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 September 25th Meeting Individual NeedsOverall, our instructional practices have shifted to coaching our students where their needs are greatest while they are at the guided reading table. We are no longer working off of a one-size fits all lesson plan. By making data driven decisions for spot-on guided reading instruction, we meet students’ individual needs throughout the lesson. Through our professional development visits with Carolyn and our attention to implementing ideas from The Next Steps in Guided Reading, we have fine tuned how we teach during guided reading. The changes have shown a great impact in student achievement. We have watched our students soar to success this year which was evident through their increased confidence as readers and thinkers ...
    Posted Sep 25, 2016, 5:18 PM by Courtney Richardson
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