Pre-Retreat Planning Page

Pre-Retreat Planning Page

Chicago Retreat: June 20 & 21, 2017


We look forward to greeting you at the Literacy Retreat! 

Continuing Education

All registrants who attend both days of the Literacy Retreat will be given a completion certificate on Wednesday that acknowledges that 10.5 hours of professional development were fulfilled during the conference.

Illinois-specific credit 

Thanks to a partnership with the Regional Office of Education #19, all Illinois teachers attending our June 21-22 session in Chicago are eligible to earn state-approved continuing education credit for 11 hours of training. Smekens Education is an approved subcontractor for ROE #19.

Attending from another state?

More information about how this workshop fulfills your state’s unique continuing education requirements may be found on our continuing education page.

Graduate Credit

For an additional fee, attendees may apply the 11 hours of training earned during the Literacy Retreat toward 3 hours of graduate-level credit from the Midwest Teachers Institute. These are non-degree credits which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (Check with your district for approval prior to making a commitment.)

Midwest Teachers Institute (MTI) — 3 credits/$300
  • Attendance at the Retreat, plus additional coursework related to the Retreat, is required for credit.
  • MTI has an exclusive agreement with Calumet College of St. Joseph (Whiting, IN) to provide teachers with an official transcript for completing course  MTI 508.
  • Calumet College is nationally accredited by NCA, NCATE, and CAEP.
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