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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?

  • Jan's newest book comes out July 9th!
    Posted May 22, 2016, 11:56 AM by Courtney Richardson
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Literacy Tips

  • Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of May 22nd Reading CoachesAngela Kherdmand from Virginia created an fluency intervention that uses poetry notebooks to facilitate cross-age tutoring. Each first-grade student reading below grade level is paired with a sixth grader who has applied to be a reading coach. These partnerships meet every morning during the first 20 minutes of the day to reread familiar poems and songs. The first graders love the personal attention of the “reading coach,” and the sixth graders enjoy interacting and helping the lower grade students. Although any sixth grader can apply to be a reading coach, Angela was surprised that several struggling readers wanted the job. The 20 minutes of extra reading increased their fluency too! If you have questions about her ...
    Posted May 22, 2016, 11:47 AM by Courtney Richardson
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