Summer Reading Workshops

Summer Reading Workshops

An Introduction to Literacy Stations (R1)
This powerful workshop is designed to help K-5 teachers create a plan for launching and leading literacy stations during the daily reading block. Before students can be academically engaged in literacy stations, they first need to understand their own roles and responsibilities during independent learning time. This workshop will start with strategies for setting expectations, building routines, and creating procedures at the beginning of the school year. Attendees will receive a day-by-day plan for starting this process beginning with the first week of school.

Indianapolis, IN
July 10, 2017
Chicago, IL
August 1, 2017
Merrillville, IN
August 3, 2017

Launching an Effective K-5 Reading Block (R2)
This workshop will equip teachers with research-based strategies for how to start up a daily reading block that balances three key components: whole-class instruction, literacy stations, and small-group teaching.  Reading expert Kristi McCullough will show teachers how to plan for whole-class comprehension mini-lessons that spin off into purposeful and targeted small-group instruction. By day’s end, attendees walk away with a classroom-tested  "road map” for how to effectively integrate the three components of the reading block.

Indianapolis, IN
July 11, 2017
Chicago, IL
August 2, 2017
Merrillville, IN
August 4, 2017


What are teachers saying about the Back-to-School Literacy Conference?

“I’m excited about getting school started now!” M. Wood

“Everything was totally relevant, practical, & ready to implement. Exactly what teachers need!” S. Hollstegge

“I think the Smekens approach is highly effective.” C. Blake

Graduate Credit

Midwest Teachers Institute Graduate Credit

Thanks to a partnership with the Midwest Teachers Institute, workshop attendees can earn three hours of nationally-accredited graduate credit. The cost of graduate credit is $300 for each 3-hour course.

Registration information will be shared during the 10 a.m. break of each workshop. After the workshop, attendees have 2 weeks to apply their training hours to the program. The cost of graduate credit is separate from the cost of attending a workshop.

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Attend one day:

$225 (Early Bird)  |  $250 (Standard)

Attend two days:
$425 (Early Bird) | $450 (Standard)

Attend three days:
$625 (Early Bird)  |  $650 (Standard)

Attend four days:
$800 (Early Bird) | $825 (Standard)

Attend five days:
$990 (Early Bird)  |  $1,015 (Standard)


Discounts available!

  • Register at least 15 days in advance and save!
  • Register for more than one day and save!
  • For teams of 3+: Save $6 per person
  • For teams of 10+: Contact our office for a 10% savings

Professional Growth Credits

Certified educators can earn professional growth credits for attending a Smekens Education workshop. All workshop attendees receive a certificate of participation for 5.5 hours of professional development for each one-day workshop. Visit our Continuing Education Credit page to learn more.

Illinois-Specific Credit

As an approved professional development subcontractor, Smekens Education is happy to provide all Illinois teachers with state-approved professional development credit for attending the Elk Grove Village, IL location of the Back-to-School Literacy Conference.