Join us in Jasper!

Join us in Jasper!


INDIANA SESSION:
July 30-Aug 1, 2019

Jasper High School, Jasper, IN

The Back-to-School Literacy Conference offers four dynamic one-day workshops focusing on strategies to kick-start your instruction in reading and writing. Pick the days that best fit your needs. Whichever option you choose, you're sure to walk away with the tools you need to make the 2019-20 school year your best yet.


Teaching K-12 Writing: (Courtney Gordon, presenter)

Launching the Writer's Workshop Indiana

GRADES K-2: JULY 30, 2019 | GRADES 3-12: JULY 31, 2019: Launching the Writer's Workshop

Many teachers have confessed that they struggle to get their writer’s workshop off the ground. What should I do the first weeks of school? What are key lessons to jumpstart my writing curriculum? How fast or slow should I move? Regardless of the writing model you’re currently using, this full-day workshop provides participants with a powerful framework of lessons that can help launch their writing year. Throughout the day, attendees will have the opportunity to plot and plan their own instructional calendar for teaching writing during the first six weeks of school. Teachers walk out the door at the end of the workshop ready to go with their own blueprints in hand!
 

Teaching Writing Skills All Year Long Indiana

August 1, 2019: Teaching Writing Skills All Year Long

After you’ve devised a plan to launch your writer’s workshop during the first weeks of school, the next step is to look ahead toward the rest of the year. This full-day workshop is designed to guide K-12 teachers through the planning of a yearlong writing curriculum. This includes determining mini-lesson instruction, identifying frequent assignments, and communicating assessment feedback all within the three major types of writing— opinion/persuasive/argumentative, informative/expository, and narrative.

Can't attend in Jasper? Check out the other locations!

Testimonials

What are teachers saying about the Back-to-School Literacy Conference?

“The best part of any Smekens workshop is the positive energy. I love the way ideas are presented, and I always have those aha! moments. The information & resources I take away are really helpful & easy to apply in the classroom.” Denise Coules, Grade 6, SS Cyril and Methodius School, Lemont, IL

“Everything is presented systematically, aligned with the Common Core, and with an easy-to-implement attitude. I can't wait to use these new tools this semester!” Sheri Espedal, Intervention Specialist, Arrowood Elementary School, Xenia, OH

“BEST part. . .introduction of concepts AND possible ways to implement. Here's WHAT to do and here's HOW to do it. Very helpful!” Lindley Laposi, Grades 6-8 Language Arts, West Central Middle School, Francesville, IN

"The content was incredibly helpful! Many strategies were simple and easy but precise with a clear target in mind. I will be a better educator because of this training!" Meagan Joyner, Secondary English Teacher ELL, Henderson County High School, Henderson, KY

 
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Attend one day:
$225 (Early Bird)  |  $250 (Standard)

Attend two days:
$425 (Early Bird) | $450 (Standard)

 

Discounts available!

  • Register at least 15 days in advance and save!
  • Register for more than one day and save!
  • For teams of 3+: Save $6 per person.
  • For teams of 10+: Contact our office for a 10% savings.
 
Principals attend free!
With the paid registration of at least one staff member, the building principal may attend this workshop at no charge. (Registration is still required & substitutions are not permitted.)

Workshop Itinerary
7:30-8:30 a.m. — Check in & breakfast snack
8:30 a.m. — Workshop begins
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. — Enjoy lunch on your own
12:45 p.m. — Workshop resumes
3:30 p.m. — Workshop concludes
Jasper High School
1600 St. Charles Street
Jasper, IN 47546



Lodging Recommendation:
Hampton Inn
355 3rd Avenue
Jasper, IN 47546
(800) 251-5820

To secure discounted room rate, mention Smekens Education and make reservations at least 30 days in advance.
 

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.


Graduate-Level Credit

Through a partnership with University of the Pacific, workshop attendees can earn one, two, or three hours of nationally-accredited graduate-level semester credit for attending a workshop during the Back-to-School Literacy Conference. The cost of graduate-level credit ($62 per credit) is separate from the cost of attending a workshop. For more information, please contact us.


Cancellations/Substitutions
Cancellations may occur up to 3 days prior to the selected workshop without penalty. A refund, minus a $50 service fee, will be paid for cancellations made within 3 days of the workshop. No refund will be given to registrants who fail to provide advance notice to Smekens Education of a cancellation. Substitutions may occur at any time. However, free registration (for principals) is non-transferable.