Developing a Reading Road Map for Teaching Comprehension

Developing a Reading Road Map for Teaching Comprehension

Developing a Reading Road Map for Teaching Comprehension

Students at every level need explicit, ongoing instruction that builds their comprehension skills. This type of standards-driven teaching is intended to equip students with the ability to analyze and understand all types of texts. In this powerful workshop, you’ll learn to layer skills to develop readers who can track and summarize key details, visualize and question author craft, and connect and synthesize bigger ideas.

Workshop Topics:

• Introduce the various scenarios readers will encounter--familiar v. unique formats, short v. long texts, easy v. hard reading, collaborative v. independent experiences, etc.
• Dissect the College and Career-Ready Reading Standards to identify the six core comprehension strategies readers must employ.
• Recognize a scaffold of mini-lesson subskills that must be explicitly taught.
• Study a yearlong calendar that begins with initial learning from simple texts and gives way to independent deep thinking of more complex texts.
• Select texts/passages best suited for comprehension instruction.
• Evaluate the strengths and limitations of traditional curriculum assessments. 

When you leave, you’ll be able to:

  • Effectively introduce the concepts of inferential thinking, text annotation, close reading, and on-screen reading in kid-friendly ways.
  • Weave on-screen and paper-based reading experiences into the curriculum.
  • Focus classroom time on strategy/skill instruction, rather than passage/novel understanding.
  • Pair appropriate texts with whole-class comprehension instruction.
  • Identify assessments that truly measure students’ level of mastery of a particular comprehension skill/strategy.

Target Audience

K-6 Classroom Teachers
6-12 Language Arts Teachers
Literacy Coaches
Literacy Coordinators
Title I Teachers / Directors
ELL Teachers
High-Ability Teachers
Principals & Assistant Principals
Curriculum Directors

Free follow-up training video:

  • Teachers who attend this Reading Comprehension workshop will be given a complimentary one-month subscription to Kristina's matching video on webPD, Reading: Introducing Comprehension Strategies to Students.
  • During the complimentary subscription period, teachers are encouraged to share access with every colleague in their school, allowing the entire staff to learn key concepts from the workshop.


“As always, important content delivered in a lively, fast-paced session.” Gail Boring, instructional coach at Albuquerque Public Schools, Albuquerque, NM

"I teach struggling middle school readers.Now, I feel like I can create a road map that will make sense because it will be specifically tailored to their needs. I am so grateful!" Priscilla Peterson, teacher at Westfield Middle School, Westfield, IN

“This is earth shaking info that is going to help us transform our elementary teaching!” Nekita Johnson, instructional coach at Mercer County Intermediate School, Harrodsburg, KY

"Kristina has a special way of getting us excited about teaching reading in the middle of the winter and school year doldrums!" Leann Gieschen, teacher at Concordia Elementary School, Fort Wayne, IN

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Attend one day:

$225 (Early Bird)  |  $245 (Standard)

Attend two days:

$435 (Early Bird) | $455 (Standard)

Dates & Locations:

February 20, 2019
Developing a Reading Road Map for Teaching Comprehension
February 21, 2019
Delivering Explicit & Engaging Comprehension Mini-Lessons

February 27, 2019
Developing a Reading Road Map for Teaching Comprehension
February 28, 2019
Delivering Explicit & Engaging Comprehension Mini-Lessons

March 6, 2019
Developing a Reading Road Map for Teaching Comprehension
March 7, 2019
Delivering Explicit & Engaging Comprehension Mini-Lessons
Also available ONLINE
Self-paced / On-demand

Discounts available!

  • Register at least 15 days in advance and save $20!
  • For teams of 3+: Save $6 per person.
  • For teams of 10+: Contact our office for a 10% savings.

What's included in the registration fee?

Beyond a day of dynamic instruction, attendees also receive a full-color packet of materials and private access to exclusive web resources.

NOTE: Lodging fees and tuition for graduate credit are not included with registration.

Professional Growth Credits

Certified educators can earn professional growth credits for attending a Smekens Education workshop. All workshop attendees receive a certificate of participation for 5.25 hours of professional development for each one-day workshop. Visit our Continuing Education Credit page to learn more.

Illinois-Specific Credit

As an approved professional development subcontractor, Smekens Education is happy to provide all Illinois teachers with state-approved professional development credit for attending the Developing a Reading Road Map for Teaching Comprehension workshop.

Graduate Credit


For an additional fee, attendees may earn three nationally accredited graduate-level credits from the Midwest Teachers Institute and their university partner, Colorado State University-Pueblo. These non-degree credits are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (Check with your district for approval prior to making a commitment.)

Midwest Teachers Institute (MTI) — 3 credits/$375

  • Attendance at both days of the Reading Comprehension workshop series, plus additional coursework related to the workshop, is required for credit.
  • MTI has an exclusive agreement with Colorado State University-Pueblo to provide teachers with an official transcript.
  • Colorado State University-Pueblo is nationally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. MTI courses through CSU-Pueblo are accepted in all 50 states.