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

February 6, 2021

February 20, 2021

Building better writers in the COVID era

Even under “normal” circumstances, teaching writing is hard.

Educators at every level wrestle with writing because there is so much to teach and so little time to teach it well. And with COVID-era challenges, it’s harder than ever to make writing a priority.

At Smekens Education, we know you want to build better writers. In order to do that, you need a plan for teaching writing that’s rooted in practical, best-practice strategies. That’s why we are hosting the Super Saturday Writing Conference!

This fun and engaging day of learning will feature more than 25 virtual, interactive sessions that will bolster your writing instruction whether you’re teaching students in person or remotely.

No matter if you are new to teaching writing or a seasoned pro, Super Saturday will provide the methods and motivation you need to build better writers!

Choose from 25 sessions offering practical strategies to teach writing both in-person & remotely

PLAN & ORGANIZE

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Convert the writer’s workshop from in-person to virtual

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Collaborate & engage despite social distancing

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Honor the most important “F” in class—Feedback

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Plan the year of writing units (Grades 2-12)

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Teach developmentally appropriate writing all year (Grades K-2, ELL)

LESSON ESSENTIALS

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Target the Six Traits within your daily writing instruction

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Deliver best-practice lessons regardless of your classroom setting

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Maximize the I do component of every lesson

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Target the essential skills per writing unit
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Support writers at home and school with procedural lessons

WRITE ABOUT THE TEXT

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Advance from retelling to summarizing to main idea

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Summarize content-area information
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Target opinion-based reading responses in K-2

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Take note & annotate reader thoughts
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Organize text details in order to write
WRITE BEYOND THE TEXT
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Make an inference in 5 steps
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Convey inferences in constructed responses
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Compare ideas & concepts across texts
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Synthesize ideas across texts
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Raise the rigor from short-constructed to long-extended responses
EVIDENCE-BASED WRITING
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Troubleshoot the 4 common evidence errors
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Recognize “evidence” in videos and visuals
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Incorporate textual evidence in small-group guided writing
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Achieve a blend of evidence and elaboration
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Write arguments based on textual evidence

PD on a Saturday??

Ok, let’s face it—teachers are being stretched to the limit, and weekends are a cherished pocket of personal time. So why would you want to attend a full-day workshop on a Saturday?

Super Saturday is going to be super fun! With free digital giveaways and periodic prize drawings, everyone will be a winner.

You will learn so many practical, ready-to-use strategies, you’ll be excited to return to school on Monday.

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Substitute teachers are virtually nonexistent at most schools, making mid-week attendance nearly impossible. Even if you could find a sub, attending on a Saturday means no sub plans!

Attending on a Saturday allows you to participate from the comfort of your own home.

Don’t want to give up your Saturday? No problem! Register anyway so that you have on-demand access to the entire conference after the live event concludes.

Earn Completion Certificate

Earn continuing education credit

Receive a certificate reflecting 5.25 hours of professional development when you attend the full event on February 6 or February 20, 2021.

Choose your date

February 6, 2021

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT

$199/person

February 20, 2021

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT

$199/person

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

What you’ll get:

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More than 5 hours of relevant and engaging PD

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Downloadable handouts & digital resources for every session

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On-demand access to video replays of every session until May 31, 2021

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Completion certificate showing 5.25 hours of PD

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Practical strategies you can use right away whether you’re teaching in person or remotely

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Tools & motivation to impact every student

What to expect from a Smekens Writing Conference

You walk away with all the materials you need to go back and implement immediately. It’s easy to follow, very real-world.

Kelley Grate

Literacy Coach,
Bon Air Elementary, Kokomo, IN

Students’ motivation, enjoyment that they get from the lessons I take from here and then apply into my classroom—it’s engaging for them!

Tara Vogt & Aimee Wesling

7th & 8th Grade Teachers
Westview Jr. Sr High School, Topeka, IN

I was a little bit nervous about teaching writing because it wasn’t in my comfort zone. Now we are writing in math, social studies, science, and responding to reading.

Nicole Detres

3rd Grade Teacher
Liberty School, Orland Park, IL

Who attends this conference?

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K-6 General Education Teachers
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K-12 Special Education Teachers
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Literacy Coaches & Coordinators
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6-12 Language Arts Teachers
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ELL Teachers
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High-Ability Teachers

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MS & HS Content-Area Teachers
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Principals & Assistant Principals

Meet the presenters

Kristina Smekens

President & Lead Consultant
Learn more about Kristina
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.

A master of motivation, Kristina helps educators find the encouragement they need to return to their classrooms and execute change.

Courtney Gordon

Smekens Literacy Consultant
Learn more about Courtney

Known both for her enthusiasm and expertise, Courtney is a dynamic personality who makes friends fast and serves as a trusted guide to teachers across the K-12 spectrum.

With more than 10 years of experience as a Smekens literacy consultant, Courtney has the expertise to support teachers at every level of implementation.

Shona Lansdell

Shona Lansdell

Smekens Literacy Consultant
Learn more about Shona

Always approachable and empathetic, Shona taps into her 25 years of experience as a teacher, coach, and building leader to offer practical and realistic guidance to teachers.

This professional development dynamo packs a punch with crowds of all sizes as she motivates educators to apply best-practice literacy strategies.

Bridget Longmeier

Bridget Longmeier

Smekens Remote Coach
Learn more about Bridget

Bridget loves to learn, grow, and help others. That’s why she’s so motivated to come alongside teachers as they execute best-practice instruction in reading and writing.

Bridget’s career as an elementary teacher, literacy coach and Reading Recovery-trained practitioner has equipped her with the skills to help new and experienced educators alike.

Kristi McCullough

Kristi McCullough

Smekens Literacy Consultant
Learn more about Kristi
Teachers love the authentic, “from-the-trenches” insight that Kristi McCullough offers during her professional development sessions with K-6 teachers.

Her rich experiences as a teacher, professor, coach, author, and literacy consultant allow Kristi to offer practical, classroom-tested support to elementary educators.

Rachel Remenschneider

Rachel Remenschneider

4th Grade Teacher, Leo Elementary
Learn more about Rachel
Always developing her craft and expanding her knowledge, Rachel Remenschneider is driven by the desire to make a difference.

She and her colleagues at Leo Elementary made a difference with their students by continuing with a new brand of school after COVID-19 caused a fast pivot for teachers, students, and families.

FAQs

Can I earn Professional Growth Credits?

With prior approval from the attendee’s school district, participants may receive credit for 5.25 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?

We are making plans for Super Saturday Writing Conference attendees to be able to earn up to 3 graduate-level semester credits/units through a partnership with University of the Pacific. More details will be added soon.

What is the workshop itinerary?

The conference will begin at 9 am. and end at 4 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time). More specifics about the itinerary will be released soon.

Will this workshop be recorded?

Yes, you can watch the replays of all 25 sessions until May 31, 2021!

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! Every session will have its own note-taking handout. Attendees will receive an email a few days before the conference with instructions on how to download all of the handouts.
What is the cancellation policy?

If you have a change in plans and need to cancel your registration, please submit your request to workshops@smekenseducation.com. Cancellations and a full refund may occur at any time prior to the workshop. 

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