Launching the Writer's Workshop: Grades K-2

Launching the Writer's Workshop: Grades K-2

 

Many teachers have confessed that they struggle to get their writer’s workshop off the ground. What should I do the first weeks of school? What are key lessons to jumpstart my writing curriculum? How fast or slow should I move? Regardless of the writing model you’re currently using, this full-day workshop provides participants with a powerful framework of lessons that can help launch their writing year. Throughout the day, attendees will have the opportunity to plot and plan their own instructional calendar for teaching writing during the first six weeks of school. Teachers walk out the door at the end of the workshop ready to go with their own blueprints in hand!

Workshop Topics

  • Understand the four phases of the workshop launch.
  • Learn classroom-tested routines and procedures to establish the writing environment.
  • Set the tone that writing occurs daily.
  • Receive organizational ideas for writers’ notebooks.
  • Learn day-by-day strategies to introduce the 6 Traits of Writing so teachers and students are using a common language.
  • Balance free-choice writing topics with teacher-assigned topics.
  • Receive ready-to-go lessons with supporting resources, activity pages, and authentic student writing samples.

When you leave, you will be able to:

  • Kick off the school year with a 20-day “game plan” for teaching writing.
  • Establish routines to effectively manage a writer’s workshop.
  • Implement a writer’s notebook in the classroom.
  • Lead efficient and effective writing conferences with students.
  • Develop a classroom writing rubric that students can use and understand.
  • Transition from procedural lessons into the first writing unit.
  • Take home a complimentary copy of Kristina’s book, Launching The Writer’s Workshop.

Free follow-up training video:

  • Teachers who attend Launching the Writer's Workshop will be given a complimentary one-month subscription to Kristina's matching video on webPD, Launching the Writer's Workshop Procedures.
  • During the complimentary subscription period, teachers are encouraged to share access with every colleague in their school, allowing the entire staff to learn key concepts from the workshop.
 
Book & online resources are free!
Attendees receive a FREE copy of Launching the Writer’s Workshop: Grades K-2. This popular resource is loaded with lesson plans, anchor papers, and classroom photos and includes online access to downloadable forms and handouts. (A $28 value!)

Workshop Excerpts:


Target Audience

K-2 Classroom Teachers
Literacy Coaches
Literacy Coordinators
Title I Teachers / Directors
K-2 High-Ability Teachers
Elementary School Administrators

Testimonials

"After 34 years of teaching 1st grade, I’ll teach kindergartners. I appreciate your help! I appreciate your ideas for kindergartners; they have unique skills!" Jennifer Sullivan, teacher at High Point Christian School, Madison, WI

Lots of information to take in. I am ready and excited to implement it in my kindergarten classroom." Karen Tippmann, teacher at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton School, Fort Wayne, IN
 
“Kristina presents information without promoting a program and makes it valuable for every grade level.” Lisa Savage, teacher at Hicksville Exempted Village School District, Hicksville, OH

One of my main goals for this year is to help my students become ‘good’ writers and to enjoy writing. As a first grade teacher, I have a difficult time breaking down the process. I go too fast…the calendar will be very helpful." Catherine Rusin, teacher at Saint Michael School, Schererville, IN
 
“I am finally not overwhelmed thinking about my year of writing units. I know what I need to do to set up a successful year of writing for my kids!” Rachel Gish, teacher at Holy Family School, New Albany, IN

Graduate-Level Credit

Workshop attendees can earn one, two, or three hours of nationally-accredited graduate-level semester credit for attending one or more of the Back-to-School workshops. The cost of graduate credit is separate from the cost of attending a workshop. For more information, please contact us.

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Attend one day:
$225 (Early Bird)  |  $250 (Standard)

Attend two days:
$425 (Early Bird) | $450 (Standard)

Attend three days:
$625 (Early Bird)  |  $650 (Standard)

Attend four days:
$800 (Early Bird) | $825 (Standard)


Discounts available!

  • Register at least 15 days in advance and save!
  • Register for more than one day and save!
  • For teams of 3+: Save $6 per person!
  • For teams of 10+: Contact our office for a 10% savings!
Principals attend free!
With the paid registration of at least one staff member, the building principal may attend this workshop at no charge. (Registration is still required & substitutions are not permitted.)
 
K-2 ONLINE WORKSHOP

Workshop Itinerary
7:30-8:30 a.m. — Check in & breakfast snack
8:30 a.m. — Workshop begins
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. — Enjoy lunch on your own
12:45 p.m. — Workshop resumes
3:30 p.m. — Workshop concludes

Professional Growth Credits

Certified educators can earn professional growth credits for attending a Smekens Education workshop. All workshop attendees receive a certificate of participation for 5.25 hours of professional development for each one-day workshop. Visit our Continuing Education Credit page to learn more.

 
Graduate-Level Credit

Through a partnership with University of the Pacific, workshop attendees can earn one, two, or three hours of nationally-accredited graduate-level semester credit for attending a workshop during the Back-to-School Literacy Conference. The cost of graduate-level credit ($62 per credit) is separate from the cost of attending a workshop. For more information, please contact us.

 

Cancellations/Substitutions
Cancellations may occur up to 3 days prior to the selected workshop without penalty. A refund, minus a $50 service fee, will be paid for cancellations made within 3 days of the workshop. No refund will be given to registrants who fail to provide advance notice to Smekens Education of a cancellation. Substitutions may occur at any time. However, free registration (for principals) is non-transferable.