Wabash Valley Education Center

*SMEKENS: Essential Lessons to Accelerate Student Writing for Multilingual Learners - NOW VIRTUAL!

During a year when accelerated learning is the goal, it’s important to prioritize writing instruction so that the most essential K-12 skills are the foundation of a writing curriculum. This requires more than just showing strong examples and assigning writing topics. Students need explicit, skill-based instruction that demonstrates how to incorporate the most critical, genre-specific ingredients into their own first-draft writings. This workshop will offer numerous lesson concepts, student writing samples, digital resources, and specific instructional points. In addition, every session will include direct connections to the 6 Traits of Writing—emphasizing the significance of the traits of ideas, organization, and conventions. Whether you assign topics or students choose them, whether your students write multiple paragraphs or draw a single picture with letter labels, this workshop will identify the top-tier instructional priorities to plan into any writing curriculum. THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CHANGED TO A FULL-DAY LIVE VIRTUAL SESSION THAT WILL BE RECORDED AND SHARED WITH ALL REGISTRANTS AFTERWARDS!




Shona Lansdell
Never ready to rest on her laurels, Shona Lansdell is a driven educator who’s chief motivation is to help teachers and students learn and grow.  Before joining the Smekens team of literacy consultants, Shona dedicated more than 20 years to the students and teachers at Perry Township Schools in Indianapolis. In this diverse urban district, she taught a variety of grades and subjects, served on committees, led building-level professional development, and helped to launch a district-wide initiative on Trauma-Informed Schools.  In her role as a literacy consultant with Smekens Education, Shona offers professional development for teachers through on-site school visits, virtual training, and remote coaching.


Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time

Location: Virtual


Cost: $125/Service Center Member or $250/District not belonging to a Service Center*

This is a WVEC Title III Consortium eligible workshop!

*Cost of all workshops are based on membership in an Indiana Educational Service Center (ESC). Any registrants who are not members of an ESC in the state of Indiana will be required to pay the non-member fee.

**See cancellation policy below

Cancellation Policy

* Registrants who notify WVEC of their cancellation on or before the registration deadline date will not be required to pay the registration fee.
* Registrants who cancel after the registration deadline but before the workshop date or call to cancel on the day of the workshop will pay 50% of the registration fee.
* Registrants who neglect to call or notify the WVEC of their cancellation will be responsible for paying the full fee.
* On official school corporation weather-related cancellation days, registrants will not be required to pay registration fees.


Registration open through 2/27/2023 12:00 PM EST



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Wabash Valley Education Center
3061 Benton Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906