Differentiation in Reading Instruction: Leading the Work – Jennifer Serravallo
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- October 5, 2017
8:30 am - 3:15 pm
Eligible for Illinois PD Credit and CEU Credit
Jennifer Serravallo was a teacher in Title I Schools in NYC, and later a Senior Staff Developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. She is now a national consultant and speaker who helps urban, suburban, and rural schools implement exceptional literacy instruction. She is the author of numerous books on the teaching of reading and writing including the New York Times bestseller, The Reading Strategies Book and the two-time award-winning Independent Reading Assessment series. Her latest book, The Writing Strategies Book, was released in February 2017. Check out her blog at www.jenniferserravallo.com and tweet her @jserravallo.
Differentiated, goal-directed instruction represents the ideal best practice in reading instruction. However, many teachers understandably struggle with making it a reality. Jen will help you understand the steps it takes to lead your school in the direction of true differentiation in reading instruction.
The presentation will begin with some groundwork around research. You’ll learn about why goal-setting and feedback are so crucial, and why choosing strategies that are accessible to students is the fastest way toward engagement, independence, and increased skill in literacy.
Jen will then discuss formative assessments and will help you consider the sorts of information that is most helpful for teachers to use when getting to know the nuanced differences of the readers in their classrooms.
Then, Jen will show through various video examples and explanation, different classroom teaching structures for supporting individual goals including conferring and small group instruction.
Throughout the day, you’ll learn the look-fors and have practice giving critical feedback to the educators you lead. This highly engaging, interactive workshop will help you feel equipped to have conversations with teachers at your school; observe and support teachers as they practice analyzing formative assessments, goal, setting, and teaching individuals and group; as well as critically consider the approaches to literacy in your school.
During the last hour Kathy Bruni will facilitate table discussions and developing action plans at the close of Jennifer’s presentation. Kathy is a Language Arts Specialist whose educational background encompasses over forty years of teaching and serving in literacy leadership roles. As a consultant/trainer for the DuPage Regional Office of Education’s Literacy Team, she brings to administrators and teachers both current research and practical techniques proven to strengthen students’ literacy skills across content areas. She also serves as the District Literacy Coordinator for Keeneyville District 20.
Reading Strategies Book Club – Read, reflect on, and respond to Jennifer Serravallo’s guide to developing skilled readers, The Reading Strategies Book by joining the Illinois Reading Council’s online book club in October 2017. Participants who complete the nine-week course by reading the text, posting ideas for using the strategies in Google Sites, and responding to others’ posts are eligible to receive 15 PD clock hours at the conclusion of the book club session. Requirements include membership in the Illinois Reading Council (www.illinoisreadingcouncil.org), a Gmail address (free at mail.google.com), and The Reading Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo (available at registration). Sign up for the Reading Strategies Book Club at www.illinoisreadingcouncil.org.
Registration and Continental Breakfast 8:00am-8:30am
Venue: Medinah Shrine Center