Upcoming Conferences & Workshops

Reading and Writing Strategies for the Online and In-Person Classroom with Jennifer Serravallo
February 9th, 2021, 9:00am - 4:00pm | Live Online

Reading and Writing Strategies for the Online and In-Person Classroom

with Jennifer Serravallo

Session 1 - 9:00-10:15
Session 2 - 10:45-12:00
Session 3 - 1:00-2:15
Session 4 - 2:45-4:00

6 PD Hours


Live Online

Recording available for 48 hours



During this pandemic crisis turn to one of education’s most trusted teaching voices to help you
restart or maintain students’ progress. Jennifer Serravallo’s Connecting with Students Online is
of-the-moment, grounded in important research, informed by experience, and designed to get
you teaching well—and confidently—as quickly as possible.


Drawing from Jen's bestselling resources Connecting with Students Online, The Reading Strategies Book and The Writing Strategies Book, this virtual workshop will help you pinpoint goals for your readers and writers and support them over time as they work toward those goals in online or brick-and-mortar classrooms.


You'll first learn what makes an effective strategy and how to craft your own by noticing your own processes and exploring possibilities from mentor texts. Next, you'll focus on how to know which strategies to teach to whom and when. For writing, you'll explore hierarchy of ten possible writing goals, considering writing genres and modes, writing process, behaviors, skills, and qualities of good writing. You'll look at student writing to practice making quick decisions. Then, for reading, you'll learn about a thirteen-goal hierarchy and techniques to assess quickly, whether you're in-person or assessing through a screen.


The balance of the day will be spent seeing how these strategies will come to life in whole class, small group, and individual instruction. Jen will share unit planning advice specific to teaching in this time, and then offer tips for planning and recording engaging microlessons. Then, you'll shift to exploring conferring, group instruction, and peer groups--from management tips to structuring lessons-- and will watch several video examples filmed in in-person classrooms and through Zoom during remote instruction in the spring of 2020. The emphasis with these lesson types is on helping teachers connect with students, and helping students connect with each other, all while leading meaningful, joyful, engaging instruction that will help children grow.


The day is filled with activities, demonstrations of a variety of technology tools, and small group breakout room conversations with co-participants. The engaging videos and Jen's ability to break down complex concepts into actionable, doable steps will equip participants to be able to try out the ideas right away, whether you're teaching in person, online, or in a hybrid model.


Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Learn how to craft strategies 
  • Study student work to determine goals using hierarchies in reading and writing
  • Consider unit planning, mentor text selection, and whole class lesson structures
  • Strategically choose technology tools to maximize engagement and learning time
  • Learn practical ways to differentiate instruction through conferences and small groups, in both in-person classrooms and with online instruction
  • Explore essential and practical organization, management, and note-taking options whether working with students in-person or virtually


About the Presenter

Jennifer Serravallo is a literacy consultant, author, and speaker who supports teachers in making responsive instruction doable. She is the author of several popular titles including The New York Times' bestselling The Reading Strategies Book, The Writing Strategies Book, and Connecting with Students Online. Her other new books include Understanding Texts & Readers and The Teacher's Guide to Reading Conferences. She also released Complete Comprehension for Fiction and Nonfiction, a revised and reimagined whole book assessment and teaching resource. She is an experienced online educator who has been leading webinars and online workshops for more than a decade, and is the author of two online courses available through Heinemann. She was a Senior Staff Developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and taught in NYC public schools. Follow Jen on Twitter @jserravallo or on Instagram @jenniferserravallo.






Ways to Register


On-Line: Use your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card at www.illinoisascd.org

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:

IL ASCD Member $195

1 Person Each $244* (includes IL ASCD Membership)

2 People Each $234** (2 or more attendees from the same school district/organization. Does not include membership)

3 People Each $224**


Call for information on larger team discounts at (618)203-3993.


Registration deadline: February 3, 2021


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.