Improve Student Motivation, Behavior and Attendance This Fall

by Katie Dorn on July 25, 2022

Last year was one of the most difficult in the books. As schools welcome students back this fall, we know the challenges — academic, social, emotional, behavioral — continue.

The pandemic has left many students without the skills they need to self manage and focus. This gets in the way of their learning. And it has schools and educators overwhelmed by the challenges to increase student motivation, improve behavior and boost attendance. Meanwhile, academic outcomes hang in the balance.

This challenge is real in districts of every shape, size and location — and the school counselor and family therapist in me just wants to jump in and help. I know the positive change that’s possible with evidence-based strategies.

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School districts need more capacity to meet the urgent needs for student and educator wellbeing. Finding a partner who can deliver data-driven, positive outcomes — without hiring more staff or asking your team to do more — will be critical to your success. I know we can help. 



Action Leads to Lasting Change

Student emotional wellbeing cannot just be taught. In my years working as a school counselor, I learned firsthand that students need more than information. Integration, personalized application and action are required to improve student behavior and drive outcomes.


EmpowerU is designed to help students get unstuck and reduce overwhelm. Our Do First™ Methodology prompts action through simple daily steps, a strategy proven to build long-term results. Beginning with action, we build on core concepts using evidence-based lessons, feedback, reflection and application to cement learning and create lasting change.




The Power of Coaching 

I believe that every student has the potential to learn and grow at school and in life. And I know that learning, application and reflection aren’t enough. Students benefit most from the unconditional positive regard of a caring adult who is highly trained to provide feedback and encouragement along the way. 

Our coaches are the heart and the engine of EmpowerU. Year in and year out, 88% of our students complete the EmpowerU program, and 94.5% make progress toward their goals. No other online program gets measurable results like these.

"THANK YOU! I cannot express how life changing this program is. EmpowerU has helped me overcome so many obstacles that I have been letting hold me back. Having my own personal coach was SO helpful, and it was so nice to have someone who I can always count on and will always help me without judgement. Plus, I had the best coach ever!"

- HS Student

EmpowerU coaches are highly-trained licensed master’s-level professionals. They work 1:1 with students to offer feedback, prompt reflection and help students to apply the learning to their individual life and experiences. With asynchronous messaging between coach and student in the secure MyEmpowerU portal, students reflect and connect as their day allows. 

While the relationship between a student and their EmpowerU coach relies on technology, it is carefully designed to make each student feel seen and heard. And nothing matters more when it comes to student growth.

Tier 2 and Tier 1 — Customized for You 

We know that every school and every district is unique. Our interventions and curriculum are customized to enrich and strengthen existing MTSS and PBIS systems — and help schools reach their targeted goals. 

Schedule a Meeting

Join Me for a Virtual Coffee

Join me for a short, 20-minute overview of EmpowerU and I’ll buy your coffee. Choose the time and date that works for you, and come ready to learn about a solution that will help your students:

increase motivation

improve behaviors

reduce office referrals

prioritize attendance

boost resilience and confidence


Don’t wait! The dates are set, and space is limited. Reserve your spot today. Or schedule a private meeting with our team to explore how EmpowerU can fit into your systems to accelerate progress toward academic, attendance and behavior goals.

Improve student motivation, behavior and attendance



Katie Dorn, MA, LSC, MFT is co-founder of EmpowerU and an experienced licensed school counselor and therapist. A mother of seven grown children and a successful entrepreneur and author, Katie is a strategic thinker with an ability to connect and build functional and productive teams. Her passion for finding effective ways to help students and families with mental health obstacles has fueled her work for EmpowerU since 2015.



EmpowerU’s highly personalized, data-driven SEL Tier 1 and Tier 2 solutions equip students to be resilient, self-directed learners and reach their goals — without additional hires or a heavy lift from schools. The program provides each student with interactive lessons and personalized coaching, pairing technology with brain research in a unique way that supports students, empowers their growth and reduces feelings of anxiety and depression. Multi-year data makes it clear: nobody understands Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and approaches SEL the way EmpowerU does.


Topics: student resilience, motivating learners