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Reading Strategies: Essential Teaching for Every Classroom

Reading Strategies: Essential Teaching for Every Classroom

Drawing from the newly-released The Reading Strategies Book 2.0, a revised and reimagined update to the NYT bestselling resource, this workshop, presented by Jennifer Serravallo, will help you use strategies effectively in your instruction—no matter what approach to literacy you use, or the grade level, developmental levels, or ages of the students you teach.

You’ll first learn about the broad research base for strategy instruction in reading and what makes an effective reading strategy. Then, you’ll learn about reading goals and skill progressions for each goal which will equip you to target the just-right strategies for each reader. You’ll learn streamlined ways to evaluate student work to save planning and prep time.

The final portion of the workshop will lean on Jen’s book A Teacher’s Guide to Reading Conferences, exploring strategies coming to live in the classroom through conferences and small group instruction. You’ll learn purposes aligned to each conference and small group type, and about the most impactful teacher moves you can use within them to maximize student learning. Through video, engaging activities, and clear presentation, this workshop is designed to be highly practical and immediately applicable. 

Session Information


Monday, May 22nd, 2023

9:00AM CST- 3:00PM CST



*Can't attend the virtual live session- Recording will be sent to all who register, and will be available for ONE week, post workshop. *



Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Develop an understanding of research base for reading strategies, goal-directed instruction, and for each reading goal.
  • Learn to study student work to determine goals
  • Use skill progressions to identify strategies and track progress
  • Craft strategies and feedback prompts and learn to match them to student goals
  • Learn practical ways to guide student practice through conferences and small groups, and how to match methods to purposes
  • Explore practical ways to manage differentiation, including notetaking and scheduling

Jennifer Serravallo is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Reading Strategies Book and The Writing Strategies Book, which have been translated into Spanish, French, and Chinese. These and her other popular books and resources help teachers make goal-directed responsive strategy instruction, conferring, and small group work doable in every classroom. Her newest titles are Teaching Writing in Small Groups, A Teacher’s Guide to Reading ConferencesUnderstanding Texts and Readers, and the assessment and teaching resource Complete Comprehension for Fiction and Nonfiction.

Jen is a frequently invited speaker at national and regional conferences and travels throughout the US and Canada to provide full-day workshops and to work with teachers and students in classrooms. She is also an experienced online educator who regularly offers live webinar series and full-day online workshops, and is the creator of two self-paced asynchronous online courses, most recently Strategies in Action: Reading and Writing Methods and Content.

Jen began her career in education as an NYC public school teacher. Now as a consultant, she has spent the last fifteen+ years helping teachers across the country create literacy classrooms where students are joyfully engaged, and the instruction is meaningfully individualized to students' goals. Jen is also a member of Parents Magazine Board of Advisors for education and literacy. 

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.