First Day to Test Day
A Road Map to Accelerate Student Learning & Prepare for Standardized Tests
Standardized Test Prep
Begin with the End in Mind
A 4-Part Virtual Workshop Series
PART 1 – Available now on-demand
Target the thinking that students must execute when reading any text.
- Demystify the inference process in order to answer comprehension questions about complex texts.
- Attack questions with test-taking tips to support finding the “best” and “most likely” answers.
PART 2 – Available now on-demand
Reveal to students that their thinking must also be communicated in writing.
- Define the ingredients to a strong constructed response.
- Propel students beyond simply stating evidence to explaining it.
PART 3 – Available now on-demand
Advance students beyond making single-text inferences to generating multi-text syntheses.
- Identify a step-by-step process for reading and annotating multiple texts in one sitting.
- Dissect how readers integrate ideas learned from multiple sources to generate a new thought or synthesis.
PART 4 – September 15, 2021
Raise the rigor to reading multiple texts and composing extended responses—all in one sitting.
- Provide explicit instruction on academic vocabulary to support students in decoding and responding to prompts.
- Build on the students’ knowledge of short constructed responses to generate long, extended responses.
Who should attend?
This virtual-interactive workshop will be divided into four 75-minute segments:
September 15, 2021
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. ET
Registration includes access to all four sessions: 8/25, 9/1, 9/8, 9/15.
Groups of 10+
Groups of 25+
Lifetime access to the workshop “Secret Site” featuring:
Ready-to-go Digital Resources
A completion certificate acknowledging 5 hours of professional development when educators complete all four parts of this workshop series within 30 days.
A full-color downloadable handout to accompany each session.
Live chat support from Kristina Smekens and her team during each of the four virtual sessions.
Access to all four parts of the workshop, occurring on 8/25, 9/1, 9/8, and 9/15.
On-demand access to all workshop recordings for one year.
The option to pursue up to three hours of graduate-level credit for the purpose of license renewal or salary advancement. (This is available, for an additional fee, to attendees who complete this workshop within 30 days.)
Three reasons to attend this workshop:
High-stakes testing affects everyone.
How students perform on standardized reading and writing tests has far-reaching implications for students, teachers, and schools. Insights into the requirements for test success are needed now more than ever before.
Success on standardized tests is only part of the goal.
With mastery of academic standards as the ultimate goal, targeted and intentional preparation for the state assessment helps students improve as readers and writers for the test and beyond.
Success on the test requires explicit instruction.
Kristina Smekens will share strategies to embed rigorous reading and writing instruction into your yearlong curriculum so that students are equipped with the most essential literacy skills.
Meet Your Guide
What educators say about Smekens workshops
“Thank you for listening to educators, knowing what is needed for testing, but in the end—what makes for better readers,
writers, & thinkers.”
Tricia StanleyPrincipal, Granville Wells Elementary – Jamestown, IN
St. Louis de Montfort Catholic School – Fishers, IN
Melissa WattsTeacher, Logan High School, Logan, OH
Teacher, New Haven Primary School – New Haven, IN
Instructional coach, Huber Ridge Elementary – Westerville, OH
Heidi TornquistTeacher, Elm Road Elementary School – Mishawaka, IN
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I earn Professional Growth Credits?
When you complete all four parts of the workshop series by October 15, 2021, you’ll receive a completion certificate acknowledging 5 hours of professional development.
Can I earn Graduate-Level Units?
Attendees have the option to pursue up to three hours of graduate-level credit for the purpose of license renewal or salary advancement. (This is available, for an additional fee, to attendees who complete this workshop within 30 days.) Visit our Graduate-Level Credit page to learn more.
Can I share access with my colleagues?
Do you offer a group discount?
Yes! For groups of 10 or more, contact us for special pricing and arrangements.
What is the cancellation policy?
Cancellations may 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.