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Jennifer Serravallo, Consulting Author

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Speaking Topics

  • Accountability, agency, and increased achievement in independent reading
  • When texts get complex: Assessing readers, setting goals, and getting students to the next level
  • Strategies and structures for teaching reading
  • Conferring and small-group instruction

Speaker Profile

Jennifer Serravallo is the best-selling author of the new Reading Strategies Book as well as other popular Heinemann titles, including Teaching Reading in Small Groups; Conferring with Readers (coauthored with Gravity Goldberg); and The Literacy Teacher's Playbook, Grades K–2 and Grades 3–6. She is also the author of the Digital Campus Course Teaching Reading in Small Groups: Matching Methods to Purposes where you can watch dozens of videos of Jen teaching in real classrooms and engage with other educators in a self-guided course.

Jen worked for eight years as a staff developer and national consultant at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. In this capacity, she helped urban, suburban, and rural schools implement exceptional literacy instruction through reading and writing workshops. Before that, she was a New York City public school teacher in two Title I schools with large class sizes, high numbers of ELLs, and an enormous range of learners. These experiences galvanized her to write her Heinemann professional books as well as other professional resources for teachers, including the award-winning Independent Reading Assessment for fiction (Scholastic, 2012) and nonfiction (Scholastic, 2013).

Jen holds a BA from Vassar College and an MA from Teachers College, where she has also taught graduate and undergraduate classes on urban education reform and children’s literature.

Learn more about Jen and her work at, or connect with her at @jserravallo.

Grades: K–8

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