Begin with the end in mind.

A road map to accelerate student learning and prepare for standardized tests  

If students are going to succeed on state and national ELA assessments, preparation for Test Day needs to begin on the first day. By following a road map of instruction rooted in explicit teaching of priority standards, educators can accelerate learning and move students toward test success.

During this workshop, educators from grades 3-12 will learn how to craft a yearlong scaffold of instruction that intertwines reading and writing subskills so that students achieve true depth of knowledge before Test Day arrives.


Enroll now and enjoy on-demand
access for a full year.


Gain practical, best-practice
strategies you can use right away.


Receive a downloadable completion
certificate for 5.75 hours of PD credit.


Topics covered:

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 syntheses.

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

Learn how to:

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

Propel students beyond simply stating evidence to explaining it.

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.


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


On-Demand Videos

Relevant & engaging presentations

Downloadable Handout

Full-color note-taking guide

Secret Site

Lifetime access to digital resources

Completion Certificate

5.75 hours of PD credit


1 person


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2-14 people


Group of 15 or more? Email us or call (888) 376-0448 for custom pricing.


“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
“Manageable, concrete steps for teachers to share with their students.” Ruth Wiley Curriculum Supervisor, Beavercreek City Schools – Beavercreek, OH

Building-wide Professional Learning Plans

12-month access to First Day to Test Day.
Lifetime access to the corresponding “secret site” of digital resources.

12-month access to every webAcademy workshop.

Lifetime access to the “secret site” for every webAcademy workshop.
Differentiated PD options to support diverse needs.



12-month access to every webAcademy workshop.


Lifetime access to the “secret site” for every webAcademy workshop.

Differentiated PD options to support diverse needs.

12-month subscription to webPD with access to 300+ PD videos.


8 hours of customized Remote Coaching to support implementation.


Customized yearlong Professional Learning Plan aligned to school goals.


What is included with my registration?
  • Access to the workshop video for one full year.
  • 5.75 hours of dynamic workshop content.
  • A downloadable copy of the workshop handout.
  • Lifetime access to classroom-ready digital resources.
  • A completion certificate for 5.75 hours of continuing education credit.
Once I register, when does my access start?

If you register as an individual and pay with a credit card, your access begins immediately! When you register a group of 2 or more, allow one business day before workshop access begins.

How long do I have access to the workshop?

Once you enroll in the online workshop, you can access the videos for one full year. 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?

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 5.75 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 this workshop?

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.

Every online workshop comes with a 100% money-back guarantee within the first 10 days of your purchase.

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