2018 Literacy Retreat

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What's included in  the registration fee?
Beyond two days of dynamic instruction, attendees also receive a full color packet of materials, private access to exclusive web resources, fun prizes, plus breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day.

NOTE: Lodging fees and tuition for graduate credit are not included with registration.

Dates & Locations

June 26-27, 2018


Target Audience

2-6 Classroom Teachers
6-12 Language Arts, Social Studies, & Science Teachers
2-12 Special Education Teachers
Literacy Coaches
Title I Teachers
ELL Teachers
Literacy Coordinators
Gifted & Talented Teachers
Principals & Assistant Principals

Who benefits the most?
English/Language Arts Teachers—grades 2-12!


Letter to Your Administrator
Download a template to share with your administrator the benefits of attending the Literacy Retreat. 


Continuing Education Credits

Retreat attendees will receive a certificate of participation at the conclusion of the event and may utilize it to demonstrate participation in 11 hours of professional development (in Indiana, 11 PGPs). More information about how this workshop fulfills your state’s unique continuing education requirements can be found on our continuing education page.


Thanks to a partnership with the Regional Office of Education #19, all Illinois teachers attending our June 19-20 session in Chicago are eligible to earn state-approved continuing education credit for 11 hours of training. Smekens Education is an approved subcontractor for ROE #19.

Graduate Credit

For an additional fee, attendees may earn three nationally accredited graduate-level credits from the Midwest Teachers Institute and their university partners, Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Course: MTI 539 Best-Practice Literacy Strategies (Download syllabus)

These non-degree credits are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (Check with your district for approval prior to making a commitment.) Attendance at the Retreat, additional coursework related to the Retreat, and tuition of $375 is required for credit.

Register for graduate credit now.

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