2020 Literacy Retreat: Shipshewana

2020 Literacy Retreat: Shipshewana

Coronavirus COVID-19 workshop implications


Blue Gate Garden Inn

Located in the heart of Indiana's Amish country, the Shipshewana Event Center is also at the heart of over 150 retail shops. The small town of Shipshewana attracts half a million visitors a year and is home to one of the largest flea markets in the country.


Blue Gate Garden Inn
105 E. Middlebury Street
Shipshewana, IN 46565
(888) 447-4725
Discount Rate: Single/Double - $117.98/night
$15 for each additional person
Booking Deadline: May 15, 2020
Group Code: SMEKENS061620
State and local taxes (currently 12%) are additional.

What teachers say about the Literacy Retreat

“This workshop is extremely engaging, informative, and useful to teachers. The interaction attendees get to experience is awesome!" Christina Hidalgo, principal at Kiser Elementary School, Clayton, NM

“The people here have been beyond welcoming. I feel like anyone who comes to a Smekens conference becomes a part of a huge supportive family.” Cassidy Carroll, teacher at Henderson County South Middle School, Hendersonville, KY

“We brought a group of 14—knowing the power of Smekens is to saturate the content across all grade levels. You did not let us down! It was BA-BAM our staff was needing! The relevance of the content…this was exactly what we needed help with. Thank you for listening to educators, knowing what is needed for testing, but in the end—what makes for better readers, writers, & thinkers.” Tricia Stanley, principal at Granville Wells Elementary School, Jamestown, IN

“Oh. My. Goodness. The energy and passion in this room is contagious! From Kristina, to her staff, to the educators—it is good for the teacher soul! Kids need this energy and passion from those who work with them every day! Thanks for energy and passion!” Staci Rooze, teacher at Wea Ridge Middle School, Lafayette, IN

“True inspiration! You lit a fire under this 27-year experienced teacher…which says a LOT! I especially loved the idea of synthesizing and that you ‘taught’ me to recognize that I have been ‘telling’ not teaching! That is huge! Thank you for your team of expertise! It is admired and appreciated. The secret site is invaluable! The presenter’s knowledge and connection to the teachers and students is phenomenal!” Kathryn Riner, teacher at Granville Wells Elementary School, Jamestown, IN

“I am blown away by what I’ve learned. The welcoming atmosphere was the best! I came alone and left with friends! I learned so much and have left here feeling like a better teacher who is more prepared to set my students up for success.” Tiffany Belcher, teacher at Centerton Elementary School, Martinsville, IN
Have a question? Contact our office to learn more.
(888) 376-0448
$475 Early Bird (by April 1)
$525 Standard Registration

Frequently Asked Questions
How can I convince my principal to let me attend?

How can I convince my principal to let me attend?

Download this template to share with your administrator the benefits of attending the 2020 Literacy Retreat.

What is the cancellation policy?

What is the cancellation policy?

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.
Will I receive Continuing Education Credits?

Will I receive 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 Available!
Thanks to a partnership with the Regional Office of Education #19, all Illinois teachers attending our June 24-25, 2021 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.
Can I earn Graduate-Level Units?

Can I earn Graduate-Level Units?

University of the Pacific

For an additional fee, educators who attend the Literacy Retreat are eligible to pursue one, two, or three graduate-level university semester units 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/Benerd College take pride in working together to make available the opportunity for educators like you, to earn graduate-level university semester units.

For an additional cost of $62 per unit, 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. (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.)

The University of the Pacific is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Units are intended primarily for the use of salary advancement and recertification. Graduate-level units require workshop attendance and additional coursework.

Have a workshop question?
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