Two-day Summer Conference
Learn, Plan, & Rejuvenate
If you really want to accomplish something, you better put it on your calendar! This is true in life—and also in teaching. When educators start the year with a schedule for when and how they will roll out specific reading comprehension skills, whole-class instruction goes from good to great.
Led by Kristina Smekens, this two-day conference will help educators start the school year with a personalized calendar for delivering standards-driven comprehension mini-lessons all year long. This event includes the expert instruction you expect with the added support of afternoon work time when Kristina and her team will be available to help.
This BRAND NEW event is coming to three cities this summer and also offered as a virtual & interactive conference. Choose the date & format that works best for you and register today!
Build a yearlong calendar of comprehension instruction
Build a yearlong calendar for teaching reading comprehension strategies.
Learn to scaffold any skill across multiple days of whole-class instruction.
Apply reading instruction to a wide variety of text types.
Incorporate meaningful writing-about-reading experiences all year long.
Dates & Locations
Space is limited at each location.
FRENCH LICK, IN
French Lick Springs Hotel
June 29-30, 2021
July 13-14, 2021
July 20-21, 2021
Drury Lane Conference Center
July 27-28, 2021
Early Bird rates listed above. After April 1, 2021, prices increase to $525/person.
Groups of 10 or more, contact us for special pricing and arrangements.
Your Safety is Our #1 Priority
Attendance will be limited in order to ensure social distancing of at least 6 ft.
All staff and attendees will be required to wear a mask while indoors unless eating or drinking.
Hand sanitizer will be provided for every CompCON attendee.
High-touch areas will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
DAY 1 OVERVIEW
Kristina Smekens will kick off CompCON by casting a vision for leading whole-class comprehension instruction all year long. To further articulate that vision, participants will receive a suggested list of yearlong comprehension skills from retelling to synthesizing that honors grade-level standards and best-practice instruction.
MORNING TRAINING SESSION:
Armed with this big-picture understanding, the primary focus of this first morning will be to learn the process for planning and teaching a single comprehension skill across an entire week.
During the morning session, Kristina will:
- Provide attendees a list of instructional points per comprehension skill.
- Model how to layer instruction across a multi-day mini-lesson series— targeting a new comprehension skill each week.
- Define the essential facets of every whole-class mini-lesson, including how to make lessons explicit and honor the gradual release of responsibility (i.e., I do, We do, You do).
AFTERNOON COLLABORATION & PLANNING TIME:
During the afternoon, participants will finalize their own list of 6-12 yearlong comprehension skills. Then they will drill down the order of instructional points to roll out each day of the mini-lesson series. While working independently or with a group, teachers will have access to Kristina and her team to ask questions, seek feedback, and troubleshoot concerns.
DAY 2 OVERVIEW
Map out a year of skills, texts, and writing
Knowing which comprehension skills to teach and how to teach them is the first step. The next hurdle is to determine when to teach these priority skills. The second day of CompCON will focus on creating a yearlong map of comprehension skills that honors developmental readiness and spiraled instruction— all in order to achieve grade-level mastery.
MORNING TRAINING SESSION:
Participants will learn how to parcel out the numerous instructional points per comprehension skill and plot them within three mini-rounds across the year.
CompCON attendees will learn how to:
- Launch the first weeks of their whole-class comprehension instruction.
- Spiral their yearlong comprehension skills to build on one another.
- Choose the texts that are best suited for individual skill instruction.
- Layer writing-about-reading instruction to prepare students for standardized assessment expectations.
AFTERNOON COLLABORATION & PLANNING TIME:
With this deeper understanding, teachers will spend their afternoon plotting and planning as they make decisions about their own yearlong calendars. The focus of this work time will be to create a week-by-week map of comprehension skills. As participants work independently or with a group, Kristina and her team will again be available to answer questions, provide feedback, and troubleshoot concerns.
CompCON will conclude with the last piece of this planning puzzle—a vision for assessing students’ individual comprehension skills under this approach.
What Other Educators Say
Bixby Central Intermediate – Bixby, OK
“The time to work on what we did as well as conference with Kristina one on one—VERY valuable!”
Pierre Moran Middle School – Elkhart, IN
“I feel more prepared to start/launch teaching on the 1st day of school this year—no matter how it will look.”
Holy Family Catholic Academy – Inverness, IL
Earn continuing education credit
Receive a certificate reflecting 11 hours of professional development when you attend the entire live or virtual event.
Meet Your Guide
Who attends CompCON?
Literacy Coaches & Coordinators
Principals & Assistant Principals
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I earn Professional Growth Credits?
With prior approval from the attendee’s school district, participants may receive credit for 11 hours of professional development for participating in CompCON. After the workshop concludes, attendees will be awarded a Certificate of Participation 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.
Can I earn Graduate-Level Units?
For an additional fee of $62 per credit/unit, CompCON attendees are eligible to pursue 1-4 graduate-level university semester credit units from the University of the Pacific, Center for Professional Development and Continuing Education. Please check with your district to determine course acceptability.
Do you offer a group discount?
How can I convince my administrator to let me attend CompCON?
Download and edit this Word Document to share with your administrator the benefits of attending CompCON!
What are the COVID-19 precautions for in-person sessions?
The health and safety of CompCON attendees is our #1 priority. With this in mind, in-person sessions will honor all local health guidelines, including social distancing and the wearing of masks.
- Attendance will be limited in order to ensure capacity for social distancing of at least 6 ft.
- All staff and attendees will be required to wear a face covering while indoors unless eating or drinking.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided for every attendee.
- High-touch areas will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
What is the cancellation policy?
Cancellations of in-person attendance can occur up to 10 days prior to the workshop. In such cases, a refund, minus up to 5% transaction fees, will be available. Cancellations occurring less than 10 days prior to the in-person workshop do not qualify for any refund, unless cancellation is related to COVID-19 restrictions.
For virtual/interactive registrants, cancellations can occur at any time and a full refund, minus up to 5% transaction fees, will be paid. Substitutions may occur at any time.
If you need to cancel your registration, please submit your request to email@example.com.