About Jan Richardson

Jan Richardson, Ph.D., is a literacy consultant and author who earned her Ph.D. studying struggling readers.  She has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, Reading Recovery® teacher leader, and staff developer. Her book, The Next Step in Guided Reading and DVD and Guide, Next Step Guided Reading in Action, provide teachers with practical suggestions and lesson plans for increasing the power and impact of guided reading. Jan and co-author Maria Walther recently published a new assessment kit, The Next Step in Guided Reading Assessment for Grades K-2 and 3-6. Jan conducts customized in-services on balanced literacy, guided reading, and writing. Participants leave her workshops with a new awareness of what can be done to motivate, engage, and accelerate every student, especially those who struggle.

What's New?

  • Literacy Tips are Back! Now that school is back in session, be sure to check the site each week for great literacy tips from Jan!
    Posted Oct 2, 2014, 11:36 AM by Courtney Richardson
  • New Electronic Lesson Plans! We've just added a new set of electronic lesson plans to our Resources page. Look for them under the "Electronic Lesson Plans" folder. Teachers, you can complete these forms electronically, then either use your i-pad to teach the lesson and record your notes or print the form for the lesson. What a great resource!
    Posted May 15, 2014, 6:37 PM by Courtney Richardson
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Literacy Tips

  • Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of May 17th Prompting for FluencyAlthough, I encourage students to reread guided reading books beginning with level A, I don’t usually prompt for fluency until level C. I want emergent readers to attend to the print, build automaticity with sight words, and take action to problem-solve at difficulty. When students reread the book on Day 2, I still ask them to point to each word. Why? I want to make sure they aren’t just memorizing the book. I once had a Reading Recovery®student tell me, “I can read this with my eyes closed.” I had to explain that it isn’t reading unless your eyes are looking at the words. Once I am certain students are attending to ...
    Posted May 17, 2015, 3:04 PM by Courtney Richardson
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