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 Footprints: An Exciting Partnership! Throughout this past year, Jan has been working closely with Michele Dufresne, the literacy consultant at the helm of Pioneer Valley Books. Jan and Michele, in partnership with Pioneer Valley Books, have developed Literacy Footprints - a complete Guided Reading System which includes an array of books from the Pioneer Valley collection. Each of the kits features sequenced, high-quality leveled texts in a variety of genres. Students will encounter traditional tales, realistic fiction, fantasy and informational texts. Each book is paired with a lesson plan, aligned with the concepts in The Next Step for Guided Reading. To learn more about Literacy Footprints, and to see videos of the system in action, visit the Literacy Footprints website
    Posted Jan 29, 2016, 5:57 AM by Courtney Richardson
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Literacy Tips

  • Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of February 7th Sight WordsSome children find it quite difficult to learn sight words, because they haven't developed strong visual memory and visual scanning skills.  One study showed some children may need 100 experiences with the first few sight words before they develop a system for learning words. The good news is, once children develop a way of remembering words, they learn words at a faster pace. In my book I recommend teaching ONE sight word until it is known. It may take 4-5 days to learn words like come, said, what, etc., because these words do not follow phonetic rules. Do not deviate from the procedures. Do the 4 steps every day. Make sure students are looking at the ...
    Posted Feb 7, 2016, 1:24 PM by Courtney Richardson
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