At Smekens Education our consultants are committed to sharing ideas and concepts that are grounded in current educational research. But what makes us unique is that we spend most of our time showing teachers how to apply the research through practical, classroom-tested strategies. Our consultants are known for leaving teachers with the tools and motivation they need to impact instruction right away.
Our experienced team of literacy consultants start by working with administrators to nail down the specific needs. From there, we help craft a training and implementation plan that moves the school or district toward achieving its professional development goals.
With on-site training from Smekens Education, schools and districts can provide professional development for an entire staff spending substantially less than it would cost to send large groups of teachers to a conference. Depending on the consultant and travel required, most one-day trainings cost less than $2,000.
We understand that teachers are more likely to embrace new strategies if they can see them in action. That’s why we view classroom modeling as an essential role for our consultants. During our on-site visits, we welcome the opportunity to model concepts and strategies with real kids in "live” classrooms.
It is powerful for all teachers to learn new concepts and applications first-hand. They then share in the understanding and enthusiasm that results from on-site training. With everyone on the same page, speaking the same language, staffs can move forward at the same pace.
Authentic professional development can only occur with ongoing learning and support. That’s why our consultants routinely invite on-site participants to stay in contact via email. Teachers place great value in the free feedback they receive from our consultants on their questions, challenges and celebrations as they experiment with new strategies.