A diverse group of educators who were passionate about fulfilling their vision of finding “effective solutions matched to student needs” formed SSTAGE in 2007. While SSTAGE is well known for the professional development opportunities offered through various conferences and workshops each year, we are always trying to come up with new ways to promote more frequent communication with our members. The inaugural issue of the SSTAGE Newsletter, which is intended to be the first of many, has been a collaborative effort of the SSTAGE Region Representatives. We hope that readers will glean information on a variety of educationally relevant topics, as well as come away with some new ideas to implement in their schools and classrooms. On behalf of the entire Newsletter Committee, we hope you enjoy the Newsletter!