Begin with the end in mind.

If students are going to succeed on ILEARN, preparation needs to begin on day one.

By following a road map of instruction rooted in explicit teaching of priority standards, educators can accelerate learning and move students toward test success.

Virtual & Interactive Workshop


Participate from the comfort of your home or school.


Get live feedback and support during the workshop.


Earn 5.75 hours of continuing education credit.


Learn to scaffold the essential ELA standards.


Prepare students to tackle academic vocabulary.


Learn strategies for teaching writing about reading.

Workshop Details

What you’ll learn during this workshop:

Demystify the inference process in order to answer comprehension questions about complex texts.

Attack questions with test-taking tips to support finding the “best” and “most likely” answers.

Define the ingredients to a strong constructed response.

Propel students beyond simply stating evidence to explaining it.

Identify a step-by-step process for reading and annotating multiple texts in one sitting.

Dissect how readers integrate ideas learned from multiple sources to generate a new thought or synthesis.

Provide explicit instruction on academic vocabulary to support students in decoding and responding to prompts.

Build on the students’ knowledge of short constructed responses to generate long, extended responses.

After participating in the workshop, you will be able to:

Target the thinking that students must execute when reading any text.

Reveal to students that their thinking must also be communicated in writing.

Advance students beyond making single-text inferences to generating multi-text synthesis.

Raise the rigor to reading multiple texts and composing extended responses — all in one sitting.

This workshop is perfect for:

  • Grades 3-12 ELA Teachers
  • Grades 6-12 Content-Area Teachers
  • Literacy Coaches/Coordinators
  • Title I Teachers/Directors
  • ELL Teachers
  • Special Education Teachers
  • K-12 High-Ability Teachers
  • K-12 Administrators

What You Will Get

Downloadable Handouts

Receive a full-color downloadable handout to accompany each session.

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

Anchor Papers

Google Docs
Downloadable Lessons

Graphic Organizers


Photos, Videos, and More!

Workshop Itinerary

All times listed are Eastern Time

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. – Welcome & overview

9:15 – 10:30 a.m. – Session 1

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Session 2

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch break

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. – Live Check-In

1:30 – 2:45 p.m. – Session 3

3:15 – 4:30 p.m. – Session 4

Virtual & Interactive

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 loved having Kristina in the chat with us responding to the questions.”

Karissa Dickinson

Grade 3 teacher, Washington Twp Elementary School – Valparaiso, IN

"Extremely practical with strategies and ideas that could be implemented in my classroom quickly and easily."

David Pyle

Grade 4 Teacher, Park Elementary School – Fairmount, IN

"Kristina is just phenomenal. The secret site is the best! The videos are invaluable!"

Amy Linkel

Director of Learning, Switzerland County School Corp. – Vevay, IN

"Thank you for making it so easy to teach kids about what is expected of them on the tests—not teaching to the test."

Annette Skibbe

Grade 6 Teacher, St. Peter Lutheran School – North Judson, IN

Choose Your Date





Pricing & Group Rates

1-9 Registrants


Groups of 10+


Groups of 25+

Custom pricing available

Earn Completion Certificate

Earn Continuing Education Credit

Receive a certificate reflecting 5.75 hours of professional development when you attend this workshop on June 3, July 28, or watch the recordings within 30 days of the event.

Meet Your Guide

Kristina Smekens

After learning from Kristina Smekens, you’ll feel excited and ready to apply new ideas in your own classroom. This is because she has a gift for making the complex seem simple. You will learn how to meet the needs of readers and writers by bridging the gap between education research and practical classroom-tested strategies that get results!

Frequently Asked Questions

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 10 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 5.75 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.

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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