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 February 22nd Prompting During ReadingPrompting during reading is one of the most powerful and also challenging parts of the guided reading lesson.  When working with emergent and early readers, I often prompt the student to use the information system he or she is ignoring.  For example, if the student makes an error that makes sense such as "hidden" for "hiding", I might say, "Does that look right?  Check it with your finger." On the other hand, if the student makes an error that does not make sense such as "rist" for "raised", I would say, "Does that make sense?  Think about the story."  Something else that helps me select powerful prompts is to consider the following hierarchy of strategic processing:- monitor ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2015, 10:51 AM by Courtney Richardson
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