Empower Education Connections

Workshop Category: Culturally Responsive Teaching


When we say that students have trouble with comprehension, what do we mean? Teaching students how to effectively interact with text (in all subjects) must be modeled so that students can eventually do it on their own. In this workshop you will be shown practical ways to teach your students What Good Readers Do in any content area. You will learn how to model Think-Alouds, why they are so important, and discover meaningful ways your students can demonstrate their thinking. This session will include application for all content areas and grade levels.

It’s math! what’s there to talk about?

There is a fundamental flaw in teaching methods of the past; the teacher does most of the teaching and learning in math. The teacher is modeling, talking, sharing, and communicating mathematically, and is therefore getting stronger as the year progresses. This course is designed to give you the tools and strategies for you to shift your math discourse to the students and empower them to serve up the math talk! Explore & experience the 5 Teacher Productive Talk Moves of mathematical instruction.

Using visual models & manipulatives in math

Manipulatives can be key in providing effective, active, engaging lessons in the teaching of mathematics. Research from both learning theory and classroom studies show that using manipulatives when teaching math can positively affect student learning. In this session, teachers will learn how to effectively use manipulatives to help all students connect ideas and integrate their knowledge, which leads to a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts.

Action-packed addition (k-5)

Dig into the big ideas of addition and learn how to teach it to your students effectively and efficiently. This workshop will share the scope and sequence of how to foster enduring understanding as you teach counting & addition: by helping students develop the capacity to model with mathematics, teaching them how to use manipulatives, and pinpointing which tools and recordings students should use when learning and sharing addition. The session is full of meaningful practice and will deepen your knowledge of addition!

Super strength in subtraction (k-5)

Spend some time working out the big ideas of subtraction and learn how to teach it to your students effectively and efficiently. This workshop will share the scope and sequence of how to foster enduring understanding as you teach subtraction: by helping students develop the capacity to model with mathematics, teaching them how to use manipulatives, and pinpointing which tools and recordings students should use when learning and sharing subtraction. The session is full of meaningful practice and will deepen your knowledge of subtraction!

Mastering multiplication & defeating division (3-8)

What is multiplicative reasoning, and how can students use it to Master Multiplication & Defeat Division? Come and learn the pedagogy and sequence of how to best teach Multiplication and Division. You will receive concrete, visual, and abstract models, and learn the best ways to teach and model these coordinating operations. Hands-on and lots of fun, take-away activities are of highest priority in this workshop!

Fun & fearless fractions (3-6)

This workshop is designed to make fractions fun and fearless for everyone– including you! You will engage in learning activities that strengthen your own conceptual knowledge as we cover these big ideas: models for fractions, equivalence and comparison of fractions, working with all 4 operations with fractions, and real-world applications of fraction problems. Through problem solving and examining student work, you will critique the reasoning of others. The course balances content and pedagogy, encompassing elements and strategies of effective instruction and application of the Standards for Mathematical Practice.

Let’s talk math! communicating mathematically

In this workshop we will introduce 5 great routines for building math communication in your classroom. These routines are a sure-fire way of turning the math talk over to your students. This workshop is full of math talk, math vocabulary, and math writing (journaling). Come prepared to talk math!

Get your hands on middle school math! (6-8)

Integers, solving algebraic equations, geometry… what’s the point? Help your students understand the why behind the math! In this workshop we will take some of the major topics from our middle school math blocks and model the concrete to pictorial to abstract progression. You will leave knowing how to make math come to life!

Attack the text! close reading for math

Do your students struggle with word problems? If so, this workshop is for you! In this session, we will show you a simple 3-part strategy for “closely reading” a math word problem. Students will be so successful with this routine that they will begin comprehending and solving word problems like never before! The power is in the simplicity of the routine– students begin using it naturally each time they see a word problem, which leads to the outcome we all hope for: better math scores!

Guided math groups

In this workshop, we will share a variety of easy-to-use guided math techniques, including how to create, organize, implement, and manage small, guided math groups designed to better meet your students’ needs – from those who excel in math to those who struggle with basic math skills. We will show you how to implement guided math using your current math curriculum, and how to create and manage timesaving, easy-to-implement math centers for the rest of the class while you work with guided math groups.

Empower math kit training

This is an engaging, hands-on workshop to help you navigate your Empower Math Kit. You will become familiarized with each component of the math kit, learn strategies on how to effectively implement it, and receive guidance in planning for your students with the available activities.

Making the most of engage ny math

This workshop will help you make the most of Engage NY MATH. Engage NY is a rigorous curriculum that can feel cumbersome to plan and teach. We will break it down so that is feels manageable, effective, and fun for you and your students! We will look at each of Engage NY’s components and your specific schedule to effectively plan for student learning. Together, we will dig in and experience lessons so we can fully understand Engage NY’s intention for you and your students.

