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Writer’s Workshop: Maximizing Efficiency and Efficacy to Address Learning Loss

Monday, May 3, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Writer’s Workshop: Maximizing Efficiency and Efficacy to Address Learning Loss

Presented by Kristina Smekens, President and Lead Consultant, Smekens Education
Moderated by Courtney Gordon, Literacy Consultant, Smekens Education

Sponsored by Smekens Education

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As educators prepare to accelerate learning in response to the pandemic, crafting a plan to build strong writers has never been more important. By executing a writer’s workshop effectively, teachers can help K-12 students master the essential skills that are required by today’s College- and Career-Ready Standards. In this recorded edWebinar, led by author and educator Kristina Smekens, learn the pillars of the writer’s workshop model and how they can be applied to maximize efficiency and efficacy.

Specific objectives include:

  • Learn the three parts of the writer’s workshop
  • Learn key management procedures for leading an effective writer’s workshop
  • Learn how to convert the traditional writer’s workshop to a virtual format for remote learning

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to K-12 teachers and school and district leaders.

Kristina SmekensAbout the Presenter

Kristina Smekens 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, she is a leader in developing new strategies to help teachers meet the demands of today’s College- and Career-Ready Standards. She and her associates share those strategies with teachers across the United States and beyond through on-site professional development, virtual and in-person seminars, and an always-growing pool of print, digital, and video resources. Kristina has authored more than 50 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.


Courtney GordonAbout the Moderator

Courtney Gordon is a full-time literacy consultant with Smekens Education, where she provides professional development support to thousands of teachers each year. Known both for her enthusiasm and expertise, Courtney is a dynamic personality who makes friends fast and serves as a trusted guide to teachers across the K-12 spectrum. With more than a decade of experience as a Smekens literacy consultant, Courtney supports teachers at every level of implementation.

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SmekensSmekens Education helps K-12 schools improve achievement in reading and writing by providing educators with practical and engaging professional learning. The team at Smekens specializes in inspiring teachers with simple, best-practice literacy strategies that can be implemented right away. Schools around the globe rely on Smekens to provide powerful PD, whether it occurs in-person, virtually, or on-demand.

Reading & Writing PD To Help Teachers Win In The Classroom


Monday, May 3, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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