OPSRC WEBINAR SERIES: Jennifer Serravallo’s Strategies for Developing Skill...

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AKJ Education presents Jennifer Serravallo, acclaimed author and literacy consultant, and a discussion of her strategies for developing skilled readers.

During the webinar, Jennifer will:

  • Introduce her Go-To Book collections.

  • Provide examples and ideas on how to choose age-appropriate books to use in the classroom.

  • Share the importance of selecting books that provide “mirrors” to reflect the students in your classroom so they can see themselves in the texts and “windows” and to help them see the rest of the world.

  • Demonstrate how to read and prepare texts for the classroom, thinking about specific reading strategies you can teach.

  • Be able to provide examples of books to use with a variety of selections across grade levels K–5.

This webinar is brought to you by AKJ Education in partnership with OSPRC. AKJ Education is a national wholesaler who works with schools, libraries and literacy programs and offers books, custom classroom libraries, digital content subscriptions and other supplemental classroom resources. The company works with educators of all grades, from the early stages of reading through Grade 12. AKJ Education is the exclusive provider of the Jennifer Serravallo’s Go-To Book Collections for Kindergarten to Grade 5.

Find out more about Jennifer Serravallo’s collections and AKJ Education

About 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 Book, follows the same structure and format as the New York Times Bestselling The Reading Strategies Book. Each 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 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 Readers is also due out in 2018.

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