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Smekens Literacy and Assessment Prep Summer Workshops

Live Virtual
July 31st, 2023 - August 4th, 2023, 8:00am
Live Virtually

 

 

5 Virtual-Interactive Workshops

Pick and Chose the Right Fit for You

8:00 a.m. CT to 3:30 p.m. CT

 

 

 

July 31st    -     First Day to Test Day 

A Road Map to Accelerate Student Learning and Prepare for Standardized Tests

 

Workshop Outline
Target the thinking that students must execute when reading any text.
• Demystify the inference process in order to answer comprehension questions about complex texts.
• Attack questions with test-taking tips to support finding the “best” and “most likely” answers.
Reveal to students that their thinking must also be communicated in writing.
• Define the ingredients to a strong constructed response.
• Propel students beyond simply stating evidence to explaining it.
Advance students beyond making single-text inferences to generating multi-text syntheses.
• Identify a step-by-step process for reading and annotating multiple texts in one sitting.
• Dissect how readers integrate ideas learned from multiple sources to generate a new thought or synthesis.
Raise the rigor to reading multiple texts and composing extended responses—all in one sitting.
• Provide explicit instruction on academic vocabulary to support students in decoding and responding to prompts.
• Build on the student’s knowledge of short-constructed responses to generate long, extended responses.

 

Three reasons to attend this virtual-interactive workshop:
1. High-stakes testing affects everyone.
How students perform on standardized reading and writing tests has far-reaching implications for students, teachers, and schools. Insights into the requirements for test success are needed now more than ever before.
2. Success on standardized tests is only part of the goal.

With mastery of academic standards as the ultimate goal, targeted and intentional preparation for the state assessment helps students improve as readers and writers for the test and beyond.
3. Success on the test requires explicit instruction.
Kristina Smekens will share strategies to embed rigorous reading and writing instruction into your yearlong curriculum so that students are equipped

 

 

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August 1st   -   Launching Writer's Workshop Grades K-2

A Framework of Lessons to Help Launch Your Writing Year

 

Workshop Topics
• Understand the four phases of the workshop launch.
• Learn classroom-tested routines and procedures to establish the writing environment.
• Set the tone that writing occurs daily.
• Receive organizational ideas for writers’ notebooks.
• Learn day-by-day strategies to introduce the 6 Traits of Writing so teachers and students are using a common    

   language.
• Balance free-choice writing topics with teacher-assigned topics.
• Receive ready-to-go lessons with supporting resources, activity pages, and authentic student

 

When you complete this virtual workshop, you’ll be able to...

  1. Kick off the school year with a 20-day “game plan” for teaching writing.
  2. Establish routines to effectively manage a writer’s workshop.
  3. Address common writer dependencies with procedural mini-lessons.
  4. Implement a writer’s notebook in the classroom.
  5. Lead efficient and effective writing conferences with students.
  6. Develop a classroom writing rubric that students can use and understand.
  7. Transition from procedural lessons into the first writing unit.

 

 

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August 2nd    -   Launching Writer's Workshop Grades 3-12

A Framework of Lessons to Help Launch Your Writing Year

 

Workshop Topics
• Understand the four phases of the workshop launch.
• Learn classroom-tested routines and procedures to establish the writing environment.
• Set the tone that writing occurs daily.
• Receive organizational ideas for writers’ notebooks.
• Learn day-by-day strategies to introduce the 6 Traits of Writing so teachers and students are using a common

   language.
• Balance free-choice writing topics with teacher-assigned topics.
• Receive ready-to-go lessons with supporting resources, activity pages, and authentic student writing samples.

 

When you complete this virtual workshop, you’ll be able to...

  1. Kick off the school year with a 20-day “game plan” for teaching writing.
  2. Establish routines to effectively manage a writer’s workshop.
  3. Address common writer dependencies with procedural mini-lessons.
  4.  Implement a writer’s notebook in the classroom.
  5. Lead efficient and effective writing conferences with students.
  6. Develop a classroom writing rubric that students can use and understand.
  7. Transition from procedural lessons into the first writing unit.

 

 

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August 3rd   -    An Introduction to Literacy Stations 

Simple & Effective Strategies to Improve Achievement in Reading

 

Workshop Topics
• Learn how the five components of reading can be supported with literacy stations.
• Recognize how literacy stations can be used to address grade-level specific standards.
• Gain ideas for planning purposeful, achievement-driven station activities.
• Boost students’ comprehension of literature and informational texts with listening stations.
• Learn how to establish routines that foster independence in all K-5 students.
• Discover how to grow students’ stamina for working independently.
• Determine how to assign letter grades to work completed in literacy stations.

 

When you complete this virtual workshop, you’ll be able to...

  1. Use anchor charts to effectively teach and remind students of procedural expectations.
  2. Utilize existing classroom materials to set up and implement engaging literacy stations.
  3. Teach students to efficiently transition from one activity to another.
  4. Organize a Classroom Library for K-5 students that encourage reading based on interests.
  5. Engage students in hands-on word study stations that build skills in phonemic awareness, phonics, and

      vocabulary.

  6. Begin the school year with your own 6-week “game plan” for launching literacy stations.

 

 

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August 4th   -    Strategies for Teaching Small-Group Guided Reading

Simple & Effective Strategies to Improve Achievement in Reading

 

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 the three components of small-group instruction--new text, guided writing, and word study.
• 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 complete this virtual workshop, you’ll be able to...

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

 

 

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Who benefits from attending?
• 3-12 English Language Arts Teachers
• 6-12 Content-Area Teachers
• Literacy Coaches/ Coordinators
• Title I Teachers / Directors
• ELL Teachers
• Special Education Teachers
• K-12 High-Ability Teachers
• K-12 Administrators

 

 

Meet the Presenters

 

Kristina Smekens has a gift for making the complex seem simple—for showing teachers how to meet the needs 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.

 

Well known for offering innovative ideas, Kristina has created more than 50 “Smekens Originals,” a compilation of books, guides, and classroom tools designed to help teachers implement best-practice literacy strategies. Among the most popular of these resources are her best-selling books, Launching the Writer’s Workshop: Grades K-2 and Grades 3-12.

 

 

 

As a full-time literacy consultant with Smekens Education, Kristi McCullough has worked with thousands of teachers across the United States delivering regional seminars and customized on-site school trainings that focus specifically on teaching reading.


In addition, she is also the author of the “Launch the Reading Block,” a popular resource for K-5 teachers. Kristi wore many hats in public schools for 13 years during which time she was trained in Reading Recovery and many other well-known instructional models. She is passionate about helping teachers implement a balanced literacy approach focused on real-life, purposeful literacy activities that result in improved student achievement.

 

Conference Fees

1 Registrant $169

2-14 Registrants $159

For groups of 15 or more, contact us for special pricing and arrangements

 

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  • FAX THE REGISTRATION FORM – with a school purchase order to 888-376-0489.

  • EMAIL THE REGISTRATION FORM – with a school purchase order to [email protected].

  • REGISTER ONLINE – Click the green button/s placed under each workshop you are interested in or simply go to SmekensEducation.com  

 

 

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