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Workshop Category: Effective Virtual Instruction

Expanding The Use Of Graphic Organizers To Increase Rigor, Reflection, And Student Discussion

This fun-filled workshop is sure to help you turn your classroom into a powerful place of thinking and learning! We will introduce 8 specific graphic organizers, explain when and why to use them, and model how to deconstruct texts (reading) and then construct texts (writing). With these tools, your students will become masterful at organizing their own thinking processes! We will also share practical applications for using graphic organizers in reading, writing, and when sharing in student discussions. This training is a true game changer when implemented in the classroom setting! (This training is focused toward ELA, Science, and Social Studies.)

Thinking Organizers

In this workshop, you will become familiar with and be able to describe, draw, and explain all 8 Thinking Organizers. You will also be able to explain the “thinking process” and “key words” for each Thinking Organizer, and be able to give multiple examples of how they can be used in your own classroom and across multiple content areas. You will also be given a suggested guideline for implementation and will learn how to introduce and use them in the classroom consistently and with purpose.

Ready For A “do Over”?

If you’re just finishing your first or second year of teaching and feel that things could have gone more smoothly, then let’s refresh those classroom management strategies! In this workshop we will look specifically at procedures you can teach before, during, and after a lesson, as well as what rules you may want to implement. Harry Wong will be proud!

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)

Inquiry Based Learning

An old adage states: “Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand.” The last part of this statement is the essence of inquiry-based learning. In this workshop, you will learn to shift your traditional education ideas and successfully implement inquiry-based instruction. You will learn to embrace the freedom and let go of control; embrace the process and let go of content (while still teaching standards); and embrace the struggle and let go of discomfort! This workshop will share strategies, routines, and classroom management protocols to make inquiry-based learning a reality in your classroom!

Write to learn

Teaching writing doesn’t have to lead to piles of difficult grading! In this workshop you will learn how assigning your students 2-3 “low stakes” writing tasks each day ultimately leads to better writing from your students on the “regular” writing assignments. You will walk away from this session with lots of ideas for short writing tasks– and do a little practice yourself along the way.

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.

Purposeful planned classrooms

Planning is one of the most powerful tools for creating strong and effective classrooms; however, often teachers tend to over or under plan, or spend hours planning things that are not highly impactful. In this session we will model and walk you through how to “plan smarter, not harder and longer” using the resources currently in use on campus to create effective, purposefully planned lessons based on standards.

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!

Curriculum planning

Do you want to make an impact on student achievement? Then this workshop is for you! We will discuss how curriculum mapping encourages teachers to be curriculum designers via authentic examination, collaborative/collegial conversation, and student-centered decision making. You will learn about the 4 types of curriculum maps and how to implement them, as well as how to design your daily lesson plans to reflect best practices in the classroom and integrate your new maps. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel, we’re just giving you the tools to adjust the drive to fit the road upon which you travel!

Unwrapping the standards

It’s one thing to read a standard and get a general sense of what it’s about, but what does it really say? This workshop will provide you with a simple method to deconstruct (unwrap) the wording of any standard to help you understand its meaning inside and out. “Unwrapping” will help you thoroughly comprehend what each standard explicitly and implicitly indicates. Join us as we explore how you can make “unwrapping” the very first step in planning effective instruction and assessment. (Suitable for teachers in all grades.)

Data Driven Small Groups | Tips, Tricks, And Activities

Learn how to make your small group instruction purposeful and powerful! In this workshop you will learn how to effectively group your students to best meet their needs, and how you can match instruction and resources to their very specific learning goals. We’ll share some tips, tricks, and specific activities for small group activities that are aligned with the Common Core Standards and reinforce instruction.

Formative Assessments

Did you know that research has demonstrated that high-quality assessment for learning has a significant impact on student learning and motivation, thus representing a positive strategy for closing achievement gaps? In this workshop, you will learn to differentiate between formative assessment, summative assessment, assessment for learning, and assessment of learning. You will also have the opportunity to critique your own assessment practices for quality and identify new classroom assessment practices to use.

