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Professional Development On Your Schedule

 
Learn to confidently teach writing, improve student performance,
and maximize your instructional time
 

Empowering Writers’ professional development gives you the power to choose your writing course, then decide how you want to learn about it with options for in-person training at your school, live Zoom workshop sessions, or on-demand courses throughout the year.  

PD options include foundational writing skills development, Narrative and Informational writing genres, editing and revising, and “Getting Ready to Write” K-1 workshop for the youngest of writers.  Empowering Writers’ PD delivers a course-like experience with easy-to-follow, chaptered sections that clearly outline the necessary steps to both your teaching mastery and your students’ writing success.

Brimming with practical information for writing teachers, each Empowering Writers training provides over 6 hours of masterclass-level instruction (created by teachers for teachers, and taught by our EW Master Educators), plus time to process, reflect and apply new learning, discussion time with colleagues, and engaging activities that help the lessons stick.  

This valuable, full day of structured learning is available to you live (via Zoom classroom), or through on-demand instructional courses that you can watch, replay and access on your own time, or live and in-person at your school/district as part of your writing curriculum and PD requirements.  You’ll even get a digital guidebook and reflection sheet to accompany your training day.

Look for the calendar date that works best for you and choose the writing instruction that interests you most from our Professional Development options below.

Learn LIVE on Zoom:
 
Launching into Literacy – Diving into Narrative Skills LIVE Zoom Workshop (Gr 2-8)
Launching into Literacy – Diving into Informational Skills LIVE Zoom Workshop (Gr 2-8)
Getting Ready to Write – LIVE Zoom Workshop (Gr K-1)

Teachers, all "Learn LIVE Zoom" Workshops are full-day with 6 hours of instruction and a 1 hour lunch break.

 

In-Person:
Launching into Literacy – Diving into Informational Skills Workshop (Gr 2-8)
Teaching Through Text: A Step by Step Guide to Effective Response (G2-8)
Editing & Revising (G3-6, with a particular focus on Grades 3 & 4, other grades welcome to attend)

 

Learn on Your Own TIME:
 
Launching into Literacy – Diving into Narrative Skills Course (Gr 2-8)
Launching into Literacy – Diving into Informational Skills Course (Gr 2-8)
Getting Ready to Write Course (Gr K-1)
Editing & Revising Course (Gr 3-4)

 

Virtual Professional Development Sessions

NARRATIVE WRITING:

Teach Your Students to Strengthen Both Narrative Writing and Reading Skills Whenever They Interact with Text

 

Launching into Literacy – Diving into Narrative Skills Workshop

 

WHO: Teachers, Grades 2-8

 

WHEN:

Full-day, Live, Zoom Workshop - October 1st

On-Demand - available anytime

 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: Instructional tools to support deeper comprehension of text, apply analysis skills to constructed response, confidently teach narrative writing, and learn how to provide actionable feedback when assessing student work. Gain understanding of foundational writing skills to help students effectively respond to text and strengthen both writing abilities and reading comprehension skills.

 

HOW THE DAY BREAKS OUT:

      Part 1– Launching into Literacy         

  • Understanding EW’s Methodology and how it creates writing success
  • Recognizing Genre
  • Identifying Organizational Frameworks (e.g., Informational vs. Narrative)
  • Learning How to Annotate and Analyze Text
  • Finding Literary Elements for Literary Analysis
  • Identifying Text Conventions (clues) for Constructed Response

    Part 2– Narrative Skills
  • Developing an Entertaining Beginning
  • Creating Elaborate Detail
  • Building Suspense
  • Describing the Main Event
  • Developing Extended Endings 

Part 3– Putting It All Together

  • Practicing Process Writing
  • Forming Assessment Rubrics
  • Recap of Today’s Learning – Narrative Writing
WHAT YOU GET:
  • 6 hours of Narrative Writing instruction (taught by Master Educators)
  • Certificate of Attendance for 6-hours of Professional Development
  • Online Access to the Recording of this Live Zoom Workshop: 7-days
    of online access available following your attendance to this LIVE Zoom workshop.
  • Ongoing support from the Empowering Writers’ team to ensure your success through virtual teacher talks, online chat Q&A, webinar trainings and much more!
  • Price: $170 USD for a full day of instruction and unlimited support.
  • Register Today to hold your spot! Whether paying by credit card now, or using a check/PO for
    payment later, you can be sure your seat is secure now, so that you won’t miss this valuable
    training to enhance your writing instruction.
    (Note registration window closes approximately 24 hours prior to the training time).

