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 February 17th Why do some children drop the endings when they read? A frequent concern teachers have when listening to ELL students read is the students leave endings off words.  I am often asked how to address this.  The linguistics that underpin this common problem are actually easy to understand…In Latin-based European languages, words tend to end with continuous or open sounds, so ending sounds blend right into the initial sounds of the next spoken word.  The idea of “Romance” languages stems from this common trait among these languages - words flow so melodically from one to the next that they’re pleasant to listen to.  Unfortunately, this is not the case with English – as it is not known for being ...
    Posted Feb 19, 2019, 6:19 AM by Courtney Richardson
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