ALL WORKSHOPS

TRENDING TOPICS

Backward Mapping (Any Content Area)

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.

Increasing Rigor Through Questioning

The questions you ask really do matter! In this workshop you will discover how to ask a variety of questions that will get your students actively engaged and really thinking! We will define what rigor really means and how to use Hess’ Cognitive Rigor Matrix to guide you as you develop questions and tasks that stimulate students to understand and apply what they are learning.

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!

Attacking the Text / Text Features (Close Reading)

This workshop will provide you with the most efficient way to help students attack (annotate) text. Simple, quick, and powerful, these routines for Attacking the Text will be your classroom staple! Your students’ comprehension will immediately increase and the routines will be embedded in their minds, which will improve comprehension of text during test taking!

Constructed Response Writing

The ability to write a Constructed Response is a critical skill for the 21st-Century student. A Constructed Response question is often an assessment that requires a student to apply their knowledge, skills, and critical thinking abilities in order to develop an answer to a question. Come and learn how to teach your students to use a thinking organizer to simply and successfully construct a written response to an open-ended question! Teaching your students this writing method will help them develop their higher- level thinking skills and master a critical test-taking skill.

TOP 10 FAVES

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!

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.

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!

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!

Real World Math Problems | Preparing Students for Standardized Tests

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!

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

BACK TO BASICS

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.

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.)

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!

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

INSTRUCTIONAL ROUTINES & PRACTICES

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!

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)

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!

Making Centers Meaningful: Tips & Tricks for Creating and Implementing Centers/Stations

In this interactive workshop you will learn the ins and outs of successful Centers/Stations through your own hands-on experience with ready-made centers! You will leave with a handful of ideas, management tips, and strategies to implement or enhance the Centers/Stations you use in your classroom.

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.

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.)

Expanding The Use of Notebooks In The Classroom

Today’s student learns best when exposed to multiple modes of media. Helping them get all of the information they need from videos, images, passages, songs, and interactive experiences can be a daunting task. Get ready to explore how you can use tools such as interactive notebooks, graphic organizers, and reflective journals to help your students make the connections necessary to succeed!

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.

READING

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Teaching Students How To Read And Think At The Same Time

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.

Making Literacy Centers Meaningful: Tips & Tricks For Creating & Implementing Centers/Stations For Reading & Writing

In this interactive workshop you will learn the ins and outs of successful Centers/Stations through your own hands-on experience with ready-made centers! You will leave with a handful of ideas, management tips, and strategies to implement or enhance the Centers/Stations you use in your classroom.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

Real-World Applications In Math

In this workshop, we will reveal effective daily problem solving routines and structures that help students to think and communicate mathematically about real-world math problems! We will dig into the Problem Types in math, introduce daily routines for working through word problems, and give you structures for error analysis that are all student driven.

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!

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.

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!

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!

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!

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.

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.

Playing With Math: Math Centers Made Easy!

Are you thinking of starting Math Centers in your classroom? This workshop will assist you in starting (or refining) your Math Centers. We will share strategies for setting up centers with ease and keeping your students engaged and learning mathematics in a purposeful, thoughtful way. You will walk away with ideas for center activities and proven methods for running math centers effectively. Teaching math with differentiation has never been this simple!

WRITING & GRAMMAR

Super Science Writers! Making Writing Accessible Through Science

Students love science– why not use it to your advantage? In this workshop you will learn how to use your students’ love of science to make writing accessible and enjoyable. We will show you how to make fun and meaningful connections to science standards that will have your students writing up a storm!

Writer’s Workshop

In this session we will take an in-depth look at Writer’s Workshop, a research-based approach that includes all the necessary components that a writing block needs. You will become familiar with the flow of Writer’s Workshop, receive guidance on management techniques to ensure success, look at the progression of writing standards, and work with materials that are easy to implement.

Empower Writing Kit Training

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

Great Walls Of Grammar!

