Developing a Reading Road Map

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Developing a Reading Road Map for Teaching Comprehension

Students at every level need explicit, ongoing instruction that builds their comprehension skills. This type of standards-driven teaching is intended to equip students with the ability to analyze and understand all types of texts. In this powerful workshop, you’ll learn to layer skills to develop readers who can track and summarize key details, visualize and question author craft, and connect and synthesize bigger ideas.

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Workshop details

Topics covered:
Introduce the various scenarios readers will encounter—familiar v. unique formats, short v. long texts, easy v. hard reading, collaborative v. independent experiences, etc.
Dissect the College and Career-Ready Reading Standards to identify the six core comprehension strategies readers must employ.
Study a yearlong calendar that begins with initial learning from simple texts and gives way to independent deep thinking of more complex texts.
Select texts/passages best suited for comprehension instruction.
Evaluate the strengths and limitations of traditional curriculum assessments.
When you complete the workshop, you’ll be able to:
Effectively introduce the concepts of inferential thinking, text annotation, close reading, and on-screen reading in kid-friendly ways.
Weave on-screen and paper-based reading experiences into the curriculum.
Focus classroom time on strategy/skill instruction, rather than passage/novel understanding.
Pair appropriate texts with whole-class comprehension instruction.
Identify assessments that truly measure students’ level of mastery of a particular comprehension skill/strategy.
Top questions teachers ask about teaching writing units:
How do I honor my curriculum map or reading textbook series and still be responsive to student needs relative to comprehension?
How do I prioritize my comprehension mini-lessons over the course of the year?
How can I scaffold my comprehension mini-lessons so that the skills taught build on prior knowledge?
What kinds of texts and materials can I use to enhance my comprehension mini-lessons?
What principles should I use to guide my planning of comprehension mini-lessons?
How can I make my comprehension mini-lessons more effective?
What kinds of reading tasks should I have students do following the mini-lessons?
Learn the answers to these questions and many more!

What other educators say

“This is earth shaking info that is going to help us transform our elementary teaching!”

Nekita Johnson

Instructional Coach,
Mercer County Intermediate School, Harrodsburg, KY

“This workshop helps me to support my teachers better in their effort to increase student learning!”

Katheryn King

Watersprings School, Idaho Falls, ID

“Very informative, practical, and relevant! Kristina is the most efficient and entertaining presenter I’ve ever seen!”

Krystal Morrow

Christian Academy of Louisville-Rock Creek Campus, Louisville, KY

Target audience

K-6 Classroom Teachers
6-12 Language Arts Teachers
Literacy Coaches
Literacy Coordinators
Title I Teachers & Coordinators
ELL Teachers & Coordinators
High-Ability Teachers
Principals & Assistant Principals
Curriculum Directors

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Top questions about on-demand workshops

What is included with my registration?

60-day access to the workshop
5+ hours of dynamic workshop content
Lifetime access to classroom-ready digital resources

Once I register, when does my access start?
Immediately! Once you register and submit payment, you will be redirected to the workshop page which contains all the videos included in your workshop enrollment.
How long do I have access to the workshop?

Once you enroll in the online workshop, you can access the content for 60 days. The self-paced format means you determine how fast or slow you move through the workshop.

Your workshop registration also comes with lifetime access to exclusive digital resources in the “Secret Site” that accompanies this workshop. Here you’ll find classroom-ready worksheets and blackline masters, along with videos and articles to take your learning further. Teachers love the way the “Secret Site” helps them implement what they learn in the workshop.

Can I share my workshop with colleagues?
Sorry, online workshop sharing is not allowed. Our Terms of Use specify that one registration fee allows access for just one person. However, we are happy to offer group discounts. Give us a call at (888) 376-0448 to get the details.
Can I get continuing education credits?
Most likely! With prior approval from your school district, participants may receive credit for up to 5 hours of professional development for completing each of the workshop videos. A Certificate of Completion is provided to participants when they complete all aspects of the workshop. For possible Illinois-approved credit, please contact our office.
Can I earn graduate-level units for Developing a Reading Road Map for Teaching Comprehension?

Thanks to a partnership with the University of the Pacific, educators who complete each of the videos in a webAcademy workshop are eligible to pursue 1, 2, or 3 graduate-level units. (Graduate-level units cost is separate from registration fees. Units are $62 each.)

Graduate-level units offered through the University of the Pacific are non-degree units which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (These are post-baccalaureate professional development semester units of non-degree graduate level and are not applicable to a degree at University of the Pacific.) To learn more, contact us by email or call (888) 376-0448.

What if I'm unhappy with the workshop?
We would never want you to be unhappy! That’s why every online workshop comes with a 100% money back guarantee. We are convinced the simple and effective strategies will transform the way you teach so we stand behind this workshop with full confidence. If you aren’t satisfied, contact me within the first ten days of your purchase, and I will give you a refund immediately. There are no additional forms to fill out, and there will be no delay. Just call (888) 376-0448 and ask for Brady or email me directly. We believe so strongly in this online workshop that we give you our personal promise of a speedy, hassle-free, no-questions-asked, total and complete refund.

Brady Smekens
Director of Professional Development
Smekens Education Solutions, Inc.

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