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?

  • Coming Soon: Literacy Footprints! For more information go to: https://www.pioneervalleybooks.com/literacyfootprints
    Posted Jun 15, 2015, 3:40 PM by Courtney Richardson
  • Summer Break for Literacy Tips We're taking a break from Literacy Tips for the summer. Tips will resume in September. Have a great summer!
    Posted Jun 7, 2015, 4:35 PM by Courtney Richardson
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Literacy Tips

  • Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of May 31st Guided Writing is Assisted WritingIn the “Next Steps” framework, guided writing is done at the table with the teacher’s support. It is not assigned writing; it is assisted writing. By framing the written response so that it relates to the guided reading text, students extend their comprehension. Guided writing also helps students apply the skills and strategies you have taught during the reading and word study components. If you have taught it, then expect it! 
    Posted May 31, 2015, 5:33 PM by Courtney Richardson
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