Launching the Writer's Workshop Grades K-2

Online workshop overview:

Do you find it difficult to get your writer's workshop off the ground? What should I do the first weeks of school? What are key lessons to jump-start my writing curriculum? How fast or slow should I move?

Regardless of the writing model you're currently using, this online workshop will provide you with a powerful framework of lessons that can help launch your writing year. At the end of the workshop, teachers will be ready to launch their writer's workshop with their personalized blueprints in hand!
   

HOW TO GET STARTED

 
Step 1

CHOOSE
a Viewing Option


Pick between "Verified" and "Flexible" viewing options.
Step 2

LEARN
Strategies that Work


Watch the on-demand videos at your own pace.
Step 3

IMPACT
Every Student


Implement what you learned right away!
 

CHOOSE A VIEWING OPTION

 

Topics covered:

  • Understand the four phases of the workshop launch.
  • Learn classroom-tested procedures to establish the writing environment.
  • Set the tone that writing occurs daily.
  • Receive organizational ideas for writers' notebooks.
  • Learn day-by-day strategies to introduce the 6 Traits of Writing so teachers and students are using a common language.
  • Balance free-choice writing topics with teacher-assigned topics.
  • Receive ready-to-go lessons with supporting resources, activity pages, and authentic student writing samples.


When you complete the workshop, you'll be able to:

  • Kick off the school year with a 20-day "game plan" for teaching writing.
  • Establish routines to effectively manage a writer's workshop.
  • Address common writer dependencies with procedural mini-lessons.
  • Implement a writer's notebook in the classroom.
  • Lead efficient and effective writing conferences with students.
  • Develop a classroom writing rubric that students can use and understand.
  • Transition from procedural lessons into the first writing unit.
 
Top questions teachers ask about launching writing:
  • Which workshop procedures are essential for effective classroom management?
  • What physical spaces and places should I have within my classroom environment?
  • How do I motivate my writers to use class time productively?
  • How do I help my students develop more interesting writing topics?
  • How can I motivate students to go beyond "fixing their mistakes" during revision?
  • What are some proven methods for introducing students to the 6 Traits of Writing?
  • How do I effectively organize my students' writings in notebooks, binders, or folders?
Learn the answers to these questions and many more!
 

What teachers are saying about this workshop:

"This is hands down the best writing curriculum I’ve sampled, and I cannot wait to implement it in my classroom this upcoming school year."
Michelle Keen,
teacher at Sacred Heart Schools, Chicago, IL

“I felt lost teaching writing. I have directions now.”
Holly Tilford, teacher at Joan Martin Elementary School, Hobart, IN

“Everything presented has been applicable to my kindergarten classroom, and I can already feel my confidence as a writing teacher growing! It makes so much sense!”
Meredith Wolff
teacher at Camden Primary School, Camden, OH
 
 

Frequently asked questions:

Once I register, when does my access start?

Once I register, when does my access start?

Immediately! Once you register and submit payment, you will be redirected to the workshop page which contains all the videos included in your workshop enrollment.
How long do I have access to the workshop?

How long do I have access to the workshop?

Once you enroll in the online workshop, you can access the content for 30 days. The self-paced format means you determine how fast or slow you move through the workshop.

Your workshop registration also comes with lifetime access to exclusive digital resources in the "Secret Site" that accompanies this workshop. Here you'll find classroom-ready worksheets and blackline masters, along with videos and articles to take your learning further. Teachers love the way the "Secret Site" helps them implement what they learn in the workshop. 

Online workshops secret site

Can I share my workshop with colleagues?

Can I share my workshop with colleagues?

Sorry, online workshop sharing is not allowed. Our Terms of Use specify that one registration fee allows access for just one person. However, we are happy to offer group discounts. Give us a call at (888) 376-0448 to get the details. 
 
Can I get continuing education credits?

Can I get continuing education credits?

Most likely! With prior approval from your school district, participants may receive credit for up to 5 hours of professional development for each workshop. A Certificate of Completion is provided to participants when they complete all aspects of the workshop.
 
Can I earn graduate-level credit for Launching the Writer's Workshop: Grades K-2?

Can I earn graduate-level credit?

Graduate-level credit for Launching the Writer's Workshop: Grades K-2
Thanks to a partnership with the Midwest Teachers Institute, educators who enroll in two eligible webAcademy workshops simultaneously can earn three hours of nationally-accredited graduate credit for just $375. Teaching Writing Skills All Year Long is the corresponding workshop for Launching the Writer's Workshop. (To earn graduate credit participants must select the “Verified View” enrollment option.)

Graduate credits offered through MTI are non-degree credits which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. Contact Brady Smekens, Director of Professional Development, for details, (888) 376-0448.
What if I am unhappy with the workshop?

What if I am unhappy with the workshop?

We would never want you to be unhappy! That’s why every online workshop comes with a 100% money back guarantee. We are convinced the simple and effective strategies will transform the way you teach so we stand behind this workshop with full confidence. If you aren’t satisfied, contact me within the first ten days of your purchase, and I will give you a refund immediately. There are no additional forms to fill out, and there will be no delay. Just call (888) 376-0448 and ask for Brady or email me directly. We believe so strongly in this online workshop that we give you our personal promise of a speedy, hassle-free, no-questions-asked, total and complete refund.


Brady Smekens
Director of Professional Development
Smekens Education Solutions, Inc.
 
 

READY TO GET STARTED?

Register Now
 
Flyer: Launching the Writer's Workshop Grades K-2

Immediate access: $140

 

Discounts available!

  • Teams of 3+: Save $14 per person.
  • Teams of 15+: Call us at (888) 376-0448 for custom pricing.

What's included with your registration?

  • 30-day access to the workshop
  • 5+ hours of dynamic workshop content
  • Digital copy of Launching the Writer's Workshop: K-2 ($28 value!)
  • Lifetime access to classroom-ready digital resources
 
Target Audience
  • K-2 Classroom Teachers
  • Literacy Coaches
  • Literacy Coordinators
  • Title I Teachers / Directors
  • ELL Teachers
  • K-2 High-Ability Teachers
  • Elementary Administrators

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