Wondering if you should register for Growth Day?
Maybe you've had some of these common thoughts:
 
 
I can't stay focused during long video events.
Growth day is designed to keep you engaged with short, focused session topics. Sessions are 45-minutes long and are highly interactive with the presenter available to answer your questions via chat.

I have plans both of those days so I can't attend.
If you can’t attend Growth Day on June 4 or 24, simply register for either day and you’ll receive 90-day access to video recordings for all 30+ sessions.

Will these topics apply next school year?
Each session is created with remote learning in mind. Strategies are rooted in best-practice instruction and will apply for both remote teaching and classroom learning.

This seems pretty expensive for a virtual event.
When you register for Growth Day, you’ll receive 90 days of on-demand access to over 20 hours of relevant sessions—an incredible value for $199!
I'm not very tech-savvy. This event sounds confusing.
Growth Day’s virtual platform is very easy to use! During each time block, simply click on the session that piques your interest and join. When the session ends, you’ll have the opportunity to choose a new session to join! Quick and easy.

I'm not sure about my summer plans yet, so I'll wait.
Capacity is limited on each Growth Day date, so there’s a chance it will fill up if you wait. Register today to be sure you can join us for this event!

My school already follows a curriculum.
The Smekens approach is not to give you a new curriculum. Instead, we will equip you with practical strategies to enhance what you’re already doing.

I'm not available during the whole event day.
All sessions will be recorded and available to you for 90 days after the conference ends—even those you didn’t attend! You are welcome to watch sessions as many times as you’d like during your access period.
 
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Register for Growth Day
Space is limited—register before this virtual event fills up!

 
 
Register for June 24
 

GROUP REGISTRATION
If you want to register a group of educators and/or pay with a purchase order, download this Google form.
 
 
Register today to get:
 
 
✔ Full access to this virtual conference
✔ 30+ powerful sessions to choose from
✔ Downloadable session handouts
✔ 90-day session access after the event
✔ 5 hours of continuing education credit
✔ Opportunity to pursue grad-level units
✔ Wisdom from trusted literacy experts
✔ Motivation to return to the classroom
 
 
 
 
 
30+ sessions with trusted education leaders
 
Kristina Smekens
Kristina Smekens
President & Lead Consultant
Nadine Gilkison
Nadine Gilkison
Tech-Integration Specialist
Courtney Gordon
Courtney Gordon
Literacy Consultant
Shona Lansdell
Shona Lansdell
Literacy Consultant
 
Bridget Longmeier
Bridget Longmeier
Remote Coach
Kristi McCullough
Kristi McCullough
Literacy Consultant
Rachel Remenschneider
Rachel Remenschneider
4th Grade Teacher
 
Cherish Rochford
Cherish Rochford
2nd Grade Teacher
 
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Growth Day FAQs
 
Will the sessions be recorded?

Will the sessions be recorded?

Yes, you can watch all of the recordings for 90 days after Educator Growth Day. With over 20 hours of session videos, you'll be able to continue learning long after the virtual event!
Do I need to pre-register for specific sessions?

Do I need to pre-register for specific sessions?

No, you don't need to pre-register for the sessions that you want to attend. Simply join the session at the scheduled start time.
Will I receive note-taking handouts?

Will I receive note-taking handouts?

Yes! Each session will include a downloadable note-taking handout.
Will I receive continuing education credit?

Will I receive continuing education credit?

All registrants who participate during Growth Day will be given a certificate recognizing their participation in 5 hours of professional development.

Note: Continuing Education Credit is only received when attendees participate in the June 4 or June 24 Growth Day event.


Illinois-specific credit
Because Smekens Education is located outside of Illinois, and this event is hosted online, we will not be able to award Illinois-specific continuing education credit. However, in most instances, local districts will facilitate the state-approved credit when teachers provide the local coordinator with their certificate of participation.

"Attending" from another state?
More information about how this workshop fulfills your state’s unique continuing education requirements may be found on our continuing education page.
Can I earn graduate-level credit?

Can I earn graduate-level credit?

For an additional fee, educators who attend the Growth Day are eligible to pursue 1-4 graduate-level university semester credits/units from the University of the Pacific, Center for Professional Development and Continuing Education. Please check with your district to determine course acceptability.

Smekens Education and the University of the Pacific/University College take pride in working together to make available the opportunity for educators like you, to earn graduate-level university semester credits/units. We understand that being an educator takes time, energy, and a lot of dedication, so we feel compelled to make this process affordable, practical, and at the same time rewarding.

For only an additional cost of $62 per credit, we can help you meet your salary advancement and/or recertification requirements. All University of the Pacific courses offered through Smekens Education are graded, graduate-level semester, professional development courses, designed as professional growth for educators.

The University of the Pacific is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and all Smekens Education workshops are graduate-level, professional development courses designed as professional growth for educators. They are intended primarily for the use of salary advancement and recertification. Graduate-level credit requires workshop completion and planning, developing, and reporting on practical activities, strategies, or techniques based on information presented during Educator Growth Day.
 



About Smekens Education
 

For more than a dozen years, the literacy experts at Smekens Education have built a reputation for providing practical and engaging professional development for K-12 teachers. During that time, we’ve worked with hundreds of schools and thousands of teachers to equip educators with innovative ideas for leading literacy instruction. A Technical Assistance Partner with the Indiana Department of Education, Smekens helps educators boost achievement in reading and writing with strategies that are practical and research-based.

 


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