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Kristina Smekens


Kristina Smekens is a highly sought after speaker, author, and literacy consultant who works with K-12 teachers throughout the Midwest. She shares practical ways to implement best practice strategies in teaching reading and writing. Kristina is a certified 6-Traits trainer and author of several books on writing, including Launching the Writer’s Workshop and The Trait Mate: 6-Traits Starter Lessons. Her fast-paced, enthusiastic presentations have helped to motivate thousands of teachers for more than 10 years.

  • Launching the Writer's Workshop: Grades K-2
  • Launching the Writer's Workshop: Grades 3 - 12
  • Trait-Based Writing Lessons & Activities (Grades 4 - 6)
  • Launching the Writer's Workshop
  • Teaching Writing Skills All Year Long
  • Understanding Disciplinary Literacy
  • Teaching Vocabulary Effectively
  • Strategies for Teaching Students to Read and Comprehend Complex Text

"As many times as I've heard Kristina, she never ceases to amaze me! Always something new — always something to learn. She inspires me! She fills me with energy and excitement to go back and be a better teacher!"
C. Jackson

"The strategies were right on target, and I was so impressed with Kristina’s ability to differentiate for a K-12 audience. The quality of resources was phenomenal, and her use of humorous examples was both hilarious and on-target!"
T. Brewer-Bacon

"The strategies and activities discussed are all practical and research-based, not to mention aligned with the Common Core. Kristina is an educational guru.
L. Bolz