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?

  • Jan's Book is Back in Stock! The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading is back in stock and available for purchase through Scholastic at:
    Posted Nov 11, 2016, 12:07 PM by Courtney Richardson
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Literacy Tips

  • Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of January 15th Grade-Level TextsTeachers in some areas of the country have told me they can only use grade-level texts with their students, regardless of their instructional reading level. Seriously? If you are working with struggling readers, and you give them a text that is above their reading level, who’s going to be reading it? What kind of engagement will you see? How long before they become frustrated and unmotivated? Students will not progress with a steady dose of texts that are too difficult for them to read. We must begin where the child is and ramp up their proficiencies by gradually increasing text complexity and reducing teacher scaffolding. “Think of it this way: If struggling readers spend their ...
    Posted Jan 14, 2017, 5:57 AM by Courtney Richardson
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