EMPOWERED

READERS

A comprehensive course for giving students ownership over their own reading.

After completing the Empowered Readers course, you will be equipped with the knowledge and resources you need to transform your classroom reading program. You will not only feel confident in giving students more autonomy in their reading, but you will also have the step-by-step implementation plan for empowering each and every one of your students.

Before we tell you about this classroom-changing program, let’s talk about who this is really for…

You’re a middle or high school teacher who is tired of lack of student engagement in reading. You want to empower all of your students to seek, enjoy, and respond to reading in meaningful and authentic ways. 

Whether you're...

A new teacher who is looking for a strategic implementation plan for empowering student readers in the classroom

An experienced teacher who wants to revamp their classroom reading program to provide more student ownership

An administrator or district leader who is looking to support their teachers in improving student empowerment in reading

You’re in the right place, and we are going to tell you exactly how Empowered Readers will give you the tools, strategies, resources, and support to transform reading in your classroom.

The strategies, tools, and confidence you need to empower every single one of your students to develop a love of reading.

By the end of this course, you will Have…

A physical classroom space that supports, promotes, and celebrates reading in an authentic way.

A strategic plan for motivating your reluctant readers through empowerment instead of engagement.

Classroom routines that support student discussion, celebration,
and response to reading.

Practical strategies for developing a reading program that is
diverse and inclusive for all learners.

An inventory of community stakeholders that you can 
lean on to support your literacy instruction.

High-interest, standards-based resources that 
support student voice and choice.

Who doesn't like a good deal, right? I've reached out to some of my favorite education-related companies to offer exclusive discounts on items you may need for the classroom. There are discounts on teacher bags, library book stamps, custom pencils, lanyards, teacher t-shirts and much more! 

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS

Dr. John Spencer

Bonnie Hamer

John is a former middle school ELA teacher, current full-time professor, and best-selling author of the books Launch, Empower, and Vintage Innovation. John is an expert in project-based learning, design thinking, and empowering students with voice and choice.

Bonnie is a former language arts teacher and founder of Presto Plans, an educational company that supports teachers with curriculum and content for the ELA classroom. She is passionate about student engagement and self-directed learning.

BONUS PODCAST INTERVIEW

Naomi O'Brien from
Read Like a Rockstar

Naomi is an educator, content creator, and author of the book, Unpack Your Impact. She specializes in culturally responsive teaching, rigorous reading instruction, and social justice oriented education.

Who doesn't like a good deal, right? I've reached out to some of my favorite education-related companies to offer exclusive discounts on items you may need for the classroom. There are discounts on teacher bags, library book stamps, custom pencils, lanyards, teacher t-shirts and much more! 

Enroll in empowered readers today! 

ONE TIME PAYMENT OF

$150

What's Inside Empowered Readers? 

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MODULE 1

Designing Systems to Empower Readers

If we want students to become empowered readers, it has to begin with a classroom culture that cultivates the love of reading. In this module, we explore practical ways that classroom teachers can design systems that will help students own the reading process.  This often includes a shift from trying to make the reading interesting to tapping into our students' interests and helping each student find a book, author, or genre they will connect with.


HIGHLIGHTS

Create an environment of reading within your classroom

Learn practical strategies for tapping into student interests

Set up your classroom library for more student ownership

Tap into tools, supports, and resources at your disposal

MODULE 2

Independent Reading Time

One of the goals of empowering readers is to help students develop self-direction in independent reading. In this module, we talk about building reading stamina and implementing solutions to tackle the most common challenges related to independent silent reading time. We also help you rethink accountability in the process of developing empowered readers.

HIGHLIGHTS

Implement solutions to tackle the most common challenges related to independent silent reading time

Build reading stamina

Rethinking accountability from punishment/reward to making thinking visible 

Helping students to find a “good fit” book

NEXT MODULE OVERVIEW

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Motivating Reluctant Readers

In this module, we explore ways to motivate students who seem disengaged from the reading process. We'll examine specific reasons students might be reluctant to read. We'll then go step-by-step through specific supports we can offer and key strategies we can use to give students voice and choice in their reading. We'll also take an initial look at ways we can extend reading into high-interest projects that can build student confidence.


