Learning Opportunity

Empowering Writers Grade 2-3 Information session

This session has been completed.
Facilitator: Carla Thio
Date:August 12, 2022
Time:9:00 am to 10:00 am MTN
No charge
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 22-LI-264
Focus: English Language Arts, Literacy and Literature Curriculum Implementation and Pedagogy

Target Audience

Teachers, Administrators, Instructional Coaches

About this Learning Opportunity

Empowering Writers invites Grade 2-3 Teachers to join us for a fast paced informational session designed especially for you.  We will be setting the stage for all the ways that Empowering Writers resources and training will support your writing instruction. This comprehensive overview will:

  • Show how EW prepares you for New Alberta Curriculum outcomes for grades 2-3
  • Look at our proven methodology and lesson design
  • Introduce our new Literacy Launch
  • Demonstrate select skills for Narrative Writing
  • Review the resources that have what you need to transform your writing instruction

While this session will provide you with some great takeaways we hope to see you at the full training sessions scheduled for the fall- October 11, 18, 25, 2022.

The registration site will open soon.

Session will be recorded and available to registered participants.

This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • #2: Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • #3: Embodying Visionary Leadership

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • #2: Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • #3: Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge

This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

About the Facilitator

Carla Thio is currently a master teacher at the Renert School. She has been a classroom teacher for 23 years in Calgary, Alberta. Her first experience with Empowering Writers was in her first year of teaching at Rundle College School where she became the go-to person for teaching writing. Her students are proof that Empowering Writers yields success. Students arrive to her class excited to write but more importantly confident in writing.

"Rundle College has received the Garfield Weston Award for excellence in Language Arts. We were recognized by the province for having outstanding Language Arts results that were consistent for a period over 5 years. Again, this is all because of the success we have with Empowering Writers approach to writing instruction"

Rundle College Grade 6 English Language Arts
Achievement Multi-Year Reports

  2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Rundle College Elementary -Writing          
Acceptable Standard 98.1% 98.2% 100% 100% 100%
Standard of Excellence 13% 23% 34% 53% 58.9%
Below Acceptable Standard 1.9% 1.8% 0.00 0.00 0.00
Province of Alberta - Writing          
Acceptable Standard 90.9% 91.4% 91% 90.9% 81.9%
Standard of Excellence 13.1% 12% 13% 11.7% 17.6%
Below Acceptable Standard 8.1% 8.6% 9% 8.1% 18.1%


Carla has been a trainer with Empowering Writers since 2014.