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One-Day Workshop:
Strategies and Structures for Teaching Reading

Presented by Jennifer Serravallo

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The workshop begins with examples of formative assessment, drawing from Literacy Teacher's Playbooks. In this part of the day, you'll study five lenses for learning about your readers, and how you can use your normal classroom work to determine what is the most important thing to be teaching each of your students.

With student goals in mind, Jen will help you understand the role of reading strategy instruction, drawing from her most recent book, The Reading Strategies Book. You will be taught how to craft and teach strategies for improved comprehension and reading on grade level.

The balance of the day will be spent learning about structures for teaching individuals and groups, including strategy lessons and various types of conferences. This portion of the day will draw from Jen's books Conferring with Readers and Teaching Reading in Small Groups, and will utilize video of Jen teaching in real classrooms, so you can see what it will look like in your own class.

Jen uses a very active, minds-on and hands-on approach in her workshops, helping you feel you can turn what you learned in the workshop directly into practice in your classrooms the next day. You will leave well-versed in analyzing student data in order to form groups appropriately, and with a new repertoire of ways to help readers attain increased skill and independence in reading.

Learning Objectives

How can we use formative assessment to determine goals and strategies? Jen will show you how to analyze kids' work along a continuum to be sure you're always teaching within learners' zones of proximal development.

How can you lead small group instruction that is purposeful and powerful? Matching methods to purposes, you'll watch videos of Jen leading small groups that help support readers with comprehension strategy instruction, conversational skills, and engagement tips.

How can we keep sight of the individual within the group? You'll learn practical ways to ensure that your small groups feel like one-on-one conferences, and that all your teaching is differentiated to match the individual learner.

How can we track individual student progress over time, even when students are in a group? You will explore the essential organization management and different note taking options that good small group instruction requires.

How can we manage and balance small group instruction with everything else we're supposed to do? You'll develop strategies to balance your week with conferences and small group strategy lessons, to easily find a place for them in your schedule.

About the Presenter

Jennifer Serravallo is an author, national consultant and frequent speaker at state and national literacy conferences. She was a Senior Staff Developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, and a NYC public school teacher in Title I schools.

Jen’s most recent book, The Reading Strategies Book, is a master collection of 300 strategies you can use to support K-8 readers. Her other books include The Literacy Teacher's Playbooks, Teaching Reading in Small Groups, and Conferring with Readers, co-authored with Gravity Goldberg. In addition to her popular PD workshops, seminars, and speaking engagements, Jen presents webinars and other online courses including the Heinemann On-Demand Course, “Teaching Reading in Small Groups: Matching Methods to Purposes.”

Who Should Attend?

Classroom teachers of grades K-8, administrators, curriculum coordinators, reading teachers, literacy specialists, and staff developers.


8:30 A.M.-3:00 P.M.


The cost of this workshop is $239.00 per person. If you register 3 or more participants at the same time the cost is $229.00 per person.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

05/16/2017 - Hurst, TX

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Availability: Sorry, there are no more seats available. When: 05/16/2017 Where: Hurst, TX Closest Airport: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

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