Learn simple and effective strategies anytime, anywhere.

Our webAcademy on-demand workshops allow teachers to learn best-practice strategies at their own pace, and from the comfort of home. 


So, what is an on-demand Smekens workshop?

In the era of online learning, our webAcademy on-demand workshops provide a convenient alternative to attending a live event. Now educators can tap into our engaging video recordings whenever it’s most convenient.

Whether you watch an on-demand workshop with your staff or as an individual, you’ll love the 60-day access period that allows you to watch the workshop gradually, on your unique timeline. And, just like with the live presentations, our self-paced online workshops provide the same energy, enthusiasm, and motivation that comes standard with every Smekens workshop.

Benefits of participating in an on-demand Smekens workshop

Online training videos get a bad rap—in part because they are so boring! But on-demand workshops from Smekens are anything but boring.

Capture the energy and enthusiasm of Smekens presenters.
View the workshop when it’s convenient for you—without having to miss school or make sub plans.
View the workshop from anywhere in the world, saving time and money on travel costs.

View the workshop video gradually over 60 days in order to fully digest the content.

Re-watch the video as often as desired during the viewing period.
Earn professional development hours for recertification.
Email the presenter directly to ask questions, clarify understanding, and troubleshoot problems.

Foster teamwork and collegiality by viewing online workshops with educators from your school.

Learn classroom-tested strategies you can use right away.

Gain private (lifetime) access to a treasure trove of digital resources related to the workshop.

Pursue graduate-level credit for license renewal and salary-step increases.


On-demand online workshop options

Super Saturday Writing Conference: A Virtual Event for K-12 Educators

Get On-Demand Access

Learn strategies to build stronger writers in the COVID era. Access 25 sessions offering practical strategies to teach writing both in person & remotely.


14 Power Strategies to Boost Reading & Writing Achievement on Standardized Tests

10 hours | Grades 3-12

Perfect for any teacher who works with a textbook, this workshop provides the explicit literacy strategies students need in order to be successful on state and national assessments.


Six Traits of Writing: An Introduction

5 hours | Grades K-12

Our bedrock writing workshop, this online training identifies the characteristics of good writing and sets the stage for building a common language to drive writing instruction and assessment.


Six Traits of Writing: Implementation Strategies

5 hours | Grades K-12

After you’ve been introduced to the Six Traits and you can recognize them in student writing, this workshop helps you to spiral through trait-based writing instruction all year long.


Launching the Writer’s Workshop

5 hours | Grades K-2

Based on Kristina Smekens’ book by the same name, this popular workshop has helped thousands of K-2 teachers start and sustain a purposeful and productive writer’s workshop.


Launching the Writer’s Workshop

5 hours | Grades 3-12

Anchored in Kristina Smekens’ book by the same name, this workshop has helped thousands of intermediate and secondary teachers kick off their writer’s workshop with a classroom-tested game plan.


Teaching Writing Skills All Year Long

5 hours | Grades K-12

The natural follow-up to “Launching the Writer’s Workshop,” this full-day session helps teachers plan for a full year of writing instruction.


Strategies to Teach Informative Writing

5 hours | Grades K-12

Learn to move students beyond restating the facts to focus instead on synthesizing ideas and demonstrating deep understating with informative writing.


Strategies to Teach Argumentative Writing

5 hours | Grades K-12

Gain dozens of lesson ideas to help students articulate their feelings, opinions, and viewpoints based on logical reasons and relevant evidence.


Planning & Facilitating a Close Reading

5 hours | Grades 2-12

Ramp up the rigor in your classroom with an intentional focus on close reading. Learn the four-step process for planning a close reading in this demystifying workshop.


Writing After a Close Reading

5 hours | Grades 2-12

Prepare students to respond to close reading with complex writing tasks that address persuasive, argumentative, informative, and narrative writing.


An Introduction to Literacy Stations

5 hours | Grades K-5

This workshop provides foundational strategies for leading an effective reading block that utilizes literacy stations to foster independent learning.


Strategies for Teaching Small-Group Guided Reading

5 hours | Grades K-5

Learn how to boost achievement with small-group differentiated instruction in this workshop for elementary teachers.


