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 December 7th Problem-Solving"A strategy is an action a reader takes to solve a problem in the text. Emergent and early readers tend to be overt in their use of strategies.  You will often see them look at the picture, reread, or try to sound out a word.  Transitional readers may be hesitant to try an unknown word.  If a student appeals for help, always say, “I want you to try.” You will learn more about a student’s reading process if the student makes an attempt and is incorrect.  Analyzing a student’s strategies will help you to decide how to prompt the student during guided reading lessons.” (Richardson, J.  2009. Next Step in Guided Reading, p. 43).
    Posted Dec 10, 2014, 3:39 AM by Courtney Richardson
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