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?

  • New School Year, New Literacy Tips! Welcome to a new school year teachers! We hope this year is your most rewarding to date. We are resuming our Literacy Tips, so check back weekly for new tips that will inspire you and get you thinking. For the month of September, Jan will be sharing some of the many encouraging stories she's received from teachers who are using “Next Steps” guided reading.
    Posted Sep 4, 2016, 6:15 PM by Courtney Richardson
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Literacy Tips

  • Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of October 16th Teaching BlendsI've had great success teaching students to hear and apply blends using the Picture Sorting, Making Words, and Sound Boxes procedures found in my book. The first step is to have them sort pictures with initial blends. Always choose two blends that begin with the same letter so the children will focus on the second letter of the blend. For example, they might sort /cl/ and /cr/ or /sl/ and /sp/. Demonstrate how to orally break a word at the onset and rime (/cl/-/ip/) before students identify which blend they hear. You won’t have to teach every blend. Once children sort a few blends in this way, they will understand the process and apply it ...
    Posted Oct 16, 2016, 5:48 PM by Courtney Richardson
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