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About Jan Richardson


Jan Richardson, Ph.D., a leading expert in guided reading, is a former K-12 teacher, reading specialist, Reading Recovery teacher leader, and staff developer. She currently is an educational consultant, providing presentations and classroom demonstrations across the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Richardson’s best-selling Next Step collection includes The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading; Literacy Footprints: A Complete System for Supporting Guided Reading; The Guided Reading Teacher’s Companion: Prompts, Discussion Starters, and Teaching Points; Next Step Guided Reading in Action video suite; and Next Step Guided Reading Assessment.



What's New?

  • Welcome Back! Wishing educators everywhere an amazing school year!
    Posted Sep 3, 2018, 7:23 AM by Courtney Richardson
  • The RISE Framework is an Amazon #1 New Release! Jan's latest book is already "RISE-ing" to the top! Be sure to pre-order The Next Step Forward in Reading Intervention: The Rise Framework now in preparation for its July 20th release date.
    Posted Jun 27, 2018, 4:26 PM by Courtney Richardson
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Literacy Tips

  • Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of November 11th GR is the best opportunity to scaffold comprehension and comprehension is the heart of reading; without comprehension, there is no reading.The reading process the child builds even at the emergent stage, should involve comprehension. If we don’t involve comprehension from the beginning, it will be more difficult for some children to think about content later on. When you teach a child to monitor by saying, “Does that make sense,” you are teaching comprehension. Select a comprehension focus for each guided reading lesson and weave that focus into your discussion so children learn how to analyze a character’s motivation or reflect on the author’s purpose or theme. Remember reading is comprehension. 
    Posted Nov 10, 2018, 8:17 AM by Courtney Richardson
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