While teachers must of course cover end-year expectations in reading for their particular grade, it is also important to teach students to come up with ideas about what they read independently - and how to back up these ideas with evidence. One way to accomplish this is through project-based reading conferences, where students learn to recognize, name, and extend their own lines of thinking.

In this interactive workshop, teachers will learn a practical, step-by-step approach to conducting individual reading conferences – including strategies for conferring virtually - that help students become engaged, independent comprehension decision makers.
Learning Objectives
SESSION 1 - Conferring Competencies
  • Why confer?
  • The content of comprehension
  • Principles of listening
  • Structure of a reading conference
SESSION 2 - Going Deeper
  • Strategies for online and hybrid conferring
  • Teaching a variety of reading responses
  • Setting comprehension goals for (and with!) students
SESSION 3 - Nuts and Bolts
  • Record keeping
  • Planning for conferring/time management
  • Structures and strategies for sharing conferring work, online and in person
SESSION 4 - Balancing Conferences and Other Instruction
  • Making reading and writing connections
  • Scaffolding conferring work through partnerships, book clubs, and read aloud conversations
  • Conferring around informational text
Potential Audience
Classroom teachers of grades 2-8, literacy coaches, reading and language arts specialists, curriculum coordinators and administrators.
Dan Feigelson is an international literacy consultant who works with teachers on deepening their reading and writing instruction. After many years in New York City schools as a teacher, staff developer, curriculum writer, principal, and local superintendent, he now leads institutes, workshops and lab-sites around the world. An early member of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Dan is a regular presenter at national and international conferences, and 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.

9th, 23rd, 30th October & 6th November 2021
Each Session is for 2 Hours
EST 5:00 am | London 10:00 am | Zurich 11:00 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 4
USD 300 per participant for a group of 8 or more.
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 10 Professional Development Hours.
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