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One-Day Workshop:
Strategies and Structures for Teaching Reading and Writing

Presented by Jennifer Serravallo

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Drawing from Jen's bestselling resources The Writing Strategies Book and The Reading Strategies Book, this workshop will help you understand how to find goals for your readers and writers and how to support them over time as they work toward those goals.

In the morning, you'll dive into reading: how to know what to expect of readers' print work, fluency, comprehension, writing about reading, and talk. You will practice determining goals based on a 13-goal hierarchy, and matching strategies to individual goals by studying student work. As you explore each goal, you will see and have opportunities to discuss video examples of students working on those goals, with Jen teaching strategies and providing feedback and support.

In the afternoon: writing. You'll explore a 10-goal hierarchy of possible writing goals by considering writing genres and modes, writing process, behaviors, skills, and qualities of good writing. Again, you'll look at student writing to practice making decisions based on the hierarchy of writing goals, match strategies to those goals, and explore the goals through video examples, activities, and conversations with co-participants.

When showing videos throughout the day, Jen will introduce you to essential teaching structures for differentiating instruction with individuals and small groups. The day will culminate with a conversation about record-keeping, managing a class with diverse needs, and scheduling to fit it all in. Jen uses a very active, minds-on and hands-on approach in her workshops, helping you feel you can turn what you learned in the workshop directly into practice in your classrooms the next day.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Learn to study student work to determine goals using a hierarchy in reading and writing
  • Craft strategies and feedback prompts and learn to match them to student reading and writing goals
  • Learn practical ways to differentiate instruction through conferences and small groups, and how to decide which teaching structure to use for which purpose(s)
  • Explore essential and practical organization, management, and note-taking options

About the Presenter

Jennifer Serravallo is a literacy consultant and a frequent speaker at state and national conferences. She is the author of A Teacher's Guide to Reading Conferences and bestselling books such as The Writing Strategies Book; The Reading Strategies Book; and Understanding Texts & Readers. Her other popular titles include Teaching Reading in Small Groups; and The Literacy Teacher's Playbook, Grades K-2 and Grades 3-6. Jen's forthcoming Complete Comprehension: Fiction and Complete Comprehension: Nonfiction will soon be released. She is also the author of multiple Heinemann on-demand courses, seminars, webinars, and workshops.

Jen began her career in education as a NYC public school teacher and later joined the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) 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. Tweet her @jserravallo.

Who Should Attend?

Classroom teachers of grades K-8, administrators, curriculum coordinators, reading specialists, writing teachers, literacy specialists, coaches, and staff developers.


8:30 A.M.-3:00 P.M.


The cost of this workshop is $249.00 per person. If you register 3 or more participants at the same time the cost is $239.00 per person.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

05/08/2019 - Charlotte, NC
05/09/2019 - Herndon, VA
05/16/2019 - Tarrytown, NY

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