Launching the Writer's Workshop

Launching the Writer's Workshop

Coronavirus COVID-19 workshop implications

Regardless of the curriculum model you’re currently using, this full-day workshop provides you with a powerful framework of lessons that will help launch your writing year. Throughout the workshop, plot and plan your own instructional calendar as you learn about the priorities for teaching writing during the first six weeks of school. Then, by the end of the day, you will walk out the door ready to go with a personalized blueprint 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.
Launching the Writer's Workshop
Book & online resources are free!
Attendees receive a FREE copy of Launching the Writer’s Workshop, available for K-2 or grades 3-12. This popular resource is loaded with lesson plans, anchor papers, and classroom photos and includes online access to downloadable forms and handouts. (A $27.99 value!)

Lifetime Access to Workshop "Secret Site"

Workshop

✔ Downloadable Lessons
✔ Interactive Whiteboard Documents
✔ Blackline Masters
✔ PowerPoint Templates
✔ Related Video Content
✔ Links to Helpful Websites

Target Audience

K-6 Classroom Teachers
Literacy Coaches
Literacy Coordinators
Title I Teachers / Directors
6-12 ELA Teachers
K-12 High-Ability Teachers
K-12 Administrators
Teachers at a Live Smekens Workshop

Teacher Feedback

"I finally feel like I have a handle on how to approach writing. As a middle school history teacher who has to also do a period of writing, this has been invaluable. Loved it!" Huston Mathias, Grade 8 US History & Writing Teacher, Ingersoll Middle School, Canton, IL

"My entire 4th grade team started on the first day of school with Kristina's personal post-it notes to plan 'launching the writing workshop,' and it was phenomenal! Thank you for fun, engaging lessons and mentor texts that are easy to implement and use!" Megan McAdams, Grade 4 Teacher, Frances Slocum Elementary, Marion, IN
 
“Kristina presents information without promoting a program and makes it valuable for every grade level.” Lisa Savage, Grade 2 Teacher, Hicksville Exempted Village School District, Hicksville, OH

"I am never let down when I come to a Smekens workshop. I leave every time with realistic teaching strategies, fantastic resources, and a clear plan on how to go back to school and use what I have learned." Christa Benedict, Grades 6-8 Teacher, Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Cincinnati, OH
 
“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, Grade 3 Teacher, Holy Family School, New Albany, IN

Call Smekens Education toll free to learn more.
888-376-0448

Workshop Presenter: Kristina Smekens
 
 
 

Attend one day:
$219 (Early Bird)  |  $249 (Standard)

Attend two days:
$395 (Early Bird) | $425 (Standard)

Attend three days:
$595 (Early Bird)  |  $625 (Standard)

Attend four days:
$795 (Early Bird) | $825 (Standard)
 

Discounts available!

  • Register at least 15 days in advance and save!
  • Register for more than one day and save!
  • Principals attend free with one paid staff member!
  • For teams of 10+: Contact our office for a 10% savings!
 

DATES & LOCATIONS
INDIANAPOLIS, IN: July 16, 2020

Indianapolis: July 16, 2020

Southport High School
971 Banta Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46227

CINCINNATI AREA: July 14, 2020

Cincinnati Area: July 14, 2020

River Ridge Elementary School
2772 Amsterdam Rd.
Villa Hills, KY 41017

CHICAGO AREA: July 23, 2020

Chicago Area: July 23, 2020

Holiday Inn Itasca
860 West Irving Park Rd.
Itasca, IL 60143

NORTHWEST IN AREA: July 21, 2020

Northwest IN Area: July 21, 2020

Washington Township Middle-High School
381 East State Road 2
Valparaiso, IN 46383

FORT WAYNE AREA: July 30, 2020

Fort Wayne Area: July 30, 2020

New Haven Intermediate School
919 Homestead Dr.
Fort Wayne, IN 46774




LODGING
Indianapolis: Hampton Inn South

Indianapolis: Hampton Inn South

Hampton Inn South
7045 McFarland Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46237
(317) 889-0722
Check-in: 3 PM | Check-out: 12 PM
Discount Rate: Single/Double - $114/night
Booking Deadline: June 13, 2020
Group Name: Smekens Education
Group Code: SMK
State and local taxes are additional.

     
Cincinnati Area: Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport

Cincinnati Area: Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport

Courtyard by Marriott Cincinnati Airport
3990 Olympic Blvd.
Erlanger, KY 41018
(888) 236-2427
Check-in: 3 PM | Check-out: 12 PM
Discount Rate: Single/Double - $159/night
Booking Deadline: June 12, 2020
Discount Code: Smekens Education Block
State and local taxes are additional.

     
Chicago Area: Holiday Inn Itasca

Chicago Area: Holiday Inn Itasca

Holiday Inn Itasca
860 W Irving Park Rd.
Itasca, IL 60143
(630) 773-2340
Check-in: 3 PM | Check-out: 12 PM
Discount Rate: Single/Double - $99/night
Booking Deadline: July 6, 2020
Discount Code: Smekens
State and local taxes are additional.

     
Northwest Indiana Area: Lodging

Northwest Indiana Area: Lodging

Holiday Inn Express
1251 Silhavy Rd. South
Valparaiso, IN 46385
(219) 464-9395
Check-in: 3 PM | Check-out: 12 PM
Discount Rate: Single/Double - $119.99/night
Booking Deadline: June 24, 2020
Discount Code: Smekens Education
State and local taxes are additional.

     
Fort Wayne Area: Holiday Inn Express
Hampton Inn & Suites

Fort Wayne Area: Holiday Inn Express
Hampton Inn & Suites

Holiday Inn Express Fort Wayne-East
(New Haven)

11205 Isabelle Dr.
New Haven, IN 46774
(260) 748-6767
Check-in: 3 PM | Check-out: 11 PM
Discount Rate: Single/Double - $119/night
Booking Deadline: June 27, 2020
Group Name: Smekens Education
State and local taxes are additional.

     
Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Wayne Downtown
223 W Jefferson Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 247-6915
Check-in: 3 PM | Check-out: 11 PM
Discount Rate: Single/Double - $131/night
Booking Deadline: June 25, 2020
Discount Code: SME
State and local taxes are additional.
Room rate includes breakfast and parking.

     


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
 
Also available as an Online Workshop
K-2 Workshop
3-12 Workshop

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 are eligible to pursue one, two, or three nationally-accredited graduate-level semester credits/units after attending a workshop during the Back-to-School Literacy 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.

 

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.

 
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