Growth Mindset In Math

Join us as we explore and discuss specific practices and examples of Growth Mindset in math! This interactive workshop is an in-depth examination of how the practices and understandings for growth mindset can be applied to math.

Backward Mapping For Math

This hands-on workshop explores backward mapping, a necessary and critical step in planning for effective student learning. You will look at the standards, deconstruct and sequence learning targets, build or analyze your assessment, and then plan your lessons. This type of planning ensures that each portion of the standard has been taught prior to the assessment and that you have considered every element prior to starting instruction.

Teaching Text Structures & Text Features

This workshop will uncover the truth about text structures and text features. You’ll gain ideas for how to teach both text structures and features, and learn how they impact comprehension.

Vocabulary Party: Come To A Lexicon Luau!

The Lexicon Luau will literally be a word party! Come explore vocabulary methods that are fun and effective, discover new practice routines, watch videos on vocabulary instruction in the classroom, and share ideas that you will really use in your classroom journey. This workshop will focus on practical application of vocabulary instruction within the CC Standards for Language.

Cruising Through Comprehension

Need to increase your students’ comprehension? Want to help your students love reading? Need new tips and tricks? Come discover powerful, easy-to-implement strategies that will increase your students’ comprehension and help them develop a love for reading!

Blending Empower Literacy Work Stations With Reading A To Z

This workshop will show you how to pick the correct text for each child by blending the Reading A to Z books with Empower Literacy Workstations. Learn how to make your centers more powerful, purposeful, and productive by differentiating, while planning effective instruction for a variety of learners.

Balancing Literary And Informational Text

The Common Core State Standards has experienced shifts in literacy, namely in the balance of literary and informational text in the upper grades. In this workshop we will look at what the standards say about the shift, how to address the shift while you are planning, and what strategies you could incorporate in your classroom to use more informational text.

Reading Response Letters

We all want our students to dive in and be engaged in quality literature. In this workshop we will examine how the unique approach of having your students analyze literature by writing and responding to letters through journaling will lead to increased involvement with text. We will work through how to set up the journals, which question stems to use, what it will look like in classroom instruction, and provide examples to bring back to your classroom.

Learning Styles

Teach the way students learn! So, how do students learn? This session will focus on learning styles and their definitions. We will scientifically identify your learning style and your students’ learning styles, and we will discover how to teach each type of learner. “If students can’t learn the way we teach, then we must teach the way students learn.” (Ignacio Estrada)

What does an effective reading block look like?

Wondering how to make your reading block more effective? This workshop reviews the big 5 areas of reading instruction, explains how much time to spend in each of the areas, and gives real ideas to take back to your classroom to make that reading block more powerful! We will also explore strategies for identifying and addressing the areas in which your students have gaps or are ready for a challenge.

Guided reading

In this workshop you will learn how to assess and provide instruction in small groups for reading. We will focus on giving you tools, assessments, and teaching strategies for a differentiated reading classroom. You will come away with planning tools, assessment ideas, and a better understanding of how to implement small groups that are effective for student achievement.

Anchor charts away!

Do your students struggle with vocabulary? Do they forget important information? Do they flounder as they try to use academic language in class? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, come and learn the most powerful, simple-to-implement strategy of them all: anchor charts! In this workshop you will learn the purpose behind anchor charts, how to make one, and how to use them in your classroom. Your students will begin to better understand content, use academic vocabulary, and their comprehension will immediately increase!

Robust vocabulary

In this workshop we will investigate the research showing the strong connection between a student’s vocabulary and their overall academic success, especially in the areas of text comprehension and writing. This is nothing new, but how do you really navigate and implement Graves’ four components of effective vocabulary instruction? What does Isabel Beck say about the TIERS of Vocabulary and how to teach them? This workshop will inspire you to do more with vocabulary in a whole new way!

Motivating the unmotivated: discovering your students’ potential

Do you ever wonder how to reach a student? In this fun and interactive session we will identify the reasons students resist investing in class, then pinpoint specific strategies to motivate students to learn. You will leave this workshop with the techniques to show students the value of learning on their own terms.

Small Groups – Getting Started

This workshop introduces small group routines for all content areas and all grade levels. Getting started with small groups can be tricky, but this course will give you the knowledge you need to effectuate small grouping in your classroom in a way that fits your teaching style. Get a great start to small groups in this session!

Teaching With A Growth Mindset

This workshop will give you strategies you can use to help your students understand that intelligence can be developed, the brain is malleable, and the best way to make their brain stronger and smarter is through doing challenging work! You will learn how current brain research has scientists and researchers excited about shifting attitudes toward learning. Bringing this knowledge and awareness to your students will increase their motivation and, ultimately, their success!

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