Research shows when children have choice in what they read and how they respond to text, engagement increases and comprehension deepens. While many classrooms have an independent reading component, it is too often secondary to the overall curriculum. In this interactive workshop, teachers will learn practical strategies for setting up an ongoing, self-sustaining independent reading program which increases children’s excitement about reading while also addressing end-year expectations and standards.
Session One - Research and Getting Started
  • What the research tells us about the importance of independent reading
  • Creating a culture of engagement through book talk
  • “I’m the sort of reader who…”: Learning student’s reading personalities
Session Two – Conferring Around Independent Reading
  • Independent reading conferences: A step-by-step approach
  • Teaching a variety of reading responses
  • Record keeping and assessment
Session Three – The Logistics Will Make You or Break You
  • First steps: Matching students with books
  • Systems for accountability
  • A Democracy of Thought: Sharing the work of independent reading
  • Setting up independent reading partnerships and book clubs
Session Four – Connecting Independent Reading and Curriculum Objectives
  • Common Stumbling Blocks: Ensuring Book Variety, Keeping Track of Volume, Conferring Around Books the Teacher Hasn’t Read Herself, etc.
  • Parallel Planning: Targeting Instruction to the Individual Child While Also Addressing Standards
Potential Audience
K-12 Educators
Dan Feigelson has worked extensively in New York City schools as a principal, teacher, literacy coach, curriculum writer, and superintendent. An early member of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, he leads institutes, workshops and lab-sites around the world on the teaching of reading and writing. A regular presenter at national and international conferences, Dan is the author of Reading Projects Reimagined: Student-Driven Conferences to Deepen Critical Thinking, and Practical Punctuation: Lessons in Rule Making and Rule Breaking in Elementary Writing. He lives in New York City and Columbia County, New York. Follow Dan on Twitter @danfeigelson

12th, 19th, 26th February & 5th March 2022

Each session is for 2 Hours
London 9:00 am | Zurich 10:00 am | Dubai 1:00 pm | India 2:30 pm | Hong Kong 5:00 pm | Melbourne 8:00 pm

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USD 400 per participant
USD 350 per participant for a group of 5 or more
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 10 Professional Development Hours
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