Vivido Empower

A method for teaching academic writing

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Learn EmPOWER online

Give your students a way to take charge of their own writing

Who’s it for?

Speech-language pathologists and educators who teach students in grades 2-12.

If you want proven tools for helping students navigate every step of the writing process on their own, then this course is for you.

What’s involved?

Read, watch, and learn on your own

Get the straightforward concepts in eight learning modules on our course website.

Meet for class in Zoom

Learn the harder stuff online from us and practice with your colleagues.

Do a project

Put new concepts into practice with your own students and curriculum.

Review projects and share your thoughts, questions, and epiphanies

Everyone helps everyone grow.



You will walk away with


The self-talk students need to navigate the writing process on their own.



10 visual tools and 5 proven strategies that develop student writing.



Confidence that you can support students with any writing assignment in any grade and any content area.


What’s it look like?

We kick off with a class, do the cycle below eight times, then meet for one last class.


Live in a time zone other than Eastern? Read more.

Class meets in Zoom from 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Eastern Time.

When you register, we ask what time zone you live in. If we have a cohort of educators in any course who enroll from a different time zone, we will happily create a time-zone specific class that better accommodates your waking and working hours.

We cannot guarantee this will be possible for any given course, as we never know in advance who will enroll from where.

If you don’t want to take a chance, invite nine (or more!) friends from your time zone to enroll with you. We’ll set you up to work together!

EmPOWER helps you empower your students to


any writing prompt, understand what to do, and get started


ideas in logical ways


well-developed paragraphs and essays that make sense


their writing strategically

With EmPOWER, you get better writing from your students.

Here’s what our alumni say:

“Based on current developmental research and supported by results, EmPOWER makes the writing process transparent and manageable for even our most vulnerable learners.”

“EmPOWER is the best course for teaching writing out there! It was seriously life changing. It gave our school evidence-based strategies and a framework we can use with all of our students all of the time. ”

Margaret Messier

“This course made me rethink the way I teach writing. I evolved as an educator as a result of learning EmPOWER. I now have strategies that help my students become critical thinkers and thoughtful writers. I have already recommended its adoption in my district.”

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Frequently Asked Questions about the EmPOWER online course

The training
What technology is required? course website for accessing content, submitting projects, and sharing ideas with classmates
Zoom: online meeting for live instruction and group practice
Slack: free app for real-time communication with our Coaching Team and collaboration with classmates

Does Dr. Bonnie Singer personally teach the course?

Yes. She created the course and all of the embedded videos. She also will join you and your instructor in Zoom for class.

Who are the other instructors?

Our in-house Coaching Team has extensive experience with teaching EmPOWER not only to students of all ages and ability levels, but also to other SLPs and educators.

Who are my classmates?

Your class will consist mostly of general and special education teachers as well as speech-language pathologists working with students in grades 2-12.  If your job is to help students manage school writing, this course is for you.

How are the learning modules structured?

We believe in the power of multi-sensory instruction, so we present new concepts to you in lots of ways: written text, recorded video, and real-time modeling of how to use EmPOWER. Learning modules also include links that direct you to readings and other sources you can access online. The learning modules are asynchronous but packed with direct instruction.

Can I get graduate course credit, CEUs, or PDPs for this?

Vivido is an approved provider of Professional Development by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Everyone who successfully completes the course will get a certificate reflecting 45 professional development/certification maintenance hours.

If you are an SLP, your certificate will reflect all information required by ASHA. You can use this to fulfill your certification maintenance requirements.

If you are an educator, your certificate will reflect 45 professional development hours.

The commitment
How much time can I expect to spend each week?

Coursework varies from week to week, so some weeks will take more time than others. The learning modules on the course website will take roughly one to two hours to get through. You can split it up if you need to, and you have a whole week to go through the material.

Class meets live in Zoom for two hours.  Then you’ll have 9 days to complete a project.  When you do that and how long it takes is really up to you.

Project peer reviews should take you about 30 minutes, and you have 4 days to do them.

Can I share the course materials with my other colleagues?

You will receive a packet of materials before the course kicks off. In that packet are guidelines that detail what you can and cannot do with material that is published and copyrighted by Vivido and its affiliated publisher, VividoWorks. Read it. In the event that you have additional questions we didn’t address there, just contact us. We’ll guide you.

Can I put EmPOWER online for my students?

Yes, but not in a location that can be accessed by the public. See the above-mentioned guidelines for, well, guidelines.

Will anyone use my work elsewhere?

If it’s awesome, we might want to show other educators and brag about how awesome you are and it is. If there are names or identifying information on your work, they will be removed.

What types of payment do you accept?

We accept payment via Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. If a school is paying your tuition and cannot provide a credit card, we require payment by check in advance of the course enrollment deadline. Please contact us directly at [email protected] to make payment arrangements.

Can I take this course if I live outside the United States?

Education professionals who speak English and live in other countries are welcome to enroll.  An additional $75 is required to cover the cost of international shipping.

Can I get documentation to be reimbursed by my employer?

If your school or organization is willing to reimburse you for the tuition, save a copy of your payment receipt when you enroll. Upon successful completion of the course, we will provide you with a certificate of completion that you can submit to your school or organization along with your proof of payment.

What’s included in the tuition?

Tuition covers all aspects of the course as well as materials, which will be shipped to you roughly a week in advance.

Do you offer payment plans?

We do not offer payment plans. Payment in full is due at the time of enrollment.

What if something happens to me, and I can’t finish?

We realize that doing life means you’ll encounter unexpected emergencies and stressors. If you hit a setback part way through that prevents you from completing the course, we will defer you to a future class.

What is your refund policy?

Tuition is non-refundable. If you enroll and find that you cannot start the course due to unforeseen events, we will defer you to a class that starts at a later date.

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What happens after?

As a graduate of the EmPOWER online course, you are eligible to further your expertise by taking additional online Master Classes.

We’ll give you more information about both of these when you finish.

Where can I find you on social media?

We love hearing from you and hope to continue our dialogue with you for years to come. You can find us on:

Don’t be a stranger!
The short answer to all these questions is YES!
  • Can I enroll if I speak English and live outside of the United States?
  • Will this be relevant if I teach college?
  • Can I take this course while working full time?
  • Should I enroll if I am just starting out in my career
The Training
  • Do I have to show up for each Zoom class?
  • Do I have to have my camera on in class?
  • Is the group work important?
  • Do I have to comment on other people’s work?
  • Can I do this if I don’t have much teaching experience?
  • Will this be relevant if I’ve been teaching for a gazillion years?
  • Will trained coaches give me personalized feedback on my work?
  • Can I ask questions if I’m stuck or confused?
  • Will I be able to talk to Bonnie Singer?
The Commitment
  • Does this really take six months?
  • Can I teach EmPOWER to students as I learn it?
  • Will I use EmPOWER forever?
  • Can I pay with a credit card?
  • Can my school pay my tuition?
  • Will I have a way to stay connected to my classmates?
  • Are there more classes I can take?