Many teachers have confessed that they struggle to get their writer's workshop off the ground. What should I do the first weeks of school? What are key lessons to jump-start my writing curriculum? How fast or slow should I move? Regardless of the writing model you're currently using, this online course provides participants with a powerful framework of lessons that can help launch their writing year. Throughout the course, teachers will have the opportunity to plot and plan their own instructional calendar for teaching writing during the first six weeks of school. At the end of the course, teachers will be ready to launch their writer's workshop with their personalized blueprints in hand!
When you complete the course, you'll be able to:
Top questions teachers ask about launching writing:
Kristina Smekens 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
"The information, organization, and practicality were superb! This content will be vital for our school to build effective writers. We intend to implement a fluid & cohesive program." J. Purcell
"Kristina Smekens is captivating. She's the writing queen and she makes it applicable." K.Smith
"The content will help me present the mini-lesson topics in a concrete and easily understood format." J. Krafft
"This is my 3rd time at this conference — once alone and twice with other staff. Still learning new things and getting ideas to share with my reading/ELA teachers!" N. Bray
"Always inspiring! It never fails — I always come away with fresh ideas and the resources to put the ideas into action!" Samantha Walterman, Master Teacher, Winchester Village Elementary School, Indianapolis, IN
"I love how to-the-point the lessons are. Time is precious & this helps!" D. Grimes
"Everything presented has been applicable to my kindergarten classroom, and I can already feel my confidence as a writing teacher growing! It makes so much sense!" Meredith Wolff, Kindergarten, Camden Primary School, Camden, OH