Engaging Classrooms: Student Led, Teacher Facilitated!

There is a “push” for educators to attain higher levels of engagement with students– and a definite need!– but how is a rich environment for dialogue within the classroom fostered? This workshop will give you the strategies you need to effectively develop a more collaborative learning environment. Teachers as facilitators, 50/50 Talk, Talk Moves, collaborative groups, plus highly-effective engagement tools will be discussed in this interactive session.

Enhancing Student Discourse

Are you tired of having your students “Turn and Talk” to each other? Sick of asking your students to “Raise your hand if you know” the answer? In this workshop we explore new strategies to enhance student discourse that are fun for kids and get them engaged in deep discussion. Together, we will discuss how to create a classroom environment that allows students to take risks and challenge their ideas. We will engage in several different discourse methods that can be implemented the very next day in any content area!

Fun With Fluency

Building fluency in math has the reputation of being a bit boring. It’s time to scrap the flashcards & timed tests and have some fun with fluency! In this workshop, we will share with you our hands-on games designed to create strategic thinkers and build fluency in math! Use them for your daily warm- up or bell-work, or to spiral the skills you want your students to keep sharp. A daily dose of Math Fluency Games will hone your students’ math skills so they are test-ready!

Close Reading: Digging Deeper!

As learners are held to higher standards, we must tweak our lesson delivery. In this session we will explore how to dig deep into an Anchor Text while considering the essential question. You will learn how to teach your students to become more sophisticated readers by embracing close reading while reading between the lines. You will leave with the knowledge to teach your students to read like detectives and write like investigative reporters– a skill essential to students’ success in middle and high school, especially when learning in cross-linguistic environments where one language informs another. Your students will take risks more often and use the English language. If they use the language, they will own it. The ultimate assessment is writing about it!

Mentor Texts For Writing

Mentor Texts are a powerful way to show your students how to write well. Often we tell students our expectations and review rubrics, but forget the power of sharing an exemplary piece of writing! Come and see how the artful use of Mentor Texts can transform all types of writing in your classroom.

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!

Number Talks & Strategy Talks For Math

This workshop will focus on tools to get students involved in rich discussions about mathematics. Critical for instruction, Strategy Talks for Math will deepen student understanding, create more flexible thinkers, and help students make connections among various mathematical strategies. You will learn the difference between Number Talks, Solution Talks, and Fluency Talks, and how you can implement them in your classroom!

Backward Mapping

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 …

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Virtual Learning & Screencasting

Trying to navigate this new teaching and learning experience? This workshop will lead you safely through the virtual learning process from beginning to end. You will be guided by your Empower consultant through three major components- 1) shifting from virtual to hybrid to brick and mortar 2) Planning for lessons in any learning environment and …

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Disciplinary Discourse Across Content Areas

In this session participants will learn about disciplinary discourse, what it looks like and sounds like in all content areas, and leave with ready to implement strategies to integrate discourse in the classroom.

Science of Reading

Understanding the cognitive side of reading and how it relates to student learning. The more we are able to understand literacy learning, the more we are able to help the students we have in front of us. As we grow in our collective knowledge of literacy, we make better decisions about literacy.

Dual Language Immersion

Practice makes PERMANENT! This session explores how implementing daily routines to engage students in meaningful conversations and discussions in their target language have the power to develop language skills. You will learn how to effectively integrate these 5 to 10 minute daily routines in a remote or in-person setting.

ELL & Dual Language Immersion

New year, new SEI model! Are you ready to implement Principle II: Integrated Instruction in Disciplinary Language and Content? We are taking a proficiency learning approach to help ELL students develop language skills in all modes of communication. In this session you will learn how to write measurable can-do statements that integrate language functions. and …

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Word Problems in Math

In your math class, how many times have you heard, “When am I ever going to need this”? And now, to add to their phobia of math, students need to learn virtually! In this class you will learn proven ways to involve your students in solving math problems in the virtual classroom. For many students …

