Educator Growth Day

A One-Day Virtual Conference for K-12 Educators

June 3, 2021

June 17, 2021
2021 Educator Growth Day

Take time to regroup & recharge

Last summer, thousands of educators from around the world attended the first-ever Educator Growth Day. In 2021, this one-day virtual event will be even more amazing—packed with powerful strategies, high-energy sessions, and lots of moments you won’t want to miss!

Choose your date

June 3, 2021

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT

$199/person

June 17, 2021

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT

$199/person

Groups of 20 or more, contact us for special pricing and arrangements.

What you’ll get:

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More than 20 hours of relevant and engaging PD

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Downloadable handouts & digital resources for every session

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On-demand access to video replays of every session until September 30, 2021

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Completion certificate showing 5.25 hours of PD

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Practical strategies you can use right away whether you’re teaching in person or remotely

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Tools & motivation to impact every student

Choose from 30+ sessions offering practical strategies to teach reading and writing!

We’ll explore relevant topics like…

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Writing Instruction

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Guided Reading

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Social-Emotional Learning

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Technology Integration

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Remote Teaching

Session descriptions will be revealed soon!

Earn Completion Certificate

Earn continuing education credit

Receive a certificate reflecting 5.25 hours of professional development when you attend the full event on June 3 or June 17, 2021.

Who attends Educator Growth Day?

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K-6 General Education Teachers
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K-12 Special Education Teachers
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Literacy Coaches & Coordinators
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6-12 Language Arts Teachers
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ELL Teachers
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High-Ability Teachers

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MS & HS Content-Area Teachers
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Principals & Assistant Principals

Meet the presenters

Kristina Smekens

President & Lead Consultant
Learn more about Kristina
Kristina has a gift for making the complex seem simple—for showing teachers how to meet the needs of readers and writers by bridging the gap between education research and practical, classroom-tested strategies that work.

A master of motivation, Kristina helps educators find the encouragement they need to return to their classrooms and execute change.

Courtney Gordon

Smekens Literacy Consultant
Learn more about Courtney

Known both for her enthusiasm and expertise, Courtney is a dynamic personality who makes friends fast and serves as a trusted guide to teachers across the K-12 spectrum.

With more than 10 years of experience as a Smekens literacy consultant, Courtney has the expertise to support teachers at every level of implementation.

Rachel Remenschneider

Nadine Gilkison

Tech Integration Specialist
Learn more about Nadine
Nadine Gilkison has been the District Technology Integration Specialist (K-12) for 7 years in Franklin Township Schools, located on the Southeast side of Indianapolis. She is a Google Certified Innovator, part of cohort NYC#19, with a project focus on #dyslexicmindset. She believes in sharing all of her work to help as many teachers as possible on a global scale.
Shona Lansdell

Shona Lansdell

Smekens Literacy Consultant
Learn more about Shona

Always approachable and empathetic, Shona taps into her 25 years of experience as a teacher, coach, and building leader to offer practical and realistic guidance to teachers.

This professional development dynamo packs a punch with crowds of all sizes as she motivates educators to apply best-practice literacy strategies.

Bridget Longmeier

Bridget Longmeier

Smekens Remote Coach
Learn more about Bridget

Bridget loves to learn, grow, and help others. That’s why she’s so motivated to come alongside teachers as they execute best-practice instruction in reading and writing.

Bridget’s career as an elementary teacher, literacy coach and Reading Recovery-trained practitioner has equipped her with the skills to help new and experienced educators alike.

Kristi McCullough

Kristi McCullough

Smekens Literacy Consultant
Learn more about Kristi
Teachers love the authentic, “from-the-trenches” insight that Kristi McCullough offers during her professional development sessions with K-6 teachers.

Her rich experiences as a teacher, professor, coach, author, and literacy consultant allow Kristi to offer practical, classroom-tested support to elementary educators.

Rachel Remenschneider

Rachel Remenschneider

4th Grade Teacher, Leo Elementary
Learn more about Rachel
Always developing her craft and expanding her knowledge, Rachel Remenschneider is driven by the desire to make a difference.

She and her colleagues at Leo Elementary made a difference with their students by continuing with a new brand of school after COVID-19 caused a fast pivot for teachers, students, and families.

FAQs

Can I earn Professional Growth Credits?

With prior approval from the attendee’s school district, participants may receive credit for 5.25 hours of professional development for participating in this virtual workshop. 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?

We are making plans for Educator Growth Day attendees to be able to earn up to 3 graduate-level semester credits/units through a partnership with University of the Pacific. More details will be added soon.

What is the workshop itinerary?

The conference will begin at 9 am. and end at 4 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time). More specifics about the itinerary will be released soon.

Do you offer a group discount?

Yes! For groups of 20 or more, contact us for special pricing and arrangements.

Will I receive a note-taking handout?
Yes! Every session will have its own note-taking handout. Attendees will receive an email a few days before the conference with instructions on how to download all of the handouts.
What is the cancellation policy?

If you have a change in plans and need to cancel your registration, please submit your request to workshops@smekenseducation.com. Cancellations and a full refund may occur at any time prior to the workshop. 

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