Effective Strategies for Leading
Small-Group Guided Reading

Effective Strategies for Leading
Small-Group Guided Reading


CHICAGO, IL | February 27-28, 2018

Effective Strategies for Leading
Small-Group Guided Reading

During these two workshops for K-5 teachers, Kristi McCullough shares best-practice instruction for leading small-group guided reading. Whether you attend one day or two, you will leave with loads of strategies and lesson ideas that you can begin using in your own classroom right away.

Top 3 reasons to attend this workshop:

  1. The stakes are high, and the heat is on. Student achievement in reading is as important now as ever. Teachers need the tools and strategies to deliver research-based best-practice methods. The strategies presented in this workshop are practical and classroom-tested.
  2. Using time effectively is essential. In order for small-group guided reading instruction to be effective, time with the teacher has to be carefully planned and purposeful. Learn how to make the most of your small-group time.
  3. Differentiation is challenging, but necessary. Teachers are used to dealing with students who have diverse needs, but knowing how to meet those needs in the area of reading is a priority. Kristi helps you know how to meet students at their instructional level.

Free follow-up training videos:

  • Teachers who attend both days of this Small-Group Reading workshop will be given a complimentary one-month subscription to Kristi's matching videos on webPD, Reading: Creating and Conducting Differentiated Small Groups: Grades K-5 and her suite of videos on Differentiating Small-Group Instruction for Readers (Pre-A/Emergent, Early/Beginning, Transitional, and Fluent).
  • 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.

Target Audience

K-5 Teachers
K-5 High-Ability Teachers
Teacher Leaders or Building-Level Coaches
Title I, Remediation, Special Education, & ELL Teachers
Building or District-Level Literacy Coordinators
Elementary Principals
Curriculum Directors


What are teachers saying about the Small-Group Reading workshop?

“Kristi is a completely engaging presenter. This was a completely practical and immediately applicable workshop presentation.” Kyle Bush, principal at Early Childhood Center, Loveland City School District, Loveland, OH

“I have launched guided reading in my classroom, and I struggle with what to focus on with groups/individual students. This information is EXACTLY what I needed!” Olivia Raley, teacher at Calvary Elementary School, Lebanon, KY

“I love the immediate use of materials. I always walk away with great ideas right now!” Mary Cooper, teacher at New Buffalo Middle School, New Buffalo, MI

“I love the ready-to-use materials and lesson plans—you’ve done the leg work for me!” Tricia Reed, Curriculum Director at Western Boone Schools, Thorntown, IN

Graduate Credit

Earn 3 hours of graduate credit for $375. Attendees may apply the 10.5 hours of training earned during the two Small-Group Guided Reading workshops toward graduate-level credit from Midwest Teachers Institute (MTI). Graduate credit hours are for non-degree credits which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (Check with your district for approval prior to making a commitment.) Attendance at both days of this workshop, plus additional coursework related to the workshops, is required for credit. Course syllabus: MTI 509.

Register for graduate credit now.

Registration information will be shared during the 10 a.m. break of each workshop. After the workshop, attendees have two weeks to apply their training hours to the program. The cost of graduate credit is separate from the cost of attending a workshop.

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Attend one day:

$225 (Early Bird)  |  $245 (Standard)

Attend two days:

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

Discounts available!

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

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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 5.5 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 Effective Strategies for Leading Small-Group Guided Reading workshop.