Online Workshop:
Delivering Explicit & Engaging Comprehension Mini-Lessons

Online Workshop:
Delivering Explicit & Engaging Comprehension Mini-Lessons

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A completion certificate is available for download at the end of the workshop,
but you do not have the flexibility to jump ahead in any video segment.
No completion certificates are awarded at the end of the workshop, but you have the flexibility to jump ahead in any video segment.
Delivering Explicit & Engaging Comprehension Mini-Lessons $140

Delivering Explicit & Engaging Comprehension Mini-Lessons 

After developing a road map for teaching comprehension, this workshop focuses on the scaffold of comprehension mini-lessons to follow. Participants will learn ways to make their whole-class mini-lessons more explicit and dynamic while receiving numerous mini-lesson concepts per comprehension strategy!


  • Identify a gradual release that guides students from a basic application to a deep understanding of any reading skill/strategy.
  • Study grade-specific instructional calendars that spiral through the six comprehension strategies all year long.
  • Receive a sequence of classroom-tested mini-lessons that rely on textual evidence to support retelling/summarizing ideas, determining main ideas, visualizing ideas, questioning ideas, making connections, and synthesizing ideas.
  • Discover how to adjust instruction to address the same comprehension skills when reading literature (fiction) versus informational texts (nonfiction).
  • View various lessons executed and recorded within actual classrooms.
  • Learn to blend explicit instruction of individual strategies with all-encompassing close-reading experiences.
  • Identify various writing-about-reading products (e.g., constructed and extended responses) that honor students' developmental readiness.

When you complete the workshop, you'll be able to:

  • Execute comprehension mini-lessons that are short, effective, and powerful.
  • Make reading lessons more visual through anchor charts, Think Alouds, hand signals, concrete triggers, and more.
  • Deliver a multi-week study that acknowledges the developmental progression of comprehension strategies.
  • Execute a yearlong plan that emphasizes spiraling through previously-taught skills, while encouraging students to juggle multiple strategies simultaneously.
  • Implement Kristina's favorite whole-class comprehension mini-lessons.

Kristina provides the answers to these questions and many more!


What teachers say about this workshop

“Oh my goodness! This was so much more than I was expecting. I have learned so much about how the standards are organized, how to use that to target my reading instruction & spiral it through the year. The framework gives me a solid starting point to plan my year. It’s going to change what kind of reading teacher I am—drastically!” Corey Massarelli, teacher at Valley Elementary School, Beavercreek, OH

"Absolutely love the energy and passion Kristina has for reading instruction. It is infectious!" Kayla Nietfeld, teacher at East Elementary School, Portland, IN

"This is the first time I have been taught 'how' to teach a skill! I have always been shown 'what' it is, but not 'how'! Love it!" Pleasant Marsee, teacher at Bowen Elementary School, Stanton, KY

"It has totally revamped the way I will be teaching! This is the best workshop that I have attended. I will be able to implement the mini-lessons because you have prepared me so well!" Linda Loera, teacher at St. John Bosco School, Hammond, IN

"Bravo! Best conference I've ever attended in my 26 years of teaching. I'm ready/ equipped to teach the reading strategies in an engaging/meaningful way for my students!" Marcia Whitley, teacher at Mt. Zion Grade School, Mt. Zion, IL

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the workshop start and finish?

The workshop can begin at any time.

How long do I have access to the workshop?

After enrollment, students have access to the content for 30 days. You determine how fast or slow you want to progress through the workshop during this time.

Can I share my workshop with colleagues?

Sorry, online workshop sharing is not allowed. Our Terms of Use specify that one registration fee allows access for just one person. However, we are happy to offer group discounts. Give us a call at (888) 376-0448 to get the details.

Can I get continuing education credits?

Most likely! With prior approval from your school district, participants may receive credit for up to 5 hours of professional development for each workshop. A Certificate of Completion is provided to participants when they complete all aspects of the workshop.

Can I earn graduate credit?

Thanks to a partnership with the Midwest Teachers Institute, educators who enroll in two eligible webAcademy workshops simultaneously can earn three hours of nationally-accredited graduate credit for just $375. Developing a Reading Road Map for Teaching Comprehension is the corresponding workshop for Delivering Explicit & Engaging Comprehension Mini-Lessons. (To earn graduate credit participants must select the “Verified View” enrollment option.) Graduate credits offered through MTI are non-degree credits which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. Contact Brady Smekens, Director of Professional Development, for details, (888) 376-0448.

What if I am unhappy with the workshop?

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are not satisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 10 days, and we will give you a full refund.

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