Jennifer A. Rysdam

Jennifer Rysdam


  • BA, Calvin College, 2003
  • MEd, Grand Valley State University, 2008

Professional experience

  • Instructor, Calvin University, 2008–current
  • Literacy Consultant, Allendale Christian School, 2015-current
  • Literacy/Instructional Coach, Grandville Christian Schools 2012–current
  • Literacy Consultant, Jenison Christian School, 2016–2019
  • Project Manager, MDE ITQ Secondary Literacy Grant, Calvin College, 2016
  • Literacy Consultant, Calvin Christian Middle School, 2008–2011
  • PK-6 Literacy Coach, Calvin Christian Elementary School, 2006–2010
  • Fourth Grade Classroom Teacher, Calvin Christian Elementary School, 2003–2008

Professional services

  • Kent ISD Literacy Coach's Network active participant, 2014–current
  • Classroom Learning Lab facilitator training, 2016
  • Web Course: Reaching & Teaching Diverse Populations, Spring Arbor University, 2016
  • Presenter on word study and phonics, Moline Christian School in-service, 2015
  • Presenter on vocabulary and assessing for deeper understanding, Calvin College Title 2 Professional Development Grant Conference, 2009
  • Presenter on writer's notebooks, Christian Educator's Association Conference, 2008
  • Literacy Coach responsibilities through Calvin College grant, including writing curriculum, leading professional development and book studies, 2006
  • Active member in Kent County Literacy Coach's Network, 2006-2009
  • Worked on K-12 Literacy Toolkit for Kent Intermediate School District, 2008
  • Participated in Public Education and Business Coalition Thinking Strategies Institute in Denver, CO, 2008
  • Presenter on comprehension strategies, Christian Educator's Association Conference, 2007
  • Presenter on reciprocal teaching and literature circles, Calvin College Title II Professional Development Grant Conference, 2007

Professional associations

  • Michigan Reading Association (MRA)

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