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CompCON 2023 Dates & Locations
CompCON Virtual Reading Comprehension Conference

VIRTUAL EVENT

Virtual & Interactive

June 20-21, 2023
CompCON In-Person Reading Comprehension Conference

IN-PERSON EVENT

Shipshewana, IN

June 27-28, 2023
CompCON In-Person Reading Comprehension Conference

IN-PERSON EVENT

French Lick, IN

July 11-12, 2023
CompCON Virtual Reading Comprehension Conference

VIRTUAL EVENT

Virtual & Interactive

July 18-19, 2023

What you will get

Reading Comprehension Playbook by Kristina Smekens

The Comprehension Playbook

The essential guide for teaching whole-class reading comprehension instruction

Grade-specific comprehension “plays”

Lifetime access to digital resource site

Grade-specific Comprehension Road Map

Downloadable anchor chart pieces

Support videos to help you implement

IN-PERSON EVENT

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CompCON Kit containing everything you need for two days of fun & learning

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Personalized support from Kristina and her team during the guided work sessions

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Delicious breakfast, lunch, and snacks

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High-energy atmosphere and special surprises

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Fun evening entertainment at each venue

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The opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle to rejuvenate your passion for teaching

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Time to browse the bookstore of hand-selected books and resources to support your reading comprehension lessons

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A completion certificate reflecting 11 hours of professional development

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Lifetime access to the CompCON “Secret Site”

VIRTUAL EVENT

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CompCON Kit shipped to you containing everything you need for two days of fun & learning

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Personalized support from Kristina and her team during the guided work sessions

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On-demand access to the recordings of every CompCON session through June 1, 2023

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Completion certificates totaling up to 11 hours of professional development

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Lifetime access to the CompCON “Secret Site”

So much more than a conference

Whether you choose to experience CompCON in person or virtually, you will gain the knowledge and confidence you need to build stronger readers. But the CompCON experience doesn’t stop when the conference is over.

With lifetime access to the members-only “Secret Site” and Comprehension Playbook Digital Resources, you will always have the support you need to implement what you learn.

What you will learn

DAY 1 OVERVIEW

Teach whole-class comprehension skills with explicit instruction

Kristina Smekens will kick off CompCON by highlighting the similarities between teaching reading and coaching an athletic team. Just as an athletic coach breaks down a new play, classroom teachers must provide explicit, whole-class comprehension instruction. Taking on the attitude of a comprehension “coach,” the teacher begins to equip students with a lifelong playbook of reading skills.

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:

  • Identify a set of comprehension skills from retelling to synthesizing that honors grade-level standards and best-practice instruction.
  • 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).
  • Detail the explicit instructional points that must be told, taught, and modeled per comprehension skill.
  • Describe the importance of layering instruction across a multi-day mini-lesson series— targeting a new comprehension skill each week.

AFTERNOON COLLABORATION & GUIDED WORK TIME:

During the afternoon, participants will study a single comprehension skill from their playbooks (their Comprehension Playbook). This will include viewing a grade-specific video explanation, dissecting the instructional points provided, and analyzing the pieces of a corresponding anchor chart. During this focused and guided work time, 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 to spiral across the year within 3-4 instructional rounds.

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 and advance thinking from simplistic to complex.
  • Choose text to maximize teaching time in every comprehension lesson.
  • Weave in weekly writing-about-reading instruction to prepare students for standardized assessment expectations.

AFTERNOON COLLABORATION & GUIDED WORK TIME:

With this deeper understanding, teachers will spend part of the afternoon studying a suggested scope and sequence to then determine how they might revise it to fit their unique district needs. In addition, teachers will begin to list the texts that they will utilize for specific comprehension lessons throughout the year. During this focused and guided work time, Kristina and her team will again be available to answer questions, provide feedback, and troubleshoot concerns.

Supporting Teachers at CompCON Reading Comprehension Conference

Get hands-on support

Ever been to a workshop and wished you had time to process the content and plan out your instruction? At CompCON, that’s exactly what you’ll get. 

During the guided work times, we will lead you through the planning of your reading comprehension instruction. With the help of the Smekens team, there’s no need to wonder if you’re doing it right—you will leave with a clear plan, fully mapped out!

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

All times listed are Eastern Time

Day 1: In-Person
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7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.         Registration & breakfast

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8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.         Session 1

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9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.        Session 2
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10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.       Guided work time

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11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.       Lunch break

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12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.         Session 3

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1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.         Guided work time

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3:05 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.        Closing session

Day 2: In-Person
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7:15 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.          Breakfast
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8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.         Session 4
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9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.        Session 5
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10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.       Guided work time

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11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.       Lunch break

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12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.         Session 6
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1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.         Guided work time
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2:35 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.        Closing session

Who should attend?

Teachers at CompCON Reading Comprehension Conference

CompCON is for everyone who teaches comprehension!

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K-6 General Education Teachers
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Literacy Coaches & Coordinators

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6-12 Language Arts Teachers
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High-Ability Teachers

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Principals & Assistant Principals

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K-12 Curriculum Directors

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K-12 Special Education Teachers
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ELL Teachers

Your Comprehension Coach

A celebrated educator, author, and literacy consultant, Kristina Smekens has built a reputation for using enthusiasm, humor, and common sense to equip K-12 educators with simple and effective strategies for teaching reading and writing.

As president and lead consultant for Smekens Education, Kristina is constantly developing new strategies to help teachers meet the demands of today’s College and Career-Ready Standards. She shares those strategies with teachers across the United States and beyond through on-site professional development, seminars, and an always-growing pool of print, digital, and video resources.

Why Educators CompCON

See what last year’s CompCON attendees had to say.

Jen Pugh, Grade 6 Science & Social Studies
Center Grove MS Central – Greenwood, IN

In-Person Attendee

Tricia Hall, Curriculum Director
North Knox School Corporation – Bicknell, IN

In-Person Attendee

Dr. Danielle Hickerson, K-5 ELA Coach
Clay Elementary School – Mableton, GA

Virtual Attendee

Barbara Shepphard, Grades 6 & 8 Teacher
R.J. Baskett Middle School – Gas City, IN

Virtual Attendee
Julie Meitzler, Assistant Superintendent
Bluffton Harrison MSD – Bluffton, IN

In-Person Attendee

Mike Kosty, Grade 3 Teacher
St. Teresa of Calcutta Elementary – Windsor, ON
Virtual Attendee

2021 Highlights

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