Virtual Professional Development

There's a LOT Empower can do and nobody can learn it all in one sitting. A common approach to PD is to do bite-sized sessions, normally 2-3 hours, virtually with our experts. In this document we outline common and recommended topics for those sessions. Custom District Learning Plan

Not sure where to begin or where to go after that? We've done this a lot and our team would be more than happy to work with you at no charge to create a custom District Learning Plan where we take your goals and milestones as well as your available PD dates and determine the audiences, dates and topics needed to make you a local hero. Reach out to us if you'd like some help with this.


A template PD Plan

Session Topics


Admin Tools - 1 hour - Administrators

The basics of managing an Empower install. This session covers the following topics:

  • Site setup check

  • Launch

  • Managing user accounts

  • Plus/Delta

  • Creating & editing standards

  • Helpdesk

  • Need Help? tool

  • PD plans


Empower Intro, Overview & Pedagogy - 1 hour - Teachers

A demonstration of Empower coupled with a discussion about the competency-based philosophy that underlies it. An important take-away from this discussion is an understanding of the structures and relationships between Empower's elements. This session can easily be skipped or abbreviated by districts with a good grounding in the competency-based pedagogy. This session covers the following topics:

  • Site setup check

  • Launch

  • Managing user accounts

  • Plus/Delta

  • Creating & editing standards

  • Helpdesk

  • Need Help? tool

  • PD plans

Scoring - 2 hours - Teachers

Recommended as the first session for teachers.


This session covers the following topics:

  • Logging in (if first timers)

  • Target Browser

  • Create Groups

  • Create Gradebooks

  • Evidence Scoring

  • Summative Scoring

  • Marzano True Score Estimator

Instruction - 2 hours - TeachersRecommended as the second session for teachers. This session covers the following topics:

  • Playlists

  • Activities

  • Quizzes

  • Assigning

  • Co-creation & Sharing

  • Student view of the above.

  • Scoring Inbox



Reporting - 1 hour - Administrators

A consultation with admins wherein we discuss Empower's printable reports and their options and pick one or more based on the community's need. This session covers the following topics:

  • Printable Progress Report Templates

  • Printing Reports & Troubleshooting



Course & Transcripts - 1 hour - Administrators

How to set up and print for High Schools This session covers the following topics:

  • Course Playlists

  • Teacher Verification Report

  • Transcript options

  • Transcript printing



Guardian & Student Portal - 1 hour - Administrators and/or Teachers

Get prepped to launch to other stakeholders This session covers the following topics:

  • Student Portal tools and options

  • Guardian Portal tools and options

Pace, Goals, PLPs - 1 hour - Administrators and/or Teachers

Customizing learning expectations for every student. This session covers the following topics:

  • Set Goals

  • Pace

  • Personalized Learning Plans (PLPs)


Have something else you need? No problem. We are very flexible, just let us know. Need some rigorous pedagological PD for your staff? Dr Marzano heads our Competency-based PD Department. Feel free to contact his offices.

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