Developing a Reading Road Map for Teaching Comprehension

Students at every level need explicit, ongoing instruction that builds their comprehension skills. This type of standards-driven teaching is intended to equip students with the ability to analyze and understand all types of texts. In this powerful workshop, you'll learn to layer skills to develop readers who can track and summarize key details, visualize and question author craft, and connect and synthesize bigger ideas.


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:

  • Introduce the various scenarios readers will encounter—familiar v. unique formats, short v. long texts, easy v. hard reading, collaborative v. independent experiences, etc.
  • Dissect the College and Career-Ready Reading Standards to identify the six core comprehension strategies readers must employ.
  • Study a yearlong calendar that begins with initial learning from simple texts and gives way to independent deep thinking of more complex texts.
  • Select texts/passages best suited for comprehension instruction.
  • Evaluate the strengths and limitations of traditional curriculum assessments.

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

  • Effectively introduce the concepts of inferential thinking, text annotation, close reading, and on-screen reading in kid-friendly ways.
  • Weave on-screen and paper-based reading experiences into the curriculum.
  • Focus classroom time on strategy/skill instruction, rather than passage/novel understanding.
  • Pair appropriate texts with whole-class comprehension instruction.
  • Identify assessments that truly measure students' level of mastery of a particular comprehension skill/strategy.
Top questions teachers ask about Comprehension Mini-Lessons:
  • How do I honor my curriculum map or reading textbook series and still be responsive to student needs relative to comprehension?
  • How do I prioritize my comprehension mini-lessons over the course of the year?
  • How can I scaffold my comprehension mini-lessons so that the skills taught build on prior knowledge?
  • What kinds of texts and materials can I use to enhance my comprehension mini-lessons?
  • What principles should I use to guide my planning of comprehension mini-lessons?
  • How can I make my comprehension mini-lessons more effective?
  • What kinds of reading tasks should I have students do following the mini-lessons?
Learn the answers to these questions and many more!

What teachers are saying about this workshop:

“This is earth shaking info that is going to help us transform our elementary teaching!”
Nekita Johnson, instructional coach at Mercer County Intermediate School, Harrodsburg, KY

“This workshop helps me to support my teachers better in their effort to increase student learning!”
Katheryn King, principal, Watersprings School, Idaho Falls, ID

"Loved all of the samples and hands-on tools! Very practical and usable information. Excited to begin implementing comprehension strategies!"
Monica Allison, principal, Indiana Elementary, Christian Academy School System, New Albany, IN

"I'm so excited to share what I learned with my team! I've never been shown how to look at the standards like I was taught today. It was an 'Aha' moment and everything came together and makes sense!"
Heather Shively, teacher at Valley Elementary School, Beavercreek, OH

"Very informative, practical, and relevant! Kristina is the most efficient and entertaining presenter I've ever seen!"
Krystal Morrow, principal at Christian Academy of Louisville-Rock Creek Campus, Louisville, KY

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 Developing a Reading Road Map for Teaching Comprehension?

Can I earn graduate-level units?

Graduate-level credit for Developing a Reading Road Map for Teaching Comprehension
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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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
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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