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 course built from a two-day 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, Indiana assessment, PARCC, & Smarter Balanced assessments.)
Three Reasons to Enroll
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 require explicit instruction.
Kristina Smekens 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.
When you complete the course, you'll be able to...
Top questions teachers ask about preparing for standardized assessments
Kristina provides the answers to these questions and many more!
A full-time literacy consultant, Kristina 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.
As president and lead consultant for Smekens Education, Kristina is constantly developing new strategies to help teachers meet the demands of today’s College and Career-Ready Standards. She shares those strategies with teachers across the United States and beyond through on-site school trainings, regional seminars, and an always-growing pool of print, digital, and video resources.
Kristina has a gift for making the complex seem simple— for showing teachers how to meet the needs of readers and writers by bridging the gap between education research and classroom-tested strategies that work. 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 Launching the Writer’s Workshop: Grades 3-12.
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What teachers say about this course
“I’m ready to take several of the techniques and ideas straight into my room!” Hannah Dodson, Grade 10, English Department, Center Grove High School, Greenwood, IN
“I love that these tools don’t just teach to the test—they are just good practice, but they have big pay-offs.” Melissa Warner, Grades 9-12, Center Grove High School, Greenwood, IN
“Your strategies will help me teach smarter, not harder.” Nancy Bontreger , Grades 3 & 4 ESL, Concord West Side Elementary School, Elkhart, IN
“I’ll be able to pump up our K-4 curriculum to enhance inferring.” Kristen Hankins, Instructional Coach, Fieler Elementary School, Merrillville, IN
“Fantastic new information, strategies, analogies, and easy-to-remember acronyms! I’m eager to incorporate this into my plans!” Kaitlin Kenny, Grade 8 Literature & 3-8 Technology, Saint James School, Arlington Heights, IL
“I came specifically to share with other teachers what I learned. I’m going back loaded with specific strategies for everyone.” Carol McBride, Grades 9-12 Language, Woodlawn High School, Woodlawn, IL
“The content was incredibly helpful! Many strategies were simple and easy but precise with a clear target in mind. I will be a better educator because of this training!” Meagan Joyner, Secondary English Teacher ELL, Henderson County High School, Henderson, KY
“The workshop was amazing! Kristina provides no-prep activities to take into the classroom and start providing engaging reading/writing instruction immediately.” Kathy Ernst, Grade 3, Peotone Elementary School, Peotone, IL