An Introduction to Literacy Stations

An Introduction to Literacy Stations

Chicago, IL
August 1, 2017
Merrillville, IN
August 3, 2017

This powerful workshop is designed to help K-5 teachers create a plan for launching and leading literacy stations during the daily reading block. Before students can be academically engaged in literacy stations, they first need to understand their own roles and responsibilities during independent learning time. This workshop starts with strategies for setting expectations, building routines, and creating procedures at the beginning of the school year. Attendees receive a day-by-day plan for starting this process beginning with the first week of school.

Training Topics:

  • Learn how to establish routines that foster independence in all K-5 students.
  • Discover how to grow students’ stamina for working independently.
  • Learn how the five components of reading can be supported with literacy stations.
  • Gain ideas for planning purposeful, achievement-driven station activities.
  • Boost students’ comprehension of literature and informational texts with listening stations.
  • Determine how to assign letter grades to work done in literacy stations.
  • Recognize how literacy stations can be used to address grade-level specific standards.
When you leave, you’ll be able to:
  • Use anchor charts to effectively teach and remind students of procedural expectations.
  • Utilize existing classroom materials to set up and implement engaging literacy stations.
  • Teach students to transition from one station to another.
  • Organize a classroom library for K-5 students that encourages reading based on interests.
  • Engage students in hands-on word-study stations that build skills in phonemic awareness, phonics, and vocabulary.
  • Begin the school year with your own 6-week "game plan” for launching literacy stations.

Free follow-up training video:

  • Teachers who attend this Literacy Stations workshop will be given a complimentary one-month subscription to Kristi's matching video on webPD, Literacy Stations for Elementary Classrooms (K-5).
  • During the complimentary subscription period, teachers are encouraged to share access with every colleague in their school, allowing the entire staff to learn key concepts from the workshop.

Workshop Excerpts:


K-5 Classroom Teachers    
Literacy Coaches
Literacy Coordinators    
Title I Teachers / Directors
Special Education Teachers
ELL Teachers
K-5 Gifted & Talented Teachers
K-5 Administrators

What are teachers saying about the Literacy Stations workshop?

“I love how Kristi began with lessons from the beginning of the year. I now can kick-start my year off right.” M. Hoffman

“This day has given me a life again—I understand so much more with the 6-Week Planning Guide & the resources to assist.” D. Headley

“It will change the way I teach reading—from content-driven to student-driven.” M. Krug

“We are starting reader’s workshop at our school. I was very nervous for the new initiative, but I now feel fully equipped and prepared.” N. Truitt

“The content presented will help me to restructure my reading block to be more effective and conducive to learning the desired objectives for my students.” L. Warren

“It will help me introduce literacy centers at an appropriate pace.” R. Keith

“I have wanted to implement literacy stations within my classroom. Kristi was an amazing, engaging presenter!” P. Ruskin

“This will help make my literacy centers more effective.” J. Stoner

“Gave me many ideas about activities for the different stations.” K. Campbell

“Many great ideas for word work to build independent learners.” F. Jones

Graduate Credit

Thanks to a partnership with the Midwest Teachers Institute, workshop attendees can earn three hours of nationally-accredited graduate credit. The cost of graduate credit is $300 for each 3-hour course.

Registration information will be shared during the 10 a.m. break of each workshop. After the workshop, attendees have 2 weeks to apply their training hours to the program. The cost of graduate credit is separate from the cost of attending a workshop.

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Attend one day:
$225 (Early Bird)  |  $250 (Standard)

Attend two days:
$425 (Early Bird) | $450 (Standard)

Attend three days:
$625 (Early Bird)  |  $650 (Standard)

Attend four days:
$800 (Early Bird) | $825 (Standard)

Attend five days:
$990 (Early Bird)  |  $1,015 (Standard)


Discounts available!

  • Register at least 15 days in advance and save!
  • Register for more than one day and save!
  • For teams of 3+: Save $6 per person!
  • For teams of 10+: Contact our office for a 10% savings!

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Professional Growth Credits

Certified educators can earn professional growth credits for attending a Smekens Education workshop. All workshop attendees receive a certificate of participation for 5.5 hours of professional development for each one-day workshop. Visit our Continuing Education Credit page to learn more.

Illinois-Specific Credit

As an approved professional development subcontractor, Smekens Education is happy to provide all Illinois teachers with state-approved professional development credit for attending the Elk Grove Village, IL location of the Back-to-School Literacy Conference.