A one-day virtual event for K-12 educators

Strategies to Build Stronger Readers

This fun and engaging virtual conference features more than 25 sessions that will bolster your reading instruction. Whether you are new to teaching or a seasoned pro, Super Saturday will provide the methods and motivation you need to help your students become stronger readers!

Praise for Super Saturday

See what attendees of the 2021 Super Saturday Conference had to say.

“Let me tell you, the Smekens crew did not disappoint!”

Tina Stimpson

6th Grade Teacher, Lancaster MS – Lancaster, WI

“The digital resources that are linked on the handouts are amazing.”

Jeannie Lopez

ELA Specialist, Chancellor Elementary – Houston, TX

“It created a spark within me that I haven’t felt for a while.”

Charity Aguilera

ELA Curriculum Coordinator, Glendale Union – Glendale, AZ

“Although weekend time is very precious for all of us, I really appreciated the Saturday option, saving the planning for a sub.”

Joy Yurk

7th Grade Teacher, St. Paul Lutheran School – Grafton, WI
“Super Saturday validated what I’m already implementing into the classroom and refreshed me to ‘teach on’ for the remainder of the year!”

Jennifer Amstutz

Kindergarten Teacher, Lancaster Central Elementary – Bluffton, IN

“I love how professional, relevant, and organized the event was. You made it so EASY to follow along!”

Susan Arashiro

4th Grade Teacher, Greenwood Christian Academy – Greenwood, IN
“I have been to many Smekens workshops over the last several years. Smekens truly knows what best practice looks like.”

Timothy Dowling

2nd Grade Teacher, St. Benedict Prep. – Chicago, IL

“The organization was awesome! I love being able to access breakout sessions again and attend those I could not do on Saturday!”

Constance Winfrey

Literacy Coach, Gary Middle School – Gary, IN

“I really liked how the presenters were live in the chat for questions. It was nice to be able to get feedback right away.”

Candy Tucker

First Grade Teacher, St. Joseph Elementary – Missoula, MT
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Session Descriptions

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PD on a Saturday??

Ok, let’s face it—teachers are being stretched to the limit, and weekends are a cherished pocket of personal time. So why would you want to attend a full-day workshop on a Saturday?

Super Saturday is going to be super fun! With free digital giveaways and periodic prize drawings, everyone will be a winner.

You will learn so many practical, ready-to-use strategies, you’ll be excited to return to school on Monday.


Substitute teachers are virtually nonexistent at most schools, making mid-week attendance nearly impossible. Even if you could find a sub, attending on a Saturday means no sub plans!

Attending on a Saturday allows you to participate from the comfort of your own home.

Don’t want to give up your Saturday? No problem! Register anyway so that you have on-demand access to the entire conference through August 1, 2022.

Who attends this conference?

K-6 General Education Teachers
K-12 Special Education Teachers
Literacy Coaches & Coordinators
6-12 Language Arts Teachers
ELL Teachers

High-Ability Teachers

MS & HS Content-Area Teachers
Principals & Assistant Principals
Earn Completion Certificate

Earn Continuing Education Credit

Receive a certificate reflecting 5.25 hours of professional development when you attend on February 5 or February 19. Or, watch 5.25 hours of sessions by March 6 and submit a list of the sessions you viewed.

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Pricing & Group Rates

1-9 Registrants


Groups of 10+


Groups of 25+

Custom pricing available

Your Registration Includes:

Lifetime access to the “Secret Site” featuring:


Ready-to-go Digital Resources

Downloadable Lessons
Blackline Masters
Related Video Content
Links to Helpful Websites

On-demand access to video recordings of every session until August 1, 2022


More than 20 hours of relevant and engaging PD


Downloadable handouts for every session


Completion certificate showing 5.25 hours of Professional Development


Tools & motivation to impact every student

Option to pursue up to 3 hours of graduate-level credit (requires additional fee)

Super Saturday Presenters

Kristina Smekens

President & Lead Consultant
Learn more about Kristina
Kristina has a gift for making the complex seem simple—for showing teachers how to meet the needs of readers and writers by bridging the gap between education research and practical, classroom-tested strategies that work. A master of motivation, Kristina helps educators find the encouragement they need to return to their classrooms and execute change.

Courtney Gordon

Smekens Literacy Consultant
Learn more about Courtney

Known both for her enthusiasm and expertise, Courtney is a dynamic personality who makes friends fast and serves as a trusted guide to teachers across the K-12 spectrum.

With more than 10 years of experience as a Smekens literacy consultant, Courtney has the expertise to support teachers at every level of implementation.

Shona Lansdell

Shona Lansdell

Smekens Literacy Consultant
Learn more about Shona

Always approachable and empathetic, Shona taps into her 25 years of experience as a teacher, coach, and building leader to offer practical and realistic guidance to teachers.

This professional development dynamo packs a punch with crowds of all sizes as she motivates educators to apply best-practice literacy strategies.

Bridget Longmeier

Bridget Longmeier

Smekens Remote Coach
Learn more about Bridget

Bridget loves to learn, grow, and help others. That’s why she’s so motivated to come alongside teachers as they execute best-practice instruction in reading and writing.

Bridget’s career as an elementary teacher, literacy coach and Reading Recovery-trained practitioner has equipped her with the skills to help new and experienced educators alike.

Kristi McCullough

Kristi McCullough

Smekens Literacy Consultant
Learn more about Kristi
Teachers love the authentic, “from-the-trenches” insight that Kristi McCullough offers during her professional development sessions with K-6 teachers. Her rich experiences as a teacher, professor, coach, author, and literacy consultant allow Kristi to offer practical, classroom-tested support to elementary educators.
Rachel Remenschneider

Rachel Remenschneider

Smekens Literacy Consultant
Learn more about Rachel
Always developing her craft and expanding her knowledge, Rachel Remenschneider is driven by the desire to make a difference. While working as a fourth-grade teacher at Leo Elementary, Rachel made a difference with her students by continuing with a new brand of school after COVID-19 caused a fast pivot for teachers, students, and families.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I earn Professional Growth Credits?

With prior approval from the attendee’s school district, participants may receive credit for 5.25 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.

To receive a certificate, attendees must attend the live event on February 5, February 19, or submit a list of sessions viewed by March 6, 2022.

Visit our Continuing Education Credit page for more information about how this workshop fulfills your state’s unique continuing education requirements.

What is the workshop itinerary?

The conference will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. (Eastern Time). More details about session topics and times will be released soon.

Can I share access with my colleagues?
Sorry, sharing your personalized link to watch the workshop is not allowed. Doing so will trigger a block on your workshop access. 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.
Will this workshop be recorded?

Yes, you can view session replays as many times as you would like through August 1, 2022!

Do you offer a group discount?

Yes! Groups of 10+ will receive a 10% discount! If you are planning to register a group of 25+, contact us for special pricing and arrangements.

Will I receive a note-taking handout?
Yes! Every session will have its own note-taking handout. Attendees will receive an email a few days before the conference with instructions on how to download all of the handouts.
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 workshops@smekenseducation.com.

Reignite Your Reading Instruction

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