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?

  • New School Year; New Literacy Tips The school year is off to a great start! Be sure to check the website for our weekly literacy tips. Wishing all of you an amazing year!
    Posted Sep 20, 2015, 5:31 PM by Courtney Richardson
  • Jan featured in Scholastic's "Instructor Magazine!" Jan is featured in the article, "4 Tips for Guided Reading Success: Power strategies to launch your guided reading groups."Check it out here:http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/4-tips-guided-reading-success
    Posted Aug 20, 2015, 6:00 AM by Courtney Richardson
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Literacy Tips

  • Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of October 4th Grade-Level TextsI’ve heard teachers say that since their state has adopted the Common Core Standards, they can only use grade-level texts with their students, regardless of their instructional reading level. We must begin where the child is and ramp up their proficiencies by gradually increasing text complexity and reducing teacher scaffolding. “Think of it this way: If struggling readers spend their days in classrooms where only grade-level texts (or higher) are used, they are wasting most of their day (Allington, R. (2009). What really matters in response to intervention, p. 4)
    Posted by Courtney Richardson
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