PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR K-12 EDUCATORS
Practical and engaging strategies to reignite your literacy instruction
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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!
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
Susan Wardell, Principal
Holland Township School – Milford, NJ
How our PD works
Learn simple strategies
Impact every student
Build successful readers and writers with practical strategies that work.
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 one-hour on-demand webinar, 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.
Earn a certificate for 60 minutes of PD credit!