Upcoming Conferences & Workshops

Jennifer Serravallo: Understanding Texts & Readers: Supporting Student Comprehension
October 29th, 2019, 9:00am - 3:00pm | Bobak's Signature Events

Jennifer Serravallo -

Understanding Texts & Readers: Supporting Student Comprehension


"Comprehending what you've read is the goal of reading,” posit Allington and Gabriel (2012) and yet comprehension assessment and instruction can be one of the most challenging things for teachers to achieve comfort and confidence. With a focus on goals, skills, and strategies, participants will understand how knowing some hallmarks of leveled texts can help them norm expectations for student written and verbal responses to fiction and nonfiction texts. Jen will explain the role of knowing students completely and deeply in order to support their comprehension and match them to texts they'll love and understand. Finally, participants will learn how knowing about texts and readers can help teachers to support student growth using a variety of teaching structures, including conferences and small groups.


This training is appropriate for grades K-8.



 After graduating from Vassar College, I moved to New York City and began teaching in a Brooklyn public elementary school. After a few years, I taught in 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.  During this time I also taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Teachers College and Vassar College.


Until 2012, I was a Senior Staff Developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, where I spent eight years helping urban, suburban, and rural schools implement exceptional literacy instruction through reading and writing workshops. Since then, I’ve continued consulting with schools, speaking at state and national conferences, and traveling the country presenting workshops.


Follow me on Twitter (@jserravallo), Instagram (@jenniferserravallo), and join my Facebook Community!




Ways to Register


On-Line: Use your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card at www.conferences.illinoisstate.edu/ILASCD

Call: 800-877-1478 or 309-438-2160, Mon. through Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and use your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.

Mail: Send completed form with check or copy of PO to: IL ASCD Serravallo — Illinois State University, Conference Services, Campus Box 8610, Normal, IL 61790-8610.

Fax: Fax completed form to 309-438-5364 using your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express or a copy of school P.O.


Conference Fees:

Early Bird Rate (Good thru 8/15/19): $179

IL ASCD Member: $199

1 Person Each $248* (includes IL ASCD Membership)

2 People Each $228** (2 or more attendees form the same school district/organization. Does not include membership)

3 People Each $218**

Full-Time Student/Retiree $98


Registration deadline: October 22, 2019

A $15.00 fee will be charged for cancellations made in writing prior to the deadline. No refunds will be given after the deadline.

Confirmation will be sent via e-mail after your registration is processed.  Registrations can be transferred to another individual by faxing information to 309-438-5364 or by emailing  dscowde@ilstu.edu


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