Strategies for developing skilled readers

Administrators and Teachers
March 29, 2018

Strategies for developing skilled readers

Jennifer Serravallo is a nationally renowned Speaker, Author, and Literacy Consultant. With hit books that support strategic reading through conferring, small groups, and assessment, Jen Serravallo gets emails almost daily asking, "Isn't there a book of the strategies themselves?" Now there is.

"Strategies make the often invisible work of reading actionable and visible," With Jen's help you'll:

  • develop goals for every reader
  • give students step-by-step strategies for skilled reading
  • guide readers with prompts aligned to the strategies
  • adjust instruction to meet individual needs with Jen's Teaching Tips
  • craft demonstrations and explanations with her Lesson Language
  • learn more with Hat Tips to the work of influential teacher-authors.

Jen will share strategies that work, whether you use readers workshop, Daily 5/CAFE, guided reading, balanced reading, a core reading program, whole-class novels, or any other approach. "We offer strategies to readers to put the work in doable terms for those who are still practicing," writes Jen Serravallo. "The goal is not that they can do the steps of the strategy but that they become more comfortable and competent with a new skill."

From your presenter, Jennifer Serravallo:

After graduating from Vassar College, I moved straight to New York City and began teaching in a Brooklyn public elementary school. After a few years, I moved to a school close to Teachers College on the Upper West Side and began learning from TCRWP staff developers and working towards an MA at Teachers College, Columbia University. The two NYC schools in which I worked were Title I schools with swelling class sizes, high numbers of ELLs, and an enormous range of learners.

Until 2012, I was a Senior Staff Developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, where I worked for eight years helping urban, suburban, and rural schools implement exceptional literacy instruction through reading and writing workshops.

I have taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Teachers College and Vassar College on topics of children’s literature and urban education reform.

I am the author of over a dozen books and resources on the teaching of reading and writing. My newest, The Writing Strategies Bookfollows the same structure and format as the New York Times Bestselling The Reading Strategies Bookeach is a collection of 300 strategies aligned to goals, skills, genres and levels (Heinemann 2017 and 2015, respectively). Prior to this book, I wrote two versions of a resource to help teachers analyze, synthesize and make sense of all the data they collect in order to manage goal-directed instruction: the Literacy Teacher’s Playbook: Four Steps for Turning Assessment Data into Goal-Directed Instruction, for Grades K-2 and Grades 3-6.

I am the creator of the AEP award-winning Independent Reading Assessment: Fiction (Scholastic, 2012) and the REVERE award-winning Independent Reading Assessment: Nonfiction (Scholastic, 2013) These are the first and only assessments of whole-book comprehension for chapter book readers (F&P levels J-W). Now undergoing a major revision, they will be re-published under the title Complete Comprehension: Fiction and Complete Comprehension: Nonfiction sometime in 2018. A companion professional book, Understanding Texts and Readersis also due out in 2018.