In this workshop, we will explore interactive grammar activities and color-coded architecture that make learning grammar meaningful, engaging, and colorful! We will build a beautiful wall from the small elements of language. The fundamentals of grammar act as the foundation in building students who can write! When you implement this system of a color-coded Grammar Wall, your students are provided a concrete, colorful method for learning the functions of parts of speech and sentence structure. You will learn explicit routines for introducing and reinforcing the parts of speech, and strategies that promote students’ use of fundamental grammar in oral and written expression, in a way that is hands-on and FUN! Standards for Speaking and Listening (SL.1 and SL.6) Language (L.1 – L.6) and Writing (W.1 – W.6).

Teaching Theme One Step At A Time

It often seems as though students look at a list of “theme words” on the Internet and figuratively throw a dart at one they like. There’s a better way! In this workshop you will learn how to teach your students a structured (and not too difficult) way to write a sentence that truly describes the theme of what they have just read.

Writing Across The Content

High School | This workshop will provide you with simple, quick, and easy strategies to engage your students in writing thoughtfully about all academic content areas. These powerful, short writing strategies will enhance content learning in many ways. You don’t have to be an English teacher to embed these easy-to-teach writing strategies within your daily routines and your specific content area. If a student can thoughtfully write about a subject, they can master the material!

Elementary | This workshop will provide you with simple, quick, and easy strategies to engage your students in writing thoughtfully about all academic content areas. These powerful, short writing strategies will enhance content learning in many ways and provide opportunities for students to practice the different genres of writing outside of the Literacy Block. If a student can thoughtfully write about a subject, they can master the material!

SCIENCE

Rubik’s Cube

Do you like puzzles? Discover where to find online, easy-to-use strategies to beat the cube as you practice the step-by-step directions and algorithms. Learn how to teach fractions and ratios with the cube. Come have fun as you practice the cube yourself! Whether you solve it or not, you’ll be able to show your students how they can learn the cube. Great as an incentive for small group centers in your class. (Recommended for Grades 4 and higher, but can be modified for younger students.)

Geography Rocks

Come try your luck in our very own geography bee (just like the National Geographic Geography Bee for grades 4-8). We’ll set the classroom up and hold our own mock bee. Learn about resources from National Geographic online, and how to host a bee at your school. You will also explore premade online lessons to teach geography, math, reading, science, and more!

Empower Science Kit Training

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

SOCIAL STUDIES

Order In The Court

Take your students to court and increase their understanding of how our court system and government work! In this workshop you will play the Bill of Rights online game “Do I Have a Right?”, the Sandra Day O’Connor game from iCivics. In addition, you will participate in a Mock Trial by teaming up, preparing for court, then trying your case before the jury. Will you win your case? Take home all the materials needed to have your own mock trial next year! (Recommended for Grades 3 and up due to reading needed, but could be modified for younger students.)

ART

Arts Integration (K-6)

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!

PE, COACHING, & ATHLETICS

Growth Mindset In Athletics

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

Practice Tactics (Football Coaches)

This workshop will focus on improving your ability to build a team and teach the details of the game, while also giving information on how to develop not only players’ individual skill sets but the culture of a team as one. You will leave enlightened with offensive and defensive concepts that will enhance your coaching knowledge and help your team become successful. Former professional and college players and coaches will transform your football program by working with you and your team designing workouts, drills and plays specifically for you!

Practice Tactics (Basketball Coaches)

This workshop will focus on improving your ability to build a team and teach the details of the game, while also giving information on how to develop not only players’ individual skill sets but the culture of a team as one. You will leave enlightened with offensive and defensive concepts that will enhance your coaching knowledge and help your team become successful.

Practice Tactics (Track Coaches)

Using practice time equitably by increasing activity and decreasing inactivity will make a difference when attempting to develop the technically distinguished athlete(s). Work to rest ratios must always be at least 2:1 if athletes are to be cognitively engaged and exposed to the types of repetition necessary. This workshop will explore practice tactics and how to better utilize your time as a coach in your attempts to develop talent. Professional hurdler and track star, EJ Martin, will guide you through all the ins and outs of creating an effective track program–meshing new ideas with your own!

Practice Tactics (Soccer Coaches)

Using practice time equitably by increasing activity and decreasing inactivity will make a difference when attempting to develop the technically distinguished athlete(s). Work to rest ratios must always be at least 2:1 if athletes are to be cognitively engaged and exposed to the types of repetition necessary. This workshop will explore practice tactics and how to better utilize your time as a coach in your attempts to develop talent.

