Principal of Washington Elementary and WriteSteps Founder Co-Present at 2013 NAESP Conference

July 10, 2013 - PRLog -- Suzanne Klein, WriteSteps ( Founder and CEO, will co-present with Emil Carafa, immediate past president of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association and principal of Washington Elementary School, at the 2013 National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Conference.

On Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 308 of the Baltimore Convention Center, both Klein and Carafa will present, “Ready, Test, Score! Essential Tools for Common Core Writing Success from Washington Elementary.” Participants will learn how to effectively implement Common Core writing standards in order to prepare for the upcoming 2014/2015 Common Core tests. Attendees will receive the tools needed to support their teachers’ focus on developing strong Common Core writing instruction in classrooms.

Emil Carafa will speak about the strides he has made implementing the writing Common Cores at Washington Elementary School. Attendees will leave the workshop ready to apply effective Common Core strategies in writing and will take home practical tools for their teachers to use.

Klein, a former K-5 teacher and writing coach, speaks nationally on best practices in Common Core writing instruction. Klein has extensive training in writing pedagogy best practices, including writer's workshop and 6 Traits. She holds a Master of Arts degree in teaching, is a National Writing Project fellow, and has worked as a writing coach for thousands of teachers at the district level and at national workshops for the Bureau of Education Research.

WriteSteps provides professional development and teacher-friendly lessons that include video demonstrations that focus on the widely-adopted Common Core Standards ( for writing and grammar.



In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The writing program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs" Award from Ann Arbor SPARK in 2010 and launched nationwide in September, 2011. WriteSteps is the recipient of Learning Magazine 2013 Teachers’ Choice Award. For complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog, please go to (


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