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 September 23rd Include guided writing in your guided reading lessons; reading and writing are mutually beneficial language processes.  What children learn in reading can help them in writing, and vice versa. However, not all children make this connection naturally. - Dr. Diane Deford, a RR trainer, taught me the importance of digging a ditch between the child’s pool of reading knowledge and his or her pool of writing knowledge. - A guided reading lesson that includes assisted or guided writing digs that ditch. It provides an opportunity for students to extend their comprehension by writing about the text, and it provides an opportunity for teachers to provide individual, scaffolded instruction to help students become better writers. 
    Posted Sep 23, 2018, 7:18 PM by Courtney Richardson
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