Skyrider & Mind Over Matter Coaches Clinic

Former NBA all-star Isaiah Rider and former IBA and ASU alum Donnell Knight work together to bring the elements of basketball coaching to your elementary, middle, and high school coaching staff. Coaching clinics are designed to liven up any basketball program and step up your game to a whole new level!

Skyrider & Mind Over Matter Sports Academy

Former NBA all-star Isaiah Rider and former IBA and ASU alum Donnell Knight work together to bring students the game of basketball and share their inspirational stories of overcoming life’s challenges to reach the height of college and professional sports. Through their systematic basketball camps, children learn the game and skills of basketball and get “life training” in the process. The camps focus on basketball skills for all levels, working together as a team, respect for all people, and learning the power of the mind over matter and circumstance.

STANDARDS, ASSESSMENT, & ACCOUNTABILITY

Supporting & Training Instructional Support Staff

Ensuring that every staff member has received adequate training and understands their role, as well as the common goal, is essential in the process of instructing students. Empower can support schools by making sure instructional support staff gets up to speed on program training or instructional techniques that are required of them.

ESL / ELL

Movement Matters

Total Physical Response (TPR) is a method of teaching language or vocabulary concepts by using physical movement to react to verbal input. The process mimics the way infants learn their first language, and it reduces student inhibitions and lowers stress. The purpose of TPR is to create a brain link between speech and action to boost language and vocabulary learning. In this training, you will learn the benefits of TPR and how to incorporate it into your existing instruction structure.

Bridging The Gap With Discussion

Every child is an integral part of the classroom and, therefore, each child’s participation during whole group instruction and questioning are necessary for an effective learning environment. Incorporating discussion protocols gives students a structured and engaging forum to access content in all stages of learning: introduction, clarifying, supporting, and reinforcing. In this interactive workshop, you will experience these protocols firsthand so that you’re ready to launch them in your own classroom.

ELL And You

This action-packed workshop will cover 3 big ideas for ELL learners:

  1. Understanding What Proficiency Means
    • No matter what proficiency assessment your English Language Learners will be given, our team is here to help break it down so you as the instructor know how to prepare your students. Together, we will analyze the tasks students are asked to perform, identify vocabulary that is essential for proficiency, and plan for infusion of those skills into the instructional block.
  2. Response to Intervention and English Language Learners (RTI and ELLs)
    • Pinpointing exactly where our English Language Learners are struggling and responding to it is critical in the process of supporting kids to proficiency. As a team, we will discuss which pieces of data are used to identify students’ challenges and show you how to match interventions to those areas that need to be addressed.
  3. Differentiated Instruction for ELLs
    • Our English Language Learners need very specific instruction that incorporates best practices at every possible opportunity. We will explore how you can seamlessly plan for these opportunities so your students can make the necessary connections to absorb the language.

CULTURALLY RESPNOSIVE TEACHING

PBIS Level One

Has your school implemented PBIS recently? Are you in need of a refresher on the most important elements of a successful PBIS implementation? Remembering your WHY as it relates to your approach to discipline is critical and will help change your perspective on how to best support today’s students. In this Level One training you will be given tips and tricks to help you sustain enthusiasm for doing what is right. Learning these ways to educate students on your behavior expectations will set them (and you) up for a successful year!

PBIS Level Two

Is your PBIS implementation well underway? Are you needing support with Tier 2 and Tier 3 support for students behaviorally? We will examine how shifting our mindset to see PBIS as an RTI for behavior management allows the support of individual student needs to become part of every day practice. We will also explore tips and tricks for writing informal or formal behavior plans with positive reinforcement at the forefront.

Globally Minded Learners

Do you want your students to recognize their place in the bigger world? This workshop focuses on techniques to help students recognize the bigger world they are a part of and their responsibility to it. You will learn the benefits of incorporating student choice as it relates to social change and what action steps are needed to make change happen. The best part of all is seeing students become aware and excited to make their world a better place!

