Highlighting the power of independent reading combined with impactful conferring, Jen and Hannah demonstrate how centering a student’s reading identity leads to relevant instructional opportunities and increased student growth. In this workshop, participants will explore multiple ways to support student engagement and academic growth during Independent Reading. Based on four research-backed principles, Jen and Hannah share a clear vision for Independent Reading as the centerpiece of instruction. In addition, they share a clear definition of reading identity that highlights student strengths and possibilities for inviting increased engagement in independent reading and instruction. Independent Reading and conferring go hand-in-hand. Jen and Hannah introduce the Cycle of Conferring, a three part framework that allows teachers to confer impactfully. Participants will leave with actionable steps to start or refresh Independent Reading and their conferring practice.

Participants will:
  • Delve into the concept of engagement and how teachers can invite increased engagement in reading
  • Explore a new definition of reading identity, as well as strategies for uncovering student reading identity
  • Learn how and why to utilize reading identity as a foundation for instructional decision-making
  • Consider four principles of Independent Reading and Impactful Conferring
  • Connect the ways in which reading identity, joyful independent reading, and conferring lead to increased student growth.
This four part webinar series will address the following topics:

Session 1
What are essential classroom practices for successful Independent Reading?
  • Engagement
  • Classroom Library
  • Four principles of Independent Reading
  • The Read Aloud
Session 2
The Cycle of Conferring: The Discovery Conference
  • What is reading identity?
  • How can we uncover reading identity?
Session 3
The Cycle of Conferring: The Intention Conference
  • How can we center students’ authentic intentions for reading?
  • How can we connect their intentions to skills and standards?
Session 4
The Cycle of Conferring: The Impact Conference
  • How can we craft feedback that names strengths and moves students forward?
  • What is a new vision of reading growth?
This webinar series is designed for K-6 teachers who want to hone their expertise as teachers of reading and readers, as well as for the literacy coaches, administrators, and curriculum specialists who support them.
Hannah Schneewind has been a teacher, adjunct professor, curriculum writer, keynote speaker and national literacy consultant. She works in schools and presents at conferences across the United States to support teachers in developing high quality, effective literacy instruction that centers students. She is the co-author of Trusting Readers: Powerful Practices for Independent Reading (Heinemann, 2021). She frequently writes and speaks about the importance of teaching the reader and teaching reading skills and strategies. Hannah began her career as a first grade teacher in Brooklyn, New York, and she lives with her family in Westport, CT.
Dr. Jennifer Scoggin has been a teacher, author, speaker, curriculum writer, and literacy consultant. Jennifer’s interest in the evolving identities of both students and teachers and her interest in children's literature informs her work. Jen began her career teaching first and second grades in Harlem, New York. In her current role as a literacy consultant, Jennifer collaborates with teachers to create engaging literacy opportunities for children. She holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Teachers College, Columbia University and is the co-author of Trusting Readers: Powerful Practices for Independent Reading (Heinemann, 2021). She lives with her family and her dog in Guildford, CT.

Jen & Hannah are the co-authors of Trusting Readers: Powerful Practices for Independent Reading and are the co-creators of Trusting Readers LLC, a group dedicated to promoting equitable literacy opportunities that invite all students to be engaged and to thrive as readers and writers.

2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th November 2023

Each Session is for 2 hours

2nd November 2023
New York 6:00 am | London 10:00 am | Zurich 11:00 am | Dubai 2:00 pm | India 3:30 pm | Hong Kong 6:00 pm

9th, 16th, 30th November 2023
New York 5:00 am | London 10:00 am | Zurich 11:00 am | Dubai 2:00 pm | India 3:30 pm | Hong Kong 6:00 pm

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USD 400 Per Participant
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 8 Professional Development Hours.