Super Saturday Writing Conference: A Virtual Event for K-12 Educators

February 4, 2023 | February 18, 2023

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Learn strategies to build better writers

This one-day virtual & interactive conference will equip you with some of our very best strategies for teaching writing.

During the live event, choose which sessions you would like to attend. Then, after the conference is over, you can continue learning with your on-demand access to every session through August 1, 2023!


Choose from 25+ fun and engaging sessions.

Participate from the comfort of your home or school.

Interact live with presenters during every session.


Earn up to 20 hours of continuing education credit.


Learn to deliver explicit K-12 writing instruction.


Access a huge collection of digital resources.

PD on a Saturday??

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 after the live event concludes.

Earn Completion Certificate

Earn continuing education credit

Receive a completion certificate for every session that you view, totaling up to 20 hours.

Conference Registration

One-day virtual & interactive event







Receive a 10% discount when you register a group of 10 or more.

Included with your registration

Recordings from every session

Your learning won’t stop once the conference is over with on-demand access to the recordings of every session through August 1, 2023!

Handouts from every session

Gain access to ready-to-print, full-color, strategy-packed downloadable handouts for all 25 breakout sessions!

Lifetime access to the “Secret Site”

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


Ready-to-go Digital Resources

Downloadable Lessons
Blackline Masters
Related Video Content
Links to Helpful Websites

What to expect

Hear what Super Saturday attendees had to say about their experience.

“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

“The strategies I learned in this conference were just so easy to implement right away.”

Kathryn Bedingfield

3rd Grade Teacher, Christ the King School – Lexington, KY

“Every time I listen to a video, I pick up something new.”

Nakeyta Hardy

2nd Grade Teacher, Mary Feeser Elementary – Elkhart, IN

“95% of my kids were able to put elaboration detail in … and we were only here 4 days!”

Sarah Boehme

5th Grade Teacher, Pawnee Grade School – Pawnee, IL

Meet the presenters

Kristina Smekens

President & Lead Consultant
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
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
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
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
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
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. 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 conference.

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?

The conference will begin at 9 am. and end at 4 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time). 

Will this workshop be recorded?

Yes, you can watch the replays of all 25 sessions until June 1, 2021!

Do you offer a group discount?

For groups of 20 or more, 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?

If you have a change in plans and need to cancel your registration, please submit your request to Cancellations and a full refund may occur at any time prior to the workshop. 

Get ready to reignite your writing instruction!

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