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February 6, 2021 | February 20, 2021

Upcoming Teacher Workshops

Increase the effectiveness of your teaching with these powerful workshops.

Super Saturday Writing Conference

February 2021
This fun and engaging day of learning will feature more than 25 virtual, interactive sessions that will bolster your writing instruction whether you’re teaching students in person or remotely.

Educator Growth Day

June 2021

Back by popular demand, this one-day virtual event will address popular topics like reading and writing instruction, social-emotional learning, technology integration, and remote teaching!


June – July 2021

Join Kristina Smekens for this two-day interactive, hands-on conference where attendees will build their own yearlong calendar for teaching whole-class reading comprehension!

Kristi McCullough presenting An Introduction to Literacy Stations

Literacy Stations

July 2020
In this timely virtual workshop, learn how to launch efficient and effective literacy stations that build independent readers with targeted and engaging learning.
Kristi McCullough presenting Strategies for Teaching Small-Group Guided Reading

Guided Reading

July 2020

During this virtual workshop, learn how to plan and conduct differentiated small-group reading sessions that result in improved student achievement.

Kristina Smekens presenting Launching the Writer's Workshop

Launching the Writer’s Workshop

August 2020
Anchored in Kristina’s popular book, this virtual workshop has helped thousands of teachers launch their writer’s workshop with a proven game plan.

Our Approach

Here’s why schools partner with Smekens Education.

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 teaching in person or virtually.

3. We think professional learning should be fun. (Especially during a pandemic!)

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Services we provide

Teacher Training

Live Virtual Training
Virtual/Interactive Workshops
On-Demand Workshops
On-Site Training
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Professional Learning

Professional Learning

Live Virtual Consulting
Remote Coaching
Mini-Lesson Modeling
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Books & Resources

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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

Holmes Middle School, Covington, KY

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