Wabash Valley Education Center

~*SMEKENS - Essential Writing Lessons (K-12)

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. Using the college and career-ready writing standards as the foundation, this workshop for K-12 teachers will identify the core writing skills to teach per unit.


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RATHER ATTEND VIRTUALLY? A virtual-interactive version of this workshop is also available from Smekens Education. The online workshop will occur during four after-school sessions that begin on October 20 and end on November 10, 2021. Cost is $169 per person. For more information, visit www.SmekensEducation.com.



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, November 4, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time (lunch on your own)

Location: WVEC


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


*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 11/3/2021 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