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Jennifer Serravallo, Consulting AuthorJennifer Serravallo, Consulting Author

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Speaking Topics

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

Speaker Profile

Jennifer Serravallo is the author of The New York Times’ bestselling The Reading Strategies Book, as well as other popular Heinemann professional books, The Writing Strategies Book; Teaching Reading in Small Groups; and The Literacy Teacher's Playbook, Grades K–2 and Grades 3–6. Her newest books are Understanding Texts & Readers; and A Teacher's Guide to Reading Conferences.

Jen’s forthcoming Complete Comprehension: Fiction and Complete Comprehension: Nonfiction will soon be released. This assessment and teaching resource expands upon the comprehension skill progressions from Understanding Texts & Readers and offers hundreds more strategies like those in The Reading Strategies Book.

Additionally, Jen is the author of the On-Demand Courses Strategies in Action: Reading and Writing Methods and Content and 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 began her career in education as a NYC public school teacher and later joined the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. Through TCRWP, and now as an independent consultant, she has spent over a decade helping teachers across the country to create literacy classrooms where students are joyfully engaged and the instruction is meaningfully individualized to students' goals.

Jen 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, or by joining The Reading and Writing Strategies Facebook Community.

Grades: K–8