Tech Talks: Delivering an 'Empower Hour' During COVID-19

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Listen and learn : Snapshot

Laketta Jackson  
Hear about one teacher's experiences with social-emotional learning and how she launched Empower Hour, an SEL club framework. Students had the opportunity to virtually participate in special interest clubs once a week. The club coursework is created by teachers and provides a collaborative space for teachers and students.

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Social emotional learning
Grade level: 9-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
  • Mentor students in safe, legal and ethical practices with digital tools and the protection of intellectual rights and property.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will know:
How Social-Emotional Learning lessons can be modified to address student interest and create collaborative spaces
An alternative way to conduct extracurricular activities that can potentially be more inclusive
How to increase student participation in populations largely composed of students of color, low-income students


Intro/Why We Needed Empower Hour: Background about my school, student population (5 mins)
What is Empower Hour: discuss origins and creator of this program (5 mins)
How Empower Hour Looks: Scheduling, Courses offered, A Typical Virtual Class (10 mins)
Impact: student and teacher input about their experiences with Empower Hour this year (5 mins)
Going Forward: how Empower Hour can continue to be implemented following the full return to school (5 mins)

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Laketta Jackson, UNC Chapel Hill

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