Increasing Purposeful Student Conversations

Do your students groan when you tell them to “turn to their partner?” Are certain students in your class taking all the air time? Do you have questions about how to meet the Speaking and Listening Standards? Do your students need more practice with developing language skills? Join us in this interactive session and you’ll walk away with concrete strategies and routines to integrate more opportunities to build vocabulary and language through student interaction. This session will include application for all content areas and grade levels.

Peer Learning: Creating An Environment Where Students Learn From Each Other

“Students learn a great deal by explaining their ideas to others and by participating in activities in which they can learn from their peers.” (Boud 2001) But how do you create a classroom environment where your students are teaching each other? In this session, you will participate in activities that are structured to encourage peer learning. Time will be devoted to creating materials that you will be able to use during your upcoming school year.

Teaching Students In Low Socioeconomic Areas

This workshop gives you in-depth information to help you understand class differences and explores 10 actions you can implement in the classroom the next day to achieve impact. (Based on the book A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D.) You will be able to use concrete strategies that impact the achievement of students from poverty, better understand how economic class affects behaviors and mindsets, develop stronger relationships with your students to impact behavior and achievement, identify several key instructional strategies that meet the needs of the under-resourced learner, understand the hidden rules of economic classes and how they apply to their classrooms, and reduce your students’ discipline referrals.

Seeing Me With A Global Perspective

This entire world will see drastic change in a generation. If you connect the young global citizens who inhabit it, they will turn it into one of unprecedented imagination, understanding, respect, and discovery. Learn how to help your students explore their place in the world through reading, writing, technology, and art! This workshop will give you some tools and resources to create this kind of global connection for students, with some concrete examples and ideas for projects and lessons in your own classroom.

SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL LEARNING

TEACHING EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

This workshop examines the relationship between Teacher Emotional Intelligence and overall job performance and satisfaction. We will give you strategies for the prevention and treatment of Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Rustout. Come and explore concepts of Flow, Explanatory Styles, negative work culture and their relationships to your Emotional Intelligence and the prevention of Teacher Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Rustout. Come get rejuvenated and recharged with a handful of new strategies designed especially for you!

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!

RESPONSIVE TEACHING – SCHOOLWIDE

This workshop will explore how spending the first 10-15 minutes of your school day using Responsive Teaching techniques creates a culture where sharing and talking through feelings and collaborative problem solving are encouraged and become second nature. You will learn the components and benefits of Responsive Teaching, and leave with the knowledge to effect schoolwide implementation.

TECHNOLOGY

Google Docs And Writing

In order to familiarize students with necessary techniques to be successful on state assessments, they need exposure to basic keyboarding and functionality of the computers they’ll be writing their state assessment essays on. Learn how incorporating Google Docs into your daily Writer’s Workshop time provides your students with the exposure they need while also building their writing portfolio and giving you the chance to provide instant feedback. If your students struggle to complete the writing process, this is the training for you!

Google Classroom

Do your students have access to daily technology use? If so, come explore how to incorporate student interests as you use Google Classroom to expand their technology skills! The Google Classroom platform allows students to respond, like, and expound upon each other’s thoughts as well as complete assignments and tests, all in one central location. Upload notes for your students and increase computer skills needed for computerized assessments in the Spring through the use of Google Classroom!

Webpage And Technology

This session will focus on developing a teacher webpage and discuss why every teacher should have one. Students are using technology constantly; they are the Digital Natives of the classroom, while teachers struggle with how to use technology and are the Digital Immigrants. This workshop will focus on how you can learn and embrace technology to reach more students. Stop fighting the technology– use it!

Flipped Classrooms / Plickers

The flipped classroom is a pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. Short video lectures are viewed by students at home before the class session, while in-class time is devoted to exercises, projects, or discussions. Flipped Learning allows the classroom to be a student-centered environment with active learners, focused on higher-order thinking activities. This workshop will focus on how to successfully implement a flipped classroom model and use Plickers for instantaneous student feedback.

