Strategies for Teaching
Small-Group Guided Reading

    August 4, 2023

    9:00 a.m. ET

    Strategies to improve achievement in reading

    Small-group guided reading is the key to building better readers with differentiated instruction.

    That’s why it’s so important to start the school year with a small-group game plan to meet the needs of every reader.


    Participate from the comfort of your home or school.


    Get live feedback and support during the workshop.


    Earn 5.5 hours of continuing education credit.


    Learn how to support readers at every stage.


    Tie whole-class instruction to small groups.


    Build procedures to support small groups.


    What you’ll learn during this workshop:

    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 the three components of small-group instruction—new text, guided writing, and word study.
    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 participating in the 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.

    This virtual workshop is perfect for:

    • K-5 Classroom Teachers
    • Literacy Coaches
    • Literacy Coordinators
    • Title I Teachers/Directors
    • Special Education Teachers
    • ELL Teachers
    • K-5 High-Ability Teachers
    • Elementary Administrators


    Your registration includes access to this virtual & interactive workshop on August 4, 2023, plus these great benefits:

    Digital Planning Guide

    Receive a digital copy of Teaching & Prompting Guide, with helpful insights into reader behaviors and reading strategies.

    Recordings from Every Session

    Your learning won’t stop once the workshop is over with on-demand access to the recordings of every session for one full year!

    Lifetime Access to the “Secret Site”

    Your workshop registration includes lifetime access to classroom-ready digital resources on our members-only Access site.

    Blackline Masters

    Interactive Whiteboard Documents


    Related Video Content


    Links to Helpful Websites


    Photos, Anchor Charts, and More!



    August 4, 2023

    All times listed are Eastern Time

    9:00 – 9:15 a.m. – Welcome & overview

    9:15 – 10:00 a.m. – Session 1

    10:15 – 11:00 a.m. – Session 2

    11:15 a.m. – Noon – Session 3

    12:45 – 1:00 p.m. – Mid-day recap

    1:00 – 1:45 p.m. – Session 4

    2:00 – 2:45 p.m. – Session 5

    3:00 – 3:45 p.m. – Session 6

    4:00 – 4:30 p.m. – Wrap-up


    Have you ever attended PD and wished you could raise your hand to ask a question during the presentation?

    That’s exactly what you can do when you attend our virtual & interactive workshops! We pre-record the sessions to offer you live, in-the-moment feedback throughout the entire workshop. A rare opportunity to communicate directly with the presenter and collaborate with other attendees!

    Best of all, the chat log is included with your yearlong access to the workshop recordings!

    “I liked the format of watching videos with the presenter in the chat answering questions in real time without having to interrupt the flow of the session. What a cool way to do it!”

    Katie Sater

    Grade 5 Teacher, St. Pius X Catholic School – Granger, IN


    "Kristi took a heavy topic and gave us practical ways to make big changes.”

    Jessica Hammer

    Grade 4 Teacher, Sacred Heart Model School – Louisville, KY

    "This was a completely practical and immediately applicable workshop."

    Kyle Bush

    Principal, Early Childhood Center – Loveland, OH

    “Kristi is a fabulous presenter & has great practical ideas.”

    Lindsey Putman

    Teacher, Towne Meadow Elementary School – Carmel, IN

    Pricing & Group Rates




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    Custom pricing available

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    Includes access to the recordings for one full year.

    Earn Completion Certificate

    Earn Continuing Education Credit

    Receive a certificate for each session that you complete, totaling 5.5 hours of professional development.
    Earn Completion Certificate

    Earn Illinois PD Credit!

    Thanks to a partnership with the IL ASCD, all Illinois teachers who attend this event on June 2 or July 27 are eligible to earn state-approved continuing education credit for 5.5 hours of training.


    Kristi McCullough

    When Kristi McCullough leads 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 that keeps her motivated and growing.


    What is the workshop itinerary?

    This one-day virtual & interactive workshop 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! After the event, attendees will receive access to the video recording of this workshop for one full year.

    Do you offer a group discount?

    Yes! For groups of 15 or more, contact us for special pricing and arrangements.

    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 viewing each session, 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.

    Can I share access with my colleagues?

    Sorry, sharing your personalized link to watch the workshop 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.

    What if I'm unhappy with the workshop?

    Every Smekens 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 our workshops with full confidence. If you aren’t satisfied, contact me within the first ten days of your workshop access, 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 give you our personal promise of a speedy, hassle-free, no-questions-asked, total and complete refund.

    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

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