"Goals help guide my thinking about reader’s skills within each level of text complexity, and a leveling system helps my understanding of readers’ development from level to level." —Jennifer Serravallo
With the announcement of Jennifer Serravallo's forthcoming Understanding Texts and Readers, many teachers are wondering just how the book will work in conjunction with The Reading Strategies Book. In the video below, Jen explains how Understanding Texts and Readers helps Teachers set goals for readers and shows us how to best select strategies to support those goals-- strategy selection that will depend on understanding the text level and complexity in order to best support comprehension.
Jennifer Serravallo is the author of New York Times bestseller The Reading Strategies Book as well as other popular Heinemann titles, including The Writing Strategies Book; Teaching Reading in Small Groups; Conferring with Readers; and The Literacy Teacher's Playbook, Grades K–2 and Grades 3–6. Her newest book is Understanding Texts & Readers. She is also the author of the On-Demand Course Teaching Reading in Small Groups: Matching Methods to Purposes where you can watch dozens of videos of Jen teaching in real classrooms and engage with other educators in a self-guided course.
Jen began her career in education as a teacher in Title I schools in NYC and later joined the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. Through TCRWP and now as an independent consultant, she has spent over a decade helping teachers across the country to create literacy classrooms where students are joyfully engaged and the the instruction is meaningfully individualized to students' goals.
Jen holds a BA from Vassar College and an MA from Teachers College, where she has also taught graduate and undergraduate classes on urban education reform and children’s literature.
Learn more about Jen and her work at www.jenniferserravallo.com, or connect with her at @jserravallo.