to repair our blog 🙂

May we seek knowledge in all things,

Denise and the entire Unlock the Teacher LLC Team

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Unlock the Teacher LLC Student Workshops for 2011-2012 School Year

Hello Everyone,

We want to thank you for a wonderful school year.  We have enjoyed each school we have traveled to and worked with, and every class has been amazing!  To all the administrators who invited us in, thank you.  Due to your positive response(s), kind words and sharing with us what you would like to see for next year, we have created the following student workshops for the 2011-2012 school year.  We travel all around the United States and we are in dialogue with a few countries too 🙂 for future proposals.

We are provide our workshops to schools, youth groups, summer camps, church groups and within the community.  Given our focus as a company, we love to work side-by-side with charities for schools and/or communities, donating portions of proceeds to selected charities.

I am thrilled to share that we have two workshops already booked for the end of September, by two schools we have worked with on curriculum alignment this school year.

Unlock the Teacher LLC Student Workshops

All of these workshops ultimately benefit our children, our future. We are happy to come into schools, summer camps or church groups to teach. References will be provided upon request.

Teen ePublishing Workshop

Christopher Paolini, author of the popular “Eragon” series, published his first eBook at the age of 14. Could you be the next teen author? Get inspired during this ePublishing workshop for teens. Learn how to turn your original works into an academic portfolio and build your future through writing and ePublishing.  This workshop provides examples of successful teen authors, sites for teens to submit writing and poems for online contests and a basic overview of ePublishing. Note: This workshop is very popular with teens and we have received many favorable responses from educators, teens and parents.

Session Length:         90 Minutes

Price:                          $600.00 per 200 Students

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

This workshop is centered on identifying and discovering that we all have gifts and talents. As a group, we discuss positive and negative words and, how when used, they can make us feel inside.  As a group, students create a “Pick-Up-Don’t Put Down” chart. (e.g.  I am strong because I am kind.”)

Session Length:         45-60 Minutes

Price:                          $400.00 per 200 Students

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

This is a great workshop for character building. Studies show this is the age to target to catch and dissolve bullying behavior.  Dialogue centers on identifying appropriate and inappropriate behavior associated with bullying.  Presentation covers how to communicate when involved in or witnessing this behavior. Problem solving tips are given to help with future anti-bullying success. Students create as a group the “Don’t Be a Bully Three B’s Please” chart. (e.g. 1. Don’t be a bully “B”ecause…it makes you feel bad inside!) If time permits, students are encouraged to participate in impromptu skits and role-play scenarios. (Students usually love this portion.)

Session Length:         60-90 Minutes

Price:                          $500.00 per 200 students

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

This workshop begins with a review of “You Can Make a Difference” workshop, spending the first 15-20 minutes discussing how we all can contribute and help each other for the greater good.  In this workshop, examples are given via video clips of 11-13 year olds who have been victims of bullying, its effects and strategies used to overcome it.
Students work together as a group to create a slogan for their school environment’s “Words, Action, Character”.
Students will identify words that empower the slogan created and words that destroy its meaning.

Session Length:         60-90 Minutes

Price:                          $500.00 per 200 students

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

This workshop is designed to educate students on the legal ramifications involved with the improper use of social media tools. i.e. Twitter, Facebook, AIM, IM, Blogs, MySpace, etc.  Examples are provided to identify improper use and the results and consequences of such action.  Leadership is highlighted in this session along with character attributes.  An overview is given along with examples of how the actions of today are judged by future colleges and employers.  *Given size of school, this session can be divided into two groups: grades 9 & 10 and 11 & 12.

Session Length:         60-90 Minutes

Price:                          $500.00 per 200 students

 

 

 

 

 “ePublishing and Writing” Workshop for Grades 1-12

This workshop is a two-session workshop.

Session I:        This workshop is a fun and creative way to get students of all ages excited about writing.  We come into the classroom to go through the writing process with class.  Within this workshop, students brainstorm ideas, create an outline and write story.  Once this process is complete, students are assigned aspects of their story to illustrate on paper.

Session II:       Then teacher(s) and Unlock the Teacher LLC work together to assemble the work and prepare to ePublish.  This workshop is ideal for educators looking to find creative revenue resources for field trips, adding technology to the classroom etc. As educators, we create and write on a daily basis. Our team will come in and work with educators in your district and/or building to create ideas for eBooks that will be popular within the community and education. We will demonstrate how to utilize teaching experience and current teaching practices as ePublishing tools and ePublish with Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.  Please see website for examples of this process. (e.g. “Katie’s Farm Adventures” eBook Series)

Session I Length:       2 Hours

Session II Length:     3-4 Hours

Price:                          $1200.00 per 30 Student Class Size

Note: Once session I and II are complete, eBooks can be published online for direct profit to classroom or school.

All of these workshops ultimately benefit our children, our future, and theirs. We are happy to come into schools, or work with summer camps, home schooling and church youth groups. References will be provided upon request.

We have worked with many school groups this years, conducting student workshops while raising money for charity.  Please visit our website for further details. Packages are availabe and are discounted.

