Upcoming Workshops

Upcoming Workshops

Upcoming Smekens Education workshops  
  An Introduction to Literacy Stations
Teaching Small-Group Guided Reading
Launching the Writer's Workshop
Teaching Writing Skills All Year Long

Spend a day or two at a Smekens seminar, and we guarantee you will leave with innovative, best-practice literacy strategies you can use the very next day.


For every Smekens Education workshop, teachers receive a full-color handout packed with ready-to-use strategies, blackline masters, and other resources.


Teachers also receive lifetime access to a "secret website." This password-protected area of the Smekens website features additional resources to accompany the workshop, including videos, PowerPoint and Smart Board documents, web links, and more.


Teachers always look forward to browsing through the wide selection of professional books, picture books, and other resources available on site from The Literacy Store. As always, attendees at Smekens Education workshops will enjoy a 15% discount on all in-stock titles. For an advance look at what The Literacy Store has to offer, visit www.TheLiteracyStore.com.


Certified educators can earn professional growth credits for attending a Smekens Education workshop. All workshop attendees receive a certificate of participation for 5.25 hours of professional development for each one-day workshop. Visit our Continuing Education Credit page to learn more.


Teachers may earn 3 hours of graduate credit for $375. Workshop attendees may apply the 10.5 hours of training earned during a two-day workshop toward graduate-level credit from Midwest Teachers Institute (MTI). Graduate credit hours are for 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.) Attendance at both days of a workshop, plus additional coursework related to the workshops, is required for credit.

Another option for graduate credit allows attendees who participate in 15 hours of professional learning from Smekens Education to earn one hour of university-level graduate credit. Beyond the training time, participants must also write a short summary about the experience. These are non-degree credits which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (Check with your district or employers to determine their policies for pay increases.)

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

Don't miss the biggest event of the summer: 2018 Literacy Retreat


What are teachers saying about Smekens Education Workshops?

"100% valuable! 100% motivating!" D. Carlson

"Great for all grades—even K!" K. Niepokoj

"Multitude of useable ideas!" S. Armstead