Upcoming Conferences & Workshops

Power Strategies to Boost Reading & Writing Achievement on Standardized Tests with Kristina Smekens
February 5th, 2020, 8:30am - 3:00pm | NIU Naperville Campus

Power Strategies to Boost Reading & Writing Achievement on Standardized Tests with Kristina Smekens


In this era of high-stakes testing, it’s never been more important for students to enter into standardized assessments with essential skills and personal confidence. Throughout this workshop teachers will learn
explicit literacy strategies students need in order to be successful on state and national assessments. (Specific references will be made to the new SAT, ACT, and AP exams, PARCC, & Smarter Balanced

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.
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.
Success on the test requires explicit instruction. Kristina will share strategies to embed rigorous reading and writing instruction into your yearlong curriculum so that students are equipped with the most essential literacy skills.


Registration includes:
Six PD hours

Continental Breakfast

Lunch is on your own


Kristina Smekens is a full-time literacy consultant who has built a reputation for using enthusiasm, humor, and common sense to equip K-12 educators with practical, demystifying strategies for teaching reading and writing. Kristina earned her BA in English and education at Michigan State University. Prior to her fulltime consulting career, she was an accomplished high school English and journalism teacher in Michigan and Indiana. A leader in state and national scholastic journalism endeavors, Kristina authored a journalism textbook and teachers’ guide. Over the past 12 years, she has been blessed to work and learn with hundreds of schools and thousands of teachers throughout the Midwest.




Ways to Register

On-Line: Use your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card at www.illinoisascd.org

Call: 800-877-1478 or 309-438-2160, Mon. through Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and use your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.

Mail: Send completed form with check or copy of PO to: ILASCD Smekens — Illinois State University, Conference Services, Campus Box 8610, Normal, IL 61790-8610.

Fax: Fax completed form to 309-438-5364 using your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express or a copy of school P.O.


Conference Fees:

Early Bird Rate - good thru 11/15/19:  $150

IL ASCD Member $179

1 Person Each $228* (includes IL ASCD Membership)

2 People Each $198** (2 or more attendees for the same school district/organization. Does not include membership)

3 People Each $188**

Full-Time Student/Retiree $98


Registration deadline: January 29, 2020


A $15.00 fee will be charged for cancellations made in writing prior to the deadline. No refunds will be given after the deadline.

Confirmation will be sent via e-mail after your registration is processed.  Registrations can be transferred to another individual by faxing information to 309-438-5364 or by emailing  dscowde@ilstu.edu