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Professional Development: Grades 2 to 5 Comprehension & Vocabulary

This professional development (PD) is required in order to purchase and teach Empower™ Reading: Grades 2-5, Comprehension and Vocabulary. The PD involves two full-day training workshops during the first year of program implementation. As well, each teacher who receives training is assigned a mentor/coach who generally makes two to three visits to the teacher's classroom while he/she is instructing the program. The role of the mentor is to do all he/she can to support implementation of the program and to make it a positive and successful experience for both the teacher and his/her students. The mentor/coach is also available to answer any questions the teacher might have via email or phone. 

Professional Development Workshops: Comprehension & Vocabulary  
(Grades 2-5) 

Two full-day professional development workshops are provided during the first year of the program’s implementation. Attendance is mandatory.  

The first workshop day, offered before teaching begins, provides: (i) current research on reading disabilities and vocabulary development as well as evidence-based literacy training, (ii) an overview of Empower™ Reading, and (iii) interactive training using modeling, with opportunities for practice and feedback, that focuses on metacognition and vocabulary development as well as the content and skills necessary for instructing the first three program strategies for fiction texts. 

The second workshop day offered during the school year introduces new strategies, content, and skills for fiction and non-fiction texts in an interactive setting with modeling of lessons and practice opportunities for teachers. 

Annual half-day refresher workshops are provided as long as a teacher continues to teach Empower™ Reading.  Attendance is mandatory.  

All workshops are conducted by experienced Empower™ Reading Trainers. 

Mentor/Coach In-Class Visits: Comprehension & Vocabulary  
(Grades 2-5) 

Mentor/coaches visit teachers using Empower™ Reading at their schools two to three times during the first year of program use. 

During each visit, the mentor/coach: (i) models all or part of a lesson with the students, (ii) observes the teacher deliver the program to the students, (iii) provides feedback regarding program delivery, pacing, and teacher-student interaction, (iv) addresses teacher concerns and questions, (v) reviews previously taught content and skills, and highlights upcoming content and skills, and (vi) monitors how students are progressing in program. 

Mentor/coaches will visit teachers continuing to use Empower™ Reading once or twice during the second year of program implementation; additional visits will be provided in subsequent years for as long as the teacher continues to teach the program.