Newsela is excited to kick off (pun intended) another school year with you. We have a host of new features to support your teaching practices this upcoming school year:
Are you a primary school teacher? Newsela Elementary makes it easy to find articles that younger students can relate to most.
Looking to support Spanish-speaking students? Newsela Español has over 100 articles, with new articles now being published daily. Read more about Newsela Español.
Pairing fiction with informational texts is a cinch with our new Text Sets for Literature. Check out our collection based on popular classroom literature for grades 2-12. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, let us know. Better yet, create your own Text Set and share it with fellow educators.
We hope these new features inspire you to use Newsela in creative and exciting ways – so we’re asking you to share your Newsela goals for the upcoming year. Here are a couple examples to get you started.
- Newsela Community Adviser Dave Crumbine wants his students to read, annotate, and respond to 20 articles each this school year.
- Michigan educator Mike Lerchenfeldt plans to read three articles per day with students.
To sweeten the deal, we’re giving away 3 $50 Amazon gift cards to 3 randomly chosen winners who share #newselagoals now through October 5. Here are the giveaway details:
- To enter, compose a tweet or post to our Facebook page describing your goals, using the hashtag #newselagoals.
- Enter once a day now through October 5.
- 3 winners will be chosen at random on October 9.
- Full terms and conditions available below.
We can’t wait to hear from you!
[Update: Giveaway is now closed. Winners were John R., Erin K., and Audrey B. Thanks for sharing all your goals with us!]
- NEWSELA GOALS SWEEPSTAKES
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. The Newsela Goals Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is sponsored by Newsela, Inc., having an address of 519 8th Avenue, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10001 (“Sponsor”).ELIGIBILITY:Subject to these Official Rules, the Sweepstakes is open only to permanent legal U.S. residents physically residing in the fifty (50) United States of America and the District of Columbia, who are at least 18 years old as of the date of entry. Employees of Sponsor, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies and any other entity involved in the development or administration of this Sweepstakes, and their immediate family members or household members are not eligible to participate in or win the Sweepstakes. THE SWEEPSTAKES IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW OR WHERE BONDING, REGISTRATION, OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS WOULD BE REQUIRED BUT HAVE NOT BEEN MET, OR WHERE THE METHODS OF ENTRY SET FORTH BELOW WOULD BE DEEMED CONSIDERATION. ALL APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAWS APPLY.ENTRY PERIOD:The Sweepstakes begins at 12:00 am (midnight) Eastern time on September 28, 2015 and ends at 11:59 pm Eastern time on October 5, 2015 (“Entry Period”). HOW TO ENTER:
No purchase or payment is necessary to participate in the Sweepstakes. During the Entry Period, enter the Sweepstakes through one of the following methods described below. Each entrant may submit up to one (1) entry per method per day. For example, in one day, you may enter the Sweepstakes once by Facebook, once by Twitter, and once by mail-in entry (for a total of three (3) entries that day), and then submit additional entries the next day, but you cannot enter twice by tweeting twice in the same day or posting two posts to Facebook in the same day.
Tweet your Newsela goals for the upcoming school year with the hashtag #NewselaGoals and mention @Newsela. Your tweet must be publicly viewable to be eligible. Anyone found to use multiple Twitter accounts to enter will be deemed ineligible.
Post your Newsela goals on the Newsela Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Newsela with the hashtag “#NewselaGoals”. Users are also encouraged to ‘like’ Newsela on Facebook, although this will not increase chances of winning. No more than one person can enter using the same Facebook account.
Alternative Method of Entry (“AMOE”):
On a plain 3” x 5” index card, legibly handprint or type your first name, last name, date of birth, complete address, city, state, zip code, home phone number (including area code), and email address and mail your completed 3” x 5” card to Newsela Goals: 519 8th Avenue, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10018. To be considered eligible in the Sweepstakes, AMOE entries must be postmarked no later than October 5, 2015. Each AMOE card received that meets the requirements of these Official Rules will be considered as one (1) entry for that entrant.
Sponsor expressly reserves the right to disqualify any entries that it believes in good faith are generated by automated means or scripts, in violation of these Official Rules or otherwise results from any unsportsmanlike or disruptive conduct, and all such associated entries shall be are void.
The available prizes (“Prizes”) are as follows:
One (1) of three (3) $50 Amazon gift cards. Retail value of each prize is $50, and total retail value of all prizes is $150.
Decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding with respect to all matters related to the Sweepstakes. In no event shall the Sponsor be obligated to award any prizes other than the Prizes specified in these Official Rules. The Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions (including, without limitation, for cash) are permitted, except that Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater monetary value for any Prize if such Prize should become unavailable for any reason. Winners shall be responsible and liable for all federal, state and local taxes on the value of the Prizes, and any related shipping and handling charges. To receive a complete list of winners or a copy of the Official Rules, within six (6) months after the end of the Entry Period, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Newsela Goals Winner’s List, 519 8th Avenue, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10018.
The winning entry for the Prize will be chosen at random on or around October 12, 2015 from all eligible entries received during the Entry Period. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the potential winner, the potential winner will be deemed to be the person in whose name the applicable Twitter or Facebook account is registered.
The Sweepstakes will be conducted under the supervision of the Sponsor. The decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding in all matters relating to this Sweepstakes. Winners will be notified on or around October 12, 2015 by direct message to the applicable Twitter or Facebook account, or by email or phone if entering by AMOE; provided, however, that Sponsor reserves the right to determine an alternate method of notification. Sponsor will also post a list of winners on its blog located at blog.newsela.com. Winners must claim their Prize within seventy-two (72) hours after the date of notification of such Prize. A Sweepstakes winner’s failure to respond to the Prize notification within the specified seventy-two (72) hours will be considered such Sweepstakes winner’s forfeiture of the Prize and an alternate winner may be selected from the pool of eligible entries. If an entrant is found to be ineligible, an alternate winner may also be selected from the pool of eligible entries.
GENERAL CONDITIONS AND RELEASES:
By entering the Sweepstakes or accepting a Prize, you agree to conform to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. When applicable, the winner may be required to execute and return to Sponsor, within ten (10) business days, an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Liability and/or Publicity Release provided by Sponsor to be eligible for the Prize, or an alternate winner may be selected. Winners may be required in Sponsor’s sole discretion to complete relevant tax forms as a condition to the delivery of the applicable prize. Winner may also be required to furnish proof of identity, address and birth date in order to receive a Prize.
Unless prohibited by applicable law, your acceptance of a Prize constitutes your permission to use your name, photograph, likeness, voice, address (city and state) for publicity purposes and testimonials, in any media and manner Sponsor deems appropriate, in perpetuity and without any compensation to you or any review or approval rights, notifications, or permissions, including without limitation for the purpose of placing the winner’s name on a winner’s list.
An entrant or winner may be disqualified from the Sweepstakes if he or she fails to comply with each provision of these Official Rules, as determined in the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Participation in the Sweepstakes is at entrant’s own risk. Sponsor shall not be liable for: (1) failed, returned or misdirected notifications based on inaccurate information provided by the winner in connection with an entry; (2) entries and responses to winner notifications which are lost, late, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, postage-due, misdirected, damaged or otherwise not received by the intended recipient in whole or in part or for computer or technical error of any kind; (3) any electronic miscommunications or failures, technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit an entrant’s ability to participate in the Sweepstakes; (4) any technical malfunctions of the telephone network, computer online system, computer equipment, software, program malfunctions or other failures, delayed computer transactions or network connections that are human, mechanical or technical in nature, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer or mobile device related to or resulting from downloading any of Sponsor’s products or services or otherwise in connection with this Sweepstakes; or (5) any warranty with respect to any Prize or any component thereof. THE PRIZES ARE AWARDED “AS IS” AND SPONSOR DOES NOT MAKE ANY, AND HEREBY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL, REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND REGARDING THE PRIZES.
NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING ELSE HEREIN OR OTHERWISE, SPONSOR AND/OR ITS VENDORS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE OR OBLIGATED WITH RESPECT TO ANY SUBJECT MATTER OF THIS AGREEMENT OR UNDER CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY FOR (A) ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS OF REVENUE, GOODWILL, OR ANTICIPATED PROFITS), (B) DATA LOSS OR COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES, AND/OR (C) ANY MATTER BEYOND SUCH PARTIES’ REASONABLE CONTROL.
By entering the Sweepstakes, you agree to and hereby do release and hold harmless Sponsor, Twitter, Inc., and Facebook, Inc. and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries and affiliated entities, directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents, and representatives (the “Released Parties”) from any damage, injury, death, loss, claim, action, demand, or other liability (collectively, “Claims”) that may arise from your acceptance, possession and/or use of any Prize or your participation in this Sweepstakes, or from any misuse or malfunction of any Prize awarded, regardless of whether such Claims, or knowledge of the facts constituting such Claims, exist at the time of entry or arise at any time thereafter. Any person attempting to defraud or in any way tamper with this Sweepstakes may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Sponsor reserves the right to modify these Official Rules in any way or at any time. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend this Sweepstakes should viruses, bugs or other causes beyond their control corrupt the administration, security or proper operation of the Sweepstakes. In the event of cancellation or suspension, Sponsor shall promptly post a notice on Sponsor’s website to such effect. This Sweepstakes shall be governed by New York law, without regard to conflicts of laws provisions. By participating in this Sweepstakes, you agree that any dispute or litigation arising from or relating to this Sweepstakes shall be determined by binding arbitration only in New York, NY, by and under the Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures of JAMS, and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Sponsor may seek equitable relief in any court of competent jurisdiction. If any provision of these Official Rules is held to be illegal or unenforceable, such provision shall be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that these Official Rules otherwise remain in full force and effect and enforceable.