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After developing a road map for teaching comprehension, this course 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 per comprehension strategy!
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 course, 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.
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.
"Kristina just takes the guess work out of everything to make it ALL make sense!" Nicki KingTeacher, Union Furnace Elementary, Logan, OH
"Kristina was fantastic! She was very intentional in her approach to teaching the 6 Traits and making it interesting for all learners! I learned new and exciting strategies to improve student writing." Janae McKnightInstructional Coach, Lake Ridge New Tech Schools, Gary, IN
"I love the way Kristina presents the information with so much enthusiasm. I love how she builds on what she's taught before." Kristen SmithTeacher, Gilmer County High School, Glenville, WV
"After 33 years of teaching, I still am drawn back into Kristina's workshops because they are research-based, standards-focused, and very interactive." Katie CadleTeacher, Paoli Community Schools, Paoli, IN
"I love all of the aha moments that I have during the presentations—everything makes sense. Brilliant! Your energy and enthusiasm make your audience hang on your every word!" Candy KramerPrincipal, Sward School, Oak Lawn, IL
After enrollment, students have access to the content for 30 days. You determine how fast or slow you want to progress through the course during this time.
Can I share my course with colleagues?
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 course. A Certificate of Completion is provided to participants when they complete all aspects of the course.
Can I earn graduate credit?
Thanks to a partnership with the Midwest Teachers Institute, educators who enroll in two eligible webAcademy courses simultaneously can earn three hours of nationally-accredited graduate credit for just $375. These are non-degree credits which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. Contact Brady Smekens, Director of Professional Development, for details, (888) 376-0448.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are not satisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 10 days, and we will give you a full refund.