Empower Education Connections

Workshop Category: Reading


This workshop will introduce you to the transformative power of the arts in instructional practice and school culture. Learn how to blend arts, science, reading, writing, and math to make classroom learning come to life! You will participate in an engaging project and leave with practical strategies to implement right away– hands-on, make and take at its finest!


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.

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!

Exploring Expository Text: Functional, Informational, And Persuasive

In this workshop we will explore effective routines and strategies your students can use to successfully break down nonfiction text. You will leave the workshop with functional, informational, and persuasive text, and the activities that will help your students be successful with expository text.

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.

Balanced Literacy

In a truly balanced literacy program, how you teach is as important as what you teach. Let us help you create a perfectly-balanced literacy block for you and your students! This workshop will explore the elements of balanced literacy and the research behind it, as well as how to teach basic skills, cover content and standards, assess, group, and plan effectively.

Empower Literacy Kit Training

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

Backward Mapping For Reading

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.

Small Groups | The Next Step

After you have selected the type(s) of small grouping(s) you will use, you will need to decide what the rest of the class is doing. This workshop will give you models, hands-on examples, and effective tips and tricks for implementing work stations or project-based learning in your classroom. This session teaches the basics and demonstrates explicit modeling of stations for all grades and all content areas.

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.)

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!

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!

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