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Empowerment is a philosophy of teaching and an approach to learning. It is not just another tool for your teaching tool belt. Empowerment is so much more than that. It can be as simple as the feeling students get when their opinions are validated (little e empowerment), or it can be as complex as taking action to reduce ocean pollution (big E empowerment). School districts that have begun to shift their focus from engaging students to empowering them, and from differentiation to personalized learning, have seen a rise in test scores, motivation, attention, and self-confidence.
In this edWebinar, Patti Drapeau shares practical, evidence-based practices that focus instruction on empowerment. She provides stories of real ways students have made a difference within their school and beyond, and delivers powerful messages about student voice, choice, and independence. Drapeau presents the results of a survey that indicates the differences between what students say empowers them and what teachers say empowers their students. Discover what happens when teachers give over different degrees of control and let their students direct their own learning.
This recorded edWebinar will benefit K–12 teachers, school and district leaders, coordinators, teacher leaders and specialists, and special and gifted education professionals.
About the Presenter
Patti Drapeau is an internationally active educational consultant, author, and presenter, with more than 25 years of classroom experience. She is the founder of Patti Drapeau Educational Consulting Services and has received the New England Region Gifted and Talented award for outstanding contributions in gifted education and the Maine Educators of the Gifted and Talented award for exemplary service. Patti coached programs such as Odyssey of the Mind, Future Problem Solving, Explorer Vision, and math teams. She also developed a curriculum model for the regular classroom and authored a variety of articles for Maine Exchange, Teaching Matters, and Understanding Our Gifted. Her other books include Sparking Student Creativity, Differentiating with Graphic Organizers, Differentiated Instruction: Making It Work, and Great Teaching with Graphic Organizers. Patti currently works as a consultant, and she is a part-time faculty member at the University of Southern Maine. She lives in Freeport, Maine.
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