Workshop Requirements:

Each participant is required to have the corresponding Empowering Writers’ teaching manual (digital guide or printed manual) for this Informational writing workshop. If you don’t have it, don’t worry! You may add the EW teaching manual (in either digital or printed form) to your registration. Digital Guides are $80 each and readily available through our online HUB teacher portal. The Printed Manual is $132 and will be shipped promptly to your location of choice.

  • Remember that your Empowering Writers’ digital guide includes a year-long HUB license that delivers Narrative digital teaching resources for an entire year of narrative writing instruction. The HUB allows for easy, online access to your Narrative guide, along with a wealth of done-for-you resources and teach-it tools to access online and use now through June 30, 2022.  
    Teachers love the EW HUB for their writing instruction!
Register Now

Sign up today for an Empowering Writers’ workshop to get the instruction you need to confidently teach writing in a way that helps your students become effective writers and strategic readers. 

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INFORMATIONAL WRITING:
Teach Your Students the Foundational Skills to Effectively Respond to Text

Launching into Literacy – Diving into Informational Skills Workshop

 

WHO: Teachers, Grades 2-8

 

WHEN:

Full-day, Live, Zoom Workshop.  October 22nd. 

In-Person - September 28th- Houston, TX or October 5th -Arlington, TX or October 8th - Amarillo, TX

On-Demand - available anytime

 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: Instructional tools to support deeper comprehension of text, apply analysis skills to constructed response, confidently teach informational and opinion writing, and learn how to provide actionable feedback when assessing student work. Gain understanding of foundational writing skills to effectively respond to text.

 

HOW THE DAY BREAKS OUT:

 

      Part 1– Launching into Literacy         

  • Understanding EW’s Methodology and how it creates writing success
  • Recognizing Genre
  • Identifying Organizational Frameworks (e.g., Informational vs. Narrative)
  • Learning How to Annotate and Analyze Text
  • Finding Literary Elements for Literary Analysis
  • Identifying Text Conventions for Constructed Response

    Part 2– Informational Skills
  • Developing Broad, yet Distinct Main Ideas
  • Applying Detail-Generating Questions
  • Widening Sentence Variety
  • Conducting/referencing Research
  • Building Introductions and Conclusions

Part 3– Putting It All Together

  • Practicing Process Writing
  • Forming Assessment Rubrics
  • Recap of Today’s Learning – Informational Writing

WHAT YOU GET:

  • 6 hours of Informational Writing instruction (taught by Master Educators)
  • Certificate of Attendance for 6-hours of Professional Development
  • Online Access to the Recording of this Live Zoom Workshop: 7-days
    of online access available following your attendance to this LIVE Zoom workshop.
  • Ongoing support from the Empowering Writers’ team to ensure your success through virtual teacher talks, online chat Q&A, webinar trainings and much more!
  • Price: $170 USD for a full day of instruction and unlimited support.
  • Register Today to hold your spot! Whether paying by credit card now, or using a check/PO for
    payment later, you can be sure your seat is secure now, so that you won’t miss this valuable
    training to enhance your writing instruction.
    (Note registration window closes approximately 24 hours prior to the training time).

Workshop Requirements:

Each participant is required to have the corresponding Empowering Writers’ teaching manual (digital guide or printed manual) for this Informational writing workshop. If you don’t have it, don’t worry! You may add the EW teaching manual (in either digital or printed form) to your registration. Digital Guides are $80 each and readily available through our online HUB teacher portal. The Printed Manual is $132 and will be shipped promptly to your location of choice.

  • Remember that your Empowering Writers’ digital guide includes a year-long HUB license that delivers Informational digital teaching resources for an entire year of informational writing instruction. The HUB allows for easy, online access to your Informational guide, along with a wealth of done-for-you resources and teach-it tools to access online and use now through June 30, 2022.  
    Teachers love the EW HUB for their writing instruction!
Register Now

Sign up today for an Empowering Writers’ workshop to get the instruction you need to confidently teach writing in a way that helps your students become effective writers and strategic readers.  

