Teaching Small-Group Guided Reading

Teaching Small-Group Guided Reading

In this powerful workshop, teachers will learn how to plan and conduct differentiated small-group reading sessions that result in improved student achievement. Kristi McCullough will show teachers how to support students at their developmental levels, engage them in authentic text, and provide targeted lessons to increase students’ comprehension in both literature and informational texts.

Workshop Topics:

  • Learn how to develop a schedule where small-group reading occurs in tandem with students working independently in literacy stations.
  • Obtain ways to utilize teacher-led small groups during the reading block.
  • Understand how to interpret the reading levels of students and match them with appropriate text.
  • Gain strategies to support readers at different stages of reading.
  • Learn how to tie whole-group mini-lessons to small-group instruction.
  • Learn types of before, during, and after-reading strategies and how they fit into small-group reading lessons.
  • Acquire methods for supporting readers by incorporating effective oral reading strategies.

When you leave, you’ll be able to:

  • Use small groups to support and deepen mini-lesson skills first taught during whole-class direct instruction.
  • Introduce a new text to students in a way that provides support for them to be able to decode and understand the text.
  • Increase the amount of time students spend reading the whole text.
  • Cultivate student interaction with the text during reading.
  • Organize your space and supplies to make small-group instruction both efficient and effective.

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✔ Downloadable Lessons
✔ Interactive Whiteboard Documents
✔ Blackline Masters
✔ PowerPoint Templates
✔ Related Video Content
✔ Links to Helpful Websites

Target Audience

K-5 Classroom Teachers
Literacy Coaches
Literacy Coordinators
Title I / Directors
Special Education Teachers
ELL Teachers
K-5 High-Ability Teachers
K-5 Administrators
Teachers at a Live Smekens Workshop

Teacher Feedback

“The workshop was packed with ideas to improve guided reading groups. Kristi's personality and energy were fun! You could see her passion for reading the way she presented!” Karly Douglas, Kindergarten Teacher, Heywood Elementary School, Troy, OH
“I have launched guided reading in my classroom, and I struggle with what to focus on with groups/individual students. This information is EXACTLY what I needed!” Olivia Raley, Grade 2, Calvary Elementary School, Lebanon, KY
“Smekens always has workshops that give me fabulous ideas and cause me to reflect on what I currently do. I can't wait to get back into the classroom.” Tracy McKee, Grade 2 Teacher, Saint Christopher School, Indianapolis, IN
"I love the immediate use of materials. I always walk away with great ideas right now!" Mary Cooper, Grade 6 Teacher, New Buffalo Middle School, New Buffalo, MI

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Workshop Presenter: Kristi McCullough


Attend one day:
$219 (Early Bird)  |  $249 (Standard)

Attend two days:
$395 (Early Bird) | $425 (Standard)

Attend three days:
$595 (Early Bird)  |  $625 (Standard)

Attend four days:
$795 (Early Bird) | $825 (Standard)

Discounts available!

  • Register at least 15 days in advance and save!
  • Register for more than one day and save!
  • Principals attend free with one paid staff member!
  • For teams of 10+: Contact our office for a 10% savings!

INDIANAPOLIS, IN: July 15, 2020

Indianapolis: July 15, 2020

Southport High School
971 Banta Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46227

CINCINNATI, OH: July 17, 2020

Cincinnati: July 17, 2020

River Ridge Elementary School
2772 Amsterdam Rd.
Villa Hills, KY 41017

CHICAGO, IL: July 22, 2020

Chicago, IL: July 22, 2020

Holiday Inn Itasca
860 West Irving Park Rd.
Itasca, IL 60143

FORT WAYNE IN: July 29, 2020

Fort Wayne, IN: July 29, 2020

New Haven Intermediate School
919 Homestead Dr.
Fort Wayne, IN 46774

Workshop Itinerary
7:30-8:30 a.m. — Check in & breakfast snack
8:30 a.m. — Workshop begins
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. — Enjoy lunch on your own
12:45 p.m. — Workshop resumes
3:30 p.m. — Workshop concludes
Also available as an Online Workshop
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 5.25 hours of professional development for each one-day workshop. Visit our Continuing Education Credit page to learn more.

Graduate-Level Credit

Through a partnership with University of the Pacific, workshop attendees can pursue one, two, or three hours of nationally-accredited graduate-level semester credits for attending a workshop during the Back-to-School Literacy Conference. The cost of graduate-level credit ($62 per credit) is separate from the cost of attending a workshop. For more information, please contact us.


Cancellations may occur up to 3 days prior to the selected workshop without penalty. A refund, minus a $50 service fee, will be paid for cancellations made within 3 days of the workshop. No refund will be given to registrants who fail to provide advance notice to Smekens Education of a cancellation. Substitutions may occur at any time. However, free registration (for principals) is non-transferable.

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