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 May 24th The Power of Guided WritingOne of the most powerful aspects of my guided reading lesson framework is the integration of reading and writing. On Day 2 students have time to reflect on their reading and write about it with the teacher’s support.  Through teacher prompting students can learn to use what they know in reading to help them in writing. Dr. Clay said it best on page 138 of her book, By Different Paths to Common Outcomes: “Writing can foster reading competence and vice versa if the learner becomes aware of the reciprocal nature of these acts. Reading and writing can be learned concurrently and interrelatedly.” Harness the power of guided writing!
    Posted May 25, 2015, 4:41 PM by Courtney Richardson
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