We are excited to announce the Spring 2016 Conference

Jennifer Serravallowith Jennifer Serravallo

Tanya Lee Stoneand Tanya Lee Stone!

Vermont Council on Reading Spring Conference
A Day with Jennifer Serravallo &
Tanya Lee Stone
Friday, May 6, 2016
Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, 1746 Mountain Rd. Stowe, VT 05672

8:00 Registration, Continental Breakfast, Exhibits
9:00 Welcome:  Bev Davis, Vermont Council on Reading President

Keynote Address: Jennifer Serravallo
Reading Strategies for Goal-Directed Instruction
As students work toward reading goals, they can benefit from strategy instruction that helps to unpack and break down the invisible, automatic work of reading into a series of actionable steps. Learn how to craft your own strategies and prompts to support readers’ ongoing practice and how to create visuals (such as charts and tools) to support their practice. Jen will also explain how to know when to teach which strategies to whom, how strategies align to levels of text complexity, and how to tier practice of strategies over time to support readers as they move toward skilled practice.

10:30 Break

11:00 Keynote Address: Tanya Lee Stone
Blurring the Boundaries: Telling the Truth in Nonfiction
With the push in recent years to put out more and more nonfiction for young readers, Stone has watched the blurring of boundaries between fact and fiction creep back into acceptance. Stone will discuss why she is not a fan of this boundary blurring, what it takes to write a compelling true story, and the importance of transparency when writing about history for young readers.

12:00 Lunch

1:00   Professional Awards and Exhibits

1:30   Keynote Address: Jennifer Serravallo
Practical Formative Assessment for Goal-Directed Instruction
Learn how to go beyond your curriculum’s scope-and-sequence to develop differentiated reading and writing goals then plan targeted instruction. In this session, Jen will present about the four-step protocol she outlines in her Literacy Teacher’s Playbook series to help you feel confident collecting and evaluating student work as well as using the patterns you find to create goals and action plans for students.

3:00:    Closing Activities


Conference fees
Your email address
Name & Address Information

TO PAY BY MAIL: Mail your check or purchase order with this form to:
Dr. Juliet Halladay
Past President, Vermont Council on Reading
Education Department
530 Waterman Building
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405

Click here for the full registration form.

Important Payment Directions:

  • Make all checks and purchase orders payable to Vermont Council on Reading.
  • If paying by purchase order please send a copy of the PO with your completed registration form. Payment (check or purchase order) must accompany each registration. Registrations without payment will be returned.
  • If using one check or purchase order for multiple registrations, please enclose a completed registration form for each person and include all the forms with the payment.

Note: There will be absolutely NO refunds. You may substitute another individual if you are unable to attend.

All registrations must be received by April 15, 2016. Confirmations will be sent electronically. Please print your confirmation and bring it to the conference with you.

Reserve early to secure your seat!

To reserve a hotel room, contact the Stoweflake Resort:

Questions?  Contact Conference Chair:
Carol Millett: