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Independent Reading and Conferring (Grades K-3): A Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Webinar Series

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Independent reading offers students the chance to read, write about, talk about, and enjoy self-selected texts. It is nested within an instructional framework of minilessons, conferring, and sharing. Throughout this interactive series, Fountas and Pinnell-trained consultant Chrisie Moritz will help participants explore how to support student choice during independent reading as well as explore how to have authentic and meaningful conversations with students that will move them forward in their reading competencies.

During this series, participants will:

  • consider the values and characteristics of independent reading
  • develop an understanding of reading as a complex process
  • use The Literacy Continuum to observe students and identify teaching goals
  • reflect on teacher and student roles
  • become familiar with Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Independent Reading collection of books, and Discussion cards
  • plan for meaningful conferences with students and use "talk" as a tool to expand thinking within, beyond, and about texts.


Chrisie Moritz is a Fountas and Pinnell-trained consultant. She is a National Board certified literacy coach in Fairfax County, Virginia where she teaches, facilitates professional development sessions, and coaches other educators. She presents at conferences and consults with school districts across the country on various topics related to literacy instruction. Chrisie is an author, has taught at Title I schools in North Carolina and Virginia, and served as a Reading Recovery® teacher, Literacy Collaborative District Trainer, and adjunct professor at East Carolina University.

Who should participate?

Classroom teachers, administrators, curriculum coordinators, literacy specialists, and staff developers.


The cost of this Webinar Series is $199.00 per person. If you register a group of three to nine people at the same time there is a discounted rate of $189.00 per person. When signing up ten or more participants at one time, please call in advance for large group discount pricing. This includes a certificate of attendance for .5 CEU credits equivalent to 5 class participation hours. Tuition includes access to the recorded webinar sessions for 30 days from the date of purchase.


Webinar participants are strongly encouraged to have The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Expanded Edition and Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Independent Reading Collection Guide or grade level System Guide to fully participate in this webinar series.


Within one business day of enrolling in this Webinar Series participants will receive a confirmation email from Heinemann. The email will serve as your receipt for the webinar and will include a link to the recorded webinar series.

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Note: We encourage group participation; however, we require that each person be registered. For group pricing information please call 800-541-2086, ext. 1100.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

08/01/2019-12/31/2025 - Recorded Webinar

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Availability: Available When: 08/01/2019 - 12/31/2025* Where: Online

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