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?

  • New School Year; New Literacy Tips The school year is off to a great start! Be sure to check the website for our weekly literacy tips. Wishing all of you an amazing year!
    Posted Sep 20, 2015, 5:31 PM by Courtney Richardson
  • Jan featured in Scholastic's "Instructor Magazine!" Jan is featured in the article, "4 Tips for Guided Reading Success: Power strategies to launch your guided reading groups."Check it out here:http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/4-tips-guided-reading-success
    Posted Aug 20, 2015, 6:00 AM by Courtney Richardson
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Literacy Tips

  • Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of November 22nd Guided Reading vs Shared ReadingThe primary difference between shared and guided reading is the level of support. With shared reading, I read the text with the students. I use shared reading with the Pre-A lesson format, because the students don’t know many letters and sounds and few, if any, words. I also use shared reading for whole-group instruction. I read the text aloud as students follow along on the smart board or with individual copies. During guided reading, however, I don’t read the text with the students, even at the emergent levels. I want students to encounter some challenges so I can help them develop a network of strategic actions.
    Posted Nov 23, 2015, 2:47 PM by Courtney Richardson
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