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TSPRA E-newsletter

November 13, 2019
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Feature Story
Conference 2020

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♦ Important Due Dates
♦ Grammar Tips
♦ Star Awards

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GOOD TO KNOW

Broaden your punctuation horizons

Did your high school English teacher scare you off from using semicolons? Fear not, for they're easier than you might remember.
 
Semicolons are meant to link two related yet independent clauses – meaning they can stand as sentences on their own – without requiring a conjuction. Take a look at these three examples:  
 
Bad: Our new math curriculum has been a big hit; and the training was easy to implement.
Use a comma with "and" or other conjuctions rather than a semicolon
 
Bad: Our new math curriculum has been a big hit; our schools are safer this year too. 
Clauses that aren't linked should be separated by a period. 
 
Good: Our new math curriculum has been a big hit; students' test scores are up 12 points.
Both clauses here relate to the new math curriculum, so it's fine to link them with a semi-colon.

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Links You Can Use

>The FBI has a report covering 63 active shooters in the U.S. between 2000-2013. It examines specific behaviors that may precede an attack. Read the report HERE. Listen to the podcast HERE.

>Want an easy way to ensure your messaging is grammatically correct? Check out Grammarly, a free writing app you upload to your browser. It checks copy in emails, social media posts and more. 

Ever wonder what size your images need to be for different social media platforms? Click HERE for a complete 2019 size guide.  

>The Texas Tribune has a tool to see how vaccine exemption rates have changed in school districts and private schools across the state.

COSchedule Blog has an easy-to-understand blog post on how to write a press release, and it includes great examples and a template.

> Do you need an easy way to create quick graphics for social media or newsletters? There is a great free online tool you can use that is very user-friendly called Canva. There are loads of templates and free graphics and images you can use. They also have a mobile app for designing on-the-go. 

 

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