Utilizing Data to Differentiate Small-Group Guided Reading

5 hours | Grades K-5

Add more value to your small-group reading instruction when you learn to use data as the basis for yearlong differentiation.


Developing a Reading Road Map for Teaching Comprehension

5 hours | Grades K-12

In this paradigm-changing workshop, you’ll learn to improve comprehension instruction by rooting your whole-class teaching in standards and skills rather than the text.


Delivering Explicit & Engaging Comprehension Mini-Lessons

5 hours | Grades K-12

Learn to execute whole-class comprehension mini-lessons that spiral through standards and skills—and keep students engaged along the way.

Not sure which workshop is best for you?

Choosing the “best-fit” online workshop may seem like a daunting task. We want to help! Let’s schedule a short phone call to discuss your specific professional development goals. If we have a workshop that fits your need, we’ll get you connected.

What other educators say

“Last spring my colleagues and I took the online workshop—Launching the Writer’s Workshop. It has greatly improved our writing block and has become the favorite part of our day.”

Dawn Gray

Grove City Christian School, Grove City, OH

“Everyone is a reading and writing teacher—after being ‘Smekenized’ it all seems attainable! I enjoy all that you bring to education!”

Mary-Kathryn Warco

Saint Walter School, Roselle, IL

“Thank you for being an energetic model/inspiration for what a classroom teacher can be! I can’t help but think how much more engaged our students would be if our teachers were as animated and intentional as you are!”

Hilary Holmes

Alvis Elementary School, Clayton, NM

How much do on-demand workshops cost?

On-demand Smekens workshops vary in cost depending on the workshop and the number of participants.

5-Hour Workshops | 60-day video access

$139 per person
$124 for teams of 3 or more
Site licenses starting at $2,500

10-Hour Workshops | 90-day video access

$264 per person
$249 for teams of 3 or more
Site licenses starting at $4,500


Meet our workshop presenters

Kristina Smekens

Lead Consultant

Kristi McCullough

Literacy Consultant

Top questions about Smekens on-demand workshops

When do online workshops occur?
Smekens online workshops are available on-demand. Each workshop is pre-recorded and ready when you are.
How far in advance do I need to arrange an online workshop?

If you are paying with a credit card, you can access any online workshop immediately. If you pay with a purchase order, your access can start in one business day or less.

What is included with an online workshop?
When you register for an online workshop, you get at least 60-day access to video footage captured during a live, full-day seminar. In addition to at least five hours of video, registrants also receive a full-color downloadable handout and lifetime access to a password-protected “secret website” of related resources.
How do I register and pay?
Individual educators may register online with a credit card or by submitting a downloadable registration form with a purchase order. Groups of two or more should email or fax the downloadable registration form to Smekens Education with a purchase order.
What happens after I register?
When individual educators register online with a credit card, they will be linked directly to the workshop. When groups of two or more register, easy-to-follow access instructions will be emailed to all participants.
Am I allowed to share my online workshop with others?
Allowing others to view or access your personal online workshop registration is prohibited. However, schools may purchase a site license to allow every teacher to have their own personal registration.
Are online workshops appropriate for an entire staff?
Absolutely! In fact, most of our online workshop participants gain access through a school site license. Viewing an online workshop together as a staff is an excellent way to build shared goals and understanding.
Are online workshops interactive?
Every online workshop is broken into several smaller video segments that frequently end with a prompt from the instructor to “turn and talk.” If you’re watching by yourself, this time can be used for reflection. If you’re watching with a group, collegial conversations are encouraged.
What is a site license?
Site licenses are available for schools and districts with 20 or more participants and include a substantially discounted rate, along with negotiated access periods.
Do you have a satisfaction guarantee?
We would never want you to be unhappy! That’s why every online workshop comes with a 100% money-back guarantee. We are convinced the simple and effective strategies will transform the way you teach so we stand behind this workshop with full confidence. If you aren’t satisfied, contact me within the first ten days of your purchase, and I will give you a refund immediately. There are no additional forms to fill out, and there will be no delay. Just call (888) 376-0448 and ask for Brady or email me directly. We believe so strongly in this online workshop that we give you our personal promise of a speedy, hassle-free, no-questions-asked, total and complete refund.

Brady Smekens
Director of Professional Development
Smekens Education Solutions, Inc.

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