Teaching Small-Group Guided Reading

Virtual & Interactive Workshop – July 16, 2021


Strategies to improve achievement in reading

In this virtual and interactive workshop, teachers will learn how to plan and conduct differentiated small-group reading sessions that result in improved student achievement. Kristi McCullough will show teachers how to support students at their developmental levels, engage them in authentic text, and provide targeted lessons to increase students’ comprehension in both literature and informational texts.

Workshop details

Workshop Topics
Learn how to develop a schedule where small-group reading occurs in tandem with students working independently in literacy stations.
Obtain ways to utilize teacher-led small groups during the reading block.
Understand how to interpret the reading levels of students and match them with appropriate text.
Gain strategies to support readers at different stages of reading.
Learn how to tie whole-group mini-lessons to small-group instruction.
Learn types of before, during, and after-reading strategies and how they fit into small-group reading lessons.
Acquire methods for supporting readers by incorporating effective oral reading strategies.
After completing this workshop, you will be able to:
Use small groups to support and deepen mini-lesson skills first taught during whole-class direct instruction.
Introduce a new text to students in a way that provides support for them to be able to decode and understand the text.
Increase the amount of time students spend reading the whole text.
Cultivate student interaction with the text during reading.
Organize your space and supplies to make small-group instruction both efficient and effective.

What other educators say

“I have launched guided reading in my classroom, and I struggle with what to focus on with groups/individual students. This information is EXACTLY what I needed!”

Olivia Raley

Grade 2,
Calvary Elementary School, Lebanon, KY

“Smekens always has workshops that give me fabulous ideas and cause me to reflect on what I currently do. I can’t wait to get back into the classroom.”

Tracy McKee

Grade 2,
Saint Christopher School, Indianapolis, IN

“I love the immediate use of materials. I always walk away with great ideas right now!”

Mary Cooper

Grade 6,
New Buffalo Middle School, New Buffalo, MI

Earn Completion Certificate

Earn continuing education credit

Receive a certificate reflecting 5.5 hours of professional development when you attend this workshop on July 16, 2021.


Meet your guide

Kristi McCullough

Literacy Consultant
When Kristi McCullough leads large-group professional development for teachers, she uses practical ideas, humor, and straight talk to keep teachers focused and engaged. And while thousands of teachers have been impacted by Kristi’s reading and writing workshops, it’s her work with individual teachers which keeps her motivated and growing.

BONUS: Free Guided-Reading Resource!

All workshop registrants will receive a free digital copy of Teaching & Prompting for Reader Behaviors and Reading Strategies Guide. This guide provides insight into reader behaviors and reading strategies. Each strategy includes skills with prompts and questions for each developmental stage of reading (Pre-A/Emergent, Early/Beginning, Transitional, and Fluent).

Teachers who did not participate in the Literacy Stations workshop will also receive a complimentary digital copy of Launch the Reading Block.”

Lifetime access to workshop “Secret Site”

Downloadable Lessons
Interactive Whiteboard Documents
Blackline Masters
PowerPoint Templates
Related Video Content
Links to Helpful Websites

Target audience

Teacher learning at a virtual Smekens workshop
K-5 Classroom Teachers
Literacy Coaches
Literacy Coordinators
Title I Teachers / Directors
Special Education Teachers
ELL Teachers
K-5 High-Ability Teachers
K-5 Administrators

Workshop pricing

July 16, 2021

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT

$149 per person

Groups of 10 or more, contact us for special pricing and arrangements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I earn Professional Growth Credits?
With prior approval from the attendee’s school district, participants may receive credit for 5.5 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?
Through a partnership with University of the Pacific, workshop attendees are eligible to pursue one, two, or three nationally-accredited graduate-level semester credits/units after this virtual event. The cost of graduate-level credit ($62 per credit/unit) is separate from the cost of attending a workshop. For more information, please contact us.
What is the workshop itinerary?
This one-day virtual & interactive will begin at 9:00 a.m. EDT and conclude at 4:30 p.m. EDT. The day will include a 45-minute lunch break.
Will this workshop be recorded?

Yes! Attendees will receive access to the video recording of this workshop for 90 days after the event.

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. Cancelations and a full refund may occur at any time prior to the workshop. Upon request, substitutions may also occur when the change is made in advance of the workshop.

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