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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 a literacy consultant, speaker, and the author of several popular titles, including the NY Times Bestselling The Reading Strategies Book, and the new The Writing Strategies Book. Her other books about differentiated instruction and formative assessment are: The Literacy Teacher's Playbooks (Grades K-2 and Grades 3-6); Teaching Reading in Small Groups; and Conferring with Readers. 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".

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.

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 on Twitter at @jserravallo.

Grades: K–8

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