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Brain Breaks

Who doesn’t need a brain break? No matter what you are teaching, where, or when, Brain Breaks are an integral part of learning. In this session we will explore the 3 types of brain breaks and how and when you should use them! This course is highly interactive, and you will leave with many brain …

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Physical Literacy: PE for All

This isn’t your father’s PE program! In this session, you will learn how to create a fun-filled and purposeful PE program for students at home or at school. Discover how to change your mindset about PE and help your students become physically literate! Students who are athletic, no-so-much athletic, injured, overweight, nervous, or have special …

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Teaching Writing Virtually

Come and discover the art and science behind teaching writing. Getting students to write can sometimes be overwhelming, but this workshop will give you tips to make it easy! You will learn how to teach writing effectively online and in person, and play within the fabulous structure of Writer’s Workshop. Join us and learn how …

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Fluency Games

The best way to increase fluency is to offer opportunities for your students to repeat their reading, math, or writing facts. This session explores how learning games can be used to encourage strategic mathematical thinking, provide fun reading and writing practice, and deepen understanding. Including fun learning games is a great way to support your …

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Number Talks

This class will explore the research on number talks and introduce ways to help students improve their mathematical mindset. We will look at how you can excite students to think outside the box and to share their ideas while they are in a virtual or regular classroom. Math strategies and math talks will be explored.

Empathetic Classroom Management

We are learning together in our new venture of virtual learning! Learning in a virtual environment is a privilege, and no one deserves this to be taken from them due to the behaviors of others who do not meet the expectations of our new environment. In this session we will discuss how norms of expectations …

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Providing Feedback Virtually

Providing information to students regarding their performance and progress is essential. As teachers, it is an important part of identifying students’ next steps and guiding them in their learning. This class will take an overall view at what effective feedback is, and teachers will discuss and model ways to provide effective feedback using various tools …

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Elevated Collaborative Parent Communication is Our Way of Being

Transparency cannot exist without trust. Now, more than ever, we need to be as transparent as possible with families through consistent communication. This training emphasizes the importance of collaborative communication and explores what is needed to elevate it. We will ask, “What does this look like to you?” and help you find the answers. Together, …

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Online Resources

An introduction to purposefully selected online resources teachers can use virtually to support student learning. The trainer will guide teachers in exploring apps and websites to support the following areas: Teaching Sharing academic content Student engagement Checking for understanding Feedback/conferencing As part of the training, teachers will have the opportunity to create logins and explore …

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Online Communication Tools

This training focuses extensively on video conferencing for individual, small group, and whole group instruction. We will explore multiple services for communicating with students in remote learning settings, including Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, Microsoft Teams, and WebEx. The training can be tailored to focus on one service more in depth than another based on the …

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Google Classroom 102

This is a follow up to Google Classroom 101. In this session, we will introduce the more advanced features of Classroom and G Suite, including the applications that can be used through Google such as class notebook, PearDeck, Quizzizz and Kami. Teachers will work to begin developing their ow classes within the LMS so they …

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Google Classroom 101

An introduction to Google Classroom as a Learning Management System. This training explores the many ways you can use Google Classroom to make your job easier. We will cover the following topics: how to access G Suite, creating courses in the LMS, designing and creating assignments, how to set up the gradebook and post grades, …

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Schoology 102

In this session, we will introduce the more advanced features of Teams (or G Suite) including the applications that can be used through Office 365 such as class notebook, Kaizala, stream, and whiteboard. Teachers will work to begin developing their own teams (courses) within the LMS so they leave feeling ready to independently build on …

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Schoology 101

An introduction to Schoology as a Learning Management System. This training explores the many ways you can use Schoology to make your job easier. We will cover the following topics: how to access classes, creating courses in the LMS, designing and creating assignments, how to set up the gradebook and post grades, how to use, …

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Microsoft Teams 102

This is a follow up to Microsoft Teams 101. In this session, we will introduce the more advanced features of Teams, including the applications that can be used through Office 365 such as class notebook, Kaizala, stream, and whiteboard. Teachers will work to begin developing their own teams (courses) within the LMS so they leave …

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