WriteSteps Named SIIA Education CODiE Award Finalist

eWriteSteps Earns Prestigious Education Industry Recognition
WASHINGTON - April 7, 2015 - PRLog -- WriteSteps, an evidence-based, 100% Common Core K-5 writing and grammar program, today announced that eWriteSteps was named a finalist for the 2015 SIIA Education CODiE Awards for Best Reading/English/Language Arts Instructional Solution.  The SIIA CODiE Awardsare the premier award for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for 29 years. The awards have over 85 categories and are organized by industry focus of Content, Education, and Software.

This year’s program features 28 Education categories, several of which are new or updated to reflect the latest industry trends and business models. New this year, top awards in three overall Education categories will also be presented. Overall categories include Best PK-12 Solution, Best Postsecondary Solution, and Best Education Solution. All winners will be announced during a special awards dinner at the nation’s leading education technology conference, the Education Industry Summit, in San Francisco on May 5. The announcement will also be live streamed.

eWriteSteps is an evidence-based, 100% Common Core writing and grammar program for grades K-5. It fuses best practices such as the 6 traits of writing, Writer’s Workshop, Multiple Intelligences, and Bloom’s Taxonomy. The comprehensive program gives teachers and students everything they need to develop their craft with confidence.  The digital curriculum can be used with interactive whiteboards, visual projectors, computers, tablets, iPads, and document cameras.

“We are honored to be listed as a finalist for a 2015 CODiE Award among some of the best companies in the industry,” said Suzanne Klein, founder & CEO of WriteSteps. “Founded in 2011, WriteSteps is still a relatively new company that has made a huge impact with the nation’s students in a short period of time. To see ourselves next to huge names like Pearson and McGraw Hill, along with others, is very rewarding.”

“This year’s finalists are breaking ground with new business models and innovative products. We are pleased to recognize the best in educational technology with these 157 products,” said Karen Billings, vice president of the SIIA Education Technology Industry Network. “I look forward to honoring them all in May at the Education Industry Summit.”

Details about each finalist are listed at siia.net/codies/2015/finalists.asp.

About SIIA
SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to the leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age. For more information, visit www.siia.net.The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide educational software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the K-20 sector. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information on ETIN of SIIA, visit siia.net/etin.

About WriteSteps

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, the 2013 eLit Gold Award, the 2013 and 2014 APEX award for publication excellence, 2014 District Administration’s Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products Award, and a 2014 EdTech Cool Tool Award Finalist.  For complete information, e-Newsletters, and the WriteSteps blog, visit http://WriteStepsWriting.com (http://writestepswriting.com/Home.aspx).
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