Professional development that teachers love

Equipping teachers with the tools and motivation to improve instruction in reading and writing is our top priority. Providing powerful professional development is how we pull it off.

Meet the team

Kristina Smekens

Kristina Smekens

President & Lead Consultant

Courtney Gordon

Literacy Consultant

Shona Lansdell

Literacy Consultant
Bridget Longmeier

Bridget Longmeier

Remote Coach

Kristi McCullough

Literacy Consultant
Rachel Remenschneider

Monica Myers

Playbook Pro Remote Coach
Rachel Remenschneider

Rachel Remenschneider

Literacy Consultant


So, what does Smekens do?

For more than a dozen years, we have been helping to boost achievement in reading and writing by providing practical and engaging professional development for teachers. During that time, we’ve worked with hundreds of schools and thousands of teachers to equip educators with our practical and innovative literacy strategies.

Whether you need individual educator support or you want to launch a district-wide literacy initiative, our teacher professional development can include a wide range of services to foster long-term growth among teachers and students.


How we can help you

If you are ready to learn classroom-tested methods for bolstering achievement in reading and writing, we have lots of options to fit your specific goals, time line, and budget.


Equipping K-12 teachers with the skills and motivation they need to impact every student.

Live Workshops
On-Demand Workshops
Video Subscription

Professional Learning


Focused and sustained guidance for improving achievement in reading and writing.

Customized On-Site Consulting
Mini-Lesson Modeling
Remote Coaching


Print and digital materials to help facilitate best-practice literacy instruction.

Smekens Originals
Professional Books
Children’s Books

Let’s Connect

Complete the form below or call (888) 376-0448.
We are eager to help you achieve your PD goals!