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Small Group Writing Instruction for Online and In-Person Classrooms

Presented By Jennifer Serravallo

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Date and Time

Three, 75-minute webinar sessions from 6:00pm to 7:15pm Eastern Time (ET).

  • Monday, June 14, 2021
  • Monday, June 21, 2021
  • Monday, June 28, 2021

Please note that this webinar series is scheduled for Eastern Time (ET). If you are in a different time zone, please plan your schedule accordingly.


Drawing from Jennifer Serravallo's newly-released Teaching Writing in Small Groups, this series will show you how just a few minutes of purposeful, responsive teaching can have a big impact on your students whether you are in-person or teaching remotely. The emphasis will be on essential practices for optimizing small groups that will help you value each child's language and literacy practices, develop relationships with your writers, teach with efficiency, improve independence, and more. The engaging videos and Jen's ability to break down complex concepts into actionable, doable steps will equip participants to be able to try out the ideas right away.

Learning Objectives


  • Why small groups?
  • Principles of effective small group instruction
  • Using goals and skill progressions to understand what writers need and to group for efficiency


  • Strategy lessons
  • Guided writing
  • Shared writing


  • Inquiry groups
  • Reflection groups
  • Partnerships and clubs

About the Presenter

Jennifer Serravallo is the author of The New York Times' bestselling The Reading Strategies Book, as well many other popular Heinemann professional books and resources such as The Writing Strategies Book; Connecting with Students Online; and A Teacher's Guide to Reading Conferences. Her strategies books have also been translated into French, Chinese, and Spanish. Her newest book is Teaching Writing in Small Groups. Jen is an experienced online educator who has been leading webinars and full-day online workshops for more than a decade. She also created two on-demand online courses called Strategies in Action and Teaching Reading in Small Groups.

Jen began her career in education as a NYC public school teacher and later joined the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. She holds a BA from Vassar College and an MA from Teachers College, where she has also taught graduate and undergraduate classes.

Learn more about Jen and her work at, on Twitter @jserravallo, on Instagram @jenniferserravallo, and by joining The Reading and Writing Strategies Facebook Community.

Who Should Participate

Classroom teachers of grades K-8, literacy coaches, reading and language arts specialists, curriculum coordinators and administrators.

Special 2021 Tuition Fee

The cost of this three-part webinar series is $95.00 per person. Tuition also includes access to the webinar series recording for 60 days.

Related Book

To support your learning in this webinar, we highly recommend Teaching Writing in Small Groups.


Registrants will receive multiple emails from Heinemann, including enrollment confirmation, which also serves as your tuition receipt and contains some basic instructions. If you have not received your confirmation email within 48 hours of your registration, please contact us at or 800-541-2086, ext. 1151. Approximately two days prior to the event date you will receive an email with the PD event's Zoom link and log-in instructions.

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Upcoming Dates & Locations

06/14/2021-06/28/2021 - Starts June 14, 2021- 6:00-7:15pm EST

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Availability: Available When: 06/14/2021 - 06/28/2021* Where: Online

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