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You're going to the 2019 Literacy Retreat!

 
We have successfully received your registration for the 2019 Literacy Retreat! You will receive a confirmation email within a few minutes.

If you have any questions, feel free to send us an email or call our office at (888) 376-0448. We're looking forward to seeing you in June!

Ready to book your hotel?
Reserve your room now to take advantage of discounted rates!
 
FRENCH LICK, IN | JUNE 11-12, 2019

French Lick Springs Hotel
8670 West State Road 56
French Lick, IN 47432
(888) 936-9360


Call or reserve your room online to receive discounted room rates. Use the group code 0619SES and make reservations at least 30 days in advance.
 

CHICAGO, IL | JUNE 18-19, 2019

Hilton Suites Oakbrook Terrace
10 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
(630) 941-0100
Hilton Garden Inn
1000 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
(630) 941-1177 (ext. 1)

To secure discounted room rates, provide the group name "Smekens Education Solutions - Literacy Retreat" and make reservations at least 30 days in advance.
 
 
SHIPSHEWANA, IN | JUNE 25-26, 2019

Blue Gate Garden Inn
105 East Middlebury Street
Shipshewana, IN 46565
(888) 337-4725


If you call to secure the discounted room rate, provide group name "Smekens 2019." Or book online and use group code "SMEK062519" and password "smekensed". Please make reservations at least 30 days in advance.

Dates & Locations

FRENCH LICK, IN
June 11-12, 2019

CHICAGO, IL
June 18-19, 2019

SHIPSHEWANA, IN
June 25-26, 2019


Retreat Itinerary
Day 1
7:05 – 8:05 a.m. — Registration & breakfast
8:05 – 9:45 a.m. — Session 1, Part 1
9:45 – 10:05 a.m. — Break & book shopping
10:05 – 11:30 a.m. — Session 1, Part 2
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Lunch & book shopping
12:30 – 1:45 p.m. — Session 2
1:45 – 2:05 p.m. — Break & book shopping
2:05 – 3:30 p.m. — Session 3
3:30 p.m. — Day 1 conclusion

Day 2
7:05 – 8:05 a.m. — Breakfast
8:05 – 9:45 a.m. — Session 4
9:45 – 10:05 a.m. — Break & book shopping
10:05 – 11:30 a.m. — Session 5, Part 1
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Lunch & book shopping
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. — Session 5, Part 2
1:30 – 1:50 p.m. — Break & book shopping
1:50 – 3:00 p.m. — Session 6
3:00 p.m. — Retreat conclusion
 

Cancellations & Substitutions
Cancellations occurring 10 days or more prior to the workshop will result in a refund, minus a $50 service fee. Cancellations occurring less than 10 days prior to the workshop do not qualify for any refund. Substitutions may occur at any time.
 

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.
 

Illinois Continuing Education Credit 
Thanks to a partnership with the Regional Office of Education #19, all Illinois teachers attending our June 18-19 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-Level Credit
For an additional fee, educators who attend the Literacy Retreat are eligible to earn one, two, or three graduate-level university semester credits from the University of the Pacific, Center for Professional Development and Continuing Education. Please check with your district to determine course acceptability.
 
Smekens Education and the University of the Pacific/University College take pride in working together to make available the opportunity for educators like you, to earn graduate-level university semester credits/units. We understand that being an educator takes time, energy, and a lot of dedication, so we feel compelled to make this process affordable, practical, and at the same time rewarding.

For only an additional cost of $62 per credit, we can help you meet your salary advancement and/or recertification requirements. All University of the Pacific courses offered through Smekens Education are graded, graduate-level semester, professional development courses, designed as professional growth for educators.

The University of the Pacific is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and all Smekens Education workshops are graduate-level, professional development courses designed as professional growth for educators. They are intended primarily for the use of salary advancement and recertification. Graduate-level credit requires workshop attendance and planning, developing, and reporting on practical activities, strategies, or techniques based on information presented during the Retreat.