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Multi-Day Institute:
The Reading and Writing Strategies and Structures Institute: Advancing Student-Centered Learning and Goal-Directed Teaching

Presented by Jennifer Serravallo

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Join Jennifer Serravallo and colleagues for a multi-day professional learning event to explore how to lead meaningful assessment-based reading and writing classrooms.

The best reading and writing classrooms are ones where students are highly engaged, where they have ownership of goals to pursue, and where instruction is tailored to their needs. In this multi-day institute, you will receive practical advice for making differentiated instruction a reality, including managing a class with diverse needs, record-keeping, and scheduling to fit it all in. You will learn about essential teaching structures for differentiating instruction with individuals and small groups.

With the overarching theme of presenting goal-directed strategies and bringing those strategies to life in the classroom through a variety of flexible, responsive methods, the institute will echo this student-centered learning philosophy and offer you a choice of professional learning workshops in breakout sessions.

Large-group and grade-leveled learning objectives will include:

  • Exploring goals, skills, and strategies for teaching reading and writing, and leveraging connections between them
  • Conferring and small-group instruction in reading and writing
  • Readying the classroom for choice-based reading and writing
  • Setting up partnerships and clubs in reading and writing; learning skills and strategies that are important to teach students who are working collaboratively
  • Practical planning to "fit it all in" to the teaching day; organizing literacy blocks to maximize time and responsiveness to student needs
  • Exploring Jen's newest thinking about comprehension from Understanding Text & Readers, and about whole book assessment and teaching from her Complete Comprehension series


First day: Registration is in the morning, followed by a welcome lunch starting at noon. The first session begins at 1 pm.

Mornings: We begin gathered in a whole group session led by Jen, where she will present on a variety of topics. After this session, participants will break up into small group sessions of their choice led by Jen and her colleagues.

Afternoons: After lunch, we return to another large-group gathering and then more small groups.

*Schedule subject to change.

Who Should Attend?

This institute is the perfect choice for classroom teachers of grades K-8, administrators, curriculum coordinators, writing teachers, reading specialists, literacy specialists, ELA teachers, reading/writing coaches, and staff developers.

Pricing Information

The cost of this institute is $795.00 per person and includes the following:

  • handout collection designed specifically for this institute
  • breakfast on each full day
  • lunch on all days

For a group of three or more registering at the same time we offer a group rate of $755.00 per person.

Early Discount Deadline Extended!

Register by May 21, 2019 and save!

  • Individual..................................................$735.00

Upcoming Dates & Locations

07/09/2019-07/11/2019 - Memphis, TN

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Availability: Available When: 07/09/2019 - 07/11/2019 Where:
The Peabody Memphis
149 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
Special Room Rates:
Single: $179.00
Double: $179.00
(You must mention you are attending a Heinemann event.)
Reservation Phone: +1(800)732-2639
Reservations must be made by 06/06/2019.
Click here to place your reservation online.
Closest Airport: Memphis International Airport

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