Back-to-School Literacy Conference

Back-to-School Literacy Conference

Back-to-School Literacy Conference Reading & Writing

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-5 Reading: (Kristi McCullough, presenter)

An Introduction to Literacy Stations

This powerful workshop is designed to help K-5 teachers create a plan for launching and leading literacy stations during the daily reading block. Before students can be academically engaged in literacy stations, they first need to understand their own roles and responsibilities during independent learning time. This workshop will start with strategies for setting expectations, building routines, and creating procedures at the beginning of the school year. Attendees will receive a day-by-day plan for starting this process beginning with the first week of school.

An Introduction to Literacy Stations     

Teaching Small-Group Guided Reading

In this powerful workshop, teachers will learn how to plan and conduct differentiated small-group reading sessions that result in improved student achievement. Kristi McCullough will show teachers how to support students at their developmental levels, engage them in authentic text, and provide targeted lessons to increase students’ comprehension in both literature and informational texts.

Teaching Small-Group Guided Reading  

Teaching K-12 Writing: (Kristina Smekens, presenter)

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!

Launching the Writer's Workshop  

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.

Teaching Writing Skills All Year Long  

Testimonials

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

"It is a great feeling to be given the tools to start Smekens at the start of a new school year! Awesome workshops! Best presentation I've been to in 14 years of teaching!" Lacy Ehrman, Grade 4, New Berlin Elementary School, New Berlin, 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

“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

"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

“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
 

Graduate-Level Credit

Workshop attendees can earn one, two, or three hours of nationally-accredited graduate-level semester credit for attending one or more of the Back-to-School workshops. The cost of graduate credit is separate from the cost of attending a workshop. For more information, please contact us.

 
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Attend one day:

$225 (Early Bird)  |  $250 (Standard)

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

Attend three days:
$625 (Early Bird)  |  $650 (Standard)

Attend four days:
$800 (Early Bird) | $825 (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

Professional Growth Credits

With prior approval from the attendee’s school district, participants may receive credit for 5.25 hours of professional development for each full-day session of the Back-to-School Literacy Conference. At the conclusion of each day, attendees receive a Certificate of Completion, which can be used to verify attendance. Visit our Continuing Education Credit page for more information about how this workshop fulfills your state’s unique continuing education requirements.


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 Illinois location of the Back-to-School Literacy Conference.

 

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.