Preparing for Remote Teaching

How to improve communication, participation, and differentiation


3-Hour Virtual Workshop

One thing that successful educators share in common is their commitment to planning. Whether this commitment is focused on classroom setup, curriculum, instruction, or even holiday parties, teachers know that success comes from having a solid plan.

During the COVID era, however, planning for all the variables of remote teaching can seem like a daunting task. But with the practical and concrete strategies shared during this workshop, teachers can tackle remote teaching with confidence.

During this 3-hour virtual workshop for K-12 teachers, participants will learn key ingredients and essential strategies to make their remote teaching more organized, focused, and effective.

Workshop details

Topics covered:
Recognize the make-it-or-break-it role that communication plays in virtual teaching.
Balance content and instruction with the assigning of tasks and coursework.
Seek and respond to students’ needs that arise during live sessions and independent work time.
Learn ways to rally support from your students’ parents.
Understand the importance of a growth mindset for both students and parents.
When you complete the workshop, you’ll be able to:
Streamline procedures that transfer between brick-and-mortar and virtual classrooms.
Consistently communicate this week’s content and corresponding assignments.
Send efficient and effective emails that actually get read by students and parents.
Increase students’ academic participation within virtual class discussions and small-group breakout rooms.
Effectively field student questions, provide efficient answers, and customize support for individuals.
Establish a caring community with strong relationships – even in the virtual classroom.
Earn Completion Certificate

Earn continuing education credit

Attend all sessions of this interactive workshop to receive a certificate reflecting 3 hours of professional development.

Choose your date

September 16, 2020

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT


September 21, 2020

12:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT


September 21, 2020

4:00 – 7:00 p.m. EDT


October 2, 2020

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT


What you’ll get:

Three hours of relevant and engaging PD

Downloadable session handout

30-day access to the workshop video replay

Completion certificate showing 3 hours of PD

Practical strategies you can use right away

Tools & motivation to impact every student

What Other Educators Say

“Smekens workshops are great because so many things are ready to use. I can hit the ground running.”

Rebecca Taylor

Grade 4 Teacher,
Yost Elementary School, Porter, IN

“I always need new ideas for my classroom and Smekens never fails to deliver!”

Kristin Smith

High School Teacher,
Gilmer County High School, Glenville, WV

“Attending a Smekens event is engaging from beginning to end. You won’t regret it!”

Jessica Hammer

Grade 4 Teacher,
Sacred Heart Model School, Louisville, KY

Meet Kristina

Kristina Smekens 

President & Lead Consultant

Kristina has a gift for making the complex seem simple—for showing teachers how to meet the needs of readers and writers by bridging the gap between education research and practical, classroom-tested strategies that work. When she presents at state and national conferences, teachers flock to her sessions because they know Kristina will share strategies they can use in their own classrooms the very next day.

Beyond providing teachers with practical classroom techniques, Kristina is also a master of motivation. By demonstrating enthusiasm for innovation, she helps educators find the encouragement they need to return to their classrooms and execute change.

Target Audience

Teacher learning at a virtual Smekens workshop

K-12 Classroom Teachers

Instructional Coaches

K-12 Administrators

This workshop is best suited for those who are 1:1 with technology. If your students lack devices and/or internet access when learning from home, this workshop may not be a good fit.

Looking for professional development for teachers that focuses on remote teaching? Contact us about customized in-person or virtual training for your whole staff.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I earn Professional Growth Credits?

With prior approval from the attendee’s school district, participants may receive credit for 3 hours of professional development for participating in this virtual workshop. After the workshop concludes, attendees will be awarded a Certificate of Participation, 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.

Can I earn Graduate-Level Units?

Through a partnership with University of the Pacific, educators who attend both “Preparing for Remote Teaching” and “Executing Remote Teaching” are eligible to pursue one, two, or three nationally-accredited graduate-level semester credits/units after completing these virtual events. 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.


What is the workshop itinerary?
This 3-hour workshop consists of a live opening, three 45-minute sessions, and two short breaks. Start times for each session vary depending on the workshop date you select.

SESSION 1: Establish norms that are consistent and transferrable.
SESSION 2: Streamline communication about lessons and assignments.
SESSION 3: Build a positive and participative classroom culture.

Will this workshop be recorded?

Yes, you can watch all of the recordings for 30 days after this virtual event!

Do you offer a group discount?

For groups of 20 or more, contact us for special pricing and arrangements.

Will I receive a note-taking handout?
Yes! Attendees will receive a downloadable handout for taking notes during the workshop.
What is the cancellation policy?

If you have a change in plans and need to cancel your registration, please submit your request to Cancelations and a full refund may occur at any time prior to the workshop. Upon request, substitutions may also occur when the change is made in advance of the workshop.

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