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EMPOWERing Students Through Meaningful Inquiry

June 9, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm MDT

Thursday, June 9, 2022, 2-5 p.m.
Multipurpose Classroom Building (MPCB), Room 101

The Boise State Writing Program presents “EMPOWERing Students Through Meaningful Inquiry” with Jim Burke, renowned English and literacy teacher and thought leader, on Thursday, June 9 2022, 2 – 5 p.m. in MPCB Room 101 followed by a picnic.

Participants in this workshop will examine how to use the EMPOWER framework when designing a unit around a novel such as “Beloved” or “Exit West,” or using multiple texts and media to explore what, how and why we remember through the work of such writers and artists as Viet Thanh Nguyen, Tim O’Brien and Maya Lin. Participants will also apply the ideas from the EMPOWER framework and a model of deep, individual inquiry into topics students choose to investigate themselves over an extended period of time and through which they cultivate the skills needed for the assignment and the demands of college and career to come. The units discussed in the workshop derive from work in Burke’s classroom this year and will include samples and all relevant resources to adapt these assignments to participants’ own classes.

Jim Burke has taught for over thirty years, most recently at Middle College High School in San Mateo, California where he teaches juniors in a program that combines high school and college classes on a college campus. He has written over twenty-five books about the teaching of literacy. He is the editor of the Norton anthology Uncharted Territory: A Reader and Guide and is working with Penguin Random House to create classroom libraries for high school students around the country.