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K-1 Writing
Get Your K-1 Students Ready to Write with This Age-Appropriate Instruction

Getting Ready to Write – K-1 Foundational Writing Skills Workshop

WHO: Teachers, Grades K-1

WHEN:

Full-day, Live, Zoom Workshop - October 8th 

On-Demand - available anytime

 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: Age-appropriate, instructional tools to effectively teach your youngest (K-1) students the foundational skills they need to become strong writers. You’ll be introduced to the developmental stages of writing, learn to teach your students how to identify genre and author’s purpose, and develop the foundational skills of narrative, informational and opinion writing. Through this training, you will gain confidence in your writing instruction, and develop the writing/reading connection for your students across all content areas.

 

HOW THE DAY BREAKS OUT:

 

      Part 1– Genre and Organization – Creating the Writing/Reading Connection

  • Understanding EW’s Methodology and How it Creates Writing Success
  • Recognizing Genre and Author’s Purpose (e.g., Informational vs. Narrative genre;
    inform vs. entertain purpose)
  • Summarizing Text
  • Inspiring Rich Vocabulary Development

    Part 2– Foundational Skills for Narrative Writing
  • Identifying Story-Critical Elements Worthy of Description
  • Engaging the Five Senses to Create Vivid Elaboration
  • Generating Elaborative Detail
  • Exploring “What Do Feelings Look Like?”
  • Crafting Suspenseful Segments

    Part 3– Foundational Skills of Informational and Opinion Writing
  • Sorting Details for Informational Writing
  • Creating Diagrams to Inform
  • Writing Informational Sentences
  • Exploring Opinion Writing
  • Summarizing Opinion Pieces
  • Recap of Today’s Learning – Foundational Writing Skills for K-1 Students

BONUS Training (Recorded) – The Developmental Stages of Writing. This pre-recorded instructional session features EW’s Master Educators providing you with a deeper dive into the stages of writing. It also includes a PowerPoint presentation that highlights key aspects of this learning.

 

WHAT YOU GET:

  • 6 hours of K-1 Getting Ready to Write instruction (taught by Master Educators)
  • Certificate of Attendance for 6-hours of Professional Development
  • Online Access to the Recording of this Live Zoom Workshop: 7-days of online access available following your attendance to this LIVE Zoom workshop.
  • Opportunities for group work, discussion and reflection provided.
  • Ongoing support from the Empowering Writers’ team to ensure your success through virtual teacher talks, online chat Q&A, webinar trainings and much more!
  • Price: $170 USD for a full day of instruction and unlimited support.
  • Register Today to hold your spot! Whether paying by credit card now, or using a check/PO for payment later, you can be sure your seat is secure now, so that you won’t miss this valuable training to enhance your writing instruction. (Note registration window closes approximately 24 hours prior to the training time).

Workshop Requirements:

Each participant is required to have the corresponding Empowering Writers’ teaching manual (digital guide or printed manual) for this K-1 writing workshop. If you don’t have it, don’t worry! You may add the EW teaching manual (in either digital or printed form) to your registration. Digital Guides are $80 each and readily available through our online HUB teacher portal. The Printed Manual is $132 and will be shipped promptly to your location of choice. Activity Cards are $25 (shipped to your location) and can be used to further enhance your K-1 writing instruction and engage your young students.

  • Remember that your Empowering Writers’ digital guide includes a year-long HUB license that delivers digital teaching resources for an entire year of K-1 writing instruction. The HUB allows for easy, online access to your K-1 guide, along with a wealth of done-for-you resources and teach-it tools to access online and use now through June 30, 2022.   Teachers love the EW HUB for their writing instruction!
Register Now

Sign up today for an Empowering Writers’ workshop to get the instruction you need to confidently teach writing in a way that helps your students become effective writers and strategic readers.  

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Editing & Revising
Teach Your Students Important Editing & Revising Skills to Strengthen their Writing

EDITING & REVISING WRITING SKILLS

 

WHO: Teachers, Grades 2-8 (with a particular focus on Grades 3 and 4).

