reading & writing 

Professional
Development for
Teachers K-12

Boost achievement with strategies that are simple & effective

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Our Approach

We’re not your typical professional development provider

1. We help educators teach reading and writing standards with strategies that are simple and effective.

2. Our professional development is so practical, you can get started implementing right away.

3. We think learning should be fun. (That includes professional learning, too!)

Reading & Writing Experts

Services we provide

Teacher Training

Live Workshops
Online Workshops
On-Site Training
Live Virtual Training
Video Subscription
Professional Learning

Professional Learning

Online Consulting
Mini-Lesson Modeling
Remote Coaching
Video Subscription

Books & Resources

Launching the Writer’s Workshops
Smekens Originals
Mentor Texts
Professional Books
The Literacy Store

How it works

Learn simple strategies

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

Start implementing

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

Impact every student

Build successful readers and writers with practical strategies that work.

What other educators say

“Kristina was someone we really wanted to bring to Kettering, so all of our teachers could learn from her and with her.”

Michele Massa

Literacy Coach,
Kettering Schools, Kettering, OH

“All of us felt like, this is it. We can’t wait to get back to our district and start writing. This is our answer we have been waiting for for a long time.”

Julie Cox

District Literacy Coach,
Danville District 118, Danville, IL

“More intentional writing with a little mini-lesson thrown in. I think we were kind of stuck in the past of ‘I have to lecture share for 30 minutes and then we can write for 10.’”

Jeanetta Kathman

Principal,
Holmes Middle School, Covington, KY

Live Teacher Workshops

Mark your calendar

Pull out your calendar now and set aside some time to attend a Smekens workshop and learn strategies for making next school year your best yet.

Build a Yearlong Comprehension Calendar

Build a Comprehension Calendar

July 2020
When educators start the year with a schedule for when and how they will roll out specific reading comprehension skills, whole-class instruction goes from good to great.

Launching the Writer’s Workshop

July 2020
Anchored in the book by the same name, this full-day workshop has helped thousands of teachers launch their writer’s workshop with a proven game plan.

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