Google Earth

GoogleEarth, a software allowing the user to see 3D imagery of the entire Earth, has worlds (pun intended) of potential ways to be integrated into multiple content areas in your classroom. In this workshop you will learn about the many features hidden within this program and understand how students can engage in such activities as creating student-narrated fly-by 3D tours of historical events like Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride, exploring the surfaces of the Moon and Mars, demonstrating the impact of human activities on the natural world, or diving deep into the oceans to explore the Marianas Trench. Come discover how to use GoogleEarth to open up a whole new world of learning for your students!

Office 365 Mix

Any desire to flip your classroom? Looking for a technology tool students can utilize to capture and display their understanding using audio and video narration and digital inking? In this workshop we will dive into Office Mix, a free extension that makes it easy to turn teacher or student PowerPoint presentations into interactive online lessons. Staff and students can also use Mix as a screen capture software, recording whatever the user is doing on their computer. Easy to use, it allows for endless possibilities not only with presentations, but also as a self-reflection tool.

Office 365…Getting To Know You

If you are just getting started with Office 365 in your schools, then this is the workshop for you. This training will uncover the basics of office 365 in an interactive and stress-free environment. Our trainers will share the most practical applications for teachers, administrators, and classroom/student use.

Blended Classrooms

Integration of technology into the classroom is vital to prepare students for today’s ever-changing world. Together, we will discuss the best approaches for running a blended classroom; this includes exploring the many digital tools that are available for teachers and students and analyzing the 7 models that would work best for you and your students.

LEADERSHIP & ADMINISTRATION

Leadership As Service

Our goal is to shift perspective from what people think leadership means to what it actually is. Leadership is not “get behind me, I’m in charge.” Leadership is influencing others to focus on what’s best for kids, our greatest customers! This requires doing whatever it takes to serve students from wherever you are.

It helps to bring to the forefront of your minds the universal leadership principles you didn’t know you already knew! In addition, we introduce you to the great leader you presently are. By turning your focus to these inherent, and often forgotten principles, we simply fan the existing flame of leadership within and show you what to do with it! Even if you feel you haven’t time for “leadership training”, you DO! The busiest leadership teams can take advantage of powerfully effective leadership wisdom through personal reading and small group coaching by consuming small amounts of information, consistently over time. We are all called at some time to lead, let’s get you prepared for the call!

Our conclusion is to build a leadership team out of the principals so they can draw on one another’s strengths and compensate for weaknesses. We believe one of the things this will accomplish is diminishing the principal burnout that isolation causes.

The current system and its demands in which leadership is required to work is not going to change. The expectation of work/life balance is a fallacy. However, what can shift is a kind of distribution of labor among leadership where the Principals support each other by serving each other and, subsequently, the students they have been charged to serve.

The standard is “What’s best for kids” In our opinion, the combined strengths of leaders as a team brought to fore on behalf of students in spite of the significant administrative demands placed upon them is what’s best for kids.

Focus Areas:

Remembering your WHY
Sometimes when you’re so bombarded with demands, you forget what you’re called to do and why you do it. With simple exercises and guided discussion, we can help you reconnect to your why.

Transitioning from Teacher to Principal Teachers
Moving from a “member of the pack” to leading the pack is a hard transition. This transition is one of the most important, yet most neglected. There are key tools that need to be taken into consideration as a new Principal teacher.

Changing Workplace Culture
Having the vision to balance the celebrations with the difficult situations that impact the environment where our kids are learning. We focus on practical solutions for uniting teams dedicated to what’s best for kids through a “leadership as service” mindset.

Distributive Leadership vs. Delegating
Redefining the current definition of “delegation,” an assignment of tasks, to its purest form: a leadership tool for developing other leaders. We work to help leaders extract the unique strengths of staff members and build internal leadership on campus.

Conflict Resolution
What starts as a small issue has the ability to fester and largely impact school cultures. Being proactive, not reactive, with a focus on creating solutions is our focus. This can include role playing difficult conversations with staff members or amongst staff members in attempt to bring them back to what’s most important: students and learning. Avoidance is not the only conflict resolution skill there is.

These interdependent Leadership Teams create their own “Professional Learning Community” as a result of this style of coaching and participate in:

  • Instructional rounds and Interrater Reliability
  • Actionable steps to meet their goals
  • Authentic Dialogue about current experiences