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About Jan Richardson


Jan Richardson, Ph.D., a leading expert in guided reading, is a former K-12 teacher, reading specialist, Reading Recovery teacher leader, and staff developer. She currently is an educational consultant, providing presentations and classroom demonstrations across the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Richardson’s best-selling Next Step collection includes The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading; Literacy Footprints: A Complete System for Supporting Guided Reading; The Guided Reading Teacher’s Companion: Prompts, Discussion Starters, and Teaching Points; Next Step Guided Reading in Action video suite; and Next Step Guided Reading Assessment.



What's New?

  • Sight Word Video Collaboration with Jack Hartmann! We're excited to announce the release of a new sight words series in collaboration with Jack Hartmann! Jack created engaging videos using the “What’s Missing” and “Mix and Fix” activities described in Jan's book, The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading. Videos will be uploaded twice a week, one on Monday and another on Friday. Jack and Jan hope these songs make learning sight words a joy. You can view these videos here.If you don’t already subscribe to Jack’s YouTube channel, check it out.  He’s high energy, and the kids love singing and dancing with him.
    Posted Jan 27, 2019, 12:28 PM by Courtney Richardson
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Literacy Tips

  • Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of April 14th Prompting Prompting during reading is the heart of a guided reading lesson. It is essentially a personal reading conference with the goal of improving each student’s processing system. A teacher recently asked me, “What’s the best way to plan for the prompting part of the lesson?” Here are the five top prompts and when to use them:1. Monitor for meaning – If a student ignores an error that disturbs the meaning of the sentence, say, Are you right? Does that make sense?2. Monitor for visual information – If a student says a word that makes sense (e.g. run for ran) but doesn’t notice the error, say, Does that look right? Check here. Place your pencil tip ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2019, 8:24 PM by Courtney Richardson
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