An Introduction to Literacy Stations

An Introduction to Literacy Stations


Before you can support students with small-group guided reading, you have to have a game plan for what the rest of the class will be doing during this time. In this timely workshop for K-5 teachers, you will learn how to launch efficient and effective literacy stations that build independent readers with targeted and engaging learning. The day starts with strategies for setting expectations, building routines, and creating procedures. Then, by the end of the workshop, you’ll have a day-by-day blueprint for starting this process on the first day of school.

Workshop Topics:

  • Learn how the five components of reading can be supported with literacy stations.
  • Recognize how literacy stations can be used to address grade-level specific standards.
  • Gain ideas for planning purposeful, achievement-driven station activities.
  • Boost students’ comprehension of literature and informational texts with listening stations.
  • Learn how to establish routines that foster independence in all K-5 students.
  • Discover how to grow students’ stamina for working independently.
  • Determine how to assign letter grades to work completed in literacy stations.

When you leave, you’ll be able to:

  • Use anchor charts to effectively teach and remind students of procedural expectations.
  • Utilize existing classroom materials to set up and implement engaging literacy stations.
  • Teach students to efficiently transition from one station to another.
  • Organize a classroom library for K-5 students that encourages reading based on interests.
  • Engage students in hands-on word-study stations that build skills in phonemic awareness, phonics, and vocabulary.
  • Begin the school year with your own 6-week "game plan” for launching literacy stations.

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✔ Related Video Content
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Target Audience

K-5 Classroom Teachers
Literacy Coaches
Literacy Coordinators
Title I / Directors
Special Education Teachers
ELL Teachers
K-5 High-Ability Teachers
K-5 Administrators
Teachers at a Live Smekens Workshop

Teacher Feedback

“Not only have I learned to implement literacy stations in my classroom, but I'm leaving with the tools and confidence to teach my team so we can all get started on a great year! Very little prep is needed, which is AWESOME!” Krystal Taylor, Grade 4, Discovery Charter School, Porter, IN

“Kristi is amazing! Her enthusiasm is contagious!” Debbie Schmidt, Grades 1-2, Camden Primary School, Camden, OH

"Kristi did a fantastic job giving us clear content that we could follow and use!" Amanda Chapple, Kindergarten Teacher, Churubusco Elementary School, Churubusco, IN

"It was informative as well as realistic. I will be able to apply many of the strategies in my classroom." Linda Maden-Biava, Grade 2, Oakwood Grade School, Oakwood, IL

Call Smekens Education toll free to learn more.

Workshop Presenter: Kristi McCullough


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!

INDIANAPOLIS, IN: July 14, 2020

Indianapolis: July 14, 2020

Southport High School
971 Banta Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46227

CINCINNATI, OH: July 16, 2020

Cincinnati: July 16, 2020

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

CHICAGO, IL: July 21, 2020

Chicago, IL: July 21, 2020

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

FORT WAYNE IN: July 28, 2020

Fort Wayne, IN: July 28, 2020

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

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

Professional Growth Credits

With prior approval from the attendee’s school district, participants may receive credit for 5.25 hours of professional development for each full-day session of the Back-to-School Literacy Conference. At the conclusion of each day, attendees receive a Certificate of Completion, which can be used to verify attendance. Visit our Continuing Education Credit page for more information about how this workshop fulfills your state’s unique continuing education requirements.

Graduate-Level Credit

Through a partnership with University of the Pacific, workshop attendees can pursue one, two, or three nationally-accredited graduate-level semester credits 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 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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