Follow me on Twitter (@jserravallo) and contact me through my website at www.jenniferserravallo.com.
After graduating from Vassar College, I moved straight to New York City with a passion for urban education reform and an intention to work in the NYC public school system. I taught grades 3-5 over the next several years while also working toward my MA at Teachers College, Columbia University. The two NYC schools in which I worked were Title I schools with swelling class sizes, high numbers of ELLs, and an enormous range of learners.
Until 2012, I was a Senior Staff Developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, where I worked for eight years helping urban, suburban, and rural schools implement exceptional literacy instruction through reading and writing workshops.
I have taught graduate and undergraduate classes at Teachers College and Vassar College on topics of children's literature and urban education reform.
I am the author of several books on the teaching of reading. Just released in fall of 2013 is the Literacy Teacher's Playbook: Four Steps for Turning Assessment Data into Goal-Directed Instruction, Grades 3-6. I wrote this book to help teachers to analyze, synthesize and make sense of all the data they collect. This book will help all teachers, and especially those working to figure out RTI goals and intervention plans. A second version, for grades K-2, will be out in early 2014.
I also recently authored the AEP award winning Independent Reading Assessment: Fiction (Scholastic, 2012) and Independent Reading Assessment: Nonfiction (Scholastic, 2013) These are the first and only assessments of whole-book comprehension for readers in grades 3-5 (F&P levels K-W). I am also also the author of Teaching Reading in Small Groups (Heinemann, 2010) and co-author with Gravity Goldberg of Conferring with Readers. (Heinemann, 2006).
My new online course for Heinemann's Digital Campus is also now available through Heinemann's website. Titled the same as my second book, Teaching Reading in Small Groups, it includes dozens of videos of me working with students individually and in small groups.