 

WHEN:

Full-day, In-Person Workshop - October 28th - Houston, TX

On-Demand - available anytime

 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: This workshop is geared for any teacher responsible for teaching editing and revising for grades 3-6.  Empowering Writers will provide the “how” for delivering direct instruction in revising and editing. Experience how specific instruction of grammar and mechanics brings clarity to all forms of communication. Come away with so much more than just “skill and drill”! 

 

HOW THE INSTRUCTION BREAKS OUT:

   

Participants will:

  •  understand the parts of speech and how they are truly the building blocks of language
  • learn effective strategies for revising run-on sentences and eliminating redundant ideas
  • explore hands-on-activities designed to make learning grammar fun
  • utilize student work for authentic application 
  • see at a glance the movement of skills through the grade levels

Resource Available:  Editing, Revising & More Teacher Manual with either printed Student Books (Grades 3-4) or Digital Student Pages (Grades 3-6)

 

WHAT YOU GET:

  • 6 hours of Editing and Revising Writing instruction (taught by Master Educators)
  • Student Reference Sheets, Activity Instructions and Templates, plus Student Writing Samples (featured in the training) – delivered in a quick reference, supplemental handout that expands on your Editing, Revising and More teacher resource.
  •  For On-Demand Workshop Training: 14-days of online access available to start, pause, restart and review this comprehensive training throughout your 14-day access timeframe.
  • Certificate of Participation, available upon request.
  • Ongoing support from the Empowering Writers’ team to ensure your success through virtual teacher talks, online chat Q&A, webinar trainings and much more!
  • Price: $170 USD if you already own the required guide, or $300 with the required HUB resource, and unlimited support.
  • Register Today for either In-Person or immediate online access to this valuable writing instruction.

Workshop Requirements:

Each participant is required to have the corresponding Editing & Revising teacher and student resources (digital or printed). Click here for more information on our Editing and Revising resource options.

  • Remember that Empowering Writers’ Editing, Revising and More digital guide includes a year-long HUB license that delivers digital teaching resources for an entire year of editing and revising instruction. The HUB allows for easy, online access to your Editing & Revising resource, along with a wealth of other done-for-you resources and teach-it tools to access online and use now through June 30, 2022.   Teachers love the EW HUB for their writing instruction!
Register Now

Sign up today for an Empowering Writers’ workshop to get the instruction you need to confidently teach writing in a way that helps your students become effective writers and strategic readers.  

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Teaching Through Text: A Step by Step Guide to Effective Response (G2-8) 

Teach Your Students How to Apply Analysis Skills to Constructed Response 

Teaching Through Text: A Step by Step Guide to Effective Response Workshop (G2-8) 

WHO:  Texas Teachers, Grades 2-8

WHEN: In-Person

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:  Instructional tools to support deeper comprehension of text, apply analysis skills to constructed response, confidently teach informational and opinion writing, and learn how to provide actionable feedback when assessing student work.  Gain understanding of foundational writing skills to effectively respond to text and prepare for STAAR assessments throughout the year.

WORKSHOP DETAILS:

Required prerequisite: Empowering Writers Informational/Expository 6 hour training

Suggested prerequisite: Empowering Writers Narrative 6 hour training

Objective: Learn how to apply informational skills to tasks that require students to identify and cite evidence from text.

6 hour course will: review foundational skills for application 

  • use a sample text to model the process for constructed response
  • identify key comprehension questions
  • model the application of the questions with specific articles or stories
  • apply questioning techniques to assess students' ability to understand foundational skills, identify and paraphrase/cite evidence, and formulate a fluid response
  • provide a Certificate of Completion via email upon finishing the course

Workshop Requirements:

Required prerequisite: Empowering Writers Informational/Expository 6 hour training 

Suggested prerequisite: Empowering Writers 6 hour Narrative training

Register Now

Can any of these workshops be presented onsite or online for your school? Or do you need a different date than those offered on our calendar?

Yes, we conduct customized training for thousands of educators every year and we can schedule more dates to accommodate your schedule. To learn how to bring an EW workshop to your district, or to learn how we can provide tailored training to meet your district's needs, please call 1-866-285-3516.

*Note: Most workshops require the corresponding book which you can purchase with your registration. The required guide is available in print or digitally with a license to the Hub.
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