Institute for Excellence in Writing Hosts Virtual Winter Retreat

BIXBY, Okla. (Nov. 1, 2018) – The Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) is hosting their annual online Winter Retreat on December 8, 2018, intent on providing educators with refreshing and informative content.

“The conference was really useful for me. Even the sessions that I wasn’t interested in somehow hooked me in, and I stayed to listen to them. I am so grateful to have found IEW,” said Jane Cooper, an attendee of one of IEW’s virtual retreats.

Speakers at IEW’s Winter Retreat include founder and director Andrew Pudewa, Susan Barton of Barton Reading & Spelling System, Sarah Mackenzie from Read-Aloud Revival, Adam Andrews from CenterForLit, author and speaker Heidi St. John, and IEW’s marketing director, Julie Walker.

IEW’s Winter Retreat is free and open to anyone wanting to learn more about dyslexia, reading, and writing and what IEW does to motivate and assist teachers, parents, and students. IEW’s mission is to equip teachers and teaching parents with methods and materials which will aid them in training their students to become confident and competent communicators and thinkers.

Contact Information: Nicholas Buscemi Phone: (800) 856-5815 Email: info@IEW.com

Barnes & Noble Celebrates Teachers with Fall Educator Appreciation Days at Stores Nationwide

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, today announced it will be celebrating teachers and administrators nationwide with its Fall Educator Appreciation Days from Saturday, October 6, through Sunday, October 14. This marks the ninth year that Barnes & Noble will be offering additional discounts, offers, and giveaways, while supplies last, to recognize pre-K-12 public, private and homeschool teachers and administrators in all stores and online at BN.com.

“Although we provide teachers 20 percent off most products all year round through our Educator Program, we created these special days with even better discounts, as well as a chance to win fun prizes as a way to thank educators for all the meaningful work they do in our communities.”

Some of October’s Educator Appreciation Days special discount offerings online and in-store include:

25% off list price on most books, gifts, music, DVDs, and toys and games for classroom and personal purchase;
10% off all Café consumables purchases; and
educators can enter in our stores for a chance to win great prizes, including:
one of five book bundles from Capstone Publishing
one of five $1,000 gift cards, and
one $10,000 prize for books, as well as STEM and STEAM products for an educator’s school.
In addition to these offers, select Barnes & Noble stores will host a tech tool demonstration with DASH Robot from Wonder Workshop during Educator Appreciation Days. Educators are encouraged to contact their local Barnes & Noble store or visit the Barnes & Noble Store Locator for more information.

The special discounts offered during Educator Appreciation Days are available to pre-K to grade 12 teachers and administrators enrolled in the free Barnes & Noble Educator Discount Card Program. To take advantage of these offers, educators can apply for their Educator Discount Card in their local Barnes & Noble or online at BN.com/educator.

Barnes & Noble’s Educator Discount Card Program offers pre-K through grade 12 educators 20% off list price on most in-store and online purchases throughout the year.

*Exclusions can be found in the Educator Program Terms and Conditions available at www.BN.com/Educator. Educators must present a valid Barnes & Noble Educator Discount Card to receive the discounts in store. Educators can also receive the discounts online at BN.com on Saturday, October 6, through Sunday, October 14, by entering their educator number in the Membership area of the page.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The Company operates 629 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com). The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store (www.nook.com) features digital books, periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

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The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine Returns to Quarterly Print: Homeschooling is on the Rise

Significant Growth in Homeschooling Market Drives Demand for Industry Trade Magazines.

The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine Returns to Quarterly Print: Homeschooling is on the Rise
Johnson City, TN, October 02, 2018 –(PR.com)– Homeschooling is once more on the rise and families are looking for resources to help them. Parents continue to seek reliable content to help them take charge of their children’s education, especially in the wake of school violence, bullying, and the failure of schools to meet academic standards. Parents also choose homeschooling as a way to pass on a legacy of faith and wholesome values.

Prior to entering the digital age in 2012, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine supported over 20,000 subscribers, in addition to sales through large retailers and bookstores. Since that time, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine has been regularly read by over 90,000 families using the free apps and online.

“We are returning to a subscription model in response to dramatic growth in the homeschooling market and to meet customer demand,” explained Gena Suarez, founder of The Old Schoolhouse®. “After almost two decades as the trade magazine for homeschooling families throughout the U.S. and more than twenty countries worldwide, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine will return to quarterly printing as of the start of 2019 with a fresh new design focused on today’s homeschooling families.”

Subscriptions to The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, beginning with the Spring 2019 issue, are available for $29/year. The magazine will also continue to be available from retailers around the country for a cover price of $9.95 per issue. Access remains free through the TOS digital app, as well as to members of SchoolhouseTeachers.com, the online curriculum division of The Old Schoolhouse® that offers more than 400 courses for preschool through high school, an educational video library, and a large variety of additional teaching and organizational to its members. The Old Schoolhouse® also reaches customers through “The Homeschool Minute” weekly newsletter, “Homeschooling with Heart” blog, and Homeschool Review Crew product reviews.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, “approximately 3 percent of the school-age population was homeschooled in the 2011-12 school year.” Homeschooling is on the rise. According to the National Home Education Research Institute, led by Brian D. Ray, Ph.D., there are “about 2.3 million home-educated students in the United States” as of Spring, 2016. They further report that the number of U.S. homeschoolers is estimated to be growing at a rate of 2% to 8% per year, making homeschooling a more common choice for families nationwide and driving demand for industry trade magazines, like The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine.

