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?

  • Ask Jan! Be sure to check out the "Ask Jan!" page, as we will be updating it regularly with answers from Jan to your questions!
    Posted Apr 6, 2014, 5:41 PM by Courtney Richardson
  • New Page: "Literacy Tips" Check out our newest addition to the site: a page dedicated to Jan's quick and useful literacy tips. Most of these great pieces of advise will come straight from Jan's book, The Next Step in Guided Reading and will be featured weekly on our Home page, so check back often!
    Posted Apr 6, 2014, 5:36 PM by Courtney Richardson
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Literacy Tips

  • Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of April 13th Question:  How can I teach "author's message" in my guided reading lessons for second graders who are reading at levels 20/24?Jan's Answer: As with every strategy, I recommend teaching it during whole-class instruction as a focus lesson.  For example, after reading a picture book, I might ask one of the following questions for children to discuss with a partner: "What is the big idea?""Why did the author write this book?""What is the author's message?""What did the character's learn?"  "What can we learn from this story?"After several whole-class experiences with this standard, weave the "author's message" into the discussion question during guided reading. I wouldn't make it ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2014, 11:46 AM by Courtney Richardson
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