Jan Richardson, Ph.D., is an author, education consultant, reading specialist, former Reading Recovery® Teacher Leader, and former classroom teacher (K-college). Often called America’s leading expert in guided reading, her best-selling collection includes The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading, Guided Reading Teacher’s Companion, Next Step Guided Reading in Action, Next Step Guided Reading Assessment (co-authored with Maria Walther), Next Step Forward in Reading Intervention (co-authored with Ellen Lewis), Next Step in Word Study and Phonics (co-authored with Michele Dufresne), and Literacy Footprints: A Complete System for Supporting Guided Reading (also co-authored with Michele Dufresne).
Jan’s most recent work, the RISE program, co-authored with Ellen Lewis and published by Scholastic, provides a powerful, short-term, small group reading intervention with targeted, intensive instruction to help striving readers meet grade-level benchmarks.
Dr. Richardson and her expert team of literacy consultants provide schools and school districts with customized professional development and demonstration lessons designed to equip teachers with practical and effective techniques for strengthening small-group reading instruction. The goal is for every student to become a better reader who just can’t wait to read another book!
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In the hands of informed teachers, running records reveal the meaning-making, problem-solving strategies children are using as they process text. Richardson, Bates, and McBride provide expert analysis of sample running records and offer how-to videos that take teachers beyond calculating a simple accuracy rate to observing their students' reading behaviors-and then taking next steps to plan targeted lessons.