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Writing About Reading: Strategies to Help Every Student Craft a Constructed Response

Monday, October 24, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Writing About Reading: Strategies to Help Every Student Craft a Constructed Response

Presented by Kristina Smekens, President, Lead Consultant, Smekens Education
Moderated by Monica Myers, Playbook Pro Remote Coach, Smekens Education

Sponsored by Smekens Education

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Students at every level are expected to write about their reading. But without explicit instruction on how to weave together the inference with evidence and explanation, a polished, constructed response will be out of reach for most students. During this edWebinar, author and literacy consultant Kristina Smekens empowers educators with practical and engaging strategies to help all students tackle constructed-response writing with confidence. Viewers:

  • Review the ingredients required on English language arts assessments for a brief, constructed response
  • Understand how popular acronyms such as RACE, Yes, MA’AM, and CER support a passing response on standardized tests
  • Learn how primary, ELLs, and non writers can accomplish these same expectations in developmentally appropriate ways
  • Receive a scaffold of writing-after-reading lesson ideas that progress across several weeks of whole-class instruction

This recorded edWebinar is 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 around the globe 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. The Comprehension Playbook; Launching the Writer’s Workshop: Grades K-2; and Launching the Writer’s Workshop: Grades 3-12 are among the most popular titles.

Monica MyersAbout the Moderator

Monica Myers is an enthusiastic advocate of best-practice instruction in reading comprehension. As the Playbook Pro remote coach for Smekens Education, she offers timely coaching and guidance to teams and individuals as they work to implement the Comprehension Playbook in their own classrooms. Before joining the team at Smekens Education, Monica taught elementary and middle school English language arts and was a leader in her district as an instructional coach. In her role as a building-level coach, Monica was in the trenches, helping her colleagues implement the Comprehension Playbook with fidelity.

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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, October 24, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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