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Why schools partner with Smekens

1. We help educators improve reading and writing instruction with strategies that are simple and effective.

2. Our professional development is so practical that you can start implementing right away—whether you are new to teaching or a seasoned veteran.

3. Professional learning with Smekens is always high-energy, engaging, and provides the boost you need to return to the classroom!

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The Comprehension Playbook

What your reading curriculum is missing

Any reading curriculum or series will tell you what comprehension skills to teach —but what you really need to know is how to teach those skills so that students can actually read and comprehend independently.

That’s where The Comprehension Playbook comes in. Providing a full year of lesson ideas and a week-by-week roadmap for implementation, this indispensable resource is the new how-to guide for teaching reading comprehension in any grade level.

What educators say

“When we can get everybody on the same page…they see value in that.”

Tara Bush, Principal 

Olive Township Elementary – New Carlisle, IN

“Your trainers are top experts—they know their stuff! That’s very important.”

Nakia Nicholson, Deputy Chief of Leadership Development

District Of Columbia Public Schools – Washington, DC
“I knew that the product that you would be providing for us would be what we needed.”

Susan Wardell, Principal

Holland Township School – Milford, NJ

How our PD works

Learn simple strategies

Learn simple strategies

Take the mystery out of best-practice reading and writing instruction.
Start implementing

Start implementing

Execute classroom-tested strategies with your own students right away.
Impact every student

Impact every student

Build successful readers and writers with practical strategies that work.

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Advance Beyond Doing Reading to Teaching Reading

Many K-12 teachers find themselves doing a lot of reading with students, but very little time is spent actually teaching it. This is a subtle but significant distinction.

In this 60-minute webinar, educators learn what explicit, whole-class comprehension instruction really looks like and how to effectively scaffold mini-lessons within the rest of the reading block to honor the gradual release of responsibility.

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