HIGHLIGHTS

Understand the factors that contribute to a reluctance with reading

Use strategies to provide more voice and choice

Strategically use supports, environment, and student interest

Implement high-interest project-based alternatives

NEXT MODULE OVERVIEW

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Reading Together

Reading is a social act. It is always a conversation; even when it doesn't feel like it. For some students, the motivation to read comes from connection with others - being able to communicate about a text or experiencing a shared reading experience. In this module, we provide the step-by-step actions you can take to use use read-alouds and book clubs effectively to create those vital shared reading experiences.

HIGHLIGHTS

Examine the importance of reading to form connection through a shared and social experience

Step-by-step implementation guide for using book clubs

Bringing teacher read alouds into the secondary classroom

Solutions to common pitfalls with shared reading

NEXT MODULE OVERVIEW

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Empowering Students to Share What They Read

When students are sharing what they are reading, they are able to demonstrate their expertise as readers. They begin to define themselves as empowered readers who can share their insights with a wider community. This module digs deep into how we can achieve this and provides the step-by-step instructions for guiding students to share what they are reading in an authentic and meaningful way through reviews and book talks.  

HIGHLIGHTS

The natural shift from book reports to book reviews

Step-by-step implementation guide for using book talks

Use book reviews effectively and authentically in ELA

Build school literacy by hosting a book fair

NEXT MODULE OVERVIEW

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Celebrating and Tracking Reading

Motivation is complicated and idiosyncratic. For one student, an extrinsic reward will backfire, causing them to view reading as a chore that requires a reward. For another student, a reading reward might be the very thing that gets them excited about the process. This module focuses on the shift from rewarding reading to celebrating reading and provides practical strategies for implementing this in your classroom.

HIGHLIGHTS

Implement the strategy of community over competition

Celebrate and track reading visually

Literacy-based school and classroom celebrations

Effectively administer reading conferences

NEXT MODULE OVERVIEW

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Responding to Reading

In this module, we examine how to empower students to respond or analyze reading in a way that promotes voice and choice. The goal is to go beyond the traditional book report and toward something that is more creative and "cheat-proof." In this module, we go step-by-step through reading response strategies with lots of alternative assignment or project options.


HIGHLIGHTS

Understand the difference between a project and a recipe

Consuming and creating

Throwing out the traditional book report and what to do instead

Using menus to provide voice and choice.

NEXT MODULE OVERVIEW

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Embracing Equity and Diversity

Empowerment goes beyond student voice and choice. A truly empowered student is anti-racist and committed to tackling the injustices in our systems. They embrace diversity and they are constantly building new empathy with other groups. Reading can be a powerful way to empower students to change the world. It can open students' eyes to other people's experiences and it can broaden each students' worldview. In this module, we focus on how equity and diversity work as critical factors for empowering students.​

HIGHLIGHTS

Redefine empowerment as more than personal ownership

Examine your classroom library through the lens of mirrors and windows

BONUS: Podcast Interview with Naomi O’Brien from Read Like a Rockstar

NEXT MODULE OVERVIEW

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Differentiation and Inclusion in ELA

Sometimes students struggle with reading because they lack the necessary scaffolds to access the text. Over time, they might define themselves as being mediocre readers. However, we know that they can thrive if they get the necessary supports. ​In this module, we explore practical strategies for supporting all learners in accessing the language and the literature. We take a Universal Design for Learning approach; meaning we demonstrate how you can provide scaffolds for all students and empower them to find the supports they need.



HIGHLIGHTS

Shift of focus from differentiation to inclusion

Support of your English language learners in ELA

Inclusivity and choice in reading with exceptional learners

Reframing reading intervention and accommodations

NEXT MODULE OVERVIEW

MODULE 1

MODULE 2

MODULE 3

MODULE 4

MODULE 5

MODULE 6

MODULE 7

MODULE 8

MODULE 9

MODULE 10

MODULE 10

Connecting with Stakeholders

Empowering readers is not limited to the four walls of the classroom, and this module focuses on how you can step outside of your own classroom to connect with other stakeholders.. For sustainable change, we need to reach out to the larger school community, including every staff member and every subject area. We need to connect with the librarian and build on their expertise. We also need to reach out to the local community and connect with stakeholders, including parents and guardians.

