March 2021

Kim and Jason: Your MI Write Team, Part 3

Kim and Jason: Your MI Write Team, Part 3


Kim Wilson has been a Client Success Specialist for MI Write for the last three years, but has been with MI for eight years.

Kim Wilson

What do you love about your job?
It’s a very caring company. My coworkers are more like family than just coworkers. I love the flexibility, and it’s fun to watch students all over the US grow academically.

What has been the biggest obstacle in your career? How did you overcome it?
Keeping up with technology. My teammates are around to help out, the company offers workshops, and a LOT of trial and error.

What is the weirdest or most interesting job you’ve ever had? What made it weird or interesting?
The most interesting job I’ve had was working at a small appliance repair shop. I liked tinkering with coffee pots, irons, blenders, vacuum cleaners, etc. I also got to meet people from all walks of life.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
RETIRED!

What has been the hardest part of the COVID-19 pandemic for you?
Not hugging, not seeing, not being with so many friends and loved ones. Not playing music in clubs with live audiences.

What is your proudest accomplishment?
Being a good person, friend, mom, and grandparent. :-)

What is your favorite family recipe/tradition?
People like my coleslaw, especially the spicy kind.


Jason Shelton

Jason Shelton is one of our excellent Client Success Specialists. He’s been with MI for six years and joined the CSS team last year.

What do you love about your job?
I love talking to teachers and watching their faces light up when they realize how MI Write can help them in their classrooms, making their lives easier while helping their students become stronger writers. 

What has been the biggest obstacle in your career? 
The biggest obstacle in my career was a career change. After 10 years in a field that I was no longer interested in or passionate about, I made the difficult, but rewarding, decision to leave everything and start over from the bottom of the ladder. I was able to pair the prior experience with new training to build a career that I love.

What is your degree in?
Business Administration

What is the weirdest or most interesting job you’ve ever had? What made it weird or interesting?
The most interesting job that I had was the one I learned the most from. As a sales professional, I learned competencies that have allowed me to be successful today. Communicating with and relating to all kinds of people is what made it interesting.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
The owner of large quantities of commercial and residential real estate.

What has been the hardest part of the COVID-19 pandemic for you?
The most difficult part of the pandemic for me has been not being able to see my nieces, siblings, parents, and grandparents for several months.

What is your favorite family recipe/tradition?
Sweet potato pie

Catch up with the first two posts where we introduce Michelle & Evie and Chris & Kendra. Meet us back here soon to meet the last two members of the MI Write team!

Reports: You want them; Admins need them; We’ve got them

Reports: You want them; Admins need them; We’ve got them


Reports are the key to tracking student growth and knowing how to best use them is essential for every teacher. As MI Write teachers, you have access to a number of useful reports within your account. We’ve summarized each category for you, including what to expect and how to use them. All of the reports are displayed in table form and accompanied by a graph to illustrate the data in a visual manner.

Your Performance report is a great place to find information on where your students are excelling and which traits may need additional attention. Use the scores on the Six Traits of Writing and the writing genres to direct further instruction. You can also compile a portfolio to display your students’ writing progress throughout the year with the data provided by this report.

Evaluate how well your enabled prompts are addressing the needs of your students on the Prompts report, where you will find the number of essays and drafts for each prompt. You’ll also be able to see the average scores for the six traits on the specific prompts to which your students have written.

The reports found on the Usage page may be the most useful for determining how effectively MI Write is being used in your classroom. A high number of minutes in a category of lessons, for example, would show you that your students are spending a lot of time working on that particular trait. The summary section gives you an overall picture of how students are engaging in the program, displaying the numbers of completed essays, drafts, and peer reviews, as well as how much time has been spent in lessons. The remainder of the report is a breakdown of the numbers shown in the summary. Click on a student’s name under Essays to see which prompts they’ve submitted drafts and essays on, or look at the Lesson Usage Summary to make sure they are spending time on the lessons that will help them the most. Check out the Constructed Response summary at the bottom to see how well your students are writing with focus, developing their ideas sufficiently, and organizing their thoughts effectively.

The last type of report is the Progress report. It shows your students’ average scores drilled down by month. The line graph below the table is a quick and easy way to see how your students are progressing throughout the year. These scores can be affected by time spent in MI Write, the number of essays and drafts that are submitted, and the effort your students are putting into their work. 

Teacher reports

With all the different options available, MI Write has your reporting needs covered! You are able to view, analyze, and even export and print or share any of the reports. Help your students beef up their portfolios with their personalized reports as most of the options you have as a teacher are available to individual students (with only their data, of course). Impress your admins with the usage and progress reports. Justify the need for MI Write in your classroom!