Based on delayed and waved district openings we have decided to postpone our fall workshops to the spring. This decision was made in conjunction with the authors and our hope is that the new dates are more conducive to your district/campus schedule.

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Understanding Texts & Readers: Strategies and Structures for Comprehension in the Online, In-Person, and Hybrid Classroom with Jennifer Serravallo - K-8 

Drawing from Jen’s bestselling resources on the teaching of reading: Understanding Texts & Readers; The Reading Strategies Book; and A Teacher’s Guide to Reading Conferences, this workshop will help you to make sense of text leveling and comprehension, and become adept at assessing and teaching to support student comprehension through conferences and small group instruction whether in-person with students or online. The day will begin with hands-on activities designed to help educators understand how to break down comprehension into manageable goals, skills, and strategies. Exploring the role of text complexity, you’ll also understand how to use text levels as a teacher’s tool to know what to expect of readers’ written and oral responses level-by-level and goal-by-goal. With a foundational understanding of text levels and student response, you’ll then explore the ways that this knowledge can help you find the right goals and strategies for students, creating your own formative assessments. You’ll work with student case studies to practice evaluating responses. This is all designed to make it possible to turn around and translate it into your classroom right away. Once goals are targeted from meaningful, authentic evaluation of student work, you’ll learn how using these same skill progressions can help guide you while teaching. Jen will discuss and show videos of various methods of teaching—individual conferences, small group strategy lessons, and whole class instruction—from in classroom with children and that were captured through online video conferencing. Here, you’ll explore the role of guided practice and coaching. You’ll leave equipped to put strategies in action in your classroom and support your readers as they work toward comprehension goals.

Workshop Information


Wednesday, February 24th 2021 from 9:00am to 3:00pm


Live Virtual Event via Zoom


$200 per registrant

Participants Will

  • Understand how to use text leveling as teachers tool
  • Develop an understanding of research bases for comprehension instruction and text leveling 
  • Learn to study student writing about reading to determine comprehension goals using a hierarchy of reading goals 
  • Craft strategies and feedback prompts and learn to match them to student comprehension goals 
  • Learn practical ways to differentiate instruction through conferences and small groups, whether in person or online, and how to match methods to purposes
  • Explore practical ways to manage differentiation, including notetaking and scheduling

Jennifer Serravallo

Jennifer Serravallo is a literacy consultant and a frequent speaker at state and national conferences. She is the author of A Teachers 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 Teachers Playbook, Grades K-2 and Grades 3-6. Jens 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.