HIGHLIGHTS

Integrate fiction reading into other subject areas

Community and school assets to improve literacy 

The power of networking 

Family and school partnerships

NEXT MODULE OVERVIEW

MODULE 1

Designing Systems to Empower Readers

If we want students to become empowered readers, it has to begin with a classroom culture that cultivates the love of reading. In this module, we explore practical ways that classroom teachers can design systems that will help students own the reading process. This often includes a shift from trying to make the reading interesting to tapping into our students' interests and helping each student find a book, author, or genre they will connect with.

HIGHLIGHTS

Create an environment of reading within your classroom

Learn practical strategies for tapping into student interests

Set up your classroom library for more student ownership

Tap into tools, supports, and resources at your disposal

MODULE 2

Independent Reading Time

One of the goals of empowering readers is to help students develop self-direction in independent reading. In this module, we talk about building reading stamina and implementing solutions to tackle the most common challenges related to independent silent reading time. We also help you rethink accountability in the process of developing empowered readers.

HIGHLIGHTS

Implement solutions to tackle the most common challenges related to independent silent reading time

Build reading stamina

Rethinking accountability from punishment/reward to making thinking visible 

Helping students to find
a “good fit” book

MODULE 3

Motivating Reluctant Readers

In this module, we explore ways to motivate students who seem disengaged from the reading process. We'll examine specific reasons students might be reluctant to read. We'll then go step-by-step through specific supports we can offer and key strategies we can use to give students voice and choice in their reading. We'll also take an initial look at ways we can extend reading into high-interest projects that can build student confidence.

HIGHLIGHTS

Understand the factors that contribute to a reluctance with reading

Use strategies to provide more voice and choice

Strategically use supports, environment, and student interest

Implement high-interest project-based alternatives

MODULE 4

Reading Together

Reading is a social act. It is always a conversation; even when it doesn't feel like it. For some students, the motivation to read comes from connection with others - being able to communicate about a text or experiencing a shared reading experience. In this module, we provide the step-by-step actions you can take to use use read-alouds and book clubs effectively to create those vital shared reading experiences.


HIGHLIGHTS

Examine the importance of reading to form connection through a shared and social experience

Step-by-step implementation guide for using book clubs

Bringing teacher read alouds into the middle school classroom

Solutions to common pitfalls with shared reading

MODULE 5

Empowering Students to Share What They Read

When students are sharing what they are reading, they are able to demonstrate their expertise as readers. They begin to define themselves as empowered readers who can share their insights with a wider community. This module digs deep into how we can achieve this and provides the step-by-step instructions for guiding students to share what they are reading in an authentic and meaningful way through reviews and book talks.  

HIGHLIGHTS

The natural shift from book reports to book reviews

Step-by-step implementation guide for using book talks

Use book reviews effectively and authentically in ELA

Build school literacy by hosting a book fair

MODULE 6

Celebrating and Tracking Reading

Motivation is complicated and idiosyncratic. For one student, an extrinsic reward will backfire, causing them to view reading as a chore that requires a reward. For another student, a reading reward might be the very thing that gets them excited about the process. This module focuses on the shift from rewarding reading to celebrating reading and provides practical strategies for implementing this in your classroom.


HIGHLIGHTS

Implement the strategy of community over competition

Celebrate and track reading visually

Literacy-based school and classroom celebrations

Effectively administer reading conferences

MODULE 7

Responding to Reading

In this module, we examine how to empower students to respond or analyze reading in a way that promotes voice and choice. The goal is to go beyond the traditional book report and toward something that is more creative and "cheat-proof." In this module, we go step-by-step through reading response strategies with lots of alternative assignment or project options.

HIGHLIGHTS

Understand the difference between a project and a recipe

Consuming and creating

Throwing out the traditional book report and what to do instead

Using menus to provide voice and choice.

