Today on the Heinemann Podcast, how do we address the gaps between formal assessments and really knowing our students as readers? In her newest book, Understanding Texts and Readers, NYTimes best-selling author, Jennifer Serravallo, narrows the distance between assessment and instruction.
On today’s podcast, Jen shares a story from Understanding Texts & Readers where she worked with a reader who was baffling her teachers and struggling with comprehension. Here now with a special read aloud is Jen Serravallo…
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.