EmpowerED Consulting
EmpowerED Consulting
Technology and Immersion Education Professional Development



Join EmpowerED and Valerie at various conferences around town!

All slides/materials/resources presented at the conferences can be found here.


Alliance Française de San Diego

Saturday, February 24, 2018

With the support of the Cultural Services at the French Consulate and Alliance Française San Diego, Valerie will be presenting, in French, for teachers of French across all grade levels. Topics covered include teacher credentialing processes, dual-immersion best practices, and tech integration for student centered learning. 

Official Flyer (in French)

Presentation Resources

Photo:  nabe.org

Photo: nabe.org

National Association of Bilingual Educators (NABE) Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, NM

Thursday, March 1 - Saturday, March 3, 2018 

Valerie will be presenting writing protocols with edtech integration on Saturday, March 3 at 3:10pm with the support of Dr. Sharon Ulanoff from California State University, Los Angeles. The session is titled Technology Integration for Teaching Writing to Emergent Bilingual Students.

Presentation Resources


Spring CUE, Palm Springs, CA

Wednesday, March 14 - Saturday, March 17, 2018

Valerie will be co-presenting in two sessions with her colleagues: 

Session: Rubrics: The Guide on the Side
Presenters: Steve McGriff and Valerie Sun
Time: Friday, March 16 @ 9:00 - 10:00am
Presentation resources: Slides
Steve and Valerie will be sharing the pros and cons of rubrics in authentic assessments, including the creation of rubrics that helps provide meaningful feedback to students while fostering student creativity. 

Session: What Can Pi Do For You?
Presenters: Kevin Olson and Valerie Sun
Time: Friday, March 16 @ 12:30 - 1:30pm
Presentation resources: Slides
Raspberry Pi Certified Educators will be sharing activities with Raspberry Pis that can be completed in a classroom, including projects for makerspaces.


French Immersion Program Discussion, Los Angeles, CA

Saturday, April 7, 2018

With the support of the Cultural Services at the French Consulate, Valerie will be leading discussions with district administrators from LAUSD, Glendale, Pasadena, Inglewood, San Francisco, San Diego, Cave Creek (Arizona), teachers, and parents regarding the growth of French dual-immersion programs. Questions, concerns, and areas of assistances shared by stakeholders will be addressed openly with each other and through reading of current immersion research. Grade level teachers will have the opportunity to delve into NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements as it correlates with Common Core Language Arts standards for each grade. 

Conference Resources

Photo: San Francisco,  Nicolas Raymond via freestock.ca , used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Photo: San Francisco, Nicolas Raymond via freestock.ca, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Lead 3 Symposium, San Francisco, CA

Thursday, April 12 - Saturday, April 14, 2018

Session: Supporting Dual-Immersion Teachers and parents
Presenter: Valerie Sun
Time: Friday, April 13 @ 3:00 - 4:00pm
Presentation resources: Slides
Valerie will be presenting some community research that helps school leaders uncover ways to build a stronger community around their schools, including using various EdTech tools to do so. 

Session: Visible Thinking and EdTech Strategies
Presenters: Valerie Sun and Monica Bennett
Time: Saturday, April 14 @ 8:30 - 11:30am
Presentation resources: Slides
Monica and Valerie will lead administrators and leaders through four #EduProtocols and four visible thinking strategies that can help school leaders provide more teacher-centered PDs and also help teachers provide more student-centered learning experiences that focus on the 4Cs, particularly critical thinking and creativity. 


AV EdTech Summit, Palmdale, CA

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Session: Rubrics: The Guide on the Side
Presenter: Valerie Sun
Time: 12:40 - 1:40pm
Presentation resources:
Valerie will be sharing how to create good rubrics in authentic assessments, including the use of ThemeSpark which creates rubrics aligned with CCSS. The integration of Goobric and Doctopus will also be explained to ease grading with rubrics. 

Photo: Laguna Beach,  jcookfisher via Flickr , used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Photo: Laguna Beach, jcookfisher via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

CUE BOLD (Blended and Online Lesson Design), Laguna Beach, CA

Saturday, May 5 - Sunday, May 6, 2018

Valerie will be presenting multiple sections on lesson building with edtech tools in a 1:1 environment.