PRACTICAL & ENGAGING PD
Moving the dial on literacy achievement starts with effective teacher training
Let’s face it—today’s teachers are overwhelmed by training! Whether the focus is CPR or mental health, teachers are supposed to know it all. But as important as these topics are, there are few priorities more important than teaching reading and writing.
If teachers are going to improve student achievement in literacy, they need the knowledge and know-how to execute best-practice strategies in their own classrooms. We are ready to help with strategies that are simple and effective.
School Improvement Challenges
The problems we solve
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS
Let’s look at the options
Every school has unique circumstances that require a customized approach to teacher training. Our lineup of training options offers solutions for every school and every budget.
Powerful one and two-day workshops hosted by Smekens Education and conducted throughout Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Ohio.
Self-paced video workshops appropriate for groups or individuals and focusing on a specific aspect of teaching reading or writing.
Customized On-Site Training
Targeted on-site training that may involve one or multiple days with entire staffs, grade-level teams, or literacy leaders.
Live Virtual Training
Perfect for schools located far from the Midwest, virtual training has all the perks of customized on-site training—but without the travel costs.
On-Demand Video Subscription
With more than 200 engaging videos to choose from, differentiated teacher training is a reality when you subscribe to webPD.
What other educators say
“After 30 years of teaching, this is the best writing PD I have ever experienced. It’s not selling a program but taking research-based best practices and showing teachers how to practically implement and truly improve teaching.”
Literacy Coach / Coordinator,
Hagood Elementary School, Pickens, SC
“I think all of your trainings are valuable—our students are improving each year when our teachers attend your trainings…As an administrator, it helps me to better understand argument writing at a much deeper level—this helps me help the teachers. Top notch!”
Indian Springs Middle School,
Columbia City, IN
“So much practical information that aligns to the standards, can be explicitly taught, and helps us reflect upon what we are currently doing and adjust!”
Pawnee Elementary School, Pawnee, IL
Top questions about Smekens teacher training
What type of teacher training does Smekens offer?
At Smekens Education, we offer professional development for teachers that focuses on best-practice strategies for teaching reading and writing. Whether you teach kindergarten or senior English, you’ll love the practical techniques that boost achievement at every level.
Is Smekens a "program"?
Smekens Education equips educators with research-based strategies that will complement the programs schools already have in place. Our professional development for teachers doesn’t require that you reinvent the wheel or conform to a strict regimen of procedures. Instead, it’s about improving reading and writing instruction with strategies that are simple and effective.
Does Smekens training require the purchase of additional resources?
While there may be books and resources that we will recommend, our professional development for teachers never requires the purchase of additional materials.
How do all the Smekens training options work together?
When schools provide professional development for teachers with Smekens Education, they can rest assured that the ideas shared are clear and consistent among all channels. Whether you attend a workshop, work with an on-site consultant, or purchase a video subscription, the training content comes from a bank of fully-vetted strategies that are research-based and classroom-tested.
What make Smekens training unique?
Regardless of the training vehicle you choose, Smekens Education is known for providing engaging professional development for teachers that is rooted in reading and writing strategies that are simple and effective. Teachers leave Smekens trainings ready to implement their ideas the very next day.
What types of schools and district typically work with Smekens?
Schools of all shapes and sizes have benefitted from the professional development provided by Smekens Education. However, our typical customers are public and private schools and districts with an enrollment of less than 15,000 students.