Jennifer Allen is a literacy specialist in grades 3-5 for the Waterville, Maine, school district, where she works as a reading coach and leads professional development programs for teachers in a wide range of formats. Jennifer has presented her work to regional and national audiences through state literacy organizations, the International Reading Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English. She has written and published video and print workshops for Stenhouse Publishers, and is the author of Becoming a Literacy Leader: Supporting Learning and Change and A Sense of Belonging: Sustaining and Retaining New Teachers.
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Jennifer Allen helps a study group of elementary teachers “tame the voices in their heads” by scheduling a day of yoga and a documentary on rock climbing into the day. Her creative plans might inspire you as you think about agendas for summer retreats with teachers and school leaders.
Jennifer Allen has been fascinated with helping boys write for years, ever since her own son insisted on writing on the same topic over and over again. She shares her five favorite strategies for boosting interest in writing among boys.
Jennifer Allen shares her selections and schedule for book study groups throughout the year.
Jennifer Allen shares some simple strategies for integrating more choice and restoration time into professional development all year long.
Jennifer Allen examines her desire to be a part of nearly every initiative in the district, and makes some decisions about when it makes sense to step back.
Jennifer Allen questions the purpose of meeting norms, and begins from a new place in establishing them for a study group.
Jennifer Allen shares a practical strategy for building vocabulary and interest in word study throughout a school.
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