Monthly Archives: November 2015

Do the Write Thing (DTWT) Essay Contest–Detroit Teachers Meeting

By Zemen Marrugi

The Do the Write Thing (DTWT) program is an initiative of the National Campaign to Stop Violence (NCSV).  The Do the Write Thing Challenge gives middle school students an opportunity to examine the impact of youth violence on their lives in classroom discussions and in written form by communicating what they think should be done to change our culture of violence.  “By encouraging students to make personal commitments to do something about the problem, the DTWT program ultimately seeks to empower them to break the cycles of violence in their homes, schools and neighborhoods.” DTWT

2013 winners

Each year, two student essays are selected to represent the City of Detroit in Washington, D.C. The two students are identified as the DTWT National Ambassadors and their winning essays are added to the State of Michigan Library in Lansing, Michigan and the National Library of Congress archives in Washington, D.C.

A teacher meeting will take place at Detroit Enterprise Academy on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 for all English Language Arts teachers in the Metro-Detroit area that are interested in learning more information about the Do the Write Thing (DTWT) essay contest. All teachers that are interested in attending the meeting can contact the DTWT Detroit City Chair Zemen Marrugi at  The teachers meeting will include the 2016 DTWT student applications, essay requirements, and school participation details.  The meeting will also include information about the 2016 Student Recognition ceremonies in Lansing, Michigan and Washington, D.C.

DoTheWrite (Straightened)

Download the DTWT Teachers Meeting Flyer and share with all of your teaching friends.

DTWT Teachers Meeting Flyer


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Pop Quiz Teacher Morale Booster

By Zemen Marrugi, M.Ed.

As a school administrator, I am always looking for creative ways to increase morale within my team.  Here is an easy and effective way to show your appreciation towards your teammates.

Pop Quiz Teacher Gift Tags

Pop Quiz Teacher Gift Tags

Click on the Teachers Pay Teachers link below and download the free document.  Personalize it with your teammates’ names and attach the tags to their favorite soft drink, or pop (like we Michiganders like to call it).

Pop Quiz Teachers Gift Tag by Zemen Marrugi

This is a great way to increase staff morale. Gift ideal for teacher appreciate week, holiday gifts, last day of school gift, or just an unexpected positive affirmative for all the work your teachers do in the building.

Drop me a link and let me know what you think of this freebie.  I would love to hear from you.


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