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The Secret to Growing Great Writers: Maximizing Feedback

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

The Secret to Growing Great Writers: Maximizing Feedback

Presented by Kristina Smekens, President and Lead Consultant, Smekens Education; and Kara Gann, District and Customer Engagement, Writable

Sponsored by Writable

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As we help our students move forward from the difficult learning situations of the past year, it’s important to remember that you already possess the most powerful tool in helping them to succeed: feedback. Feedback is how we communicate, compliment, and connect with our students.

Kristina Smekens and Kara Gann, former teachers and coaches who have taught thousands of educators how to improve their feedback methods and grow great writers, are your guides in this edWebinar. Learn why feedback is so crucial to the success of your students, and how to make an impact at the right time. Learn how to maximize opportunities for feedback and how to deliver it earlier and more efficiently—making it better, while saving you time.

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to K-12 teachers, school and district leaders, librarians, coaches, teachers on special assignment, curriculum coordinators, leaders, developers, and directors, technology coordinators and directors, ELA department heads, special education teachers and department heads, and EL teachers and department heads.


Kristina SmekensAbout the Presenters

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. 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.


Kara GannKara Gann has enjoyed her 30+ years in the educational field as a teacher, instructional coach, and district administrator. She joined the private sector to support and influence educational products that support learning and is passionate about how reading and writing directly impacts student achievement. She is a recognized thought leader having presented at national conferences and is published in educational magazines and blogs. As the customer and district engagement leader at Writable, she helps teachers, districts, and partners create successful writing experiences in all academic disciplines.


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WritableWritable is a guided writing program that helps teachers scaffold and motivate students to become purposeful, proficient writers, and helps schools assess and monitor writing growth. With 1k+ assignments and prompts (or create your own), many types of feedback (including AI), and district or state assessments, Writable helps teachers save time on prep and grading while focusing their writing instruction.


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Wednesday, October 13, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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