MODULE 8

Embracing Equity and Diversity

Empowerment goes beyond student voice and choice. A truly empowered student is anti-racist and committed to tackling the injustices in our systems. They embrace diversity and they are constantly building new empathy with other groups. Reading can be a powerful way to empower students to change the world. It can open students' eyes to other people's experiences and it can broaden each students' worldview. In this module, we focus on how equity and diversity work as critical factors for empowering students.​


HIGHLIGHTS

Redefine empowerment as more than personal ownership

Examine your classroom library through the lens of mirrors and windows

BONUS: Podcast Interview with Naomi O’Brien from Read Like a Rockstar

MODULE 9

Differentiation and Inclusion in ELA

Sometimes students struggle with reading because they lack the necessary scaffolds to access the text. Over time, they might define themselves as being mediocre readers. However, we know that they can thrive if they get the necessary supports. ​In this module, we explore practical strategies for supporting all learners in accessing the language and the literature. We take a Universal Design for Learning approach; meaning we demonstrate how you can provide scaffolds for all students and empower them to find the supports they need.

HIGHLIGHTS

Shift of focus from differentiation to inclusion

Support of your English language learners in ELA

Inclusivity and choice in reading with exceptional learners

Reframing reading intervention and accommodations

MODULE 10

Connecting with Stakeholders

Empowering readers is not limited to the four walls of the classroom, and this module focuses on how you can step outside of your own classroom to connect with other stakeholders.. For sustainable change, we need to reach out to the larger school community, including every staff member and every subject area. We need to connect with the librarian and build on their expertise. We also need to reach out to the local community and connect with stakeholders, including parents and guardians.


HIGHLIGHTS

Integrate fiction reading into other subject areas

Community and school assets to improve literacy 

The power of networking 

Family and school partnerships

Ready-t0-use reading resources

Your course includes over 100 pages of standards-based resources to support the implementation of Empowered Readers in your classroom!

Who doesn't like a good deal, right? I've reached out to some of my favorite education-related companies to offer exclusive discounts on items you may need for the classroom. There are discounts on teacher bags, library book stamps, custom pencils, lanyards, teacher t-shirts and much more! 

Who doesn't like a good deal, right? I've reached out to some of my favorite education-related companies to offer exclusive discounts on items you may need for the classroom. There are discounts on teacher bags, library book stamps, custom pencils, lanyards, teacher t-shirts and much more! 

Library Scavenger Hunt 
Classroom Library Project 
Date with a Book Assignment
Student Interest Survey 
Finding the Perfect Book Handout
Book Club Resources
Book Talk Print Resources 
Book Talk Slideshow
Book Review Assignment 
Reading Response Choice Menu 
Mystery Readers Parent Letter 
Books I’ve Read Reading Tracker 
Timed Reading Mystery Image Tracker

Classroom Reading Tracker Wall Display 
Research Sentence Stems 
Peer Feedback Sentence Stems 
Reading Response Sentence Stems 
Story Elements Sentence Stems 
Reading Accommodations List 
Finding Community Connections Organizer 
Writing an Alternate Ending Reading Project 
Writing an Editorial Reading Project
Dynamic Character Conference Reading Project
Interrogate the Antagonist Reading Project 
Rewrite the Story as an Object Reading Project
Online Setting Review Reading Project

10 Modules providing you with EVERYTHING you need to successfully set up a reading program that empowers your students with choice and voice.

EMPOWERED READERS

Let's RECAP! You'll get access to...

Over 100 pages of ready-to-use resources that you can implement right away in your English language arts classroom.

A bonus podcast interview with content creator and author, Naomi O’Brien, from Read Like a Rockstar.

You’ll get access to everything right away, so you can move through the course and resources at your own pace.

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS? WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED!

1. When does the course start and finish?

1. When does the course start and finish?

The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.

2. How long do I have access to the course?

2. How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

3. What if I am unhappy with the course?

3. What if I am unhappy with the course?

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

4. Can I share the resources with my colleagues? 

4. Can I share the resources with my colleagues? 

Each teacher who wishes to use the resources will require their own licence. 

5. Can I post the resources online? 

5. Can I post the resources online? 

Yes!  You are welcome to share the resources online with your students on a closed website that cannot be accessed by the general public like Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams. Sharing on an open website is not permitted.

6. Do you work with schools or districts? 

6. Do you work with schools or districts? 

Enroll in empowered readers today! 

ONE TIME PAYMENT OF

$150