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?

  • Literacy Tips are Back! Now that school is back in session, be sure to check the site each week for great literacy tips from Jan!
    Posted Oct 2, 2014, 11:36 AM by Courtney Richardson
  • New Electronic Lesson Plans! We've just added a new set of electronic lesson plans to our Resources page. Look for them under the "Electronic Lesson Plans" folder. Teachers, you can complete these forms electronically, then either use your i-pad to teach the lesson and record your notes or print the form for the lesson. What a great resource!
    Posted May 15, 2014, 6:37 PM by Courtney Richardson
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Literacy Tips

  • Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of January 25th Prompting for MeaningIf a student ignores meaning (the errors are not meaningful but match some visual information such as (cat for cap), prompt the student to use meaning by saying, "What would make sense?  Think about the picture.  Think about the story."  Additionally, I would recommend a more supportive book introduction where you have the student talk about each page.  Finally, when you work with this student, I would have him or her to describe the picture on the page prior to reading the text.  This will again encourage the student to use more meaning.
    Posted Jan 26, 2015, 7:50 AM by Courtney Richardson
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