Preparing teachers to make choices for powerful learning.
Preparing children to make choices for powerful lives.
We help schools implement balanced literacy instruction in grades K-8. Our primary focus is reading and writing workshop, a methodology that requires teachers and students to make meaningful choices that produce powerful learning. We can help you use the Common Core State Standards to help all members of your school community become more active and reflective learners.
TRAINING TAILORED TO
Our work with a school begins with exploring your vision for literacy instruction, assessing your current practices, and laying out possible pathways to your goals.
We prefer to collaborate with a school over a period of months or years, building both teaching capacity and a professional community of practice.
Powerful Choices is committed to providing your school with a unique experience, designed to your needs.
POWERFUL CHOICES WORKSHOPS
We offer professional development experiences ranging from two-hour sessions to week-long trainings. Activities can include interactive workshops, demonstration lessons, guided planning, classroom coaching, and visits to model classrooms.
Powerful Choices trainings focus on the practical application of principles proven by research to be effective. In our workshops, teachers collaborate to observe, read, reflect, discuss, role play and design lessons.
EXPERIENCED, DYNAMIC CONSULTANTS
Founding partners Dana Bowden and Kate Garcia-Beaudet and their team bring decades of experience in Los Angeles-area elementary and middle school classrooms. Together they have trained teachers in public schools, charter schools, independent schools, and university credentialing programs.