Wabash Valley Education Center

~First Day to Test Day (3-12) - Presented by Kristina Smekens!

A road map to accelerate student learning and prepare for standardized tests. Strategies shared during this workshop mirror the 3-12 grade-level expectations outlined within the reading and writing standards for College & Career Readiness.


Workshop Outline


Target the thinking that students must execute when reading any text.

  • Demystify the inference process in order to answer comprehension questions about complex texts.
  • Attack questions with test-taking tips to support finding the “best” and “most likely” answers.


Reveal to students that their thinking must also be communicated in writing.

  • Define the ingredients to a strong constructed response.
  • Propel students beyond simply stating evidence to explaining it.


Advance students beyond making single-text inferences to generating multi-text syntheses.

  • Identify a step-by-step process for reading and annotating multiple texts in one sitting.
  • Dissect how readers integrate ideas learned from multiple sources to generate a new thought or synthesis.


Raise the rigor to reading multiple texts and composing extended responses—all in one sitting.

  • Provide explicit instruction on academic vocabulary to support students in decoding and responding to prompts.
  • Build on the students' knowledge of short constructed responses to generate long, extended responses.





Kristina Smekens
Kristina Smekens is a full-time literacy consultant who 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 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. 


Date: Thursday, September 8, 2022
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time (lunch on your own)

Location: WVEC


Cost: $150/Service Center Member or $300/District not belonging to a Service Center*

WVEC TITLE IV and GEER Grant 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 9/7/2022 9:00 AM EST

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West Lafayette, IN 47906

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