An Introduction to Literacy Stations

Virtual & Interactive Workshop – July 15, 2021


Strategies to improve achievement in reading

Before you can support students with small-group guided reading, you have to have a game plan for what the rest of the class will be doing during this time. In this virtual and interactive workshop for K-5 teachers, you will learn how to launch efficient and effective literacy stations that build independent readers with targeted and engaging learning. The day starts with strategies for setting expectations, building routines, and creating procedures. Then, by the end of the workshop, you’ll have a day-by-day blueprint for starting this process on the first day of school.

Workshop details

Workshop Topics
Learn how the five components of reading can be supported with literacy stations.
Recognize how literacy stations can be used to address grade-level specific standards.
Gain ideas for planning purposeful, achievement-driven station activities.
Boost students’ comprehension of literature and informational texts with listening stations.
Learn how to establish routines that foster independence in all K-5 students.
Discover how to grow students’ stamina for working independently.
Determine how to assign letter grades to work completed in literacy stations.
After completing this workshop, you will be able to:
Use anchor charts to effectively teach and remind students of procedural expectations.
Utilize existing classroom materials to set up and implement engaging literacy stations.
Teach students to efficiently transition from one station to another.
Organize a classroom library for K-5 students that encourages reading based on interests.
Engage students in hands-on word-study stations that build skills in phonemic awareness, phonics, and vocabulary.
Begin the school year with your own 6-week “game plan” for launching literacy stations.

What other educators say

“Not only have I learned to implement literacy stations in my classroom, but I’m leaving with the tools and confidence to teach my team so we can all get started on a great year! Very little prep is needed, which is AWESOME!”

Krystal Taylor

Grade 4,
Discovery Charter School, Porter, IN

“Kristi presented meaningful content in an enthusiastic manner. There is a certain quality to Smekens events that cannot be quantified! I can hardly wait to come back tomorrow.”

Stacy Knoop

Assistant Principal,
Douglas MacArthur Kindergarten Academy, Indianapolis, IN

“It was informative as well as realistic. I will be able to apply many of the strategies in my classroom.”

Linda Maden-Biava

Grade 2,
Oakwood Grade School, Oakwood, IL

Earn Completion Certificate

Earn continuing education credit

Receive a certificate reflecting 5.5 hours of professional development when you attend this workshop on July 15, 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 copy of Launch the Reading Block!

All workshop registrants will receive a free digital copy of Launch the Reading Block.

This popular resource includes simple & effective mini-lessons that sequence the start-up of the reader’s workshop. A 30-day calendar is included, outlining a day-by-day schedule of mini-lessons needed to achieve this during the first six weeks. It includes lessons suggestions for reading mini-lessons, routines & procedures, first literacy stations, managing assessments, and first meetings with small groups.

Get 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 15, 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 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.

Ready to launch effective literacy stations?