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?

  • Sight Word Video Collaboration with Jack Hartmann! We're excited to announce the release of a new sight words series in collaboration with Jack Hartmann! Jack created engaging videos using the “What’s Missing” and “Mix and Fix” activities described in Jan's book, The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading. Videos will be uploaded twice a week, one on Monday and another on Friday. Jack and Jan hope these songs make learning sight words a joy. You can view these videos here.If you don’t already subscribe to Jack’s YouTube channel, check it out.  He’s high energy, and the kids love singing and dancing with him.
    Posted Jan 27, 2019, 12:28 PM by Courtney Richardson
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Literacy Tips

  • Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of March 17th Teaching Test-Taking Strategies (Part 1)  Fantasy, mystery, biography, poetry, and informational are some of the genres we use during guided reading. Often forgotten, or maybe not considered, is teaching reading for test taking. Test taking strategies need to be taught for both reading the passage and answering the questions. This genre demands different cognitive skills that need to be taught.First, download and print copies of the Test-Taking Strategies Cards from the Resources page of Jan’s website. There are steps for reading the passage and answering the questions.  Print the cards back to back so each student has a card to use in the lesson. Strategies for Reading the PassageStep 1 - Before reading a test passage ...
    Posted Mar 17, 2019, 8:32 PM by Courtney Richardson
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