Online Professional Development Courses

Online Professional Development Courses

 
Online 6-Traits Courses with webAcademy by Smekens Education

Self-paced online courses

Online courses from webAcademy are the next best thing to attending a live Smekens Education workshop! That's because every webAcademy course is built from video footage captured during live full-day seminars led by Kristina Smekens, president and lead consultant for Smekens Education.
 
Six Traits of Writing: An Introduction Online Course with webAcademy by Smekens Education
Six Traits of Writing: An Introduction
This dynamic online course utilizes video footage from a full-day Smekens workshop to equip K-12 teachers with the knowledge and tools they need to start teaching the Six Traits of Writing right away. Whether you need to learn a lot about the Six Traits in a hurry or want a “refresher” course to get you back on track, this introductory training led by Kristina Smekens provides teachers with the confidence and resources they need to begin implementing the Six Traits model.
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Six Traits of Writing: Implementation Strategies Online Course with webAcademy by Smekens Education
Six Traits of Writing: Implementation Strategies
If you’ve heard Kristina Smekens’ Six-Traits Introduction, then you’re ready to take it to the next level. This dynamic online course utilizes video footage from a full-day Smekens workshop and addresses how to take the Six Traits from six words floating around the classroom to full-blown immersion and implementation all year long. Kristina will offer you ways to organize, manage, and implement the traits to heighten the effectiveness of your writing instruction.
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Six Traits of Writing: An Introduction Online Course with webAcademy by Smekens Education
Strategies to Teach Informative Writing
Writers need to move beyond restating collected facts and details. They have to synthesize ideas in order to demonstrate a deep understanding of a topic or text within expository writing. This online course will reveal the essential instruction necessary to produce this type of informative writing.
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Six Traits of Writing: Implementation Strategies Online Course with webAcademy by Smekens Education
Strategies to Teach Argumentative Writing
It’s not by accident that the first type of writing listed in the standards is persuasive/argumentative. More than just restating information, students must know how to articulate their feelings, opinions, and viewpoints based on logical reasons and relevant evidence. However, for many teachers, this standard is an area of anxiety and weakness. Through this online course, K-12 teachers will obtain dozens of lesson ideas that they can easily incorporate into their yearlong writing curriculum.
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  Courses coming soon: 14 Power Strategies, Close Reading, Writing After a Close Reading 
   
webAcademy by Smekens Education

Powerful PD

Rooted in practical, best-practice strategies, each webAcademy course features engaging, online professional development that is designed for on-demand access by individuals or groups.

In addition to delivering 5+ hours of professional development, each webAcademy course includes opportunities for educators to reflect and comment on what they are learning. Registrants are granted 90 days to complete a course but receive lifetime access to a password-protected web page that contains a treasure trove of lessons, videos, and other resources for implementation.

The cost to enroll in a webAcademy course is $140 per person.

Designed for individuals or entire staffs

The cost to enroll in a webAcademy course is $140 per person. With our group discount options available to schools and districts, an entire staff can benefit from webAcademy courses at a discounted rate. To enroll multiple teachers, contact our webAcademy team at (888) 376-0448.
 
"Kristina's energy was captivating! She inspired me to be a better teacher
and gave me the tools to succeed in the classroom."

M. Fischl


Earn three hours of graduate credit for just $300

Thanks to a partnership with the Midwest Teachers Institute, educators who enroll in selected webAcademy courses can earn three hours of nationally-accredited graduate credit for just $300. These are non-degree credits which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases.

After webAcademy coursework has been completed, participants have two weeks to register for the MTI graduate program. The cost of graduate credit is separate from the cost of enrolling in a webAcademy course.

If you are interested in pursuing graduate credit, please contact Brady Smekens, Director of Professional Development, for details on how to proceed.

Key features

Flexible: Start a course whenever it’s most convenient.

Self-Paced: After paying for a course, you have 30 days to complete the coursework. Each course requires five to six hours to complete.

On-Demand: Educators can complete their webAcademy coursework using any internet-enabled computer, tablet, or smart phone.

Recognition: After completing a course, participants receive a Certificate of Completion acknowledging their time spent participating in the course.

Why webAcademy?

Practical: Smekens Education is best known for providing teachers with innovative and practical teaching strategies that are rooted in best practice and the College & Career-Ready Standards.

Engaging: For more than a decade, teachers have been raving about the enthusiastic and entertaining presentation style of Kristina Smekens. You definitely won’t be bored!

Cost-Effective: With registration fees beginning at just $140 per person, webAcademy courses eliminate the need for hiring a substitute, making sub plans, or incurring travel expenses.
 

Contact the webAcademy team!
 
Email: webacademy@smekenseducation.com | Phone: (888) 376-0448