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.

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  • Congratulations Jan! We’re very excited to announce that Jan is the winner of Learning Magazine Teachers’ Choice Awards for Professional Development 2018! Introduced in 1994, the program has grown to become one of the most recognized and prestigious awards in the educational market. Congratulations to Jan on this amazing achievement!
    Posted Sep 16, 2017, 10:59 AM by Courtney Richardson
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Literacy Tips

  • Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of September 17th Analyzing Relationships: Using Compare and ContrastLearning to compare and contrast different ideas deepens students’ understanding of what they read. How should you begin? Have students think of a question that compares and contrasts concepts, characters, or story elements. This can work for both fiction and nonfiction books. You can introduce this during a whole-class read aloud. You might ask students to compare two characters in a story or two different stories they have heard. Comparing and contrasting key ideas in nonfiction may present some challenges. However, learning this strategy will help students better understand increasingly complex text they read as they advance through grade levels.Watch this video of literacy expert Jan Richardson working on compare and contrast ...
    Posted Sep 19, 2017, 8:36 AM by Courtney Richardson
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