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 for each comprehension strategy!


Step 1

a Viewing Option

Pick between "Verified" and "Flexible" viewing options.
Step 2

Strategies that Work

Watch the on-demand videos at your own pace.
Step 3

Every Student

Implement what you learned right away!



Topics covered:

  • 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.

What teachers are saying 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:

Once I register, when does my access start?

Once I register, when does my access start?

Immediately! Once you register and submit payment, you will be redirected to the workshop page which contains all the videos included in your workshop enrollment.
How long do I have access to the workshop?

How long do I have access to the workshop?

Once you enroll in the online workshop, you can access the content for 30 days. The self-paced format means you determine how fast or slow you move through the workshop.

Your workshop registration also comes with lifetime access to exclusive digital resources in the "Secret Site" that accompanies this workshop. Here you'll find classroom-ready worksheets and blackline masters, along with videos and articles to take your learning further. Teachers love the way the "Secret Site" helps them implement what they learn in the workshop. 

Online workshops secret site

Can I share my workshop with colleagues?

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?

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. For possible Illinois-approved credit, please contact our office.

Note: A Certificate of Completion is only provided when you complete the Verified View option for this workshop. 
Can I earn graduate-level units for Delivering Explicit & Engaging Comprehension Mini-Lessons?

Can I earn graduate-level units?

Graduate-level credit for Delivering Explicit & Engaging Comprehension Mini-Lessons
Thanks to a partnership with the University of the Pacific, educators who enroll in a webAcademy workshop can earn 1, 2, or 3 graduate-level units. (To earn graduate-level units, participants must select the "Verified View" enrollment option. Graduate-level units cost is separate from registration fees. Units are $62 each.)

Graduate-level units offered through the University of the Pacific are non-degree units which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (These are post-baccalaureate professional development semester units of non-degree graduate level and are not applicable to a degree at University of the Pacific.) To learn more, contact us by email or call (888) 376-0448.
What if I am unhappy with the workshop?

What if I am unhappy with the workshop?

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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Immediate access: $139


Discounts available!

  • Teams of 3+: Save $15 per person.
  • Teams of 15+: Call us at (888) 376-0448 for custom pricing.

What's included with your registration?

  • 30-day access to the workshop
  • 5+ hours of dynamic workshop content
  • Lifetime access to classroom-ready digital resources
  • A free copy of Scaffold Comprehension Instruction flapbook (a $7.99 value!)
Target Audience
  • K-6 Classroom Teachers
  • 6-12 Language Arts Teachers
  • Literacy Coaches
  • Literacy Coordinators
  • Title I Teachers / Directors
  • ELL Teachers
  • High-Ability Teachers
  • Principals & Assistant Principals
  • Curriculum Directors

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