May we seek knowledge 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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Book Two in the “Katie’s Farm Adventures” Series…Written and Illustrated by a First Grade Class

"Katie's Exploring Adventure" book two in the "Katie's Farm Adventures" series

Here is a sneak peek of the cover for the next eBook in the “Katie’s Farm Adventures” series.  The wonderful thing about this eBook, is that we went into the school and worked with a first grade class to create it!  In one of our Writing Workshops, the students wrote and illustrated the book.  It is funny and creative and we cannot wait to share with everyone.  All proceeds from all the books that are and will be published in the “Katie’s Farm Adventures” series will be donated to the Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Literacy Fund.

Stay tuned as we hope to have this eBook published by the end of the week online with Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

If you know of a school or organization who would like to have us facilitate a Writing or ePublishing Workshop, please email us at teachme@unlocktheteacherllc.com  or leave us a comment at our www.unlocktheteacher.com website.

May we seek knowledge in all things,

Denise, Trisha and Sue

The Unlock the Teacher LLC Team

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NBC’s “Community” Does it Again!

NBC‘c Community does it again, masking real human issues under a blanket of superficial nonsense.  Interestingly enough, life lessons can be learned via television and comedy!

Check out Denise’s latest article  @ Suite101.com

http://www.suite101.com/content/nbcs-community-old-westen-meets-21st-century-paint-balls-a369668

Have a great weekend!

The Unlock the Teacher LLC Team

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A Reader Shares Their Favorite Educational Website…Check it Out and Let us Know!

One of our readers would like to share their website.  We love to collaborate and share, so check out this webiste and let us know if it was a good recommendation or not…

Dear Unlock the Teacher Team,

I’d like to share our website brightstorm(www.brightstorm.com). We cover most math, science subjects of junior/senior high students, and are going to expand it to other subjects. We have thousands of free high quality videos for every possible textbook topic and practice problems for every topic will be added this summer, too. Also, we’re now developing a convenient tool for teachers to create supplemental materials using our content. All this is and will be free as far as I know(I’m the CEO….). Seeing my daughter’s math teacher recommended our site during her back to school night presentation, I guess it will be helpful for other teachers and students, too.
Thanks!

Bumsoo

Good luck Bumsoo and  Unlock the Teacher LLC team wishes you much success!  We hope many students prosper because of your efforts.

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise and the entire Unlock the Teacher LLC Team

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Companies Come Together to Make A Difference…A Great Example for Us All

"Locks for Love" at Changez Salon, Superstar Stylist Jason Rice

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In Metro Detroit, a few companies and organizations have figured out how to come together to support one another to be the difference for many.

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Unlock the Teacher LLC’s Next eBook for Children, Parents and Teachers…”Spring into Art and Poetry” Scheduled to be Available for Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble Online Tomorrow

"Spring into Art and Poetry" with Unlock the Teacher LLC

Unlock the Teacher LLC’s next eBook for children, parents and teachers  Spring into Art and Poetry is sscheduled to be available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble online tomorrow.

Denise Ball, Trisha Vaughn & Sue Atwell

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Illustrations by Mary Sharon, who lost her battle with cancer in 2005
and the Unlock the Teacher LLC children.

Academic Focus:  Poetry and Art

With a Parent and Teacher Resource Component

This eBook, text and paintings are licensed for personal enjoyment only
and may not be resold or given to any other person.  Requested copies for educational purposes,
can be sent to teachme@unlocktheteacher.com.

One of the authors is a certified educator and two of the authors have
earned graduate degrees in Education, Curriculum and Instruction and one
dynamic member of the Unlock the Teacher LLC, has earned two degrees in
Marketing and Production.  As a team, we
celebrate our uniqueness and talents we bring to our company. Unlock the
Teacher LLC 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 and communities, ePublishing workshops,
writing and publishing children’s literature books and producing non-fiction
educational books and materials.

Are goal is to share knowledge and to help all those in need.  We strive to promote the good in education
and in life!  Thank you for your
continued support.

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise, Trisha and Sue

The Unlock the Teacher LLC Team

Unlock the Teacher LLC eBooks Promoting Literacy Includes:

The Many Adventures of the Beach

Katie’s Farm Adventures

All Around Our Town

Spring into Art and Poetry

Phonics Friends

Coming Soon…

Regions Across America

Academic “Nuts & Bolts” for Middle School Students and Parents

**Check out and let us know your thoughts here at our blog, on facebook at Unlock the Teacher or on twitter: Unlockteacher

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We Have Added Many Great Educational Resources and Games…Check it Out!

From Flannagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice awesome site for tweens, teens and educators, to Christopher Paolini‘s Eragon site with games galore, we have tried to add some great educational resources for all to enjoy.

We have tried to add more educational resources to help our home school parents that write-in and ask us for resources.  We will continue to research and add.  Our goal is to have a great library of resources for everyone to utilize come summer.

Have a wonderful time exploring these fabulous sites.

P.S. The Ranger’s Apprentice site has a contest going on  now!

May we continue to see knowledge in all things,

Denise

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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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