About The Old Schoolhouse®
The Old Schoolhouse, LLC is a privately held corporation that publishes the industry-leading homeschool education print magazine, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, as well as hundreds of books and planning support tools for homeschooling families. SchoolhouseTeachers.com, a division of The Old Schoolhouse®, supports over 7,500 member families with more than 400 courses for preschool through high school as well as educational videos, World Book online, planning tools, transcripts, and support for homeschooling parents. Established in 2001, The Old Schoolhouse® is focused on providing affordable solutions for homeschooling families.

SchoolhouseTeachers.com Introduces Secure Forum for Homeschooling Moms

Community Builds Relationships and Influences Development of Future Resources

Johnson City, TN, September 11, 2018 –(PR.com)– Homeschooling parents share a unique set of experiences and concerns, leading many to reach out for like-minded individuals with whom they can interact. Social media options, with their fluctuating popularity and fleeting conversational format, often aren’t enough. SchoolhouseTeachers.com has responded to the need with a private forum just for homeschooling moms. Despite shifts in trendy social media platforms over the last 15 years, the discussion forum has endured. A private forum offers a stable secure option for facilitating conversations and lasting relationships around a focused common interest.

“At the foundation of The Old Schoolhouse® and SchoolhouseTeachers.com is the desire to build community. Moms want to know that they can talk about what they’re doing in their homes and receive real, ongoing support. They need encouragement, advice, tips on homemaking, and most of all, they need genuine relationships with other moms who understand. SchoolhouseTeachers.com developed the new forum to meet these needs,” said Bonnie Rose Hudson, Director of SchoolhouseTeachers.com. “Our forum offers the opportunity for members to return to ongoing conversations and search through specific categories for relevant information. Members’ comments and discussion topics also help shape future curriculum and resource offerings, which benefits members over the long term.”

Entrepreneur® supports the development of forums for reaching customers in a meaningful way. They researched where customers discuss companies and their products, revealing “forums [are] one of the main areas of conversation, either first or second most popular, for every sector we analyzed.”1 Social Media Today, devoted to analyzing and reporting the latest information in the social media industry, reported, “So, message boards are a cornucopia of engagement. People spend hours on message boards and forums.”2

The secure, private forum is available only to members of SchoolhouseTeachers.com, an affordable educational option featuring more than 400 self-paced courses for all grade levels. Features of the forum include: separate discussion boards for all ages and subject areas, boards just for encouragement and prayer, a board for recipes, one for special needs, one for discovering new resources and ideas, and finally, a board for all things homeschooling, where organization and other general topics are discussed. Moms no longer have to hunt all over the Internet looking for separate private groups to join in order to find support for everything. It’s all in one place exclusively for members of SchoolhouseTeachers.com.

About The Old Schoolhouse®
The Old Schoolhouse, LLC is a privately held corporation that publishes the industry-leading homeschool education print magazine, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, as well as hundreds of books and planning support tools for homeschooling families. SchoolhouseTeachers.com, a division of The Old Schoolhouse®, supports over 7,500 member families with more than 400 courses for preschool through high school as well as educational videos, World Book online, planning tools, transcripts, and support for homeschooling parents. Established in 2001, The Old Schoolhouse® is focused on providing affordable solutions for homeschooling families.

(1) Falls, Jason. “Why Forums May Be the Most Powerful Social Media Channel for Brands.” Entrepreneur, 7 May 2012, https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/223493# (accessed September 3, 2018).
(2) Abraham, Chris. “2015: The Year of Message Boards and Forums.” Social Media Today, 7 January 2015, https://www.socialmediatoday.com/content/2015-year-message-boards-and-forums (accessed September 3, 2018).

Homeschooling Mother Releases New Book, “Just Stop: 10 Things Everyone Should Stop Saying”

Connecticut Author Publishes 2nd Time in 2 Months with Release of Latest Book, Greenwich, CT, August 25, 2018 –(PR.com)– Having just released her book, “Hail Mary for Peanut,” in late July, Heather D. Nelson was able to pen another book in a matter of a few short weeks: “The concept had been rattling around in my mind for quite a long time. Once I decided to put the words on paper, it fell together so much faster than I anticipated.”

Heather D. Nelson’s was originally published in 2009 in the field of Infertility and Pregnancy Loss. Since that time, she has had a string of columnist positions and even some freelance Op-Ed opportunities. Her life has evolved over the years and now she actively blogs on everything from homeschooling and writing, to advocating for her Type 1 Diabetic son. All while working on her next project.

“Just Stop: 10 Things Everyone Should Stop Saying” is a satirical, short-read collection of essays on the common pitfalls associated with the platitudes we so wildly throw around. Nelson covers colloquialisms as common as, “Time Heals All Wounds,” and even more casual phrases like, “Just Relax.” In each case she breaks down the vernacular to educate her “dear readers” on why she feels these phrases are risky, outdated, or sometimes even harmful. The book discusses ways to approach each situation with a unique and more elevated perspective.

The book is available on Amazon as both eBook and Paperback.

Nelson’s other books can also be viewed on her Amazon Author Page at amazon.com/author/heatherdnelson.

Contact the Author for interviews or quotes: heatherdnelson.com/media