Jan Richardson is a reading specialist, Reading Recovery teacher leader, staff developer, and former K–12 teacher. She has turned her commitment to reading education into a passion for supporting educators in classrooms throughout the country and around the world. Jan is the author of the best-selling professional teaching resource The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading: An Assess-Decide-Guide Framework for Supporting Every Reader.
Together with Michèle Dufresne, she has coauthored the best-selling Literacy Footprints Guided Reading system, published by Pioneer Valley Books (PVB), which has become an indispensable part of helping teachers deliver high-quality guided reading to students in K–6 classrooms. In fall 2019, Jan’s new book, coauthored with Michèle, The Next Step Forward in Word Study and Phonics, will be published by Scholastic. She is also the author of Next Step Guided Reading in Action, The Guided Reading Teacher’s Companion, The Next Step in Guided Reading: Focused Assessments and Targeted Lessons for Helping Every Student Become a Better Reader, and The Next Step Forward in Reading Intervention, each published by Scholastic.
Jan continues her dedication to improving literacy education and increasing teachers’ connections to supportive instructional materials.